An essay on lobby groups and think tanks

by humblesmugdotme

“[In Canada] There are some 5,000 active lobbyists working at any given time, and around 25,000 that have registered since 1988. The number of lobbyists over the course of a year — many will deregister as soon as they’ve finished work for a company or organization. 

The Lobbying Act is rife with loopholes, making it very difficult for citizens to keep track of when and with whom corporations and organizations are meeting.”

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It has been suggested in recent years that corporations and political and economic elites use their financial advantages; the ability to own a newspaper, or a television channel, or a sports team–maybe a sports league–or maybe just pro sports? Because these are the things that are so far essential to society–the sports, the internet, the technology, the coveted resources like oil.

Creating a space where the lobbyists work to achieve a reality for the billionaires they are financed by. Every gigantic corporation would have this type of chore, to lobby the politicians and societal structures into holding certain stances or making specific things legal or illegal or accessible and so forth. It seems apparent, though, that many of these big businesses merge their interests; they find that they have similar challenges, and so they bulk up and operate in a much more gigantic manner.

To take a modern day example, here we have the Israel lobby admitting for the zillionth time that it sponsors and values the mercenaries which Isis consists of:

“According to a think tank that does contract work for NATO and the Israeli government, the West should not destroy ISIS, the fascist Islamist extremist group that is committing genocide and ethnically cleansing minority groups in Syria and Iraq.

Head of a right-wing think tank says the existence of Isis serves a ‘strategic purpose’ in the West’s interests?”

The fact that these rich racist heartless people are hindering the livelihood and equality of all human beings, even killing animals and spreading catastrophe into the climate, is undeniably an ugly plague upon humanity. The fight for freedom against the status quo continues.

Alleged news stories feature words like “activists” or “millennials” in a derogatory sense. You know, those people who care about human rights, and will have you believe that the world is this corrupt evil place, and that everything you’ve been led to believe is propaganda…. 

Justin Trudeau’s national campaign co-chair said this, after being caught providing detailed advice to TransCanada on how to lobby the next Liberal government: “I have always conducted my business openly and in full accordance with the rules.”

What this old man did wasn’t even considered illegal! According to these criminals who govern us, these made up rules that lobbyists and legislatures and fake congresses create are all that matter. The outcomes don’t matter. What happens afterwards to hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people, doesn’t matter. The stranglehold continues to be initiated and constant.

The Canadian government is a lot more hush hush than the US, where practically everything is out in the open with the police executing black people in the streets, and the government being blatantly corrupt with moguls headlining newspapers, about donations in the one hundred millions to presidential candidates, as if that is any indication for justice and democracy. George Bush and Dick Cheney et al aren’t remotely frightened that they will ever be held accountable for their crimes.

In Canada, the newspapers are censored and a vast majority of them are owned by the same corporation. Justin Trudeau is legitimately just as bad as Harper other than legalizing pot and apparently heroine to help those with addiction problems lose their addiction in a manageable manner. While certain Canadians live in their deluded fantasy lands that Canada should not interfere with anything internationally and should focus on itself, it is an actual reality that Canada has and will continue to have an elaborate foreign policy that is rarely broadcasted for the public to see, and when it is, the comments section of said piece is mostly bullying by stupid people and/or the lobbyists themselves.

Canada consistently supports the Western agenda, led by America and Israel, pulling the rest of NATO in an irreversible direction. Canada continues to be a tool for the Zionist European Jewish ethnocracy which continues to colonize atop the blood and bones of recently massacred indigenous Palestinian people. Meanwhile, Israel continues its expansionist agenda in the middle east. It has an easy job, all things considered, because everyone does most of the dirty work for it. All Israel has to do is treat wounded Isis fighters from time to time, and provide weapons and air strikes against those fighting against Isis.  

To conclude with another excerpt from Walt and Mearsheimers “The Israel Lobby“:

“The explanation is the unmatched power of the Israel Lobby. We use ‘the Lobby’ as shorthand for the loose coalition of individuals and organisations who actively work to steer US foreign policy in a pro-Israel direction. This is not meant to suggest that ‘the Lobby’ is a unified movement with a central leadership, or that individuals within it do not disagree on certain issues. Not all Jewish Americans are part of the Lobby, because Israel is not a salient issue for many of them. In a 2004 survey, for example, roughly 36 per cent of American Jews said they were either ‘not very’ or ‘not at all’ emotionally attached to Israel.

