Arthur Finkelstein is one of the Bush Administration's top advisors, and a leading strategist for the Republican Party. He rarely gives reporter interviews, thus his public statement raised attention within the Republican Party. "Bush's strategy secures the power of the American Christian right not only for this term, in fact, its secures its ability to choose the next Republican president." He said. "From now on anyone who belongs to the Republican Party will automatically find himself in the same group as the opponents of abortion, and anyone who supports abortion will automatically be labeled a Democrat." He continued.
Then he gave the bombshell: "Bush's victory strengthens the ability of the Christian right to nominate the next Republican nominee" and that Americans could expect "more divisiveness" in future elections.
Members of the Bush cabinet, such as John Ashcroft, who just resigned as Attorney General, increased the sense that Americans were losing civil liberties, at the hands of religious radicals. His famous tape of leading an emotional praise song at an Evangelical revival impressed many as lacking the dignity of other religions, and his term as Attorney General proved to be a period when Americans felt a strong sense of loss of individual freedom.
STOCK BROKER APPROACHES INVESTMENTS WITH "SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY"
Tom Chancellor is a unique stock broker. He handles the investments of some of the rich and powerful people of Texas. Yet, his approach is different than most brokers. "I find companies that deal with the environment or social issues in an ethical and responsible way." He says. Indeed, companies that work hard to protect the environment, or work hard to not exploit children, or destroy communities seem to have a better track record. Some believe that they have fewer lawsuits, and greater loyalty from their employees and investors.
This kind of approach might have been considered fringe idea years ago, but now the idea is catching on. "I just attended a national conference of like minded brokers" he said. "People all over the nation are finding that investors not only want companies that make a profit, but make it in the right way." He said.
Chancellor is with the giant, Merrill Lynch, in Fort Worth's downtown office. "Even in a city as conservative as Fort Worth, many wealthy investors appreciate the opportunity to invest in companies that actually do have a social conscience" he said.