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Separation of Church and State: Constitutional Policy in Conflict
Unformatted Document Text:  Separation of Church and State: Constitutional Policy in Conflict 22 The Simon Plan: In 1976, former Nixon Secretary of Treasury William Simon, understood that the only way to combat Democrats and their liberal immoral and communal ideas, e.g. The New Deal and Great Society, would be to regenerate a new Conservative message. So when he was appointed to run the conservative John M. Olin Foundation, he designed the “Simon Plan,” which urged the business world to change the entire means of rebutting liberal causes by weakening liberal groups such as labor unions, universities, mainstream religions, and the media. Simon wanted his fellow wealthy Conservatives who supported the foundation, not to only focus on economic issues, but to focus on traditionalist, pre-Vatican II Catholic moral issues. For Simon, a staunch orthodox Catholic, there was no separating his faith from his politics (Cocozzelli 2007; http://www.questia.com/library/communication/rupert-murdoch.jsp ; http://rightweb.irc-online.org/ and http://ww2.lafayette.edu/~library/special/simon/bio.html ). Simon’s Plan and message was to cultivate conservative voices in universities, in the media and in religious politics. Simon advocated that the message must appear to be more centrist than it actually is. And there needed to be a “unified message” on any given subject, and it would descent intact from the think tank, complete with talking points, directly to the pundit whose job is to get that message into the daily discourse, and then finally to the political candidate who campaigns on it as an issue. (2007) During the same period, many Christian Democrats, including a number of American Jews, found liberal commitments to society violated their basic beliefs, such as taxation, social security, secularism in public schools, homosexuality, and abortion rights under the Roe v. Wade ruling (1973). A number of these Democrats left the party to join the Republican Party (Yurica 2004). To the same extent, the “new” Conservative Right faction was forming: former Strauss students and followers of the Strauss theories on the descent of morality and the importance of an “authority.” Strauss’ basic complaints were the hedonism that had resulted from modernity and liberal ideas of “democracy,” which he called “Nihillism” (Drury 1999, 11-106).

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Separation of Church and State: Constitutional Policy in Conflict 22
The Simon Plan: In 1976, former Nixon Secretary of Treasury William Simon, understood that
the only way to combat Democrats and their liberal immoral and communal ideas, e.g. The New
Deal and Great Society, would be to regenerate a new Conservative message. So when he was
appointed to run the conservative John M. Olin Foundation, he designed the “Simon Plan,” which
urged the business world to change the entire means of rebutting liberal causes by weakening
liberal groups such as labor unions, universities, mainstream religions, and the media. Simon
wanted his fellow wealthy Conservatives who supported the foundation, not to only focus on
economic issues, but to focus on traditionalist, pre-Vatican II Catholic moral issues. For Simon, a
staunch orthodox Catholic, there was no separating his faith from his politics (Cocozzelli 2007;
http://www.questia.com/library/communication/rupert-murdoch.jsp
;
http://rightweb.irc-online.org/
and
http://ww2.lafayette.edu/~library/special/simon/bio.html
).
Simon’s Plan and message was to cultivate conservative voices in universities, in the media and
in religious politics. Simon advocated that the message must appear to be more centrist than it
actually is. And there needed to be a “unified message” on any given subject, and it would descent
intact from the think tank, complete with talking points, directly to the pundit whose job is to get
that message into the daily discourse, and then finally to the political candidate who campaigns on
it as an issue. (2007)
During the same period, many Christian Democrats, including a number of American Jews,
found liberal commitments to society violated their basic beliefs, such as taxation, social security,
secularism in public schools, homosexuality, and abortion rights under the Roe v. Wade ruling
(1973). A number of these Democrats left the party to join the Republican Party (Yurica 2004).
To the same extent, the “new” Conservative Right faction was forming: former Strauss
students and followers of the Strauss theories on the descent of morality and the importance of an
“authority.” Strauss’ basic complaints were the hedonism that had resulted from modernity and
liberal ideas of “democracy,” which he called “Nihillism” (Drury 1999, 11-106).


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