The 50 Most Dangerous Liberals in America
By Chris Field
On Nov. 2, Americans sent a message to the liberals in Washington: Stop it!
After less than two years of watching a far-Left administration and Congress show their contempt for the citizenry and pursue a radical agenda that only hyper-liberal-progressive voters could support, the nation woke up and realized the disaster highlighted by the 2008 election of Barack Obama: Liberals had been given way too much power.
Americans have witnessed with disgust the progressives' efforts to tear at the very fabric of America.
We don't want to "radically transform" the country.
We don't want to reject our founding principles of liberty and limited government.
We love our Constitution and respect it.
The midterms were a rejection of the Left. But that's where we must be careful -- like a wounded animal, liberals are dangerous when exposed and backed into a corner.
The Townhall editorial staff saw the threat radical liberals are to our country and compiled a list of those who pose the greatest danger to the future of the republic. The toughest part was limiting the list to 50, but we did it. We had two requirements: 1) They had to be living, which is one reason Saul Alinsky didn't make the list; and 2) they had to be based in America, thus no Julian Assange of WikiLeaks fame.
One thing subscribers have quickly noted: Neither Bill nor Hillary Clinton made the list. Tells you something about the people who did, doesn't it?
#1 GEORGE SOROS
Businessman and Billionaire Liberal Financier; Founder and Chairman of Open Society Foundations.
George Soros, the main “money bags” of the Left who is responsible for taking down entire economies on his own by betting against weak currencies, has a disturbing personal history. He grew up in a Jewish, yet anti-Semitic, home in Hungary during the Nazi occupation of Europe and calls it the happiest time of his life.
Soros, now an atheist, is a naturalized U.S, citizen with an estimated net worth of more than $14 billion, according to Forbes, making him one of the wealthiest men in the world. He has made his billions by collapsing currencies, ruining lives and crushing economies, all while portraying himself as the god of a new world order.
Soros is responsible for the collapse of four currencies in Britain, Russia, Thailand, and Malaysia. He is known as the man who “broke the Bank of England” and has called an economic war criminal by the Thailand prime minister. When Soros collapsed the British sterling in 1993, he raked in $1 billion through a single transaction while destroying investments and draining savings of millions of hard-working British citizens. After collapsing the Russian ruble, Soros called the former Russian empire the “Soros Empire,” and now, he appears set on collapsing the dollar. With the U.S. government flooding the market with trillions in new money, the dollar is in a particularly vulnerable position. He has been successful in betting against currencies in the past, resulting in economic chaos, which is all part of his open society agenda for the world.
If Soros is successful in manipulating that agenda, we could see a new world order with countries like China controlling much of the globe’s economic and financial decisions.
Soros believes in open borders, doing away with nationalities, legalized drugs and is highly dissatisfied with the dominant position of the United States in the global economy. Soros has said the main obstacle to a stable and just world order is the United States and that his open society is endangered by the current government system in America. He has focused his attention on bringing a steady decline to the dollar in order to burst what he calls the “bubble of American supremacy.”
Soros has been able to mask his progressive agenda for years by portraying his donations as “humanitarian aid,” while funneling hundreds of millions of dollars through his Open Society Foundations and the Tides Foundation to far-Left groups, including Democracy Alliance, MoveOn.org, the Center for American Progress, La Raza and Media Matters.
George Soros is the man behind the curtain. To read more information about this blatant psychopath, click here.
#2 ERIC HOLDER
Attorney General of the United States
Attorney General Eric Holder refuses to acknowledge the United States is at war with radical Islam and seems more concerned about giving terrorists constitutional protections rather than protecting the rights of American citizens. Holder believes that “the venue in which we are most likely to obtain justice for the American people is in federal court.” The most dangerous failure of Holder to date came with the recent acquittal of terrorist and Guantanamo Bay detainee Ahmed Ghailani.
Ghailani was acquitted of more than 280 counts after openly admitting – twice – to bombing the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, killing 224 and wounding thousands more. Ghailani was convicted in Federal District Court in Manhattan by a jury on just one count, conspiracy to destroy government buildings and property. Holder’s law enforcement approach to prosecuting terrorists, essentially giving them the same constitutional rights as American citizens, has failed in the Ghailani case and will fail in the future. Holder’s continuing push to hold trials for enemy combatants and terrorists in civilian court after declaring Justice Department satisfaction with the Ghailani verdict is disturbing and dangerous for the security of America.
#3 BARACK OBAMA
President of the United States
"Organizer in Chief," "Radical in Chief," "Commander in Chief " -- all titles given Barack Obama by the American people. In light of the first two, the third is probably the most frightening.
Tomes have been written of the progressive ideology of the president -- and tomes more are yet to be published -- but it's not simply the ideology that makes this man so dangerous. If he hadn't been successfully groomed to be president, he wouldn't even be a blip on our radar -- the community organizer and agitator who was friends with some shady characters in Chicago might have had some national impact eventually, but he would never have had the power of, say, a George Soros, John Podesta, Cass Sunstein or Andy Stern.
