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Weyrich: Acceptance of Election Fraud Shows Demise

Monday, 20 November 2000 12:00 AM

Noting that the election fraud was occurring right out in public "in an in-your-face way," Weyrich told a conservative conference in the Washington area that 20 or 40 years ago, the blatant quest for a dishonest electoral result "would have been met with an outrage" that would have forced the perpetrators to abandon the strategy.

In contrast, today’s dishonesty has caused a wringing of hands and "quiet rage in some parts of the country and in some households," but they get by with it because eight years of lying, cheating and stealing have jaded public sensibilities.

In his annual "State of the Conservative Movement" address, the longtime activist said last week: "If you take a look at what is going on right now in the whole presidential election business, you see absolute proof of what I was talking about [in the ‘culture’ statement two years ago] because right now the election is attempting to be stolen right out in front with impunity in a way that we have never seen before."

Weyrich, who heads the Free Congress Foundation, emphasized that contrary to misinterpretations of his message in late 1998 and early 1999, he did not urge conservatives to get out of politics.

"I would have repudiated my whole life if I had said get out of politics," the conservative leader said.

"What I did say was don’t depend upon the politicians. Don’t put all of your eggs in the political basket, because you’re going to be disappointed because at the end of the day they’re not the ones that are going to deliver for you. You’re going to have to deliver for yourself."

In his remarks to the Conservative Leadership Conference, Weyrich warned activists they were going to have to "revolt against the political correctness" and "tell the truth regardless of who it ‘offends’ because unless we do, we’re going to find ourselves so hemmed in that ultimately nobody’s going to know what we’re talking about."

In fact, he argued, the Bush campaign fell down in this respect because nobody "in the neighborhood" (Weyrich’s term for street-corner, gut-instinct conservatism) knew what Bush was talking about.

"I happen to personally like George W. Bush," said the Free Congress leader. "I know him. I worked with him very closely" in past political efforts.

Although he views the GOP presidential candidate as "a decent guy" who took on worthy issues, most notably Social Security, "he ran a politically correct campaign which was fearful of tackling all of the corruption and all of the ... things that had been done in the administration that should have been issues."

If done skillfully, Weyrich said, he still has "enough faith in the American people that I think the result would have been very, very different." As it turned out, to the average person who doesn’t eat, sleep and think politics, the Bush campaign seemed "indistinguishable from their opponents."

A similar theme was sounded by Reed Irvine, director of Accuracy in Media (AIM).

He issued a paper at the conference declaring that "Bush could have won in a landslide" but that the Republican candidate’s fear that a negative campaign would alienate voters "worked to Gore’s advantage because, in a negative campaign, he would have been outgunned."

It was not in Al Gore’s political interest to have to explain all the "evidence in the public record of serious violations of law by Clinton and Gore and their efforts to cover up their crimes."

On the other hand, Irvine noted, the Gore campaign did not shy away from negative campaigning.

"I learned of a few black Cub Scouts who told their den mother that if Bush won, they would starve," he told the conferees.

The 24-year-old Bush DUI arrest was known to a Maine newspaper in June, and the editors did not think it was relevant to the issues in the campaign. But, of course, a Gore supporter dropped it into the lap of a TV reporter five days before the election, and suddenly it was big news.

"The next biggest scandal, judging from Nexis searches of media [campaign] coverage," said the AIM leader, was the Bush commercial that flashed the word RATS on the screen for a thirtieth of a second," an idea based on "a 40-year hoax."

On the other hand, Irvine chastised the media for the relatively small amount of coverage accorded stories of Gore scandals such as solicitation of large contributions from Texas trial lawyers in return for a promise to veto tort reform. Also largely hidden from public view was the "White House e-mails scandal" dealing with information on the worst White House crimes.

The most pessimistic comments at the Conservative Leadership Conference came from former Republican presidential hopeful Alan Keyes. The former ambassador in the Reagan administration said that regardless of the outcome of the post-election ballot fight, the country will continue to be torn by "rancor, division and bitterness."

Keyes declared a President Bush would face a slim GOP majority in Congress effectively dominated by liberals. And because of his having gained the presidency "by a thread," he will feel the pressure to do "something" and that "something" will be in tune with the left-wing agenda if it is to get through Congress.

Thus, according to Keyes, this will put "the camel’s nose under the tent" and "the Reagan years will finally be laid to rest," a goal he believes was the secret aim of the administration of the elder Bush.

Weyrich, in his "State of the Conservative Movement" address, expressed a fear that a split is developing between "constitutional conservatives" and the so-called religious right.

Among the examples he cited were the Elian Gonzalez case and the effort to curb gambling on the Internet.

In the Gonzalez case, some family values conservatives (notably Rep. Steve Largent, R-Okla., saw the issue as uniting the boy with his father, rather than the jackboot unconstitutional methods of the Clinton Justice Department in snatching him away from his Miami relatives and away from freedom, and sending him back to one of Castro’s indoctrination centers.

As for gambling on the Internet, the Free Congress president said he deplored gambling and its effect on the family, but added there were certain constitutional procedures that some pro-family conservatives are willing to disregard to achieve their objectives.

The two strains of conservative thought thrived together during the Reagan era, Weyrich noted. A fundamental split between them could spell "serious trouble" for the movement.

Phyllis Schlafly, whose Eagle Forum concentrates largely on family issues, reviewed for the conservative audience another set of issues.

She listed international treaties (even those that are unratified), arbitrary bureaucratic rules, and executive orders that pose significant threats to the freedoms Americans have long taken for granted.

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