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An LA Times investigation into the financial roots of the Tea Party movement reveals this rigor mortus-driven insurrection is about as grassroots as it is thoughtful. According to the article, campaigns spent four-hundred million dollars in November’s elections on "experienced political operatives--not fervent newcomers." In the Delaware Valley’s media market, we were burdened with the outputs of their expertise in the form of faux-populist ads intended to further stoke the European-American outrage incited by Fox News.

The article highlights the direct ties between the financiers who paid media firms to help cast this spell on the tea party sheep and the very GOP cable TV outfit that directs all incoming traffic to their brains:

Also on the Republican side was Crossroads Media, a media-placement firm that took in close to $40 million in ad buys for clients that included American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS, advocacy groups cofounded earlier this year by Republican strategist Karl Rove.

That 40 mill represents an impressive 10% of the total spent by all campaigns on these media firms. To be fair, Democrats also utilized these DC insiders to un-emphatically spread their election message, but the message they sought to deliver represents the essence of grassroots movements--policies that look out for people rather than companies. Some examples of causes supported by, GMMB, a media firm used by Democratic candidates include Save Darfur, the UN Foundation and the American Cancer Society. Their "about us" page has the following:

While political communications was our original specialty and remains at the center of our work, our desire to effect real change quickly grew, evolving our organization into a premier political, issue and cause communications firm. We help foundations, non-profits, associations, governments and socially conscious corporations achieve their missions of making this world a better place for all of us.

We are, at heart, activists. We believe in our clients and are dedicated to the causes they champion.

Now contrast that, a fairly typical Democratic sentiment, with American Crossroads’ mission statement, which more or less states their goal is to wage war on anyone or anything that does not look like them:

American Crossroads is a new kind of non-profit political organization dedicated to renewing America’s commitment to individual liberty, limited government, free enterprise and a strong national defense—through informed and effective political action by citizens like you...


We face a decision between protecting America’s national security with clear and resolute policies backed up by investing in our defense capabilities – and an approach to national security that is based on wishful thinking, ambivalence toward our allies, and accommodation toward our most hostile adversaries.

Regrettably, the mob of nimrods hypnotized by FOX News will never see the irony as they mindlessly follow Palin off a cliff.  If only the Tea Party activists could pull the hoods off of their heads long enough to read the LA times piece; they might learn that the grass in their grass roots is soiled with elephant dung.

Originally posted to Bob Sackamento on Sat Nov 27, 2010 at 08:10 PM PST.

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  •  4 Billion Corporat Spent on a Normally 1 Billion (5+ / 0-)

    midterm, or so.

    The tea party are like floating in the Niagara River and crediting their paddling strength for arriving at the bottom of the falls so fast.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sat Nov 27, 2010 at 08:15:48 PM PST

    •  The Republicans may yet rue... (2+ / 0-)
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      Bob Sackamento, Dirtandiron

      ...that corporate money, if either a middles-class tax-cut extension clear sboth Houses in the lame-duck session, or it's shot down in the Senate, and the whole tax-cut package sunsets at the end of the year. The Republican's wealthy owners won't be happy that they didn't get their extra tax cut for all the money spent, and will want to take it out of the collective hides of the Republicans.

      It won't be pretty. Start making popcorn...

      Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

      by JeffW on Sat Nov 27, 2010 at 08:42:32 PM PST

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  •  They don't care, Bob... (6+ / 0-)

    They just want their world put right-side up again.

    As long as their is a black man in the White House, they would make a pact with Lucifer himself.

    They're ignorant and they're poor, but they were always better than the Black man.  Now they have to be reminded every single day of their inferiority.

    They may never be able to get into Harvard, but they can carry around stuffed monkeys and vote for Sarah Palin.

    •  That's not gonna happen though. (2+ / 0-)
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      They can stick whoever they want in the WH, but they're not going back to raising a family on a single manufacturing wage.

      Nobody's hanging on to the family farm, or not enough to matter.

      They're clinging to trappings of a Camelot that never really existed, and they'll be at their most dangerous the moment that they figure that out. That's when this will all go bad, when the real pogroms will begin- when they need to either go out looking for an alternate mythos, or they need to purify the mythos they already have.

      Come that epiphany, it won't be about voting and it won't be stuffed toys on the end of a string.

      And it'll come.

      •  What never existed is "free enterprise." (2+ / 0-)
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        That's the biggest and most persistent myth designed to persuade the dispossessed that their deprivation is an act of nature, rather than the result of favoritism and privilege for the minions of the command and control contingent.

        There's no question that the modern embodiment of the latter is the private corporation, a fictitious entity claiming all the rights of the natural person and rejecting all social obligations.  But, what's not generally appreciated is that these fictitious bodies have been with us from the start, when charter companies set out to explore and populate new continents on the basis of land grants from the crowned heads of Europe.  Indeed, there has never been a time in the Euro-American adventure when commerce and trade weren't backed up by military force -- a reality that's merely masked by the "rule of law," the contemporary designation for subordination by decree.

        Free enterprise is an illusion, especially when the use of money is required to sustain survival.  That's because money is both a figment of the imagination and a social construct.  Like individual human rights, money is worthless absent a social consensus to respect rights and use money to exchange things, instead of resorting to theft.

        Conservative would have us believe that
        "Freedom is obedience to the law."  
        That's an error, growing out of preference.  The freedom of the individual person does depend on respect, for the person and the law, and the recognition of a mutual obligation to do so.  It's not a matter of obedience.  But, obedience is what conservatives, who reject obligation out of hand, prefer.  Because obedience is what conservative command and control demands.  If some people are going to survive by commanding and extracting what they need from others, then the others have to be willing to be obedient.  And the command and control contingent would be prudent to keep their demands modest, lest they instigate resistance and revolution.  But, that's not the norm.  The command and control contingent routinely overplay their hand and have to be smacked down. That is, their subsidies have to be withdrawn.

        And that, IMHO, is what we are witnessing now.  Moreover, the almost universal reliance on money, a figment of the imagination, actually makes it easier.  Laying siege to a residential enclave is hard; wiping out mortgage records is not.  And, after the squatters move in, one by one, the result is much the same.  Only the destruction is less, as many a resident in Baghdad can attest.

        The virtual destruction of residential enclaves.  Now that is an innovation.

        The conservative mind relies mainly on what is plain to see.

        by hannah on Sun Nov 28, 2010 at 04:17:24 AM PST

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  •  Unless you can trick them into believing... (2+ / 0-)
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    that the "LA" in LA Times stands for Louisiana, there is no way in hell the Teabaggers are going to read that article.

    "War is a Racket" -- MajGen Smedley D. Butler, USMC

    by PvtJarHead on Sat Nov 27, 2010 at 08:51:38 PM PST

  •  I often wonder if the cliffs along (2+ / 0-)
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    Bob Sackamento, Dirtandiron

    the coast of South America are better or worse off for having the guano mined and removed.

    The conservative mind relies mainly on what is plain to see.

    by hannah on Sun Nov 28, 2010 at 04:20:10 AM PST

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