No, what makes Barack Obama dangerous is that he surrounds himself with crazy (and very dangerous) people who have his ear and have been placed in positions of power, thanks to the president's ability to nominate federal judges (most importantly Supreme Court justices), appoint unaccountable czars and fill the Cabinet with radicals. Add on top of that his ability to negotiate treaties, conduct diplomacy, make back-room deals and implement harmful regulations, and you have a truly dangerous liberal.
To read more about the plans of this extreme radical, click here.
Next read this one.
#4 CASS SUNSTEIN
White House Regulation Czar
Cass Sunstein is Obama's regulation czar, affectionately known to conservatives as the "nudge" czar. As the head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs ("the cockpit for the modern administrative state"), Sunstein oversees federal regulations at other agencies. According to the Washington Post's WhoRunsGov.com, his position has become more powerful under President Obama.
His theory, "libertarian paternalism," is light on libertarianism and heavy on paternalism and essentially means incentivizing the masses to do what he deems is best for them. What does this entail? A default to organ donation, First Amendment "reform" (read: Fairness Doctrine), celebrating taxes and giving animals rights.
In 2008, Sunstein wrote an article proposing that covert government agents infiltrate activist organizations that "conspire" to undermine its good deeds. These agents would be charged with infiltrating "chat rooms, online social networks, or even real-space groups," trying to look independent and credible while augmenting the pro-government message. The purpose of this exercise would be to undermine the activists and restore faith in the government. What do you think he wants to do to the tea party?
This is the man who oversees financial, health care, housing, environmental and privacy policies, to name a few.
#5 CECILE RICHARDS
President of Planned Parenthood and Planned Parenthood Action Fund
Cecile Richards directs the largest abortion provider in the country: Planned Parenthood of America. Her taxpayer-funded organization has been exposed for being on the wrong side of the law countless times through undercover investigations by pro-life activist Lila Rose and her organization Live Action. Richards joined Planned Parenthood in 2006, and a recent Government Accountability Office report showed Planned Parenthood performed 306,310 abortions the following year while spending $97.6 million of federal funds. A National Right to Life fact sheet reports Richards’ organization made upwards of $1 billion in revenue for the fiscal year ending in June 2008. Richards herself makes about $400,000 annually (including compensation and benefits) according to LifeNews.com.
Richards also worked to influence the laws and regulations you live under. Planned Parenthood’s website lauds her “yearlong, tireless leadership” on the 2010 health care legislation Congress passed, and Americans didn’t want, with polling showing a majority of Americans were against taxpayer-funded abortions.
Richards least disgusting accomplishment may be outshining her former boss on this list of dangerous liberals – Richards previously served as Nancy Pelosi’s deputy chief-of-staff and “played a key role in her election as the Democratic leader in the House of Representatives,” according to the Planned Parenthood website. So she is a leading baby-killer.
#6 LISA JACKSON
Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
Lisa Jackson has been working in government environmental regulation for more than 20 years and is now Obama's administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Under Jackson's watch, the EPA formally declared carbon dioxide and five other natural gases hazardous pollutants at the 2009 Global Warming Conference in Copenhagen, clearing the way for the federal government to regulate so-called greenhouse gases, raising energy prices, increasing tax rates, inhibiting job growth and over-regulating businesses with endless amounts of red tape. This overreach of government authority is now being justified in order to reduce pollutants that Jackson claims "endanger public health," enabling the EPA to regulate emissions from heavy machinery and factories. Jackson also helped implement the first-ever national emissions limit for vehicles in 2009.
In addition to making the regulation of greenhouse gases a top priority, Jackson has called on Congress to pass clean-energy and climate legislation. The EPA has called for the regulation of greenhouse gases to fall under the Clear Air Act, and Jackson has said that if Congress cannot pass legislation to regulate carbon use, the EPA will administratively take on the task, circumventing Congress and the electoral process altogether.
#7 KATHLEEN SEBELIUS
Secretary of Health and Human Services
On Sept. 9th, Kathleen Sebelius issued a warning letter to the national office of America’s Health Insurance Plans, threatening to remove health insurance companies from exchanges in 2014 for communicating the effects of ObamaCare to their customers. She wrote, “There will be zero tolerance for this type of misinformation and unjustified rate increases.” Kathleen Sebeluis: secretary of the Department of Health and Human Serivices and First Amendment arbiter.
Someone should have informed the rest of us that the First Amendment now permits only speech that is not critical of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare). But the secretary’s concern extends beyond health insurance companies to other forms of “misinformation” scattering the public sphere. With a level of aggression usually reserved for leaders of communist countries, Sebeluis opined that “there still is a great deal of confusion about what is in [the reform law] and what isn’t” and that the government had a lot of re-education to do. This will hurt a bit.
So the government’s role is no longer to assist in providing health care (as if it ever were) but to make sure that citizens bend over and take whatever the ivory tower deems best for the commoners. It’s a brave new world.
