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Douglas Caddy

Attorney's file on Roger Stone, LaRouche and Russia influencing the 2016 presidential election

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I am posting my legal file on this subject in the JFK Assassination Topic of the Forum because the events described within it initially came about when Roger Stone contacted me in 2012. He requested any information that I might have on LBJ, which I was pleased to provide. In 2013 Stone published his book, The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ, which became a best-seller. In his book Stone credits me as a primary source for information, as is disclosed in the file. Thus, in a roundabout way JFK five decades after his murder is providing from the grave a nexus of how the 2016 presidential election was rigged. Don’t you think he is pleased at doing this?

 

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DOUGLAS CADDY

ATTORNEY-AT-LAW

HOUSTON, TEXAS

Member, Texas Bar since 1979 and

District of Columbia Bar since 1970

 

 

MEMORANDUM TO THE LEGAL FILE

Subject: Roger Stone, Lyndon LaRouche and Russia influencing the 2016 Presidential election

Date: August 22, 2017

 

     This memo to the file brings up to date what has occurred since I sent my letter of December 10, 2016, to FBI Director James Comey and my subsequent letter of June 27, 2017, to Special Counsel Robert Mueller in regard to the above subject.

 

     In my letter to FBI Director Comey I stated that “I knew Roger Stone of the Trump presidential campaign forty years ago in Washington. Because of this Harley Schlanger of the LaRouche organization, whom I also knew, earlier this year asked me to arrange a meeting between him and Stone. I agreed to do so. Such a meeting took place in February [2016]. I was not present at the meeting.

 

     “It is my impression that as a result of that February meeting the LaRouche organization agreed to use its extensive Russian contacts to open up a back channel for the Trump campaign to communicate directly to Russian intelligence. This ultimately led to Russian intelligence hacking the emails of the Democratic National Committee, which became a major issue in the presidential campaign and continues to do so to this day. Stone may have played a role in Wikileaks being given the hacked emails for distribution to the public.

 

     “Harley Schlanger and other LaRouche leaders interviewed Stone on a LaRouche radio program on a number of occasions during the course of the presidential campaign.”

 

     With my letter to Director Comey I attached a number of emails that I had received from Schlanger and Stone on this matter. Relevant quotations from some of these follow later in this memo. In addition I sent copies of my letter to Director Comey to President Obama and CIA Director Peter Goss as a safeguard that it would not be deep-sixth.

 

     After President Trump fired Director Comey in May 2017, which led to the appointment of Special Counsel Mueller, I wrote Mr. Mueller on June 27, 2017 in part as follows:

 

      “On December 10, 2016, I sent the enclosed letter with its email attachments to FBI Director James Comey about the above referenced matter. I never heard back from him and hence I am writing you. My motivation in doing so is because I fear that our democracy was severely endangered by Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election.  Alarmingly, this Russian threat is unabated. The continued existence of the United States as a free nation is at stake.

 

      “Here is a brief summary of my letter to Director Comey: In January 2016 Harley Schlanger of the LaRouche organization contacted me to request that I set up a meeting for him with Roger Stone of the Trump Campaign. Their meeting was held in Austin, Texas, in February 2016. I was unable to attend but my impression is that as a result of that meeting the LaRouche organization agreed to use its extensive Russian contacts to open up a back channel for the Trump campaign to communicate directly with Russian intelligence.

 

      “Since writing my December 10 letter to Director Comey I have uncovered the following information that may corroborate the contents of that letter:

 

     “A month before Schlanger contacted me to set up the meeting with Stone, a LaRouche delegation sympathetic to Russia attended the RT anniversary dinner in Moscow in December 2015 where Premier Putin was seated next to General Flynn. For confirmation see the bottom of page 15 and top of page 16 of the famous Christopher Steele British Dossier. Schlanger may have been among those who attended. There are essentially five persons who lead the LaRouche organization today: Lyndon LaRouche (age 94), his wife, Helga, Jeffrey Steinberg, Harley Schlanger and Anton Chaitkin.

 

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3259984-Trump-Intelligence-Allegations.html

 

       “Jeffrey Steinberg participated in an annual Economic Conference in Moscow in March 2016.