Jewish Americans also differ on specific Israeli policies. Many of the key organisations in the Lobby, such as the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organisations, are run by hardliners who generally support the Likud Party’s expansionist policies, including its hostility to the Oslo peace process. The bulk of US Jewry, meanwhile, is more inclined to make concessions to the Palestinians, and a few groups – such as Jewish Voice for Peace – strongly advocate such steps. Despite these differences, moderates and hardliners both favour giving steadfast support to Israel.

Not surprisingly, American Jewish leaders often consult Israeli officials, to make sure that their actions advance Israeli goals. As one activist from a major Jewish organisation wrote, ‘it is routine for us to say: “This is our policy on a certain issue, but we must check what the Israelis think.” We as a community do it all the time.’ There is a strong prejudice against criticising Israeli policy, and putting pressure on Israel is considered out of order. Edgar Bronfman Sr, the president of the World Jewish Congress, was accused of ‘perfidy’ when he wrote a letter to President Bush in mid-2003 urging him to persuade Israel to curb construction of its controversial ‘security fence’. His critics said that ‘it would be obscene at any time for the president of the World Jewish Congress to lobby the president of the United States to resist policies being promoted by the government of Israel.’

Similarly, when the president of the Israel Policy Forum, Seymour Reich, advised Condoleezza Rice in November 2005 to ask Israel to reopen a critical border crossing in the Gaza Strip, his action was denounced as ‘irresponsible’: ‘There is,’ his critics said, ‘absolutely no room in the Jewish mainstream for actively canvassing against the security-related policies … of Israel.’ Recoiling from these attacks, Reich announced that ‘the word “pressure” is not in my vocabulary when it comes to Israel.’

Jewish Americans have set up an impressive array of organisations to influence American foreign policy, of which AIPAC is the most powerful and best known. In 1997,Fortune magazine asked members of Congress and their staffs to list the most powerful lobbies in Washington. AIPAC was ranked second behind the American Association of Retired People, but ahead of the AFL-CIO and the National Rifle Association. ANational Journal study in March 2005 reached a similar conclusion, placing AIPAC in second place (tied with AARP) in the Washington ‘muscle rankings’.

The Lobby also includes prominent Christian evangelicals like Gary Bauer, Jerry Falwell, Ralph Reed and Pat Robertson, as well as Dick Armey and Tom DeLay, former majority leaders in the House of Representatives, all of whom believe Israel’s rebirth is the fulfilment of biblical prophecy and support its expansionist agenda; to do otherwise, they believe, would be contrary to God’s will. Neo-conservative gentiles such as John Bolton; Robert Bartley, the former Wall Street Journal editor; William Bennett, the former secretary of education; Jeane Kirkpatrick, the former UN ambassador; and the influential columnist George Will are also steadfast supporters.

The US form of government offers activists many ways of influencing the policy process. Interest groups can lobby elected representatives and members of the executive branch, make campaign contributions, vote in elections, try to mould public opinion etc. They enjoy a disproportionate amount of influence when they are committed to an issue to which the bulk of the population is indifferent. Policymakers will tend to accommodate those who care about the issue, even if their numbers are small, confident that the rest of the population will not penalise them for doing so.

In its basic operations, the Israel Lobby is no different from the farm lobby, steel or textile workers’ unions, or other ethnic lobbies. There is nothing improper about American Jews and their Christian allies attempting to sway US policy: the Lobby’s activities are not a conspiracy of the sort depicted in tracts like the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. For the most part, the individuals and groups that comprise it are only doing what other special interest groups do, but doing it very much better. By contrast, pro-Arab interest groups, in so far as they exist at all, are weak, which makes the Israel Lobby’s task even easier.”

The questions remain: is this practice ethical, or moral? And should it be legal? If you ask me, every lobby group should be monitored much more closely. Those which pretend to be philanthropic in nature yet assist in maintaining military occupation and outright world wide aggression should no longer be permitted to legally operate. The dealings between politicians and lobbyists–especially in the case of pay for play–must be totally transparent, lest millions of dollars be used to sway political leaderships on critical issues in favour of corporations. 

It seems to make sense, that lobby groups exist, given reality. But they should not be able to do whatever they want, whenever they want. In other words, they should not be able to achieve the goals of the gangster zionist state; they should not be able to cause wars and instability and murder government leaderships; they should not be able to access and sell oil, or to fight for regional dominance where the oil is coveted and where the zionist state oppresses its inhabitants and neighbours.

The lobbyists must pay for what they have done. And it is my intention that they will.