#8 JOHN PODESTA
President and CEO of the Center for American Progress
Former Clinton administration chief of staff John Podesta has been at the helm of the uberliberal progressive Center for American Progress (CAP) since its founding in 2003, when he was hand-picked for the post by George Soros (remember him?) and other CAP founders. Podesta’s dirty politics, which served him well during the Clinton years and the 2000 election, when he helped force the Bush-Gore standoff to the Supreme Court, made him the logical choice to run CAP and push for change the radical Left has been seeking for years.
Podesta’s agenda at CAP is exactly what you’d expect: social justice (read: Marxism), ObamaCare and increasing government programs (socialism), “ideological diversity” on the airwaves (Fairness Doctrine), abortion on demand (infanticide/genocide), stopping global warming (fear mongering) and degrading American exceptionalism (one-world governance) for starters.
Not surprisingly, he has served as an influential adviser to the Obama White House and helped staff the administration with several of his CAP alumni. Podesta’s think tank has also been the refuge of lefties who have left the administration after having their radicalism exposed (think: Van Jones).
#9 DONALD BERWICK
Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Donald Berwick, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services -- or health care czar -- has a love affair with the socialist British health care system and wants a single-payer government system implemented in America.
A strong supporter of spreading the wealth, Berwick believes in death panels, planning the supply of health care and that rationing is essential to an efficiently run system. Berwick has said that "excellent health care is by definition re-distributional" and is an advocate of moving wealth from the rich to the poor in order to secure what he calls the human right of health care. Berwick has publicly condemned private health care systems in America and believes the health care market should not be left to the free hand of the market. Berwick also believes in one-size-fits-all health care, limiting health care options for different individual needs.
Berwick was recess-appointed by President Obama, making the opportunity for a Senate hearing to expose his radical beliefs unavailable. He now controls a budget that dwarfs the budget available to the Pentagon and runs the largest insurance program in the country. He is also responsible for overseeing the implementation of ObamaCare.
#10 MICHELLE OBAMA
First Lady of the United States
She has the ear of the President and an eye for his political interests. In fact, Time described Michelle Obama as “instrumental” in helping launch Barack Obama’s political career. “Combined with her own Southside roots – she went to high school with Sanita Jackson, the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s daughter – Michelle’s job gave her husband entree into the best political machine in Illinois,” Time reported in an August 2008 profile of Michelle, while she was undergoing a public image makeover as a fit and fashionable mother that propelled her to a 79% approval rating in April 2009.
Toned biceps aside, Michelle earned her way on this list by championing government intervention on your child’s lunch plate. The child nutrition bill she endorsed last July federalized nutrition standards for schools – even food sold at fundraising bake sales – and placed a minimum price on paid school meals, a cost that will be passed on to middle-class families. USA Today said it was the first time she issued a statement regarding and encouraging more legislative action. The bill passed Congress and was sent to her husband for his signature.
#11 PETER LEWIS
Businessman and Billionaire Liberal Financier; Chairman of Progressive Insurance
It's not just George Soros who serves as the Orphan Annie Left's Daddy Warbucks. There's another major financier the Left turns to with their collective hand out, begging for cash: Soros friend and Progressive Insurance chairman Peter Lewis.
Over the last 10 years, Lewis, whose Florida home is festooned with numerous paintings of communist dictator Mao Zedong, has been right behind Soros in giving to pet causes such as pot legalization and to liberals seeking to fundamentally transform America. Though he's probably best known for his tens of millions of dollars in donations to the ACLU over the last decade ($25 million from just 2001-2006), his real agenda is propping up radical left-wing causes, including millions upon millions of dollars to the now-defunct America Coming Together and Joint Victory Fund (the 2004 fundraising arm of the Democrat Shadow Party, which sought support from only hard-Left donors), MoveOn.org, Media Matters, Democracy Alliance and the Center for American Progress.
#12 RICHARD TRUMKA
President of the AFL-CIO
Richard Trumka has made a career out of driving America’s labor movement into the ground and attempting to bring every other hard-working American down with it. Trumka has served as president of the AFL-CIO since 2009, after working at the organization for 14 years prior and serving as the president of the United Mine Workers since the 1980’s. His single-handed pursuit of soaking the rich is rivaled only by his desire to use politicians to accomplish that goal.
Trumka is most infamously responsible for pushing a worldwide tax and recently called Obama’s deficit commission’s recommendations an attempt to tell working Americans to “drop dead.”
#13 JOHN HOLDREN
White House Science Czar
As President Obama’s “Science Czar,” John Holdren helps coordinate White House policy on matters of science and technology. The former Harvard professor holds radical views on a number of subjects, several of which he has written about extensively. He once opined that a fetus is not a “human being” until he has experienced “crucial early years” of “socializing.” He has favorably cited an essay proposing that “forests, oceans and rivers” be afforded legal rights.
On the subject of population control – a pet issue of Holdren’s – he’s advocated compulsory abortions and even suggested that mass sterilization would be “acceptable” if it were carried out under “strict requirements.” He wrote this goal might be accomplished by “adding a sterilant to drinking water.”