 

https://larouchepac.com/20160328/eir-participates-moscow-economic-forum

 

       “In November 2016, Roger Stone interviewed Lyndon LaRouche on his radio program.

 

https://larouchepac.com/20161121/lyndon-larouche-radio-interview-roger-stone

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBx6uHA05gg

 

       “I am writing you because you possess the investigative power and authority to determine if any of the information provided in this letter and my prior letter to Director Comey merits further investigation. It may or may not. As a private citizen I am in no position to make that determination. However, I believe it is my solemn duty both as a private citizen and an attorney who is a member of the District of Columbia and Texas Bars to call this matter to your attention.”

 

     When I sent my letter to Mr. Mueller, I also sent copies of it to Senator Mark Warner of the Senate Intelligence Committee and Congressman Adam Schiff of the House Intelligence Committee.

 

ABOUT LAROUCHE

   

     Here is the link to obtain update viewpoints from the LaRouche organization:

 

      https://larouchepac.com/updates

 

      Three of the brightest and most knowledgeable persons I have ever met are Jeffrey Steinberg, Harley Schanger and Anton Chaikin. However, it is well known that Lyndon LaRouche is the ultimate decider on all policy matters and his word overrides those in the organization whose views may differ.

 

      The Houston Chronicle of November 7, 1982, published an article titled, “The man who ‘perfected’ Marx: LaRouche collects money, works at making folks over ‘in my own image.’”

 

     The article states that, “former members say LaRouche is omnipotent within the organization.” It further declares that, “According to his 1979 autobiography, The Power of Reason, LaRouche was born into a Quaker family in New Hampshire in 1922 and had only two friends until late in high school. He says the reason for his lack of friends was that his mental capabilities exceeded those of his peers….As a young man, he joined a socialist group where he ‘perfected’ the theories of Marx.’”

 

     I find myself in agreement with some of the policies espoused by the LaRouche organization, such as constructing a modern, transnational “silk road” and reform of the U.S. financial system, including Glass-Steagall reinstatement and creation of a national credit institution for infrastructure and manufacturing. Where I vehemently differ with the group is its alleged role in assisting Russia in influencing the 2016 presidential election.  This issue is paramount above all others.

 

ABOUT ROGER STONE

 

      I first met Roger Stone in 1975 soon after the National Conservative Political Action Committee (NCPAC) was created. Its chairman was Terry Dolan, a really nice guy who questioned the moral leadership of the conservative movement at the time. He was upset that republican Senator Jesse Helms of North Carolina was driving around Washington, D.C. in a convertible with a young blond woman at his side. Charles Black, a key leader in NCPAC, was from North Caroline and was a protégé of Senator Helms, a racist demagogue if there ever was one. Stone was another leader. Paul Manafort was on the scene but not prominent in the organization. I was the organization’s legal counsel.

 

      A short story will suffice in my finding out that Stone was a classic sociopath. On one occasion in 1975 Dolan, Stone and I had lunch together in the greater Washington area and had left the restaurant and were walking down the street. We noticed that on the opposite side of the street an elderly woman who suffered from severe curvature of the spine was walking with what appeared to be her two children, a man and a woman in their thirties. The poor woman’s agonizing bent over posture was such that her face was almost parallel with the sidewalk. When Stone saw her he immediately let out a yell of delight and began to walk and prance in the same way as the poor woman was doing. He did so while gesturing towards the trio on the other side of the street so as to attract their attention. I was so embarrassed and shocked at Stone’s gross behavior that I ran into a public garage in an attempt to distant myself from him. About twenty years ago I received a phone call from Fox commentator James Rosen (if my memory is correct) and who asked me what I thought of Stone. I told him about the above disturbing incident.

 

      Charles Black, Paul Manafort and Roger Stone went on to form the political lobbying firm of Black, Manafort and Stone and what they all had in common was being sociopaths. Their quest was for power, access and money and the thought of what was best for our country never entered the picture.

