The CNP - Page 2
Anyway, back to the CNP
The CNP is so secretive that (like the Mafia or Mi6) there is a policy not only to deny membership but also to avoid admitting that the group itself exists. The New York Times has previously described the group as, "a little- known club of a few hundred of the most powerful conservatives in the country." The Nation has called it a secretive organization that "networks wealthy right-wing donors together with top conservative operatives to plan long-term movement strategy." The CNP meets three times a year in a secret location, membership lists are not openly published.
In 1981, the CNP's first executive director told Newsweek that "One day before the end of this century, the Council will be so influential that no president, regardless of party of philosophy, will be able to ignore us or our concerns or shut us out of the highest levels of government."
How much influence do they have?
Well apparently before the most recent election cycle, each and every republican candidate had to perform a speech at the CNP. Was this an audition for approval? It certainly looks that way. The National Review reported that each potential candidate had thirty minutes to show the audience that they were in line with their hopes for America.
The CNP describes itself as "an educational foundation organized under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. We do not lobby Congress, support candidates, or issue public policy statements on controversial issues. Our over 600 members include many of our nation's leaders from the fields of government, business, the media, religion, and the professions. Our members are united in their belief in a free enterprise system, a strong national defence, and support for traditional western values. They meet to share the best information available on national and world problems, know one another on a personal basis, and collaborate in achieving their shared goals."
Marc J. Ambinder of ABC News said about the CNP: "The group wants to be the conservative version of the Council on Foreign Relations."
The CNP's 2014 vision statement lays out its goal:
"A united conservative movement to assure, by 2020, policy leadership and governance that restores religious and economic freedom, a strong national defence, and Judeo-Christian values under the Constitution."
The Salt Lake City Tribune reported on the CNP, "Members are told not to discuss the group, reveal the topics discussed in the closed-door meetings, or even say whether or not they are members of the organization." The membership list is "strictly confidential" and guests may attend "only with the unanimous approval of the executive committee,"
The New York Times has reported of the CNP's gatherings "The media should not know when or where we meet or who takes part in our programs, before or after a meeting."
Over the years the CNP has been given millions of dollars from the Unification Church of the Reverend Sun Myung Moon. We discussed in the previous blog that this church is essentially a front for CIA mind control experiments and is financed by the CIA. Hence the CNP is also funded by the CIA.
Who are the members of this group?
A few names have been leaked on tax forms or on lists from whistleblowers but on the whole the CNP, which can be joined by invitation only and at the cost of several thousands of dollars, has managed to maintain secrecy about its membership.
Executive directors of the CNP have included Woody Jenkins, Morton Blackwell and Bob Reccord. Presidents of the CNP have included Nelson Bunker Hunt (John Birch Society), Richard DeVos (who founded the Amway shopping empire – Betsy DeVos's dad), Pat Robertson (The insane Christian Evangelist) retired Judge Paul Pressler of Houston, and former Reagan Cabinet secretaries Edwin Meese and Donald Hodel.
The Heritage Foundation is, of course well represented (It was founded with the help of Paul Weyrich after all) with members John Singlaub, Edwin J Feulner and Jerry Falwell all also enjoying membership to the CNP.
Some familiar faces
The Mercer family are all members of the CNP and that is the connection between Cambridge Analytica, Trump, the Heritage Foundation, the Koch brothers, Breitbart and the CNP. Steve Bannon and Kellyanne Conway both of whom either work or worked closely with the President and the Mercer empire are also members of the CNP. The current Vice President Mike Pence is also a member of the CNP. Oliver North, the disgraced traitor, who protected Reagan during the Iran/Contra scandal, is also a member of the CNP. John Ashcroft (George W Bush's Attorney General) is a member as is gun rights activist and head of the lobbying group Gun Owners of America, Larry Pratt. Also a member of the CNP is Elsa Prince, the mother of Erik Prince (who runs Blackwater mercenaries) and Betsy DeVos (the current education secretary). Wayne Lapierre of the NRA is also a member of the CNP. It is strongly rumoured, although I haven't found solid evidence yet, that William Regnery (NPI, Charles Martel Society and sponsor of Richard Spencer) is also a member of the CNP. Are we beginning to notice a pattern here?
Foster Friess, a stock picker who was recognized in 2011 for contributions exceeding $1 million to the right-wing funding apparatus started by brothers Charles and David Koch is also a member of the CNP. Friess is notorious for throwing himself an almost $8 million birthday party and saying on TV that women used to avoid pregnancy by putting a Bayer aspirin "between their knees." In case you were curious, this is not effective.