#14 ANDY STERN
Former President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).
Andy Stern made history as one of the most frequent White House visitors when President Obama made the list of visitors public last year. That’s because he was one of the grand architects of the health care bill during his tenure as president of the Service Employees International Union, which stands to win big by the socialization of American medicine.
Under Stern’s watch, SEIU fought (and continues to fight) rampant charges of voter fraud and has seen its unfunded pension liabilities explode from $7 million to $1.2 billion. The unfunded pension problem originated long before Stern got there, but he’s relentlessly pushed the idea that the American taxpayer should be the one to make up the losses.
To read more on Andy Stern, click here.
#15 TIMOTHY GEITHNER
Secretary of the Treasury
It’s hard to say whether the failing economy is directly a product of Timothy Geithner’s actions or whether his actions simply didn’t help. Regardless, our 75th Treasury secretary (who has admitted to being too incompetent to file his own income tax return) was responsible for authoring the $700 billion Wall Street bailout, $862 billion stimulus and overseeing one of our longest stretches of unemployment.
It’s hard to pin the blame on a problem that has so many sources, but its clear that Geither’s policies haven’t helped – and have probably made things worse. His feisty rhetoric has angered conservatives and moderates alike.
#16 ARIANNA HUFFINGTON
Co-founder and Editor in Chief of the Huffington Post.
It should be hard to take Right-turned-Left Arianna Huffington seriously when looking at the title of her 2008 book, “Right is Wrong: How the Lunatic Fringe Hijacked America, Shredded the Constitution, and Made Us All Less Safe.” But her platform is the Huffington Post, the preeminent voice of the Left online, and the site generates major traffic – earlier this year, it made the top 10 sites for global news, according to various news reports on Nielson Online’s tracking system. That’s a lot of eyes being exposed to Huffington’s crazy-Left editorial viewpoint.
#17 CHUCK SCHUMER
U.S. Democratic Senator from New York
Many political observers know Chuck Schumer as the publicity-addicted senior U.S. senator from New York. Others regard him as a consummate Washington class warrior and hypocrite, as his broadsides against Republican policies "for the rich" are a bit difficult to swallow, coming from a man who rakes in mammoth donations from hedge funds.
But what makes Schumer especially dangerous is his exceptional political acumen. Schumer chaired the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee from 2005-2008, shepherding Democrats from a 44-seat minority to a 59-seat majority during that span. If Harry Reid had fallen to Sharron Angle in November, Schumer likely would have outmaneuvered Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin to supplant Reid as Senate majority leader.
#18 SUSAN HERMAN
President of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
ACLU President Susan Herman heads the never-ending assault on America’s core values through the gross distortion of the judicial system. The ACLU has played a progressive and unrelenting role in attacking traditional American values like marriage, parental authority, Christmas, public displays of the Ten Commandments and strongly stands behind abortion-advocacy groups.
The ACLU has not only succeeded in separating religion from America’s public places but also has made an effort to move America away from religion altogether. They have also been at the forefront of defending terrorists and open-border advocates. Herman and her team of leftist lawyers have a goal to re-shape America, taking the country as far away from what the Founding Fathers intended as they possibly can.
#19 DAVID AXELROD
Senior Advisor to President Obama
David Axelrod is everything that you would expect the White House senior advisor to be. As Obama’s right-hand man, he reviews every policy proposal and speech and is present at all Oval Office meetings. Nancy Pelosi can say what she wants about the Tea Party, but Axelrod takes part in a little astroturfing himself. During the health care debate, “pro-reform” groups (SEIU, PhRMA) bought $12 million worth of ads through Axelrod’s old PR firm, AKP&D. His current moonlighting gig is with ASK Public Strategies, a firm known for creating front groups. ASK recently worked with an electricity company in Illinois, creating a front group to persuade regulators to raise electricity rates.
#20 BILL KELLER
Executive Editor of the New York Times
Whether he's regurgitating liberal Democratic talking points or exuding religious bigotry by personally bashing Catholics or overseeing the publication of lies and innuendo about Republican presidential candidates or justifying the publication of military and state secrets that both undermine the War on Terror and our international diplomacy efforts, New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller has made a career of spouting the typical leftist tripe that the "newspaper of record" attempts to pass off as journalism.
Under his tutelage, observers have watched as the Old Gray Lady has been reduced from a typical left-wing rag to a shameful, whorish caricature of itself. Though thoughtful conservatives use it to line their birdcages, much of the world still looks to the Times for actual news -- unfortunately, what they're getting is Keller's spin instead of the truth.
#21 RUTH BADER GINSBERG
U.S. Supreme Court Justice
Confirmed by the Senate in 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsberg is the most senior of the liberal bloc of the U.S. Supreme Court justices (judicially, liberal means viewing the text of the Constitution as flexible rather than taking the text for itself). That also means she’s had the most time to build up personal influence and respect through her work as a justice.
A truly worrisome judicial idea espoused by Ginsberg, which Carrie Severino of the Judicial Crisis Network calls her out on, is being able to use foreign and international law as a resource when deciding cases.
