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Moral Mondays on the Move

The left’s NC Blueprint is now spreading.

By 1.30.14

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Last week a Reverend — who resides in the same category of “Reverends” as Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson — impugned the intellectual integrity of Sen. Tim Scott, alleging that the South Carolina Republican is literally a mindless mouthpiece for the Tea Party.

Within the constricted worldview of Rev. Dr. (dual honors of dubious worth) William Barber II, leader of North Carolina’s chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, behaving conservative while black is an offense deserving of discredit. Hence his Martin Luther King Day remarks in Columbia, S.C. condemned “right-wing extremists,” with the Palmetto State’s replacement for Jim DeMint singled out for special denunciation.

“A ventriloquist can always find a good dummy…,” Barber told a crowd of about 300 loyalists at Zion Baptist Church. “The extreme right wing down here finds a black guy to be senator and claims he’s the first black senator since Reconstruction and then he goes to Washington, D.C., and articulates the agenda of the Tea Party.”

For those not paying attention to the Tar Heel state last year, racial divider Barber led a weekly series of protestations — mostly in Raleigh — that he called “Moral Mondays,” while the Legislature was in session. The purpose was to attempt to undermine and discredit the policy changes that would be implemented by the first Republican-majority General Assembly and governorship (Pat McCrory, elected in 2012) in North Carolina in over 100 years. The demonstrations began small — fewer than 20 — but because “mainstream” media outlets led by liberal benefactors such as Jim Goodmon, Kevin McClatchy and Warren Buffett provided consistent, supportive coverage, the rallies grew.

That’s not to say they were large, however — especially in the context of a state approaching a population of 10 million people. No single demonstration was much more than 2,000 people, and they largely consisted of those you’d expect to see: Leftists actively involved in groups such as unions and Occupy, or frustrated academics employed down the road in Chapel Hill at the state university. The media frequently portrayed protesters as mainstream, average citizens who became fed up with the new policies and couldn’t take it any more, but simple Google searches revealed their affiliations with Democrats or liberal activist groups — every single time.

The NC NAACP and dozens of fellow conspirator groups (listed here) joined together a few years ago — funded by mega-donor Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation (NC’s version of George Soros’s Open Society Institute) and a few others — to devise ways to destroy Republican people and plans using Alinskyite tactics. They even formalized their cooperation under a 501(c)(3) “educational” nonprofit organization called Blueprint NC. “Moral Mondays” was just one scheme.

Much more was revealed last year about the secret plans under Blueprint NC, which invokes the title of 2010’s The Blueprint: How the Democrats Won Colorado. That book explained how wealthy liberals converted the Rocky Mountain state from Red, led by Republican Gov. Bill Owens, to Blue — a feat that Tar Heel Democrats would obviously like to replicate.

But the liberals under the Blueprint NC umbrella — including Rev. Dr. Barber — are also committed to a quite vicious and malicious takedown of the state GOP, rather than simple electoral victory. Last year a strategy memo attached to a document circulated among its members sought to identify weaknesses in the Republican leadership and proposed ways for progressives to exploit them. The rhetoric was harsh, but revealing, about the Left’s take-no-prisoners intentions.

“The most effective way to mitigate the worst legislation,” the memo said, “is to weaken our opponents’ ability to govern by crippling their leaders.” Further down the memo said members should work to “eviscerate the leadership and weaken their ability to govern.” Throughout the document are the kinds of tactics found in Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals.

At the time Blueprint NC’s executive director, Sean Kosofsky, scrambled to explain the harsh language as the revelation left its primary donor, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, highly embarrassed.

“(Z. Smith Reynolds) believes in robust debate on issues of public importance, (it) does not support attacking people,” said the foundation’s executive director, Leslie Winner. “We were disappointed to learn that Blueprint is advocating this strategy…We are taking this seriously. We are determining our options and our obligations. We will get to the bottom of it.”

That would have been laudable if it wasn’t so laughable. Winner and the Reynolds Foundation had strategically muscled up Blueprint NC for the very purpose of aggressively undermining the new powers in Raleigh, and Kosofsky’s methods were well established. Prior to his North Carolina stint he was a militant gay activist in Michigan, where he used similar language against his enemies. Of businesses or activists who oppose gay marriage, Kosofsky said in 2008 they should “go to jail” and “be slapped publicly.”

Nevertheless, with the carelessness under which the Blueprint NC memo was publicly divulged, Kosofsky quickly disappeared from the organization without explanation. This was despite the fact that another in the constellation of liberal groups involved, Jessica Laurenz of America Votes, took responsibility for writing the harsh memo. Neither she nor Kosofsky ever apologized or showed regret for the missive.

“We didn’t write the talking points,” Kosofsky told Yes! Weekly, a Greensboro-based alternative newspaper, “but if we had, it would have been okay.”

“No legal violations have occurred, and Republican strategists are correct when they say there is nothing surprising in the document,” Laurenz told WRAL in Raleigh.

So the Blueprint NC memo still has full buy-in from its array of Leftist group partners, as well as financial support from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, the A.J. Fletcher Foundation (controlled by owners of NC media giant Capitol Broadcasting, which includes WRAL), and others.

Rev. Dr. Barber is currently the public face of the strategy as leader of the “Moral Monday” protests, and his tactics are clearly Alinsky/Blueprint. The rhetoric — such as the GOP’s alleged “mean-spirited quadruple attack” on the poor — is there. The NC NAACP, along with the other Blueprint NC members, have singled out wealthy conservative donor Art Pope, conducting protests at his discount retail stores. And they’ve trafficked in outsiders, including activists from a New York chapter of the SEIU, to boost the numbers at their protests.

And after a year of these shenanigans in North Carolina, the Left seeks to export the Blueprint to other states — especially in the South, as exhibited by Barber’s speech in Columbia and his attack on Sen. Scott. Activities have now commenced in Georgia. Maybe your state is next.

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Paul Chesser publishes CarolinaPlottHound.com, a news aggregator for North Carolina, and is a contributor of articles, research and investigative reports for both national and state-level free-market think tanks.