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Sierra Madre Actor Takes a Stand Against LaRouche Propaganda

December 1st, 2009 by Terry Miller

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By Terry Miller

Mild mannered local actor, Barry Schwam was displeased, to say the least, when he saw a picture of President Obama digitally altered to depict him as Adolf Hitler.

The posters were placed outside his local Post Office in Sierra Madre Tuesday afternoon.  The Lyndon LaRouche camp set up their abhorrence propaganda outside the US post office to a very mixed reaction.  Schwam was so upset by the absurd parallels to Obama that he penned his own silent protest to voice his first amendment right!

Schwam, who was recently married in Sierra Madre, held a sign (albeit a bit faint) which read:  Petition to institutionalize psychotic persons who compare Adolf Hitler to President Obama. While standing outside the post office, many Sierra Madre Residents did, in fact, sign Barry’s petition. One man yelled to the LaRouche people that they were “crazy” What he’ll do with the petition, however, is unclear.  According to Schwamm, a little humor perhaps was in order to diffuse such detestable and unwarranted hatred for America’s first Black President.

One driver, so upset by the objectionable photos depicting Obama as Hitler, slammed on his breaks and uttered in no uncertain terms his feelings of disdain for the LaRouche propaganda camp. Luckily fists did not fly but it was a gut reaction many people felt as they attempted to mail their letters and bills Tuesday afternoon.

Barry told the Sierra Madre Weekly that hate and violence is never the answer to differing opinions and he hoped that his counter protest made some think twice before reading hatemonger’s’ messages. The Weekly approached the man and woman who were in charge of the LaRouche table but they refused “to speak to the media.” The only comment uttered was from the woman at the LaRouche table: “Obama is just a big fart.”.

As the honks of support for Barry Schwam’s one-man campaign against ignorance and stupidity grew less frequent with the setting winter sun, he decided that his point was made and hopefully some people left with the awareness that hatred and misinformation is always around, we just have to silently and peacefully protest that which we do not believe to be so.

For the record: here’s a look at who and what Lyndon LaRouche is:

Lyndon Hermyle LaRouche, Jr. is an American self-styled economist, political activist, and the founder of several political organizations known collectively as the LaRouche movement. He has been a perennial candidate for President of the United States, having run in eight elections since 1976, once as a U.S. Labor Party candidate and seven times as a candidate for the Democratic Party nomination. He is the founder and contributing editor of the Executive Intelligence Review, and has written prolifically on economic, scientific, and political topics, as well as on history, philosophy, and psychoanalysis.

He was sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment in 1988 for conspiracy to commit mail fraud and tax code violations, but continued his political activities from behind bars until his release in 1994 on parole. His defenders believe the prosecution was a politically motivated conspiracy involving government officials and a mass-media brainwashing campaign. His appellate attorney, Ramsey Clark, a former U.S. Attorney General, argued that the case represented an unprecedented abuse of power by the U.S. government in an effort to destroy the LaRouche movement.

LaRouche provokes sharply contrasting views. His supporters see him as a political leader in the tradition of Roosevelt and Martin Luther King, Jr., and a brilliant thinker who has been unfairly persecuted, while critics regard him as a cult leader, conspiracy theorist, fascist, and anti-Semite.  Norman Bailey, formerly with the National Security Council, described LaRouche’s staff in 1984 as one of the best private intelligence services in the world, while the Heritage Foundation has said he leads what is possibly one of the strangest political groups in American history.

7 Responses to Sierra Madre Actor Takes a Stand Against LaRouche Propaganda

  1. Denise Rousseau Reply

    March 16, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    As a Canadian I can only support the opponents to Obama’s health care reform. I think the way it is being proposed to Americans, this reform can only benefit the big pharmaceuticals companies. This reform puts too much emphasis on curative health care and nothing on prevention. If Obama really has at heart the good health of his fellows citizens, he should do more to improve their wealth. He should take measures to lower the unemployment rate, try to get some financial security for life for everybody. After all, poverty kills more quickly than anything else even a lack of health care.

  2. Palbert Reply

    January 13, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    I am wondering why the Sierra Madre Weekly did not run a story with a title like “Two Sierra Madre residents take a stand against President Obama”. Is this type of activity only newsworthy when it supports one political viewpoint. I hope the editorial staff or writer will answer, as it goes to the objectivity (or lack thereof) of this paper. What say you?

  3. HaroldH Reply

    January 13, 2010 at 9:07 am

    I noticed from this guy’s sign that he wants to punish people for their beliefs, or at least for voicing them. In my book, that makes this fool unAmerican. From the report, admittedly an amatuerish effort, is sounds like his opponents acted well and did not try to punish him for having his say. Who is this Barry Schwam? He sounds dangerous to me, or at least ignorant – not too surprising given his reported career.

  4. Jim Reply

    January 12, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    Most all will agree that Obama is not like Hitler, but most also agree that he is a failure. I am sure this dope did not cry when President Bush was depicted as a Nazi or monkey, so his opinion can be freely voiced, and ignored.

  5. spoon Reply

    December 13, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Hooray for Captain Barry! Hooray, hooray, hooray!

  6. Mark Sparks Reply

    December 3, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    I personally do not think Pres. Obama looks anything like A. Hitler- Obama way to tall for one thing. Pres Obama does not have to yell at us to get our attention. He is a family man, married with two daughters, only family Hitler had were the “Boys from Brazil” and he did not have to lift a finger to raise them or pay child support after they were born.
    I do feel this country needs to be confident in the person who sits in that big chair in the oval office, but have we moved in a direction that makes the job of President impossible to do? All these supporters of Pres. Obama that were so thrilled their “White Knight” won the election seem to be hiding in plain sight not saying a word. Fine with me most of those people in no way qualified to open there mouths in the first place. I seem to remember Pres. Bush was accused of being Adolf Hitler from a handful of left wing psychos – the same psychos that screamed how stupid Bush was. I wish they would make up there minds.
    Hitler has been called many things, the list way too long and well deserved, but “stupid” is not even in the top twenty most popular for sure.
    I’m Looking forward to see who the next person to sit in the big chair will be. Will he or she be the “White Knight” or an “OBAMANATION”?

    • John Bebipin Reply

      December 15, 2009 at 5:34 pm

      That just about says it my friend. Just about.
      That mustatch was not intended anything except to expose the evil policy-principals behind the office of Pres. of the USA. at the moment. The same ones, but a little more devolved than under Cheney/Bush. Less moral.
      It has been the blind leading the blind; ie, the media, and it’s readers. Larouche is the horses mouth. Listen to it, and not heresay. Thank you for your point of view Capt. Berry. You Rock.! Just as every human being on the planet rocks! See you around.

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