#22 ARNE DUNCAN
Secretary of Education
Education Secretary Arne Duncan wants kids to attend public schools while closing the door to parental involvement in their child's education. Duncan is fully prepared to carry out President Obama's education agenda, limiting the role of parents in schools while giving more power to the federal government to control the education agenda in the classroom.
Despite higher test scores and better grades through school choice, Duncan's first move as Education secretary erased the option for low-income parents to send their children to high-performing schools by pulling scholarships and vouchers for students who had been admitted to the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program. These students are now forced to attend low-performing public schools.
#23 JANET NAPOLITANO
Secretary of Homeland Security
As the top government official tasked with protecting the American homeland, Janet Napolitano certainly seems to spend a disproportionate amount of her time sanitizing the nation’s vocabulary and projecting a deliberate obtuseness about the threats it faces. Banished are “terrorist attacks” and the “global war on terrorism.” They’ve been replaced by antiseptic terminology such as “man-caused disasters” and “overseas contingency operations.”
Leaders who are unwilling to candidly and accurately identify the enemy stand little chance of defeating it. When Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab attempted to blow an airliner out of the sky last Christmas, his device malfunctioned, and he was subdued by alert passengers. Napolitano’s response? “The system worked.”
Do you feel secure?
#24 HARRY REID
U.S. Senate Democratic Majority Leader from Nevada
Those who have dealt with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s smarmy tactics say he’s a lot like a hydra; every time you cut off one of his heads, two more grow back in its place. Reid’s ability to get re-elected is second only to his ability to get legislation passed through Congress, such as ObamaCare and multiple Democratic bailouts. Once the top lieutenant of the notorious Tom Daschle, he learned his leadership role well and has had a hand in passing every major piece of liberal legislation in the past 20 years and, at age 71, shows no signs of letting up.
#25 NIHAD AWAD
Co-founder and Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
Nihad Awad is the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), against which federal prosecutors have alleged conspiracy with other affiliates to support terrorists, according to the Investigative Project on Terror reports.
A local chapter of Awad's organization is currently suing the state of Oklahoma over a ballot initiative voters passed in November declaring Shariah law can't be used to help determine a ruling in court.
The FBI finally had to cut off "cooperative" ties with CAIR in 2008 after the organization was named an unindicted co-conspirator in a trial for an organization that was funneling charitable contributions to Hamas (see "Devil May CAIR," by Robert Spencer, July 2009). Yet CAIR presents itself as mainly a civil rights organization and a group that provides Islam's perspective on issues affecting the American public.
Dangerous deception? We think so.
#26 STEPHEN BREYER
U.S. Supreme Court Justice
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is also a consistent member of the liberal voting bloc on the Supreme Court. Cass Sunstein (our #4 most dangerous liberal) praised Breyer’s staunchly left-wing stance in the justice’s book “Active Liberty” on at least one issue key to conservatives: “He is right to resist the constitutional assault on affirmative action programs.”
The Wall Street Journal recently speculated that “Justice Breyer seems the most willing to articulate a judicial philosophy that stands in contrast with that of the conservative bloc” in an article entitled, “Is Justice Breyer Emerging as New Leader of Liberal Bloc?”
#27 JIM WALLIS
President and CEO of Sojourners
In order to spread their radicalism, the Left knows they must infiltrate the churches with a seemingly positive message about helping others: Progressives call it “social justice”; the rest of the sane world recognize it for what it is – the forced redistribution of wealth by the government, better known as Marxism.
This is where Jim Wallis comes in. He’s the liberal evangelical spiritual advisor to President Obama who is helping spread the disease of socialism through American churches. And he isn’t afraid to break a commandment or two (think false witness and covetousness) – and twist and distort Scripture in the process – to see that those who would dare shine a light on his and his cohort’s agenda, exposing all of its evil, are put in their “proper” place.
#28 JON STEWART
Host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show"
Political satirist Jon Stewart's tongue is acid-tipped. His popular "Daily Show" program regularly slays elected officials for hypocrisy and self-importance, derides political buffoonery and skewers media excesses. More often than not, it's bitingly hilarious and decidedly Left-leaning: a potent combination.
A 2007 media survey revealed that more than one-in-10 young voters relied on Stewart's show as a primary source of political news -- a share that has undoubtedly swelled since. It's no small coincidence that voters aged 18-29 backed Barack Obama for president by a breathtaking 2-to-1 margin.
While acting as a formidable political opinion maker, Stewart inoculates himself against serious criticism by playing the "I'm just a comedian" card. This artifice has become known among conservatives as the Jon Stewart "clown nose on, clown nose off " routine.
Laugh all you want. It works.
#29 HENRY WAXMAN
U.S. Democratic Representative from California
Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman, the former chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, is one of the most liberal and powerful members of Congress. Waxman introduced cap-and-trade legislation known as the Waxman-Markley bill, which was passed by the House of Representatives. If it had passed in the Senate, too, companies would have been required to trade carbon emissions credits in order to operate under government regulations. Waxman would enormously increase taxes, energy costs, kill jobs and potentially could put entire industries out of business.
