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"Many people argue that the movement is an organic force, but Will Bunch argues that it was organized and inspired by Glenn Beck and others."

A Tea Party protest. (photo: sic mag)
A Tea Party protest. (photo: sic mag)

 

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+25 # Guest 2010-09-15 10:58
Most have no idea what the Tea Party intends to do. The backers want a one system party the same as the one time leader of Germany, in 1930. He was a good messenger, backed by the church and the wealthy, even Americans. One Leader, One people, One Empire. Perhaps most are to too young to realize what happened then was no fairy tale. Our country is about to be overthown and lead down the road to Fascism.
 
 
+16 # Guest 2010-09-15 12:05
You're right! In fact the radicalization of the right-wing led to 3 dictatorships in Europe in the '30s, and also to the ethnic cleansing in the old Yugoslavia in the '90s, and turned the 1979 people's revolution in Iran into what that government has become, and that's just a few examples. Throughout world history, nothing good ever comes from the radicalization of the right-wing.
 
 
+22 # Guest 2010-09-15 11:19
The Tea Party is correctly identified as a creation of Glenn Beck & Co, who are creations of Rupert Murdoch, the real wizard behind the curtain.
 
 
+7 # Guest 2010-09-16 07:05
Glenn Beck is also owned by Clear Channel which is the largest radio station owner in the US. Clear Channel also pays Limbaugh's $50 million per year salary.
 
 
+1 # Guest 2010-09-19 17:11
Quoting Richard Schmidt:
The Tea Party is correctly identified as a creation of Glenn Beck & Co, who are creations of Rupert Murdoch, the real wizard behind the curtain.


In the summer of 2009 I went to a tea Party Express rally in Indiana. Afterward I contacted the group about making a donation, and repeatedly asked to review their financial disclosure information first. In response I received a series of clearly intentional obfuscations and misdirections. I have all of the correspondence if any reporter/blogge r would like to use them to help unmask the Tea Party for what it really is.
 
 
+12 # Guest 2010-09-15 11:28
excellent analysis - Tea Party is Rupert Murdoch - neocon plot - then who is behind Rupert Murdoch?
 
 
+19 # Guest 2010-09-15 13:27
How about the billionaire Koch brothers, oil robber barons. They are the main financiers of the Tea Party, but most of the rank and file don't realize this.
 
 
+10 # Guest 2010-09-15 14:22
Rupert knows that with these ultraconservati ves in power, he has a much better chance at owning all the media. Basically, the Tea Party puppeteers are getting some dumb suckers to do all the heavy lifting while they get richer.
 
 
+13 # Guest 2010-09-15 11:50
The picture above shows a sign saying "Don't believe the Liberal Media".

To what "Liberal Media" is she referring? There IS no liberal media. The media is owned by the corporations. Ergo, whoever dreamed up that sign is (and I really mean this literally) a fascist.

"Fascism will arrive in America draped with the flag and carrying a cross." wrote Sinclair Lewis.

The term “FASCISM” was adopted in Italy during the 1920s by followers of Benito Mussolini. Later it was applied to Adolf Hitler of Germany. Fascism glorifies the state at the expense of the individual. It embraces an authoritarian leader, who claims to embody the state, and often involves racist ideologies, exalting one group at the expense of another. Like communism, it oversees individual and business activity, employing secret police to insure compliance with the state.
 
 
+3 # Guest 2010-09-16 10:05
interestingly, I think earliest webster definition of fascism was 'government run by corporations', but recently all the dictionaries have changed this to more cryptic and ambiguous terms
 
 
+1 # Guest 2010-09-18 12:57
In particular, Fascism is when treasonous government and private corporations collude, by deceit or law, to implement privatization, nationalization and to acquire extensive land mass [including water rights] while ruling the unwitting masses with absolute political, economic, and social power.
 
 
+7 # Guest 2010-09-15 11:57
I could say the devil was behind Rupert Murdoch but that would be a bit melodramatic. Rupert Murdoch is his own greedy self. No one calls the shots for him but him.
 