 

      In a sense I bear some responsibility for their rise to prominence. While an undergraduate at Georgetown University in 1958 I co-founded with a college friend, David Franke, the National Student Committee for the Loyalty Oath. We did this because there was no conservative movement in existence at the time and we thought we could start such a movement using college students. Senator Styles Bridges of New Hampshire brought us national exposure by endorsing our organization in a speech on the floor of the Senate. The following year, 1959, Franke and I founded Youth for Goldwater for Vice President, which was another major step toward building a conservative movement. Here is an account of what happened next from the book by Professor John A. Andrew III, The Other Side of the Sixties: Young Americans for Freedom and the Rise of Conservative Politics, (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1997), pp. 217-218:

 

“William F. Buckley and Marvin Liebman met Douglas Caddy and David Franke, both of whom attended as representatives of Youth for Goldwater for Vice President. Together, these four men would turn their disappointment in Goldwater’s loss [at the 1960 GOP convention in Chicago that nominated Nixon] into a national conservative youth movement. Impressed by the passion of Caddy and Franke and their attempts to organize conservative youth in the past, including the creation of the Student Committee for the Loyalty Oath in 1958, Buckley and Liebman decided to mentor them. The loss of Goldwater for the Vice Presidential nomination convinced Buckley that young conservatives in the GOP needed to be fostered from the top down. He believed that young conservatives, with his guidance, could change the American political discourse. Consequently, Buckley hired Franke to intern at the National Review and Caddy worked for Liebman in public relations. Their first major task was to organize a national youth group for conservatives funded by Buckley. In September of 1960, on the Buckley family estate in Sharon, Connecticut, over 100 students from 44 different colleges and universities across the country assembled to devise a plan to capitalize on the growing conservatism of American youth and turn it into an organized political movement. The result created the Young Americans for Freedom, officially chartered on September 11, 1960, and the adoption of the Sharon Statement at the conference. In the Sharon statement, YAF articulated its critique of American society and proclaimed, ‘In this time of moral and political crisis, it is the responsibility of the youth of America to affirm certain eternal truths.’”

 

 https://www.slideshare.net/ClaireViall/rebels-with-a-causethe-growth-and-appeal-of-the-young-americans-for-freedom-in-the-1960s

 

      The founding of YAF in 1960 led to the birth of the modern conservative movement which occurred in the wake of a fantastically successful rally of conservatives at Manhattan Center in New York City in March 1961.

 

      So Black and Manafort and Stone, sad to say, are ethically challenged by-products of the modern conservative movement which decades ago was taken over by opportunists and sociopaths. Stone was active in successfully rigging three presidential elections: In Florida in 2000 for G. W. Bush, in Ohio in 2004 for G. W. Bush and in 2016 for Trump. He has utter contempt for honest elections. Rigging is what he does.

 

      Prior to the creation of NCPAC in 1975, Stone was active in the Nixon 1972 presidential campaign.

 

http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/nbc-news-exclusive-memo-shows-watergate-prosecutors-had-evidence-nixon-n773581

 

      I was the Original Attorney for the Watergate Seven but did not meet Stone until three years after the Watergate case broke.

 

http://educationforum.ipbhost.com/topic/21500-memoir-on-being-original-attorney-for-the-watergate-seven-by-douglas-caddy/

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jKBlJQNtek

 

      Liberals rejoiced with Nixon being forced to resign the presidency but the immediate result was the rise of the radical right with Black, Manafort and Stone being formed as a lobbying/PR firm and the extreme right-wing oligarch Joseph Coors founding the Heritage Foundation, headed by Edwin Feulner, and the Committee for a Free Congress, headed by Paul Weyrich

 

     I left Washington, D.C. in 1979 and moved to Texas once I recognized the bizarre and dangerous direction that the conservative movement was coming to embrace.

 

    Thus, it came as a surprise three decades later when in 2012 I was contacted by Roger Stone who requested that I supply him with any material in my possession on President Lyndon Johnson. This came about because I had been the attorney for Billie Sol Estes, LBJ’s silent business and political partner, in Billie Sol’s quest in 1984 to obtain a grant of immunity from prosecution from the U.S. Department of Justice in order that he could tell what he knew about LBJ crimes that took place before and during his presidency.

 

     Stone’s praise-worthy best-selling book, The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ, was published in 2013.