On another note, Waxman was one of 74 Democrats who voted to continue funding ACORN with taxpayer dollars after an undercover operation by two conservative journalists revealed the organization was promoting child prostitution, illegal immigration and tax evasion.
To read more about Henry Waxman, click here.
#30 AL GORE
Former Vice President; Environmental Activist
Al Gore would like you to know that global warming is coming to get you. Be afraid. Be very afraid. His career as a climate change activist (accolades include a Grammy and the ever-prestigious Nobel Peace Prize, both for promoting his ideas about global warming) almost eclipses his previous position as Bill Clinton’s second in command.
In all fairness, Gore is probably less dangerous now than he was in the 1990’s (though he is inversely annoying). As vice president, he pushed for the passage of the Kyoto Protocol. Now, he mostly lectures people about the immorality of SUV’s.
#31 BARNEY FRANK
U.S. Democratic Representative from Massachusetts
Though the Democrat’s political star may be waning with the House turnover of power following the 2010 midterm elections, the re-elected Frank could still cause damage as he extends his 30-plus years of service in Congress and most likely his time on the Financial Services Committee, which he recently chaired. During that time, the House passed a financial regulatory reform bill that conservative Rep. Jeb Hensarling called a “perpetual Wall Street bailout bill” in the Washington Post.
Frank was also for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac before he was against them, disagreeing with Republicans who wanted to regulate the two more carefully and even saying as late as 2004 that he didn’t see any major problems, despite a congressional hearing where concerns were raised.
#32 PAUL KRUGMAN
Economist and Columnist for the New York Times
Once upon a time, Paul Krugman was a half-decent economist. He sat in his ivory tower playing with models and numbers and had little effect on the real world.
Then Paul read a science-fiction book about economists saving the world. He looked down upon the poor, hapless denizens of the world, and his mighty intellect took pity on them. Armed with the power of a New York Times column, he would save them.
Actually, Paul Krugman is just a hack, spouting off standard extreme-Left opinions, sputtering with rage at the simpletons who won’t banish the evil GOP to the graveyard of failed politics and growing ever more bitter. Now armed with a Nobel Prize, he unfortunately carries credibility with many of the Left’s major power brokers.
#33 PETER SINGER
Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University
Peter Singer is a eugenicist. He is ironically a professor of ethics in Princeton University.
It is not accurate to simply call this man pro-choice. He does not deny that fetuses are people. Instead, he argues that it is not wrong to kill them. Singer believes that the ability to anticipate the future is a necessary condition of personhood. This leaves out newborn babies, “defective” infants and people with certain developmental disabilities.
Believing that the right to life is intrinsically tied to the capacity to anticipate the future, Singer has admitted that had it been up to him, his own mother, who had Alzheimer’s, might not have continued to live.
#34 NANCY PELOSI
U.S. House Democratic Minority Leader from California; Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
The best news here is that the 2010 midterms’ rejection of Democratic power in the House means Nancy Pelosi doesn’t have to be ranked higher on this list. The exiting House speaker oversaw an increase in the national debt of approximately $5 trillion during her tenure, according to Terrence Jeffrey at CNSNews.com. “Pelosi… has added more to the national debt than the first 57 house speakers combined,” Jeffrey writes.
Under Pelosi’s strong-arm tactics, the House passed a massive government takeover of health care, a massive stimulus that didn’t work, an auto bailout and a financial services bailout. She also found time to accuse the CIA of lying.
A minority leader in the next Congress, Pelosi returns to her pre-2006 role of attacking the majority and being as annoying as possible.
#35 HAROLD KOH
Legal Adviser for the U.S. State Department
State Department legal adviser and rumored judicial nominee Harold Koh rejects traditional notions of American legal sovereignty. Conservative legal scholar Ed Whelan argues that Koh adheres to an ideology known as "transnationalism," the purpose of which is to "use American courts to import international law to override the policies adopted through the processes of representative government."
To this end, Koh has argued that the U.S. Constitution can and should be interpreted through the prism of international law and the "evolving" concept of "global human rights."
#36 JANET MURGUIA
President and CEO of the National Council of La Raza
Janet Murguia, head of the National Council of La Raza (translated “the race”), is at the forefront of the push for amnesty for millions of illegal aliens. Murguia successfully shuts down debate about the issue using lies and claims of racism and intolerance.
Murguia maligns those who want immigration laws enforced by saying they are promoting a wave of right-wing hate, calls for boycotts of TV and cable news network hosts who dare talk about immigration enforcement on the airwaves and believes so-called “hate speech” should not be tolerated, even if censorship were a violation of First Amendment rights.
She advocates La Raza’s radical agenda, which includes fighting for driver’s licenses and in-state tuition discounts for illegals, resisting cooperative immigration enforcement efforts among local, state and federal governments, opposing a fence along the southern U.S. border, fighting identification requirements on Election Day and more.
