ForAmerica, a non-profit 501(c)4, recently launched last September by conservative movement leader Brent Bozell and his son David, already has a Facebook page with over 1.2 million fans. According to it’s website, ForAmerica is:
…organized to educate Americans about traditional and contemporary American values, to relentlessly fight the growth of government, to oppose any substitute to freedom and self-government, to promote individual liberty and excellence, to promote economic opportunity, and to move America toward her founding principles.
ForAmerica is chaired by L. Brent Bozell III. A lecturer, syndicated columnist to more than 50 newspapers around the country, television commentator, debater, marketer, businessman, author, publisher and activist, Brent is one of the most outspoken and effective national leaders in the conservative movement today. ForAmerica is his latest venture in a career that has advanced the conservative movement to the cutting edge in politics, media and culture; and, in so doing, achieved some of the movement’s greatest victories.
ForAmerica does not advocate for the election or defeat of any specific candidate.
I spoke with Mr. Bozell’s son David who described that the mission of ForAmerica was to create a “social media army.”
The video above, for example, called “Don’t Be a Chicken” is the latest ForAmerica creation. It was posted Thursday and is being used to urge members of Congress to sign on to the “cut, cap, balance” pledge.
Mr. Bozell explained, “We looked across the landscape and then across conservatism and we thought that was one thing that was lacking. We weren’t taking advantage of the tools that the Left was taking advantage of with good success and what we found was that there was hunger out there”
On Tuesday, along with over 40 other conservative organizations, ForAmerica stood with conservative House and Senate members and introduced the “cut, cap, balance” plan, a pledge for other lawmakers to sign on to and “oppose any debt limit increase unless all three of the following conditions have been met.” :
Cut - Substantial cuts in spending that will reduce the deficit next year and thereafter.
Cap - Enforceable spending caps that will put federal spending on a path to a balanced budget.
Balance - Congressional passage of a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution — but only if it includes both a spending limitation and a super-majority for raising taxes, in addition to balancing revenues and expenses.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Virginia Republican, and Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl , Arizona Republican, recently withdrew from talks about the debt cailing when Democrats continued to demand higher taxes as part of the negotiations. Like others in the GOP leadership in both chambers, Neither Mr. Cantor nor Mr. Kyl are pledge signers yet, but messages from conservative grassroots appears to be going to Washington and telling member not to raise the debt debt ceiling without significant cuts.
“There’s an army out there ready to do battle,” Mr. Bozell said. “And they’re calling their congressmen. They’re sending their petitions. They’re sending e-mails. It’s been impressive to see.”