 

https://www.amazon.com/Man-Who-Killed-Kennedy-Against/dp/1629144894/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1503279918&sr=8-1&keywords=the+man+who+killed+kennedy

 

     Stone’s book credits me as a primary source of information. For example, on page 214, he writes, “I did have access and the full cooperation of Billie Sol Estes’ personal attorney Douglas Caddy who supplied interviews, source materials and remembrances for this book.”

 

http://home.earthlink.net/~sixthfloor/estes.htm

 

     It was because of my contribution of information in 2012 to Stone’s JFK book that when Schlanger asked me in January 2016 to arrange for him to meet Stone I was able to do so.

 

SELECTED RELEVANT EMAILS

 

     I provided FBI Director Comey and Special Counsel Mueller with a large number of emails that accompanied my letters to them. Here are excerpts from a few of these:

 

     In an email of Feb. 20, 2016, Stone wrote me: “Thanks for connecting me with Harley Schlanger – he is a great guy and shares our goals. I think we hit it off. I have a back channel to Trump and we are fighting the globalists.”

 

     In email of May 5, 2016, Schlanger wrote me: “I have continued to work with Roger. He and I have done three radio interviews together, and I have set up several more for him, with my contacts. Obviously, he has played quite a brilliant role in the Trump campaign, outflanking completely the lead-footed GOP establishment. While I find some of what Trump says to be good, I’m still and not sure what a Trump presidency would mean.”

 

     In an email of July 25, 2016, to Schlanger, I wrote after the GOP presidential convention: “Well, you picked an exciting time in Germany to find a new home there. On the other hand, the U.S. as you can see from afar, is an exciting place, too, these days as both major parties are melting down. Neither candidate is worth a damn.

 

“After watching Trump's acceptance speech, I realized what a dangerous and hypocritical man he is. He plans to turn domestic and foreign policy over to his VP Pence and spend his time making ‘America Great Again,’ which means acting out his narcissism on steroids. I have lost all respect for Roger Stone and realize my belief that he had changed from his sociopathic past was misplaced.

 

“Roger and his business partner Paul Manafort will undergo minute media and governmental scrutiny in the coming weeks for their past political and business dealings. Manafort is increasingly linked to being a back door to Putin for the Trump campaign. The whole scandal will get radioactive if the Intelligence agencies produce evidence of a tie there.”

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

 

     I have no regrets in writing Comey and Mueller even though I have been regularly harassed for so doing by private detectives employed by an unknown person of interest:

 

http://educationforum.ipbhost.com/topic/24039-message-to-the-private-detectives-harassing-me/

 

     I had a duty to do so because the on-going investigation is into felonious criminal activity. Here is the definition of Misprision of a Felony, which is applicable in my situation and governs my actions:

 

18 U.S. Code § 4 - Misprision of felony

§ 4.  Misprision of felony

Whoever, having knowledge of the actual commission of a felony cognizable by a court of the United States, conceals and does not as soon as possible make known the same to some judge or other person in civil or military authority under the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.

(June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 684; Pub. L. 103–322, title XXXIII, § 330016(1)(G), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2147.)

 

      I do not know whether my two letters will lead or have already led to an investigation by Special Counsel Mueller. Only time will tell. However, this entire venture will merit an interesting chapter in my forthcoming autobiography:

 

https://www.amazon.com/Being-There-Eye-Witness-History/dp/1634241142/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1503340695&sr=1-1&keywords=Douglas+Caddy

[End]

 

 

 

 

 

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3 hours ago, Lawrence Schnapf said:

considering the interference with the 1960 election process in Illinois and Texas, I'm not sure JFK would be proud. might even be embarrassed ..........

The oft-repeated claim JFK "stole" the 1960 election by stealing incredibly close races in Illinois and Texas doesn't stand up under much scrutiny. Texas wasn't really all that close.

Here are the closest races in that election.