#37 OPRAH WINFREY
Television Host and Media Mogul
If she sneezes the title of a book, it flies off the shelves. Rasmussen Reports said in 2009 that at least 24 percent of adults said they’ve “read a book or product endorsed by Winfrey.”
Oddly, her biggest endorsement (Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign) didn’t influence nearly as many voters, they told Rasmussen, but it wasn’t for lack of trying on Winfrey’s part. She threw Obama a fundraiser that reportedly raised $3 million and hit the campaign trail for him.
She also enjoys both monetary and cultural influence – she has a net worth upward of $2,7 billion, according to Forbes’ September 2010 calculations, and will launch her own network in 2011.
#38 HOWARD DEAN
Liberal Democratic Pundit; Former Chairman of the Democratic National Committee
Remember his “I have a scream” speech? Some said it was the beginning of the end of Howard Dean’s presidential campaign in 2004. Others maintain that he was done in by his universal health care platform. In any case, the yelp might have been a lucky break for conservatives, as it was a nail in Dean’s ICC-deferring, break-up-giant-media-enterprises, New Testament-forgetting presidential coffin.
After a failed bid, Dean went on to become the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, launch a political punditry career and found Democracy for America, a left-wing PAC that lists supporting card-check legislation and exposing the “lies” of the Bush Administration as its accomplishments.
#39 ELENA KAGAN
U.S. Supreme Court Justice
Though she’s had to sit out most cases in her first few months because of her previous work as solicitor general, newest Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan did cast a vote along with Ginsberg, Sotomayor, and Breyer to stay the death penalty for a convict in Arizona, though they were outnumbered 5-4.
The 50-year-old activist Kagan was confirmed 63-37 in mid-2010 with no prior judicial experience, but her political career in the Clinton administration and her tangle as dean of Harvard Law School with the military over Harvard campus recruitment because of the armed forces’ “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy rightly bothered conservatives.
She is also a lesbian. To read more about Kagan, click here.
#40 MARKOS MOULITSAS
Founder and Publisher of Daily Kos
As the founder of the influential left-wing DailyKos blog, Markos Moulitsas' -- or "Kos" -- apparent raison d'?tre is to drag the Democratic Party farther to the Left while installing a vituperative brand of scorched-earth politics as the new American normal. He's made significant progress on both fronts.
Kos' ever-hovering threat of "primarying" insufficiently liberal politicians engenders a certain paranoia among many elected Democrats, legions of whom trek to his annual Netroots Nation conference to genuflect before the altar of Leftism.
In 2004, following the brutal murders of four U.S. contractors in Fallujah, Kos reacted bitterly: "Screw them," he blogged. While such an odious comment would likely kill a conservative's career, DailyKos' traffic and clout have expanded ever since, as dozens of prominent legislators and commentators regularly line up to contribute to the site.
#41 DAVID BROCK
CEO of Media Matters
Liberal "journalist" David Brock, a former conservative and an admitted serial liar, runs the George Soros-backed Media Matters, which is nothing more than a far-Left attack and smear machine that tries to bully the press into advancing its progressive agenda.
Though Brock and his cronies claim to be an impartial media watchdog, their anti-conservative bile reveals their ugly truth. Brock uses invective and blatant falsehoods to come against anyone -- even liberal journalists -- whom they perceive might be standing in the way of the anti-American, pro-socialist agenda he and his billionaire overlord want to foist upon us all.
#42 SONIA SOTOMAYOR
U.S. Supreme Court Justice
The numbers are in for the “wise Latina” Democrats painted as a moderate voice on the U.S. Supreme Court during her nomination, and those numbers show her in full agreement with ultra-liberal Ruth Bader Ginsberg 85 percent of the time, the highest such pairing of that Supreme Court term. Overall, she voted with Ginsberg and Stephen Breyer in 90 percent of the cases, according to SCOTUSblog’s final statistical analysis for the October 2009 term. She also cast a dissenting vote in the Second Amendment-affirming decision McDonald v. Chicago, an issue that worried Republicans during her confirmation process.
At only 56, she and fellow youth vote Elena Kagan (age 50) will have many years to influence the country through the Court’s powerful decisions.
#43 DICK DURBIN
U.S. Senate Majority Whip from Illinois
Also known as “dickhead” (just kidding, sort of), Dick Durbin was considered one of the top contenders to replace Harry Reid if Reid would’ve lost his re-election this cycle because of his experience forcing liberal agenda items through the Senate hopper since 1983. Durbin has supported every piece of liberal legislation that has been rammed through during the Obama administration and is an ardent backer of the Fairness Doctrine and amnesty for illegal aliens.
Showing his total lack of class, he was famously and roundly criticized for equating the treatment of Guantanamo Bay prisoners by U.S. soldiers to the treatment of Holocaust victims by Nazi oppressors.
#44 RACHEL MADDOW
Host of "The Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC
MSNBC's all-liberal, all-the-time primetime lineup is anathema to most conservatives. In this sea of ignorance, partisan invective and unhinged diatribes, a lone commentator manages to remain afloat in a dinghy of relative thoughtfulness and sobriety.
