|From The Tustin News, June 23, 1977: contest winners|
DtB readers will be aware that Tustin was the home of right-wing Congressman James “Utt the Nut” Utt, who represented his OC district from 1953 until his death in 1970. Saddleback College’s first structure (the notorious "James B. Utt Library") was named after him.
He was succeeded, of course, by Tustin resident and even more notorious right-winger, John Schmitz, who quit the GOP when it got too “liberal” for him. (He was expelled from the John Birch Society for his extremist rhetoric.)
|From The Tustin News, June 23, 1977|
Among the winning slogans:
- Free Enterprise ISN'T A free ride
- Our Best Source of Energy: OURSELVES
- Strong Defense: Let's Keep Our Right UP and the Left Out
- America: A Nation of United Immigrants
- Limited Government: Our Guarantee to Unlimited Freedom
- Apathy: Cancer of Democracy
- Limited Defense Means Limited Protection
- Not Just A Nation—A Way of Life: America
|Knottism, I guess|
Lechner, like his contemporary Jimmy Utt, was the sort of conservative who seemed to find a Commie under every rock, including the rocks of academia (the “Untouchable-intelligentsia”).
Lechner is long gone, but his “League” still exists. According to the AEL Facebook Page, the organization embraces “American exceptionalism” and “promotes significant and permanent reduction in the size and power of government.” Also, we’re told that
Since its founding in 1927 AEL has dedicated its efforts to informing and educating all citizens, but especially students, about the liberties and responsibilities that are their birthright as Americans. Through the encouragement and annual support of its donors and friends, AEL has distributed educational materials, videos, and cash-award programs to millions of students and thousands of schools at all levels throughout the country.Among the “donors and friends,” was well-known right-winger (and John Birch Society booster) Walter Knott of “Knott’s Berry Farm” fame. (He died in 1981.)
AEL sponsors “essay contests.” According to the site Fastweb,
The American Educational League Essay Contest is open to all undergraduate students in the U.S. Applicants are asked to write a 2,000 word essay on one of the following topics: death penalty vs. life sentence, national defense vs. international defense, bankruptcy vs. government bailouts and same sex marriage vs. heterosexual marriage.It was Walter Knott himself who started the AEL "slogans" competition in 1971.
Naturally, AEL publishes books, e.g., Communism: the ideology fades - the threat remains (1990).
You get the picture.
|I believe that this depicts Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan at an AEL event|
As we’ve reported previously, OC billionaire Howard Ahmanson Jr. has been a major funder of the movement and of Rushdoony's Chalcedon Foundation. Ahmanson, of course, was one of (pray-happy former SOCCCD trustee) Tom Fuentes’ pals. Two former SOCCCD trustees, Don Wagner and Nancy Padberg, were affiliated with Education Alliance, a Tustin-based Christian right organization that has fought teachers unions since the mid-90s. Natch, EA got its seed money from— Howard Ahmanson.
The Chalcedon Foundation is where Walter Knott, AEL, and Christian Reconstructionism come together.
Check out this excerpt from Michael J. McVicar’s Christian Reconstruction: R.J. Rushdoony and American Religious Conservatism. It describes Rushdoony’s efforts to establish a new kind of Christian college in America:
...Rushddoony developed his vision of a Christian college [namely, Chalcedon College] in an era inundated with faith-based schools. Large, well-established liberal-arts institutions such as Wheaton College in Illinois, Calvin College in Michigan, and Gordon College of Massachusetts claimed a uniquely Christian mission. Since the 1930s, these liberal-arts colleges had been supplemented by a growing network of private business and technical colleges built with a Christian mission in mind. ... Heavily subsidized in the postwar era by the GI Bill, these liberal-arts and technical colleges mixed a bland probusiness Christianity with typical evangelical doctrines.... In spite of—or, more precisely, because of—the liberal-arts education and managerial training provided by these institutions’ curricula, they were, in Rushdoony’s eyes, neither aggressively nor self-consciously Christian. Rushdoony believed he could offer something new in the already crowded midcentury Christian educational marketplace: a rigorous brand of Christian education built around biblical law.
RJ Rushdoony (1916-2001)
Before he could secure the funding necessary to buy the land and hire a staff for his proposed college, Rushdoony relied on his connections to a network of conservative organizations to insulate his activities from taxation. He was a crafty bootstrapper who combined revenue from a host of sources to finance his project. To pay for his move to Woodland Hills in August 1965, Rushdoony secured $3,600 in combined contributions from businessmen Phil Virtue and Walter Knott of Knott’s Berry Farm fame. As he waited for the IRS decision on tax exemption for Chalcedon, Rushdoony channeled contributions through his congregation at the Westminster Orthodox Pesbyterian Church and through Knott’s Americanism Educational League [sic] (AEL). Formed in 1927, the league was one of the oldest right-wing organizations in California. Knott invested heavily in the AEL in the mid-1960s and used it to fund all manner of organizations, book distribution efforts, and outreach to high school students, undergraduates, and community activists. Although only a tiny component of AEL’s much larger educational project, Chalcedon reflected Knott’s wider commitment to reforming education according to his probusiness, Christian commitments.
|Tustin News, April 9, 1970|
- Stoning gay people to death not immoral? The money man behind the "Protect Marriage Act"
- This crazy web of homophobic wackitude
- The dead and the pious
- The greatest bad for the greatest number
|Nisei, (Japanese: “second-born”), second-generation Japanese|
in the United States. (From Encyclopedia Britannica)