A friend of mine is running an independent campaign for Congress even though they have gotten ballot access on the Democratic Party ticket. This brought me the other night to the Huntingdon Tea Party Patriots who were having her speak to them.
Also on the program was Freedomworks the Dick Armey, Koch Brothers pretend grassroots organization that really created the Tea Party in the first place as part of Glenn Beck’s 9-12 Movement. While the average Tea Party member is really just a regular working American, Freedomworks pretend grassroots politics is a far more insidious takeover of our political process. This is essentially privatized political dissent.
This part of the program featured two attractive women, both with children, of course, so that you could have the family effect and pretend that corporatism was somehow a moral quest to save the world for sweatshop labor and to destroy our environment before Progressives could stop giving doctoral dissertations and start giving moral sermons on how the Bible made us stewards of the earth not for profit rapists of the earth in pursuit of fossil fuels. They did their best political Abbot and Costello routine passing the mike back and forth as they taught the crowd how to be grassroots politcal organizers for Freedomworks corporate sponsors while duping themselves into believing this was impassioned grassroots dissent.
The insidious part of Freedomworks faux populism is their pitch that politicians they (Tea Party and Freedomworks) identify as Conservative enough for them won’t even need to do anything but go around campaigning. Freedomworks is doing the organizing of volunteers. It will print and provide the bumper stickers, yard signs, and glossy corporate hate mail in support of their chosen corporate flunky’s. Thus Freedomworks will have created a privatized political party apparatus for a candidate.
Because of Citizens United, Freedomworks solves the politicians having to spend most of their time fund raising. The Kochs, Coors, De Vos families and others lard up Freedomworks bank account. Freedomworks provides the pre-fab campaign apparatus, and marketing of the politician and all they need to is go around pretending they’ re standing on principles instead of reading a corporate script and voila the perfect corporate grassroots campaign.
Does it work? Apparently it has in some places, particularly in races mentioned in Berks County Pennsylvania in the Freedomworks presentation. Here, Freedomworks put out thousands of yard signs to make it look psychologically like a Conservative Congressional candidate had a ground swell of support that they in fact really didn’t have. The Democratic Party incumbent who was ahead at the time lost the election.
In this case, Freedomworks already has their glossy hate mail in support of Romney for President, Tom Smith for Senate over Bob Casey, as well as Attorney General, State Treasurer and others. Only organized labor would be organized well enough to counter Freedomworks on the Progressive side of the political agenda, so that you catch a glimpse of the real reason they created the phony Right to Work Issue in the first place.
For those who don’t know, Right to Work is the phony claim that Unions make those who don’t want to join a Union join and pay dues and that Union dues are spent in support of Democratic Party candidates even though many members don’t want their dues used for this purpose. In actuality since the 1963 Supreme Court decision NLRB v. General Motors Corporation no one can be forced to join a union and dues can not be used for any political or religious purpose that members don’t support. Union money comes from legal political action committees where all the money donated was voluntarily donated by members to be used exactly for support of pro labor candidates. So Right to Work is like the whole Conservative movement, an elaborate fraud.
The main goal of Freedomworks is to takeover the Republican Party enroute to establishing an apparent corporate dictatorship by making the naive and disorganized Democrats completely non competitive in any election and taking political control of this nation. Because Democrats have virtually no contact with Republicans they laugh at the Tea Party as a bunch of clowns and buffoons. Freedomworks is taking advantage of Democrats belief in their intellectual superiority in hopes of pulling off their planned political coup before Dems know what hit them.
I give the Fascists on the Right alot of credit. This is slick because there is no messianic figure on the Right using charm and charisma to take over our country and to be a focal point for Progressive dissent and organizing. This is a silent tyrannical takeover of America one disgruntled Middle Class person at a time. Dems better wake up because a democratic nation is a terrible thing to waste let alone lose.