Paul S Teller, who worked as a chief of staff to Ted Cruz (the original choice of Cambridge Analytica) is also a member of the CNP. Frank Gaffney who once worked as an advisor to Ted Cruz is also a member. Later, after Cruz was unsuccessful in his Presidential bid, Gaffney went to work for Trump and famously provided the President with inaccurate propaganda about Muslims living in America wanting violent jihad which allowed for Trump to push ahead with his totally not a Muslim ban, travel ban that he and various members of his staff repeatedly called a Muslim ban. Again do I really need to spell out the similarities and reoccurring themes here?
Tony Perkins, who heads up the anti-LGBT Family Research Council is also a member and was in fact Vice President in 2014. Perkins is a particularly odious arsehole who has falsely claimed that paedophilia is "a homosexual problem," said that gay people "recruit" children. In the past Perkins was caught sending promotional material for a candidate he was promoting to a KKK mailing list that he bought direct from former Grand High Dragon and massive twat David Duke (for those wondering he is not a real dragon). In 2001 Perkins spoke in front of the White Supremacist Group the Council of Conservative Citizens, which was the group to which Dylann Roof was a member and claimed had inspired him to shoot up a church predominantly visited by people of colour.
This is all depressingly familiar
Michael Peroutka is currently on the board of governors for the CNP. Peroutka was for many years on the board of the League of the South, a neo-Confederate hate group that advocates for a newly seceded South ruled by white people. He was also the 2004 presidential candidate for the Constitution Party, a far-right group opposed to abortion in all cases. He has appeared on a white nationalist radio show.
Jerome Corsi, who until very recently was a regular guest on Alex jone's Infowars is also a member of the board of governors for the CNP as is his employer Joseph Farrah who runs the website WorldNetDaily.
Further board members of the CNP, include such delights as Mat Staver, the leader of the anti LGBT group the Liberty Council and has fought to recriminalize homosexuality and Alan Sears founder of the Alliance Defending Freedom and the co-author of The Homosexual Agenda: Exposing the Principal Threat to Religious Freedom Today.
Austin Ruse, whilst being a board member for the CNP has also got the time to head the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute which, despite its name actually argues against human rights, particularly if you happen to be gay. Ruse was once fired from a far right radio show associated with the American Family Association when, in an alarmingly anti intellectual rant, he suggested rounding up and shooting liberal professors.
Another board member is Tim Wildmon who also leads the American Family Association. Not surprisingly he is anti everyone who doesn't happen to be rich, white and Christian and has in the past made such ludicrous reactionary statements as "homosexuality gave us the Brown Shirts, the Nazi war machine and six million dead Jews."
Previous Presidential candidates Rick Santorum, Gary Bauer, Herman Cain, Steve Forbes and Jim Gilmore are all listed as members of the CNP.
The leaders of key conservative and like-minded groups are also on the roster, such as Citizens United President David Bossie, former Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint, Tea Party Express Chairman Amy Kremer, National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre, Club for Growth leader David McIntosh, Judicial Watch President Thomas Fitton, Operation Rescue President Troy Newman, Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist, and Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of Tea Party Patriots.
Christopher Ruddy, Newsmax founder, CEO and president; and Neil Patel, co-founder of The Daily Caller are also members of the CNP.
(Thankfully) dead members.
In 2014 a CNP document was leaked that contained an In Memoriam page, it wasn't full of very nice people, I have to be honest.
Madeleine Cosman is listed in the document. She is known for being a particularly nasty old racist and in 2005 she proclaimed "most Latino immigrant men molest girls under 12, although some specialize in boys, and some in nuns." The same year she was the source for a story repeated on CNN that an illegal immigrant had reintroduced leprosy into the United States.
Howard Phillips was also listed as having been a member before he died. Phillips founded the political group the US Taxpayers Party in 1992. Their stated goal was to implement biblical law in America. Unsurprisingly, Phillips was also known for his opposition to the Voting Rights Act, homosexuality, pornography, immigrants and abortion.
John Rousas Rushdoony, who is also listed in the 2014 directory's "In Memoriam" section also held similar views to Phillips. Rushdoony passionately advocated for a society ruled by Old Testament law requiring, among other things, the stoning of adulteresses, idolaters and "incorrigible" children.
W. Cleon Skousen was also remembered in the document. Skousen was a member and prominent speaker at the John Birch Society and was known for his defence of the Mormon Church when they were trying to exclude people of colour from joining their church. Obviously Skousen was also obsessed with the coming Communist takeover and wrote a book, The Naked Capitalist, which remains a major source of conspiracy theories for people including television personality Glenn Beck.
