Redefining the GOP |

Redefining the GOP

In “The Republican Noise Machine,” David Brock describes how the Republican Party was transformed from the centrist position to the extreme right. He explains how former community intellectuals defined the means to brainwash American voters and how the former libertarian Edith Efron’s philosophy perpetuated downsizing government, deregulation, tax reform, curtailing all social programs, enforcing property rights, etc. Her publication of “The News Twisters” over the decades was intended to spin the news into a right-wing bias.

Brock describes a vast network of wealthy Americans and big businesses that collaborated in the collection of money to finance the right-wing propaganda machine: Newspaper journalists, talking heads on TV and radio, judicial watch groups, powerful Washington lobbyists, many think-tank groups, political authors and magazine publishers. The allocation of finances for these groups is controlled by the Philanthropy Roundtable.

However, the Council for National Policy defines what the daily propaganda message will be before it is disseminated by all the above groups. They all receive the message simultaneously and deliver it via the media. We, therefore, no longer live in a democracy that engenders the free exchange of ideas; we’ve become virtual robots who are not required to think.

Chuck Idler

Penn Valley

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