Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN), increasingly known as “Dangerous Dick,” has a serious Republican challenger, Richard Mourdock, bearing down, with only a 6 point lag in the polls, 42 to 39 as of March 19th. Lugar moved into the Senate seat for Indiana in 1977 and has been there since. He has one Democrat challenger, Joe Donnelly, generally considered to be a weak candidate. If there is anything you need to know about Lugar besides being the lead Republican point man pushing the START Treaty, it’s his long membership in the Council for a Livable World. At the bottom of this article, see a summary of the generally Conservative position on START which is designed to weaken U.S. missile defense. On to the Council for a Livable World:
Founded in 1962 by Manhattan Project nuclear scientist, leftist and reported Soviet agent, Leo Szilard, and led by long time Socialist Party USA/Democratic Socialists of America affiliate Jerome Grossman and more lately senior Democrat Congressman turned D.S.A. member David Bonior. Council for a Livable World is the US’ leading pro-disarmament lobby group/PAC.
The CLW has funded hundreds of US Senators and Congressmen in its history, almost all Democrats. In recent years, Lugar has been the only Republican to receive C.L.W. largess.
C.L.W.’s long time CEO, Jerome Grossman, claims that by funding Senators at the beginning of their careers, the C.L.W. was able to influence them later when needed.
Now Council for a Livable World is playing the money game… We try to find obscure people who would make good Senators or Representatives and early on try to give them the initial funding. Now we can’t compete with the big money. We only raise a million and a half each election cycle. But that’s a million and a half that has no cost to them. Because we get in early, and because it’s tied to issues, seems to have some kind of an effect. Then if we elect somebody they’re eternally grateful. Then we go and we are able to get a hearing.
I do not know how much money Lugar has received from C.L.W. over the years, but as he has been in the US Senate since 1976, it could be a considerable amount. How much influence did this money buy?
Why would a socialist like Jerome Grossman ever fund a Republican Senator – what would he hope to gain for his cause?
Grossman penned an article for the opinion page of Atlantic Community.org, January 22, 2010, in which he called for Republicans to be brought to the nuclear disarmament cause – by invoking the farcical line that giving up US nuclear superiority would strengthen “US hegemony.”
A world without nuclear weapons would do much in terms of security, but more so, it would enhance and protect the superpower status of the United States. Giving up nuclear weapons and accepting US hegemony may be the price humanity must pay to avert the threat of total annihilation.
President Barack Obama has called for a major change in world policy on nuclear weapons, leading to eventual elimination. His initiative is supported by a powerful group of conservative and military allies led by former Republican Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and George Schultz and Democrats former Secretary of Defense William Perry and Sam Nunn, longtime Chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
These leaders recognize that nuclear weapons are the most inhumane and dangerous ever conceived, that kill and maim without discrimination, the only weapons ever invented that could destroy all life on planet Earth. That must not happen. Disarmament is the only answer: If any country has nuclear weapons, others will want them. Then, some day they will be used by accident, mistake, or design – the ultimate catastrophe.
These conservative leaders agree with the Democrats in the US Senate. Both argue for dramatic reforms in the US and world nuclear policy. The problem is political, how to persuade the Republican Senators to adopt these reforms. It won’t happen unless Kissinger et al do some serious lobbying. Obama can not do it alone and GOP support is essential…
The Council for a Livable World a host of Democrats, including Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton and John Kerry.
Simply put, the New START Treaty is a staggeringly bad deal for the United States, and an extraordinarily good one for Vladimir Putin’s increasingly hostile and authoritarian Russia. President Obama needs to respect the will of the American electorate and allow the new Senate to vote on the Treaty, and fully scrutinise and debate the details of an agreement which, if ratified in its current form, will dramatically undercut America’s global missile defences. The White House is pressing for another monumental surrender to Moscow which will only strengthen the hand of a key US adversary.
Further confirmation that the Russians are clearly in the driving seat, and can’t wait to get this agreement ratified, was provided in astonishing fashion yesterday by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who warned the US Senate to fall in line and drop any talk of amending the treaty. The last time I checked, Lavrov wasn’t elected by the American people, but he clearly thinks he can tell them what to do.
The White House’s response should be to tell the Russian government to mind its own business, and be prepared to renegotiate the treaty, but unfortunately the Obama presidency is simply content to move its feet to Moscow’s tune like a dancing bear at a St. Petersburg circus. This is all deeply humiliating for the most powerful nation on earth. US lawmakers should recognise this farce for what it is: the humiliating appeasement of a deeply unpleasant and hostile regime that is actively working against US interests and security on the world stage.
Flashback, oh…just one day and revisit Obama telling Russian outgoing President Dmitry Medvedev to be patient, that after the November elections (when he – Obama – wins reelection) he will take up missile reduction again. The message was designed to be sent to incoming President Vladimir Putin, who can once again run the country in the clear light of day, rather than hiding behind Medvedev.
Legal Insurrection has information on Lugar and what may be his “worst blow yet.” I’ll have more on Mourdock in coming days. Check his list endorsements. Visit Richard Mourdock’s campaign page here and donate if you can – he is up against big money from Lugar backing.