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This article appears in the September 19, 2003 issue of Executive Intelligence Review.

LaRouche Mobilizes Youth vs. Recall,
Shakes Up 2004 Debate

by Anita Gallagher

Lyndon LaRouche personally brought his campaign to dump Vice President Dick Cheney and Cheney's "dirty operation" to recall Gov. Gray Davis, to California on Sept. 11, with a press conference and a breakthrough town meeting attended by 450 people in Burbank. More than 200 enthusiastic college-aged youth crowded the meeting hall, where LaRouche identified defeating the Recall—Cheney's dirty trick to blame Davis for Enron's and other Cheney contributors' looting of the state—as a critical battle in the 2004 Presidential campaign. Almost simultaneously in Baltimore, the LaRouche Youth Movement's intervention into the scripted "debate" of LaRouche's nine rivals at Morgan State College broke into the international press.

[A Windows Media audio archive of the entire event is available as a stream and for download.]

Nevada State Senator and head of the state's legislative Black Caucus, Joe Neal, one of first legislators to fight and beat deregulation, introduced LaRouche at the town meeting this way: "I view LaRouche as the savior for this nation. He has spoken the truth, and should be the President of this nation."

California Assemblyman Mervyn Dymally, former Lt. Governor of the state, and, as a Congressman, former Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, sent a message from the legislative session, that he and LaRouche are "working together not just to defeat the Recall, but to save our Democratic Party, so we can save our country."

To the journalists at this press conference LaRouche said, "The reason I'm here, of course, is the California Recall election, and its implications, not only for the 2004 Presidential elections, which ought to be fairly obvious, and also on the national deregulation and related policies—we are in a dereg crisis. And these issues posed in California require my presence on the scene, to demonstrate my commitment on this issue, against Recall, and for the repeal of deregulation: and for the exposure of the role of Cheney and others in the 2001-2002 period, in the deregulation rip-off of the state of California."

The Recall election is Oct. 7. LaRouche appeared on the scene to give leadership to the Democratic Party within hours of the "Judas Iscariot" defection by Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante, a Democrat who abandoned the "No on the Recall" fight to campaign exclusively as a replacement candidate for Davis on the same ballot, if the Recall were to pass. Bustamante, whom LaRouche called "Joe Lieberman's patsy in California," is one of the candidates to succeed Davis, along with Arnold Schwarzenegger, the candidate of the ultra-monied dereg promoters like George Soros and Warren Buffett. LaRouche dubbed Schwarzenegger "a high-priced geek act, who should go back to the circus."

"Gray Davis admits he made a mistake," LaRouche said. "The citizens who thought dereg was good, made a mistake, and they're to blame for their mistakes—not in order to shoulder the blame, but to avoid making the same mistake next time. The Democratic Party made a mistake. It's painful. It's costly. It's life-threatening. But, this known, what do we say of profiteers who have been looting this state through dereg, like Dick Cheney the thief, and the Williams Company, and Enron, the number one contributor to the Bush campaign?" LaRouche described the entire dereg story to the audience: "There had been a collapse of the California power system in the Summer of 2000; a breakdown, because of dereg. Cheney moved in, once Bush was President, to play a key role in orchestrating the way dereg hit a number of states in the U.S. California was the prize, with the most loot. California was looted to the tune of tens of millions of dollars, besides the implicit losses of the state."

LaRouche summed up Cheney's record for the past 10 years: "Look at the 1990-91 reign of Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney. His gimmick then was privatizing the U.S. military—to look for functions that could be performed by civilians. In this context, he cultivated a relationship with Halliburton. This privatization went apace, even under Clinton. Now, look at the situation in Iraq, run for the benefit of two corporations: Bechtel, of George Shultz, who pulled together the neo-cons for the current Bush Administration, and Halliburton. A problem has arisen now: Bechtel isn't getting its share. It's a brawl between two pirates. Now President Bush comes, and says, 'We need $87 billion.' For what? Chiefly, Halliburton. Halliburton needs money—so shut down schools, hospitals ... and pay for it. That is the ploy that is going on today, on your TV sets, in New York and Washington: 'We'll get revenge—give $87 billion to Halliburton out of the U.S. Treasury!' This is not a mistake," LaRouche said, but an outlook close to that of the forces behind Hitler.

Touring the state on Sept. 11, the anniversary of the 2001 terror attack that spearheaded a drive for fascism in the United States, LaRouche made these points:

  • "9/11 came from inside the United States, not outside. It's like Göring setting fire to the Reichstag [seat of the German Parliament]. The destruction of the institution resulted in a doctrine of law, by Carl Schmitt, who sponsored the career of a nazi who happened to be Jewish, Leo Strauss, who went by way of England, to the University of Chicago. Strauss is the chief breeder of the nest working around Cheney, called neo-cons." LaRouche referred to his January 2001 forecast of the George W. Bush Presidency: that it would face a financial and monetary crisis, and terrorism, to be used as a "Reichstag Fire" pretext for fascism.