 
-2 # Guest 2010-09-15 12:00
You guys are confused.

I got an email in 2007-2008 from a Ron Paul fan group that was organizing a money bomb. It was called a Tea Party. It spawned other Tea Party money bombs and meetings. It was organic, grassroots, citizen organized and a rebuke of the corporate media.

The media ignored the movement and it grew to a point where they couldn't ignore it anymore, so they 'defined' it and then co-opted it by funding big tea parties and then covering them. The original meaning of the tea party (which was just as anti-corporate as it was anti-government ) is still alive, just not in the media.

The political spectrum has shifted. The new paradigm is corporate vs. progressive/lib ertarian. Don't expect the media to tell you that because you know what side they're on.

If you want to understand what's going on in American politics stop reading the corporate media and start talking to Americans interested in the welfare of their LOCAL communities!
 
 
+2 # Guest 2010-09-15 19:01
Walther, I'm not sure why you received minus points. You offered a decent argument and suggestions. Perhaps folks were not really paying attention to the evolution of the Tea Party and the technique of the very powerful: absorbing a citizens group and digesting their wants and needs, spewing the results into phony political and media agendas.

What's not understandable about your comments?! Local communities really are the answer.
 
 
+2 # Guest 2010-09-16 07:55
I totally disaree. I know tea - partiers -- they are not and were not Ron Paul "fans" - nor did they vote for him in the primary. They are fans of Fox News. They believe LOTS of things that aren't factually true (like the birther "controversy").

Of course the tea party is organic, in the sense that any organization is organic. There are people who identify as tea party members -- thus organic. The fact that the organization is disproportionat ely Republican (81% so self-identify on polls, compared to considerably less than 40% on national polls), male (61% - you do the math) and somewhat older than average (I don't remember the figures) does not make it a "non-organic" movement, whatever that is. It does make it a movement that is actually a part of the Right (6% Democrats? Compared to over 40% nationally -- come on folks. Not bipartisan).

As for the MSM -- the tea party wouldn't be where it is without their breathless coverage.
 
 
+1 # Guest 2010-09-18 07:50
I think you are correct Walther, but so are the replies to your post - and the article above - I think it is a case of the republican party trying to take advantage of the tea party (whose majority is now fox news viewers with skewed and selective facts). What they have is a tiger by the tail and that tiger is now going to turn around and bite the hand that fed it ... I hope they fracture the republican party and the democrats take all the seats.
 
 
+1 # Guest 2010-09-18 10:46
An accurate set of observations indeed. Get involved with your county or parish government. Study the US Constitution. Read RELIABLE American history rich in primary documentation. Attend a local church or synagogue. Attend a TEA Party.
Educating yourself involves getting out of comfortable habits and investigating the unfamiliar. If you seek to know what is true, employ scientific methodology. If you seek Medieval mindset, rely on the voices whose owners claim authority over you.
 
 
+8 # Guest 2010-09-15 12:01
" In reality, its members yawned not only at George W. Bush’s spending spree on a bogus war, a poorly conceived war, tax cuts for the rich and Big Pharma, but they waited until enough time passed that it could even start blaming the $700 billion bank bailout on Obama and ignore its invention by the Bush administration in its waning months."

An analogy would be comparable to the "frog in a pot of water being slowly brought to a boil...." Except the current Legislative and Executive branches of our government have thrown out the water and and set the flame to 'blast furnace.'
 
 
-1 # Guest 2010-09-16 06:55
Quoting David Couvillon:
" In reality, its members yawned not only at George W. Bush’s spending spree on a bogus war, a poorly conceived war, tax cuts for the rich and Big Pharma, but they waited until enough time passed that it could even start blaming the $700 billion bank bailout on Obama and ignore its invention by the Bush administration in its waning months."

An analogy would be comparable to the "frog in a pot of water being slowly brought to a boil...." Except the current Legislative and Executive branches of our government have thrown out the water and and set the flame to 'blast furnace.'