Kennedy won 3 Electoral Votes for winning Hawaii by 0.06% (115 votes)

Kennedy won 27 Electoral Votes for winning Illinois by 0.18% (8,858 votes)

Kennedy won 13 Electoral Votes for winning Missouri by 0.52% (9,980 votes)

Nixon won 32 Electoral Votes for winning California by 0.55% (35,623 votes)

Kennedy won 4 Electoral Votes for winning New Mexico by 0.74% (2,294 votes)

Kennedy won 16 Electoral Votes for winning New Jersey by 0.80% (22,091 votes)

Nixon won 3 Electoral Votes for winning Alaska by 0.98% (1,144 votes)

Kennedy won 11 Electoral Votes for winning Minnesota by 1.42% (22,018 votes)

Kennedy won 3 Electoral Votes for winning Delaware by 1.63% (3,217 votes)

Kennedy won 24  Electoral Votes for winning Texas by 2.0% (46,257 votes)

Note that Kennedy won the election by 84 Electoral Votes. Nixon could have turned it around by taking Hawaii, Illinois, and Missouri. So why didn't he call for recounts?

Why did Nixon, second only to Trump as the biggest whiner in the history of American politics, chose not to contest the election"

I have a suspicion. My guess would be that Nixon was afraid his calling for recounts would expose his own dirty dealings in California.

 

P.S. Thanks for posting this, Doug. You have shown real courage. It'll be interesting to see if the FBI or Mueller follows up on this, or if they'll just ignore it (due to your being a "conspiracy theorist" or some such thing.)

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Doug, I also applaud your courage. Please feel free to post any further developments to these actions you've taken.

Re Stone: I've always seen Stone as a complete sleazeball, stealing information from every other LBJ conspiracy author, and putting his little cherry on top, which is of course his conversations with Nixon alleging that both and LBJ wanted to be President but LBJ was willing to kill to be President. I don't believe that conversation ever happened.

Doug, Like Stone, I also noticed in perusing Billy Sol Este's first book, your name is continually cited through the book. You of course have the unique relationship with Hunt as well. What I think is worth mentioning is that you were also there at the beginning of what became a major American political movement, and your insights into the people involved and the direction and the misdirections it's taken are of great interest to a good number of people.  Just your interactions with these influential figures, both good and bad, is very worthy of this book I believe you said you're working on. And if you also truly believe the stories of these infamous historical figures you've come in contact with in your life and say subscribe to an LBJ did it or LBJ was directly involved theory, you shouldn't let any politics or dogma from this site or anywhere impede you.

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Interview with John LeCarre

From the article: S.L. Do you think the Russians really have something on Trump?

B.M. I can tell you what the veterans of the S.I.S. [the British Secret Intelligence Service, or MI6] think, which is yes, kompromat was done on him. Of course, kompromat is done on everyone. So they end up, the theory goes, with this compromising bit of material and then they begin to release parts of it. They set up an ex-MI6 guy, Chris Steele, who is a patsy, effectively, and they feed him some stuff that’s true, and some stuff that isn’t true, and some stuff that is demonstrably wrong. Which means that Trump can then stand up and deny it, while knowing that the essence of it is true. And then he has a stone in his shoe for the rest of his administration.

It’s important to remember that Putin is a K.G.B.-trained officer, and he thinks in the traditional K.G.B. way.

J.L.C. The mentality that is operating in Russia now is absolutely, as far as Putin is concerned, no different to the mentality that drove the most exotic conspiracies during the Cold War. It worked then, it works now. As far as Trump, I would suspect they have it, because they’ve denied it. If they have it and they’ve set Trump up, they’d say, “Oh no, we haven’t got anything.” But to Trump they’re saying, “Aren’t we being kind to you?”

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/25/books/review/john-le-carre-ben-macintyre-british-spy-thrillers.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=0

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This entire thread and what is being revealed by Doug Caddy in it is mind blowing. And this is just one of many.

I believe in Mr. Caddy and I believe what he states in his writings and interviews.

I am often wondering what to make of Mr. Caddy and all he does and shares regards defending, protecting and promoting democratic principled truth and justice through his true politically important historic figure insider enlightened expose's and interviews with as many of his fellow citizens who will read and listen to what he has to say.

And to do so under apparently real threat from serious minded forces who seek the opposite ...  it all just seems incredibly courageous, even heroic.