  • He opened his press conference by pointing to the assassination of Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh, who was stabbed to death Sept. 11. LaRouche explained: "We are now in a period, since late 2002, in which the Synarchist International, associated with a fellow in Spain, a former official of the Franco regime, known as Blas Piñar, has been highly active thoughout the world, in his network of organizations, which has signifcance [going back] to the 1970s, as primary covers for assassination attacks, such as that of [former Italian Prime Minister] Aldo Moro—his kidnapping and assassination—and the Bologna train station bombing. These precise groups are being reactivated more and more. They are small groups, generally speaking, as political groups, but they serve as covers, of one kind of another, for actual terrorist or assassination attacks. The problem is, we are in a period in which we must expect organizations such as the Synarchist International to deploy sometimes confusing types of terrorist operations against targets which they think will have some type of dramatic significance in the political process."

  • The Synarchists, whose view Cheney expresses, want to control society through horrible acts which terrify people, such as the atomic bombs dropped on Japan, or 9/11, to force the population to submit, out of terror, to a Nietzschean, Satanic "beast-man" dictator.

  • On his nine rivals, the Democratic Leadership Council's (DLC's) recognized candidates, LaRouche said, "My nine rivals are not in the real world. They won't talk about any real issues, like the cancer of Iraq, the cancer of the Middle East, the deteriorating relations with other nations, the genocide in Africa. They are so afraid of losing money, they won't upset anyone who may give money."

LaRouche's campaign is based on rapid recruitment and education of youth to be leaders. LaRouche used the example of the great American Benjamin Franklin, who organized the youth leadership that made the American Revolution. Since the education of the LaRouche youth (who are rapidly recruiting), is based on the most advanced scientific and artistic conceptions developed by mankind, the youth leaders are, therefore, committed to truth, not popular opinion. (For a fuller sense of this, see the Youth Panel Presentations at the Schiller Institute's Labor Day Conference.) Two hundred youth attended the Sept. 11 town meeting, and dominated the discussion period with profound questions on how a human being can transmit an idea that goes beyond the simplistic or wrong meaning of words; the role of aesthetics in statecraft according to Friedrich Schiller; and many others. One well-known Hollywood figure who attended the meeting, expressed his awed approval: "So this is what you [the LaRouche "university on wheels"] are teaching these youth?" The youth are blanketing California, and indeed, the entire United States, with the LaRouche campaign white paper, "Who Robbed California?" And, LaRouche announced, next week his campaign will release his new pamphlet, "The Sovereign States of the Americas," describing his perspective of cross-border development of power, water, and other essential infrastructure projects.

"How we think is reflected in the ways we engage neighboring countries, like Mexico," the candidate said. "The Great American Desert needs to be developed.... We have first and second generation Mexican immigrants in California; their cheap labor is supporting California. We are forcing maquiladoras on the other side of the border." His policy commits the U.S. government to grand infrastructure projects, especially water and power, on both sides of the border, and to get on with developing the Great American Desert—a particularly appropriate project for a melting-pot nation whose largest group of immigrants is of Hispanic descent, LaRouche told his audience in Burbank.

LaRouche Youth Bring Reality to 9 Dwarves

In contrast to the LaRouche town meeting, only 20% of the audience at the DLC-Fox News sponsored debate at the historically black Morgan State College were students.

The 50-plus LaRouche youth who conducted a rally on campus all that day found few students even aware of, let alone interested in, the Sept. 9 debate. With a force outside singing civil rights songs, and sporting signs like, "Don't be a prostitute for the DLC! Join LaRouche for a Future," a LaRouche youth inside made the first intervention from the audience while Sen. Bob Graham (Fla.) was speaking: "None of you candidates has the guts to demand Cheney's impeachment, whereas LaRouche does. Why isn't LaRouche here, and why don't you attack the real threat—Cheney?" The candidates went mute, waiting for the police to haul the youth out. Then another intervention followed: "These debates are illegitimate! Where is LaRouche?" These interventions occurred approximately every 15 minutes, until Erin Smith made a final, long intervention on LaRouche's solutions.

Four of the young organizers were arrested and held overnight, but released the next day without charges. The Washington Post Sept. 11 coverage quoted LaRouche campaign spokesman Debra Freeman: "It was an act of civil disobedience. The campaign wholly endorses and supports what they [the youth] did. I'm glad that there are young people who are still prepared to do that kind of thing."