Actually that is wholly incorrect. The fantastic executive power grabs of the Bush administration is in no way analogous to a "frog in a pot of water being slowly brought to a boil." It was the previous administration that set the flame to "blast furnace."
 
 
+16 # Guest 2010-09-15 12:05
In the summer of 2009 I went to a tea Party Express rally in Indiana. Afterward I contacted the group about making a donation, and repeatedly asked to review their financial disclosure information first. In response I received a series of clearly intentional obfuscations and misdirections. I have all of the correspondence if any reporter/blogge r would like to use them to help unmask the Tea Party for what it really is.
 
 
+9 # Guest 2010-09-15 14:25
In addition, those buses to transport Teabaggers did not come out of nowhere. They were paid for by the puppeteers.
 
 
-1 # Guest 2010-09-18 10:49
There are thousands of TEA Parties out there that you would have to unmask. When you demand information, do you look like some troublemaker that the folks you are trying to trick recognize for what you are. Get a life.
 
 
+22 # Guest 2010-09-15 12:25
Why are people afraid to tell the truth? The real money and power behind the Tea party is the Religious Right. They have been working toward this goal for years. These people are religious zealots full of hate towards anyone and anything that does not follow their beliefs. They have no use for the Constitution because it is man's law not God's. In Florida there was a pastor named D James Kennedy who headed the Coral Ridge church that ran seminars on how to get elected and implement their teachings. He would have a rally every year filling up a stadium with his followers with his slogan "Take Back America for Christ". We cannot turn our backs on this any longer. They have the money but we cannot let them have the power. Notice how Beck and the others always invoke God? Notice how many say it was God's will that they got elected or it was God who told them to run? This scares me. I hope it scares you too.
 
 
+2 # Guest 2010-09-17 11:30
PffT! And the 'religious right' will have to settle with G-d Himself for this. As Christ's kingdom is no part of the world and G-d Himself says he is a jealous G-d I'd not want to have to answer to Him on Judgment Day.

Why can't the so-called Christian right stick to their 'religion' without forcing their ideologies on others? Do they not recognize themselves as mirrors of the extremists in Islam?
 
 
+13 # Guest 2010-09-15 12:26
To take the Tea Party lightly is to invite a serious deterioration of our democratic society, methodical loss of our Bill of Rights (excepting the Right to Bear Arms), and politics run 100% by corporate America. The silent majority has to wake up, speak out, and protect what was so hard to get.
 
 
+2 # Guest 2010-09-15 14:27
The result of the Teabaggers getting into power would be that only "some" could bear arms.
 
 
+10 # Guest 2010-09-15 12:35
Why no mention of the sponsors of the Tea Party Express - the infamous Koch brothers? Seems all the analysts are skipping over their basic involvement in manufacturing the Tea Party "Movement."
 
 
+11 # Guest 2010-09-15 12:36
I am amazed that Will Bunch does not mention the role that the billionaire brothers, Charles and David Koch, have played in bank-rolling the Tea Party & Co., and their fore-runners--- right-wing think-tanks, mass-messaging outlets, etc., for the past 30+ years. They have spent well over $100 million to get their message out and create a grass-roots movement reflective of their radical views (which William F. Buckley characterized as anarco-totalita rian.) Their intention was well-planned for years, and neatly executed during this turbulent time. See Jane Mayer's excellent expose in the New Yorker. Mayer was also interviewed on NPR's Fresh Air. I for one will not buy any products made by Koch Industries.
 
 
-15 # Guest 2010-09-15 12:59
Dumbest article I ever read---almost as dumb as Glenn Beck. Keep thinking this way Will and watch the Dems get slaughtered in November.
 
 
+10 # Guest 2010-09-15 12:59
The Koch brothers are the money behind the teabagger movement. Read Jane Mayer's piece in the August 2010 New Yorker if you want to be really scared about the future of our country.
 