I wonder if we are not realizing the true democracy defending weight and importance of what Mr. Caddy is saying and trying to do for us all in this regard and realm?

That impromptu airport luggage area interview of Roger Stone was also mind blowing.  Stone actually implies physical harm will come to those senators who may push for impeachment of Donald Trump. He says violence could come from both sides if impeachment is initiated.

Implying such scenarios can sometimes be interpreted as coded threats depending on who says these.  

What are we to make of Roger Stone?   I get a chill and dark feeling whenever I see and hear him speak.

Thanks again to Doug Caddy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edited by Joe Bauer

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I met Roger Stone a couple of years ago when he came through my area on a book tour. He seemed like a nice guy.

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There was a link a few months back, I thought on this site to an article about Stone.  I can't find it now but it mentioned the Nixon tattoo on his back and, I believe a paining of him hanging over his bed.  That's just creepy.  Kind of like the Committee to RE Elect the President. 

https://www.bing.com/search?q=roger+stone+nixon+tattoo&form=PRUSEN&mkt=en-us&httpsmsn=1&refig=7cf75dce430c4e708714508514e28e1e&sp=3&ghc=1&qs=AS&pq=roger+stone+nixon&sk=AS1&sc=8-17&cvid=7cf75dce430c4e708714508514e28e1e

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23 hours ago, Andrew Prutsok said:

Did Mr. Caddy realize in the late 1950s he was building the foundation of one of the greatest grift operations every to grace the planet?

     Those of us who founded the modern Conservative Movement in the 1950s had no idea that in doing so we were awakening an evil sleeping giant who in the best interests of mankind should be left alone to slumber undisturbed. I often wonder what William F. Buckley would be saying today. Just before he died I visited with Marvin Liebman who foresaw what was happening and bitterly remarked that “Lenin was right.” I know my college friend, David Franke, with whom I founded the National Student Committee for the Loyalty Oath in 1959, has serious misgivings about the way things turned out. In my legal file above I make clear my own viewpoint with the three following sentences:

“So Black and Manafort and Stone, sad to say, are ethically challenged by-products of the modern conservative movement which decades ago was taken over by opportunists and sociopaths.”

“I left Washington, D.C. in 1979 and moved to Texas once I recognized the bizarre and dangerous direction that the conservative movement was coming to embrace.”

“Liberals rejoiced with Nixon being forced to resign the presidency but the immediate result was the rise of the radical right with Black, Manafort and Stone being formed as a lobbying/PR firm and the extreme right-wing oligarch Joseph Coors founding the Heritage Foundation, headed by Edwin Feulner, and the Committee for a Free Congress, headed by Paul Weyrich.”

     If Nixon were alive today, he most likely would be a card carrying member of the ACLU as am I. He might even be a Democrat. His removal from office in a coup that at its center was conceived and controlled by the CIA and Military Intelligence left a vacuum into which the radical right and the white supremacists stepped in.

     I wonder if the liberals in driving Nixon from office realized that in doing so they were opening the door for the radical right to take total control of one of our two major political parties with the end result being the disaster that we face today?

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9 hours ago, Douglas Caddy said:

     Those of us who founded the modern Conservative Movement in the 1950s had no idea that in doing so we were awakening an evil sleeping giant who in the best interests of mankind should be left alone to slumber undisturbed. I often wonder what William F. Buckley would be saying today. Just before he died I visited with Marvin Liebman who foresaw what was happening and bitterly remarked that “Lenin was right.” I know my college friend, David Franke, with whom I founded the National Student Committee for the Loyalty Oath in 1959, has serious misgivings about the way things turned out. In my legal file above I make clear my own viewpoint with the three following sentences:

“So Black and Manafort and Stone, sad to say, are ethically challenged by-products of the modern conservative movement which decades ago was taken over by opportunists and sociopaths.”

“I left Washington, D.C. in 1979 and moved to Texas once I recognized the bizarre and dangerous direction that the conservative movement was coming to embrace.”

“Liberals rejoiced with Nixon being forced to resign the presidency but the immediate result was the rise of the radical right with Black, Manafort and Stone being formed as a lobbying/PR firm and the extreme right-wing oligarch Joseph Coors founding the Heritage Foundation, headed by Edwin Feulner, and the Committee for a Free Congress, headed by Paul Weyrich.”

