LaRouche Visits Middleton

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By: 
Matt Geiger

While Middletonians heading to the city’s post office likely expected a logjam in the parking lot, they probably didn’t anticipate meeting Judy Clark, who was holding a large sign that depicted the President of the United States with a Hitler-esque mustache.

But see her they did. Throughout the day on May 8, and again on Tuesday of this week, Clark and other members of LaRouche PAC were stationed in the right-of-way in front of the Middleton Post Office, urging citizens to support legislation that would prevent commercial banks from taking part in investment banking activities.

LaRouche PAC is well known for a variety of polarizing political movements. The organization, which is named after controversial political activist Lyndon LaRouche, gained international notoriety in 2009 following a town hall exchange between Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank and a woman named Rachel Brown, a member of the LaRouche Youth Movement.

When Brown claimed President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform bill was “a Nazi policy,” Frank drew laughter by responding bluntly: “On what planet do you spend most of your time?” The video went viral, even prompting the Cuban state newspaper Granma to publish a response by Fidel Castro.

While the Nazi theme remained, members of LaRouche PAC were here last week to advocate for a different issue - a bill to restore the Glass-Steagall Act (HR 129), which is currently before the House Committee on Financial Services. The bill, which was sponsored by Ohio Rep. Marcy Kaptur, currently has 60 co-sponsors. It has no counterpart in the Senate.

Currently titled “The Return to Prudent Banking Act of 2013,” the bill is related to measures already approved at the state level in Maine, Indiana, South Dakota and Alabama.

Clark, who lives in Chicago, said HR 129 would cancel taxpayers’ obligations to Wall Street’s gambles, effectively ending federal bailouts. She likened the Obama administration to a dictatorship, yet added that LaRouche is “non-partisan.”

“This is not about Republican or Democrat,” she said. “Those parties are washed up.”

Members of LaRouche, which is headquartered in Virginia and has chapters all over the United States, believe re-enacting Glass-Steagall would create an economic climate similar to that in place under President Alexander Hamilton.

LaRouche claimed the legislation would banish the co-mingling of deposit and investment banking and deny commercial assets and federal protection to investment banks and securities firms.

Citizens are permitted to stage such gathering on public rights-of-way, but they are not allowed to block pedestrians. Those in Middleton last week brandished an array of signs, ranging from images of FDR to multiple pictures of President Obama.

Clark gave those who took umbrage a smile and a wave, but other members of LaRouche were more prone to verbal sparring with Middletonians.

While passersby accused them of everything from being unpatriotic to blatant racism, one LaRouche member shot back that Obama - who residents in the City of Middleton supported strongly in both elections - is “helping the Al Qaida terrorists.”

While the bulk of their message revolved around government bailouts of risky Wall Street investments, they also called for Obama’s impeachment, warned of an impending World War III, and asked for the FBI to “come clean” regarding its handling of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the accused Boston Marathon bomber who died shortly after the attack.

Editor’s note: The Glass–Steagall Act is a term often applied to the entire Banking Act of 1933, after its Congressional sponsors, Sen. Carter Glass (D) of Virginia, and Rep. Henry B. Steagall (D) of Alabama.

 

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