Monday, February 15, 2010

Astro-turfing- Dhimmi Style


In response to the success of the Tea Party movement comes a new anti-Tea Party effort. Dubbed "The Tea Party is Over," the organization seeks to "prevent the Tea Party's dangerous ideas from gaining legislative traction." Dangerous ideas? That's right.

That's exactly what the web site states at

Our Strategy is simple. This movement is a fad. Some of their ideas include the belief that programs like Social Security and Medicare are socialistic and should never have been created in the first place and that President Obama is a Socialist. Other ideas include undermining the legitimacy of the federal government in favor of a radical rightwing form of state's rights. We need to prevent their dangerous ideas from gaining a legislative foothold. So our strategy is to spread the truth about their dangerous ideas and prevent their policies from taking root in America.

Now, for all of you who just read their "strategy," I ask you to go back and read it one more time. Let it soak in. Undermining the legitimacy of the federal government? Radical rightwing form of state's rights? Are you kidding me? Isn't that what's stated in the Constitution? Doesn't America have a tradition of opposing centralized power in favor of more rights and opportunities for its citizens?

As it turns out, this "grassroots" effort is not what it appears. In a brilliant piece of reporting by, we learn a "seemingly grassroots organization that's mounted an online campaign to counter the tea party movement is actually the front end of an elaborate scheme that funnels funds -- including sizable labor union contributions -- through the offices of a prominent Democratic party lawyer."

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