Yesterday, the conservative front group Family Security Matters (FSM) released its list of “The Ten Most Dangerous Organizations in America.” Among the top 10 “hate” organizations were MoveOn.org, the Center for American Progress, and “Universities and Colleges.” ThinkProgress earned the 10th spot in the rankings.
Ironically, various members of both the Family Security Matters board of directors and board of advisers have direct associations with some of the organizations that FSM now declares “the most dangerous” in America. For instance, former CIA director James Woolsey, who sits on the board of advisers, appeared on a panel discussion at the Center for American Progress in Sept. 2007. Unsurprisingly, other FSM advisers work for various “universities and colleges”:
- Executive Vice President Linda Cohen is also a trustee on the Santa Fe Community College Foundation Board, which seeks to “provide the college with ever-increasing funds.”
- Dr. Arthur Waldron, who sits on the board of advisers, is a professor of international relations at the University of Pennsylvania and has previously worked at Princeton, Brown, Harvard and the U.S. Naval War College.
- Dr. Cheryl L. Willman, who sits on the board of advisers, is a professor in the Health Sciences Center at the University of New Mexico.
- Dr. Latanya Sweeney, who sits on the board of advisers, is an associate professor of computer science, technology and policy at Carnegie Mellon University.
While the folks at Family Security Matters seem to think that higher education and the protection of civil liberties are “dangerous” to America, they should be more cognizant of the “dangerous” ideas emanating from within their own doors.
For instance, in August 2007, FSM Contributing Editor Philip Atkinson published an essay, titled “Conquering the Drawbacks of Democracy,” in which he counseled that President Bush should follow the example of Julius and Augustus Ceasar and become “the first permanent president of America”:
President Bush can fail in his duty to himself, his country, and his God, by becoming “ex-president” Bush or he can become “President-for-Life” Bush: the conqueror of Iraq, who brings sense to the Congress and sanity to the Supreme Court. Then who would be able to stop Bush from emulating Augustus Ceasar and becoming ruler of the world? For only an America united under one ruler has the power to save humanity from the threat of a new Dark Age wrought by terrorists armed with nucelear weapons.
Atkinson also suggested that Bush should have used “his nuclear weapons to slaughter Iraqis until they complied with his demands, or until they were all dead.” In the minds of Family Security Matters, supreme dictator Bush nuking the Middle East is less dangerous than this website.