Pursuant to an FBI investigation, Creamer in 2006 was indicted for bank fraud and tax evasion. During his trial, he received some 200 letters of support from such notables as Richard Durbin, Carol Browner, Jesse Jackson, and David Axelrod. Creamer ultimately was sentenced to five months in federal prison plus eleven months of house arrest. Upon his sentencing, he publicly pledged: "For the rest of my life I will continue to do whatever I can to work for social and economic justice."
While incarcerated -- or on "forced sabbatical," as he called it -- Creamer wrote a 628-page political manual titled Stand Up Straight! How Progressives Can Win (published in 2007). In the Acknowledgements section of the book, Creamer stated that his political views had been deeply influenced by "the legendary community organizer" Saul Alinsky.
Stand Up Straight! advanced the notion that the Democratic Party could win a permanent majority in Congress by doing the following:
* passing a national health care bill, thereby turning more people into wards of an ever-expanding government, and of the party that works to grow government; and
* giving amnesty to all illegal immigrants, thereby creating, virtually overnight, a large new constituency of Democratic voters.
The author conceded that his desire "to reshape the structure of one-sixth of the American economy" (i.e., the health care sector) was contingent upon the Democrats being able to control 60 votes in the U.S. Senate, and upon the election of a "progressive Democrat" to the White House -- conditions that could, in Creamer's estimation, be achieved by the year 2009. Notably, his book was effusive in its praise of then-Senator Barack Obama.
Creamer's book advocated a "public plan" that would guarantee every U.S. resident's “right” to health care; this plan eventually would serve as a model for the “public option” in subsequent legislative proposals by Congressional Democrats.
In addition, Creamer laid out a “Progressive Agenda for Structural Change,” which included a ten-point plan to set the stage for implementing universal health care:
“We must create a national consensus that health care is a right, not a commodity; and that government must guarantee that right.”
“We must create a national consensus that the health care system is in crisis.”
“Our messaging program over the next two years should focus heavily on reducing the credibility of the health insurance industry and focusing on the failure of private health insurance.”
“We need to systematically forge relationships with large sectors of the business/employer community.”
“We need to convince political leaders that they owe their elections, at least in part, to the groundswell of support of [sic] universal health care, and that they face political peril if they fail to deliver on universal health care in 2009.”
“We need not agree in advance on the components of a plan, but we must foster a process that can ultimately yield consensus.”
“Over the next two years, we must design and organize a massive national field program.”
“We must focus especially on the mobilization of the labor movement and the faith community.”
“We must systematically leverage the connections and resources of a massive array of institutions and organizations of all types.”
“To be successful, we must put in place commitments for hundreds of millions of dollars to be used to finance paid communications and mobilization once the battle is joined.”
“To win,” added Creamer, “we must not just generate understanding, but emotion—fear, revulsion, anger, disgust.”
Beyond the narrow specifics of health care, Creamer in his book advocated the “democratization of wealth” in America and “progressive control of governments around the world.”
Creamer also identified immigration as an issue that “will have an enormous impact on the battle for power between the progressive and conservative forces in American society.” He said:
"If the Democrats continue to stand firmly for immigrant rights, the issue will define immigrants' voting loyalties for a generation. If we are successful, a gigantic block of progressive votes will enter the electorate over the next 15 years—a block that could be decisive in the battle for the future."
Mirroring his approach to health care, Creamer stressed the importance of persuading religious leaders to lobby, on moral grounds, in favor of amnesty and expanded rights for illegal aliens.
Stand Up Straight! was endorsed by a number of leading Democrats and their political allies, including: Greg Galluzzo, director of the Gamaliel Foundation; SEIU president Andrew Stern, who said the book would “hopefully inspire more people to act”; political strategist David Axelrod, who said it “provides a blueprint for future victories”; Democrat operative John Podesta, who called the book a "straight-up shot in the arm for progressives"; political commentator Arianna Huffington, who said it would help "return America to its progressive roots"; and Congressman John Lewis, who said the book would help "create our society’s next historical movement."
In 2008 Creamer worked for the Obama presidential campaign, training volunteers at "Camp Obama."
Today Creamer writes periodically for the Huffington Post. On November 19, 2009, he penned a piece that said: "If we succeed in winning health insurance reform we will have breached the gates of the status quo. We will demonstrate that fundamental change is possible. Into that breach will flow a wave of progressive change."
On November 24, 2009, Creamer attended a White House state dinner -- along with high-level Obama advisors like Andrew Stern and David Axelrod -- despite the fact that ex-convicts are usually barred from such events.
