First they ignored us. Then they laughed at us. Then, they lashed out. Now, they want to be us.
It’s as if the left has finally decided, if you can’t beat them – join them. Sort of. Of course, they have no intention of joining the tea party movement. What they want to do is leech off of its success, thinking that some of the grassroots magic that has been taking place since Obama first introduced his dreadful stimulus bill, can somehow rub off on them, if they just come up with a cute, catchy name ending in ‘agger’.
As Rush likes to say, libs wake up every morning and say; “How can we fool them, today”.It’s true. They really do.
Meet the latest pathetic subterfuges:
A Tale of Two Bags: Grass Roots Brown Bags vs. AstroTurf Tea Bags
Well, you can see right from the title, that we’re dealing with a stunningly dishonest outfit. A group called Progressive Democrats of America with it’s own agenda, protest schedule, and online store is calling the the rag tag, loosely organized tea party movement, “astroturf”?
But wait, Paul Krugman said so, so it must be!
As the mainstream media grant the Tea Parties coverage, the verdict is clear: if dozens of people gather at various places to speak out, then that message must be important and newsworthy. Ignoring this message would be politically reckless. This although polls indicated the Tea Bagger view is a small minority on taxes, and even though—as Nobel Prize winning economist and former Reagan Administration advisor Paul Krugman wrote in the New York Times—these “tea parties don’t represent a spontaneous outpouring of public sentiment. They’re AstroTurf (fake grass roots) events, manufactured by the usual suspects. In particular, a key role is being played by FreedomWorks, an organization run by Richard Armey, the former House majority leader, and supported by the usual group of right-wing billionaires. And the parties are, of course, being promoted heavily by Fox News.”
Speaking of Paul Krugman, (who by the way has said of his Reagan appointment, “It was, in a way, strange for me to be part of the Reagan Administration. I was then and still am an unabashed defender of the welfare state, which I regard as the most decent social arrangement yet devised.” Let’s not pretend he’s the ideological twin of the Gipper.) – where could he have heard such an outlandish thing?
Yeah. You tell me, and the other 200 people who stood out on the Plaza last February 29, during a snow storm to protest the ruinous stimulus bill that we were astroturf.
You tell me that the thousands of Americans horrified by the Obama administration’s insane spending that we were being paid off by Dick Armey to protest on 4/15.
You tell me and the couple hundred people who showed up in Olathe, last June to protest Cap and Tax, the day after it passed in the House that “the usual suspects told us to be there”:
Man, that Dick Armey is fast!
You tell the million people who showed up on 9/12 to protest the Obama administration’s expansion of government that they are puppets for “the usual group of right wing billionaires. Who are these people? Name names, asshats.
And so on and so forth – you get the picture. The tea party movement started from the ground up, it grew and grew as more people became aware of the damage the Obama administration was doing to the country. Although there are numerous tea party groups that attempt to organize this growing movement, there is no clear leader, or group of leaders, and we prefer it that way.
I haven’t decided whether these folks are serious, or just trying to be funny. Gregory from Yardsdale swears they’re on the level:
A self-proclaimed Queer Left blogger has outlined her answer to the Tea Party movement: The Cocktail Party Movement. And its agenda is one of the most straightforward admissions of what the Progressive Left actually believes that you will ever read.
- Nationalize the banks
- Soak the rich with high taxes
- Abolish the Senate
- Abolish the Electoral College
- Free public education through college for all
- Free day care for elders and children
- National health care
- Universal accessibility
- Abolish all student loan, credit card and mortgage debt
- Withdraw from Iraq and Afghanistan, shift resources to the Arts, and to an independent Haiti
- Forgiveness of all debt of developing countries
- Outlaw invidious discrimination
- Abolish prisons for all non violent crime, prioritize community rehabilitation for all crime
- Decriminalize sex work and drugs
- Open borders
- Abolish marriage
” We crafted this list of policy goals with the intention, minimally, of driving the Tea Partiers crazy with rage”.
Actually, I’m shaking with…..laughter. Good luck with that, if you’re even serious.
Fake tea party groups:
The most serious, and insidious attempt to co-op the tea party brand, is the fake tea party group that recently registered as an actual political party, in Nevada, and has a person on the ballot. This is serious because a three way race could allow Reid to win, according to a recent poll.
Doug Ross reports:
Research by the Nevada News Bureau — via Flopping Aces — turns up the background of the group’s founders. And it’s apparent that they’re neither conservative nor Republican.
Here are some snippets from my research so far… Barry Levinson was part of the “Bush Lied, People Died” cabal (very strange creds for a Tea Party guy).
…Not really core to the story but one of the principals, Larry Lathum, appears to be a 9/11 Truther…
These people are *impostors. The Republican Party is going to have to spend some money on commercials to out the group. On the plus side, Tea partiers are folks who pay attention more than the average citizen. They won’t be easily fooled.
Or The Nevada Republicans can take Ross’s advice and file similar petitions to that of the “Tea Party of Nevada”.
I’m not sure I like that idea.
One thing seems clear – 2010 will have lefty’s alternating between trying to destroy the tea party movement, and trying to emulate it.
You can bank on that.
*The Nevada News bureau has since updated information that sheds more light on the “tea party” candidate, who claims he’s the real deal. This could spell disaster the the citizens of Nevada who may end up with another 6 excruciating years of Harry Reid as a result.
The Coffee Party
We can put these guys in the “copycat” category:
They’re progressives, so lots of warm and fuzzy platitudes are used to describe their ideals in their attempt to sound mainstream:
We want the political process broken down into three steps:
1) open and respectful dialogue
2) thoughtful and informed deliberation
3) competent and decisive execution.
The process is so broken, we can’t get past step 1 right now. We demand cooperation, productivity and accountability in government in the same way we would demand it of an employee we might hire for a job.
We want local chapters to have the autonomy to figure out their own legislative and electoral priorities. At the national level, we’ll make recommendations for direct action on legislation. But they will only be suggestions. We value and celebrate diverse opinions just as we value and celebrate diverse backgrounds. All that is required to be part of this movement is a sincere commitment to participating in, and protecting the democratic process.
James Lewis of the American Thinker warns that the left, with the aid of the MSM, will deploy their usual divide and conquer approach, this election year. The faux tea party shenanigans are just a symptom of a larger effort:
Warning: We are bound to see shenanigans as the Desperate Democrats try to cling to power in November of 2010 and 2012. It will happen. All the big liberal media will be in on it, and they will lie and smear GOP candidates, starting with the ones who look the most like Ronald Reagan.
We will not find out for sure when it’s happening. It will be hidden and covered up. The New Media have to keep a sharp eye on people trying to infiltrate conservative groups.
Bottom line: You will have to use your smarts to figure out what might be happening. The key is always the liberal media trashing and trying to split the conservative majority in this country. If you see that, you can bet there’s a splitting plot afoot. If you see any big, “popular,” media-driven movement for Ron Paul or another no-win candidate, follow your intuition.
If a Ross Perot pops up, don’t fall for the scammer with the gigantic federal contracts.
The Left will try and try and try to split conservative and GOP voters.
Stay alert. Expect it to happen, because it always does.