 
+10 # Guest 2010-09-15 13:19
Perhaps as the truth of how just a few GLOBAL Corporations now own almost all Media Enterprises in America and that 'GLOBAL' does not necessarily translate into 'AMERICAN' and that a huge swath of Global Corporate Media is basically a Conservative Propaganda Machine attempting to manipulate Millions of Americans to often act against their own best interests for the sake of Global Corporate Interests will begin to open citizen eyes to see what 20 years of that has done to Our Country and the ability of the American People to control OUR Country and OUR Own Government.

Corporate Conservative Media's relentless talking points about how 'Less Government' is the pathway to liberty, freedom and prosperity and that Government should be 'Run Like a Business' and All Government Functions should be 'Contracted Out to Corporations' is the biggest Corporate Conservative Flim Flam in Human History. Its resulted in transferring the wealth and power of Americans to Corporations.
 
 
+9 # Guest 2010-09-15 13:28
The real money behind the tea party is the Koch brothers, billionaire Texans who have a long standing personal mission to keep this country "right" so they can continue their money machine. There was a wonderful expose in the New Yorker about three weeks ago. It should be mandated reading for all Americans.
 
 
+1 # Guest 2010-09-18 09:53
When ever the Koch brother are mentioned it should also be mentioned that there father did business with Stalin and was a founding member of the paranoid Ultra right wing anti-communist John Birch society. Also that they them selves were and perhaps still are almost certainly members of John Birch society, a group that has long considered Fluoridated water to be part of a mind control plot and that President Eisenhower was a secret agent working for Communists.
 
 
0 # Guest 2010-09-15 13:29
Like we didnt know it already--still. ...
 
 
+5 # Guest 2010-09-15 13:39
My understanding is that the Texas Koch brothers are the money force behind this movement. They are wealthy oilmen and do NOT look at all like me.
 
 
+5 # Guest 2010-09-15 13:46
Read Jane Mayer's article about the Koch Brothers for a real education about the teabagger's backers:

http://readersupportednews.org/off-site-news-section/69-69/2785-billionaires-vs-obama
 
 
+4 # Guest 2010-09-15 15:13
The person behind the curtain just might be Dick Armey. Remember him? Remember him!
 
 
+1 # Guest 2010-09-15 17:13
As always, follow the money. The group that stands to profit is corporate including media which is so not liberal! But that message led to FOX. Opposition is always vilified.

We've learned not to underestimate the power of money, or the stupidity of Americans (they want to end Public education!) Do we need to drop our values and just start lies? Maybe we can give TPs a homeland of their own -like Alabama or Florida.
 
 
-5 # Guest 2010-09-15 18:27
i quote:

'To suggest that the Tea Party movement is an organic uprising of angry Americans is to ignore the giant elephant in the room—the right-wing media machine, led by the Fox News Channel and a coast-to-coast umbrella of conservative talk radio.'

it's all true, but still, after more than two months traveling as a foreigner through the united states i realise that a substantial group of people, from the rights as well as from the left, are totally fed-up with this deeply corrupted generation of politicians. and don't forget, even during the obama victory, 43 percent of the americans who could vote, chose not to vote, because they didn't consider it to be worth while, and right they were. obama lies just as much as all the other politicians. don't try to suggest that it is the media who create these people. the american dream and democracy is bankrupt. realize this and you might come up with a new myth to organize people. denying the facts wont help you.
stan
 
 
+1 # Guest 2010-09-17 11:41
I'd suggest that you speak to more than one type of people. To suggest you have an understanding of a people, Americans, (numbering over 300 million) with only 2 months of travel within a vast country (how much travel you do not state) indicates you didn't do your homework thoroughly and that you didn't look for views opposing your own. Tocqueville made the same mistakes.
 
 
+1 # JayMagoo 2010-09-18 11:16
I realize the Koch brothers are powerful with their billions to be spent of right wing causes, because when Jane Mayer's investigative piece came out in the New Yorker, all the conservative lackeys jumped to the defense of the Koch money source. But have the the Koch brothers billions also got to Will Bunch and persuaded him to give the Koch boys a free ride too?
 

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