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Robert Creamer is a convicted felon and the husband of Congressman Jan Schakowsky. Robert and Jan live in Evanston, a nice suburb immediately north of Chicago on the shores of Lake Michigan. Creamer has a column at The Huffington Post, and his August 3 post is all about supporting Barack Obama's government run health care. There are so many darkly amusing aspects to this that it's hard to know where to begin. Not surprisingly, there is no mention of Creamer's federal fraud convictions in his bio at Huffington Post. It is noted there, however, that "Arianna Huffington calls his recent book, Stand Up Straight: How Progressives Can Win, a master’s class in electoral politics." Arianna makes no mention of the use of lies, deception and criminal fraud as tactics in Creamer's electoral politics. Creamer accuses opponents of Obama's health care offensive of using mob tactics, and he unwittingly exposes himself as a cheap propagandist. He wrote the following (emphasis added): So, like the local mob boss, they will be pulling out all the stops in August to terrorize members of Congress and sow fear and confusion about the Obama Health Insurance Reform plan. They will run ads. They will make copious political contributions. They will provide ammunition to the right-wing talk show hosts. They will do everything in their power to stop the Obama plan dead in its tracks, because they know that once people have a new health insurance system, there will be no going back. That paragraph deserves some analysis. On Planet Democrat, the world that Robert Creamer dwell in, it is considered terrorism when people write to or phone members of Congress to voice opposition to whatever it is that he and fellow Democrats support. Honest political discussion and asking questions is classified as sowing fear and confusion. Excercising the right of free speech by running ads is, in Creamer's world, a bad thing but only if your message is conservative. On Planet Democrat, conservative talk show hosts are dismissively referred to as "right-wing talk show hosts," but liberal talk show hosts are simply "talk show hosts." Creamer has admitted one the great fears of a majority of Americans when it comes to Obama's health care machinations: There will be no going back if it becomes law. Whether it works or not, there will be no going back. In the twisted criminal mind of Robert Creamer, it's just fine for Democrats and supporters of Obama's health care "reform" to lobby members of Congress, it's cool to spend huge amounts of money on ad campaigns supporting it, it's okay to provide talking points to liberal talk show hosts and other liberal media creatures, and it's perfectly acceptable to run expensive, pro-reform national television ads featuring "Harry and Louise." And would Creamer call John Stossel a terrorist for this ABC News report? Creamer is an experienced and well-paid political consultant. His firm, Strategic Consulting Group (SCG), specializes in many of the tactics that he criticizes conservatives for. An example here, from the SCG website (emphasis added): Whether you are working an issue or running an election campaign, SCG can deploy a team of tough, experienced field organizers to any state in the union within days. SCG can conduct a paid door-to-door canvass or design and organize a high-intensity field program that can identify and mobilize voters. SCG has pioneered innovative approaches to recruiting top-flight organizers for non-partisan and partisan campaigns. In other words, Creamer and his gang will happily bring in outsiders to your area to make it look as though your political campaign has more local support than it really has. More from SCG's website: SCG writes and produces award-winning radio spots that deliver powerful, memorable messages for electoral and issue advocacy campaigns. More hypocrisy. Creamer, in his Huffington Post column, criticized conservatives because "They will run ads. They will make copious political contributions. They will provide ammunition to the right-wing talk show hosts." Yet his own website brags that they will do exactly the same thing for his high-paying political clients. Still more: SCG can generate thousands of calls to Members of Congress or other government officials for the lowest cost available anywhere using our state-of-the-art automated Patch-Through system. We provide live and automated Get-Out-the-Vote and persuasion calls at highly competitive prices. Our automated ID and Poll programs can do last-minute voter ID’s in the tens of thousands and can be used to get up-to-the-minute information on levels of support in various segments of the electorate. Isn't that what Creamer would call "terrorizing" members of Congress? Well sure, if it's done by those whose political goals differ from his own. On Planet Democrat, however, it's not terrorism when Democrats do it. The hypocrisy of Robert Creamer - and of his fellow Democrats - is stunning. Sadly, it is not at all surprising. RELATED: ABC 20/20 Takes on Health Care Reform abc7chicago.com: Creamer sentenced in rubber-check scheme 4/05/06 USATODAY.com - Congresswoman's husband pleads guilty to two felonies Schakowsky's Husband Pleads Guilty To Bank Fraud - cbs2chicago.com Schakowsky's Shameful, Despicable Husband Obama campaign hires convicted felon to train campaign workers ... Joe Moore's Loans to a Criminal The Left's Lust for Revolutionary Transformation Leave a Comment... See Our Online Store Chicago News Bench RSS Feed We're on Twitter...
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