Rachel Maddow was plucked from relative obscurity in 2005, quickly becoming a regular panelist on MSNBC and CNN. By 2008, Maddow's star had risen to new heights, prompting NBC executives to launch "The Rachel Maddow Show."
While several of her network comrades have descended steadily into punditry madness, Maddow has largely evaded the stigma of laughingstock status. Unlike the Olbermanns of the world, Maddow maintains a reputation beyond the feverish precincts of the far Left. Her occasional appearances on respected programs such as "Meet the Press" bolster her gravitas as a measured spokesperson for the American Left. Maddow's ability to cloak leftwing arguments in reasonable-sounding rhetoric distinguishes Maddow from her colleagues. It makes her more persuasive in spreading the liberal gospel and, therefore, far more dangerous.
#45 ANNIE LEONARD
Author and Host of “The Story of Stuff”
How many trees had to die so that Annie Leonard could create and distribute her documentary, “The Story of Stuff”? Since its release in 2007, it has been viewed more than 12 million times on her website, StoryOfStuff.com, and is shown in more than 7,000 classrooms.
Leonard, a former Greenpeace activist hack, has produced several films condemning the consumption of, well, anything and telling everyone that it’s the government’s job to take care of us. Is this someone you want proselytizing your children?
Leonard is ironically able to create her own standard of living by telling everyone else to reduce theirs (sounds like Al Gore). No word yet on how she feels about scaring children out of buying Legos.
#46 BILL AYERS
Co-founder and Former Leader of Weather Underground Terrorist Group; Education Professor at the University of Chicago, Illinois.
Bill Ayers is an unrepentant domestic terrorist. He and his wife, Bernadine Dohrn, founded the treacherous Weather Underground organization in the 1960’s and 1970’s. For years they bombed federal buildings, incited riots and plotted to bring down the U.S. government through violent revolution. Today, they both walk free as “respected” members of Chicago’s academic community.
Ayers became a liability for presidential candidate Barack Obama in 2008 when some details of their professional ties leaked out. Especially galling to many voters were Ayer’s 2001 comments in the New York Times expressing regrets over not pushing his campaign of terror against America even farther.
With the assistance of his ivory tower fellow travelers, Ayers has rehabilitated his image and is now considered an “authority” on education reform and juvenile justice. Indeed, Barack Obama penned a glowing endorsement of one of Ayer’s tomes on the subject.
Despite his slippery denials, President Obama’s relationship with Ayers runs deep. The sordid details of this alliance are meticulously chronicled in Stanley Kurtz’s new book, “Radical in Chief.”
#47 AL SHARPTON
Founder of the National Action Network
Race Baiter in Chief Al Sharpton has made a living -- a nice living -- pitting Americans against each other. Never satisfied to see his fellow citizens living together in harmony, "Reverend Al" is in a constant state of agitation trying to infuriate minorities over a perceived slight by the evil white man, get anyone right-of-center kicked of the airwaves or promote one of a slew of radical leftist causes -- most of which are actually harmful to the black family.
Knowing he risks irrelevancy and losing the perks of being in a position of influence should racial tensions vanish, Sharpton is far more concerned with seeing blacks in perpetual misery and the United States always on a racial edge than to see us live out Martin Luther King Jr.'s inspired vision for America.
#48 THOMAS FRIEDMAN
Columnist for the New York Times
When you look at the authoritarian, autocratic China, with its horrific political oppression, media censorship, Internet restrictions, family-planning policies, “re-education through labor” and other policies, do you see utopia?
New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman does. He’s been there, unlike you. They take action to combat global warming. They have a really fast train.
It’s tempting to write Friedman off as disillusioned and irrelevant. Despite his descent into Chinese-worshiping self-parody, he continues to maintain a sizable audience and access to people who actually have influence.
Friedman’s great foresight allows him to see past autocracy and into utopia. Because, gosh, their train is really fast.
#49 BILL MAHER
Comedian; Host of “Real Time With Bill Maher” on HBO
Bill Maher is tearing down traditional American values and religion under the tent of stand-up comedy. Maher hosts “Real Time With Bill Maher” on HBO but also serves on the board of PETA and is an advisory board member of Project Reason, a foundation that promotes the destruction of all religion in society.
Maher has vast influence on popular culture and spends most of his air time ridiculing all religion, particularly Christianity, and painting middle America and the tea party as an angry mob of racists.
#50 OLIVER STONE
Movie Director and Screenwriter
Oliver Stone, who specializes in historical revisionism, once claimed that the “Jewish domination of the media” is the reason Hitler is a hated historical figure. His 2009 production “W” characterized President George W. Bush so poorly that the film was roundly criticized by the Right and Left alike, with Newsweek calling it “cinematic lame duck.” “W” came after Stone’s gushing documentaries on Hugo Chavez and Che Guevara. His upcoming series, “The Secret History of the United States,” promise to unleash a torrent of new American-hating vitriol in a 10-episode HBO special.