     If Nixon were alive today, he most likely would be a card carrying member of the ACLU as am I. He might even be a Democrat. His removal from office in a coup that at its center was conceived and controlled by the CIA and Military Intelligence left a vacuum into which the radical right and the white supremacists stepped in.

     I wonder if the liberals in driving Nixon from office realized that in doing so they were opening the door for the radical right to take total control of one of our two major political parties with the end result being the disaster that we face today?

Thank you for your candor Mr. Caddy.

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From the article: Hurricane Harvey and the deadly chorus line of Irma, Jose, and Katia is as close as the Trump presidency will come to a deus ex machina. Handing out billions for hurricane reconstruction will shore up Trump’s faltering support on Wall Street and among major corporations profiting from a bonanza expected to top $100 billion. Until special counsel Robert Mueller and his team of crack lawyers bring a case to trial, Hurricane Harvey is Trump’s chance to Make America Great Again, not by addressing the country’s problems but by covering them over with rebuilt shiny subdivisions, one last sleight of hand while we can still afford it. Like any corrupt banana republic dictator, Trump’s main job is to hand out patronage.

https://blog.lareviewofbooks.org/essays/hurricane-harvey-end-administrative-state/

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Pretty good article, Doug.
That picture pretty much says it, doesn't it? 2 blacks and a hispanic rescuing a white woman and her child while she's holding her dog! Heh heh
All Wall Street sees in the massive spending on the hurricanes is economic stimulus, get in while the getting's good. They'll rebuild it like they rebuilt Iraq.Trump now has an excellent excuse to spend his way into Wall Street  hearts, and hopefully boost his historic low ratings. But will it happen fast enough?
 
Houston has always been an unregulated nightmare, market forces over any concept of civil engineering.
 
Tillman Fertitta, is a Houston  restaurant mogul who recently bought the NBA Houston Rockets recently said " Look we got a 500 year storm, so we won't see another thing like this for 500 years, right?. "What an idiot, they'll  probably see something comparable in 20. Climate change is real and man made, dummies!
 
For fiscal conservatives,it would have been best to have a Democratic President with the Republicans opposing everything they try. Now we'll get a triple whammy, tax cuts for the rich, a massive stimulus, and a big military buildup.
 

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On 9/6/2017 at 3:52 PM, Douglas Caddy said:

     Those of us who founded the modern Conservative Movement in the 1950s had no idea that in doing so we were awakening an evil sleeping giant who in the best interests of mankind should be left alone to slumber undisturbed. I often wonder what William F. Buckley would be saying today. Just before he died I visited with Marvin Liebman who foresaw what was happening and bitterly remarked that “Lenin was right.” I know my college friend, David Franke, with whom I founded the National Student Committee for the Loyalty Oath in 1959, has serious misgivings about the way things turned out. In my legal file above I make clear my own viewpoint with the three following sentences:

“So Black and Manafort and Stone, sad to say, are ethically challenged by-products of the modern conservative movement which decades ago was taken over by opportunists and sociopaths.”

“I left Washington, D.C. in 1979 and moved to Texas once I recognized the bizarre and dangerous direction that the conservative movement was coming to embrace.”

“Liberals rejoiced with Nixon being forced to resign the presidency but the immediate result was the rise of the radical right with Black, Manafort and Stone being formed as a lobbying/PR firm and the extreme right-wing oligarch Joseph Coors founding the Heritage Foundation, headed by Edwin Feulner, and the Committee for a Free Congress, headed by Paul Weyrich.”

     If Nixon were alive today, he most likely would be a card carrying member of the ACLU as am I. He might even be a Democrat. His removal from office in a coup that at its center was conceived and controlled by the CIA and Military Intelligence left a vacuum into which the radical right and the white supremacists stepped in.

     I wonder if the liberals in driving Nixon from office realized that in doing so they were opening the door for the radical right to take total control of one of our two major political parties with the end result being the disaster that we face today?

Thanks for the reply, Mr. Caddy. I admire your courage and the work you do. My post was more in jest than anything else.

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