America's Most Dangerous Enemy

This danger lurks within our borders—a powerful network of organizations, which, while once vital to our country, now serves to weaken and ultimately ruin America.

Sound like a conspiracy theory? Damn straight! This article frames the fossil fuel industry with language appropriate to those interested in defending America. Rightly so. It is our biggest threat.

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"Every day, the fossil fuel industry spends $167,000 on lobbying , and millions yearly on campaign contributions. They spent $367 million on TV ads this past election alone. These lavish political expenditures ensure that politicians are more beholden to the fossil fuel industries than they are to We the People. Against the direct interest of America, they have set up a government largely of the fossil fuel industry, by the fossil fuel industry, and for the fossil fuel industry."
~ Adam Greenberg

If it sounds like a conspiracy, looks like a conspiracy, acts like a conspiracy, it is a conspiracy.

It's our unelected corporate government (a much more accurate framing than "corporate America").

Read more on the power of framing in Jill Klausen's article, "5 Words And Phrases Democrats Should Never Say Again ... And What To Replace Them With":

I read a phrase, in Foreign Affairs no less (the magazine of the Council on Foreign Relation) referring to the religio-industrial complex forcing its way into our government (shudder)

I agree with your "shudder". 

By the way, James and Grinning Cat, I tried to Reply to your comments and I was sent to the top of the page. This time I was able to post in "Reply". 

Great references, thanks!

Grinning Cat, an excellent referral and I join you in recommending it. The article listed a reading list and I have read and recommend them. Here they are:

▶ Framing the issues: UC Berkeley professor George Lakoff tells how conservatives use language to dominate politics ~ By Bonnie Azab Powell, NewsCenter
▶ Words That Don't Work ~ By George Lakoff (If you read nothing else from the below list, this article and the one immediately above are Must Reads.)
▶ The New American Lexicon ~ By Frank I. Luntz
▶ The Language Police: Gettin’ Jiggy with Frank Luntz ~ By by Nancy Snow at Common Dreams
▶ Frank Luntz Teaches GOP Governors How to Lie More Effectively ~ By Charles Johnson at Little Green Footballs
▶ How Republicans are being taught to talk about Occupy Wall Street ~ By Chris Moody at The Ticket
▶ Frank Luntz: New American Lexicon 2006 ~ By Political Cortex - Brain Food For The Body Politic
▶ The Worst Political Failure Of The Obama Administration ~ By Joe Weisenthal at Business Insider (Trust me, it's relevant—and not what you think it is. Great article.)
▶ Raise Taxes on Rich to Reward True Job Creators ~ By Nick Hanauer at Bloomberg Businessweek
▶ Koch, Exxon Mobil Among Corporations Helping Write State Laws ~ By Alison Fitzgerald at Bloomberg
▶ How to qualify for Medicare

*Thanks go to Crooks and Liars member jupiter2 for suggesting the word "work" instead of the word "labor," which I originally had. All input is welcome and considered.

This post originally appeared at Reelect Democrats
James Kz, I Googled "Foreign Affairs + Council on Foreign Relation + religio-industrial complex" and came up with many old articles and they referred to Islam. Do you have a date or a title to help me narrow down the article to which you refer?

Ruth, I have tried several times yesterday and today  to "Like" your article and I do not appear. I just want you to know I very much like and appreciate the information you share with us. 




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