Tuesday, April 14, 2009

AMERICA: Prepare for an old-fashioned Tea Baggin'

If you've not heard about this yet....

Take a look.

The second item on the agenda:
"[Are you fed up with a congress and president who] are spending trillions of borrowed dollars, leaving a debt our great-grandchildren will be paying?"

The ever delusional Michel Malkin claims on her site that if the party "...takes shape as an anti-spending movement, it could revive conservatives much as the 1970s tax protests did."

Uh, where have these folks been the last 6 years? Everyone was fine writing blank checks for Bush to throw away to the tune of billions a year in a bullshit war?

Ohhhhhh, now this is interesting. Admittedly a left wing site, but go google Freedom Works yourself. This, for instance, is not partisan.

Freedom Works was supposedly created as a counter to MoveOn. The only difference being that; where as MoveOn is an actual grass roots organization funded by small donations, Freedom Works is a Washington DC based think tank. A "non-profit" organization, designed to assist (read: organize and fund) "activists". The chairman is that other republican Dick, the one from the House, Rep. Army.

I'm not here to defend Obama's policies. Nor am I presumptuous enough to think I have anything approaching an answer to our country's economic woes. But this kind of "astroturf" movement masquerading as a populous uprising needs to be called out for what it really is; a beltway lobbyist backed organization bent on helping the richest Americans to keep from paying the 3% more in taxes that they already were before the Bush Admin. In light of this, it comes as no surprise that folks like Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh, all of whom have made extraordinarily lucrative careers out of telling ordinary folks how to feel, are fervently backing this.

So the answer to where these people were when billions of dollars turned up missing in audits was; in Washington lobbying on behalf of companies that were receiving those billions in taxpayer dollars.

None the less, however much i disagree with the spin, the right to protest is what makes America, America. Unfortunately, I think that soon enough, actual grassroots organizers (if there are any in this situation) will discover like the folks who protested the invasion of Iraq, that an even more defining feature in America nowadays is that protests are downplayed or simply ignored.

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