So it is safe to say that this is a very unpleasant group with a huge amount of very unpleasant members, though in a small mercy some of them are already dead. What is worrying is the influence that they have on current politics.
Ok, so the CNP and Heritage Foundation and numerous other conservative groups all argue for small government. Now what does that mean? On the face of it that sounds great, limited oversight and control, as opposed to Nazi like totalitarian influences over every aspect o your existence. That is not what it means sadly. What it means is not individual freedom, on the contrary these groups want stop you doing all sorts of things ranging from sexual practice to workers rights and what you are allowed to consume and what standards of safety should be applied to products that you buy. What they mean is no government oversight on their business practices. This means no close examination of the way they treat workers, their tax practices, their policies and procedures in regards to workers rights, working hours, holidays or protections. It is not to stop a 1984 society; it is to make them the arbiter of such systems.
Look, I am as anti-government punk rock as they come (see my mighty tattoos). Bad Brains, White Riot, Rich Kids on LSD for crying out loud! Yeah? No? Ahem! Anyway, this is not anti establishment, it is a device for big business to avoid scrutiny and leverage profits against the safety and security of normal people. It is certainly not punk rock, it's about as punk rock as Darcy Bussell drinking a slightly sugary cup of tea with her aunt at brunch.
In 2007 Rudy Giuliani was considering running for President for the Republican Party. In September 2007 the CNP met at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City and destroyed any chance that he had. The CNP announced that if the Republican Party was to back Giuliani, then the CNP would introduce a third party candidate (an independent) to oppose him. The reason was that Giuliani was not conservative enough for the CNP; he was pretty liberal on abortion, gay rights and gun ownership. The CNP made their position clear and Giuliani backed out of the race. US Vice President Dick Cheney spoke at this meeting as did Mitt Romney, strangely Giuliani did not attend.
The CNP eventually gave their blessing to candidate John McCain, but only if he agreed to have the cognitively challenged Sarah Palin as his Vice President.
As reported by the Huffington Post:
"Last week, while the media focused almost obsessively on the DNC's spectacle in Denver, the country's most influential conservatives met quietly at a hotel in downtown Minneapolis to get to know Sarah Palin. The assembled were members of the Council for National Policy, an ultra-secretive cabal that networks wealthy right-wing donors together with top conservative operatives to plan long-term movement strategy.
CNP members have included Tony Perkins, James Dobson, Grover Norquist, Tim LaHaye and Paul Weyrich. At a secret 2000 meeting of the CNP, George W. Bush promised to nominate only pro-life judges; in 2004, then-Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist told the group, "The destiny of the nation is on the shoulders of the conservative movement." This year, thanks to Sarah Palin's selection, the movement may have finally aligned itself behind the campaign of John McCain.
Minnery described the mood as CNP members watched Palin accept her selection as John McCain's Vice Presidential pick. "I was standing in the back of a ballroom filled with largely Republicans who were hoping against hope that something would put excitement back into this campaign," Minnery said. "And I have to tell you, that speech by Alaska Governor Sarah Palin — people were on their seats applauding, cheering, yelling... That room in Minneapolis watching on the television screen was electrified. I have not seen anything like it in a long time."
Minnery added that his boss, Dobson, has yearned for a conservative female leader like Margaret Thatcher to emerge on the American scene. And while Palin is no Thatcher, "she has not rejected the feminine side of who she is, so for that reason, she will be attractive to conservative voters."
The members of the Council for National Policy are the hidden hand behind McCain's Palin pick. With her selection, the Republican nominee is suddenly — and unexpectedly — assured of the support of a movement that once opposed his candidacy with all its might."
In 1999, a speech given to the CNP by Republican candidate George W. Bush is credited with helping him gain the support of conservatives in his successful bid for the United States Presidency in 2000. The content of the speech has never been released by the CNP or by Bush
The CNP's influence seemed to be a major part in getting the younger stupider Bush elected as President of the USA. Reporter Marc Ambinder noted that shortly after "candidate George W. Bush spoke before a closed-press CNP session in San Antonio...magisterial conservatives pronounced the allegedly moderate younger Bush fit for the mantle of Republican leadership."
Those speaking in recent years to the CNP have included President George W. Bush; Bush's vice president, Dick Cheney; and Clarence Thomas, one of the most conservative justices on the Supreme Court. The speakers at CNP's candidate forum in October 2015 included Trump, Ben Carson, Jim Gilmore, Lindsey Graham, Rand Paul and Rick Santorum.