A colleague of mine is reading George Soros' new book, and since Soros is the deepest pocket behind the political 527 organization MoveOn.org, I thought it worth my while to do a little research into the man.
Soros is among the richest men in the world, and was a huge lobbyist for campaign finance reform (CFR), in order to "reduce the corrupting influence of very large donors" and to ban "issue advocacy"advertising by groups like the NRA.
During debate on CFR legislation, Chris Dodd (D-CT) described soft money as "Money that threatens to drown out the voice of the average voter of average means; money that creates the appearance that a wealthy few have a disproportionate say over public policy."
Unremarked upon by Dodd and other CFR supporters was the support of Soros for the bill, and that without the millions of lobbying dollars spent by that single wealthy individual, the bill would probably have failed. A further little-known wrinkle is that Soros spent millions more to create legal "research" in order to engineer the ultimate defeat of Supreme Court challenges to CFR.
Having essentially created and ramrodded CFR through the congress and courts, Soros has turned his attention on his real goal, the defeat of George W. Bush, calling it "the central focus of my life," and promising to spend all of his billions of dollars if necessary.
Contrast this with Dodd's decrial of "money that threatens to drown out the voice of the voter of average means." The NRA, surely a group of individuals of average means, is now prohibited from running campaign advertising, while Soros-funded organizations such as MoveOn, are not (a result recently affirmed by the Federal Election Committee).
So now that Soros has succeeded in maximizing his own influence while minimizing that of we commoners, it is reasonable to ask what agenda lies behind his efforts.
Soros believes in "the open society," a system of global democracy that subjugates national statehood. I do not want to turn this post into an analysis of the implications of stateless global democracy, but suffice it to say that we are clearly not yet ready for a Star Trek economy.
So how does Soros (the inventor of the "hedge fund" which makes money for wealthy shareholders in declining markets and known as the man who "broke the bank of England" netting $1.1 billion dollars on the backs of working people) justify his funding of groups operating outside the bounds of his own CFR bill?
I am not motivated by self-interest, but what I believe to be the public interest. So when the RNC attacks me and distorts my motives ... you see, I'm different from their contributers.
Got that, readers? If you want to contribute to an NRA ad because you like your pistol, you are prohibited thanks to the efforts and wealth of George Soros.
If George Soros, on the other hand, wants to buy an entire MoveOn ad campaign in support of the central focus in his life, defeating George W. Bush, that is okay, because he is not like you.
Soros believes, in effect, that he is above the law, or even the questioning of his motives, because he is sure he is right. He believes the purety and altruism of his motives render him above the law he helped create.
Having used global international markets and capitalism to make himself one of the wealthiest men in the world, George Soros now seeks to utilize the very fruits of those systems to tear them apart.