TEA Parties: The Left Dismisses Grass Roots Protest

Interesting. The left dismisses whole cloth the idea that there is a non-partisan grass roots protest about to be unleashed on the country. No. It most likely won’t result in violence or destruction, most attending will most likely be grown-ups. But the left presumes to use horrendous sexual monikers (“teabaggers”) for those attending (I wonder if they would liken the original Tea Party in the same way? those folks actually tarred and feathered the tax collector.) in an effort to completely ignore a very real issue.

The unfortunate aspect of being grown-ups, those protesting expect not to be covered, expect to be dismissed as crazy, expect not to be listened to…

After all, does anyone know how many people marched on Washington DC for the “March for Life” (anti-abortion march) this year? It was 300,000 people. Every year more and more people march and it is a cursory news story every time. Compare that to the 10 tree huggers who show up to protest anything and every liberal “mainstream” media outlet carries it.

I don’t know – you decide. Compare the two opinion pieces discussing the Tax Day Protests:

Wall Street Journal: Tax Day Becomes Protest Day How the tea parties could change American politics

    Today American taxpayers in more than 300 locations in all 50 states will hold rallies — dubbed “tea parties” — to protest higher taxes and out-of-control government spending. There is no political party behind these rallies, no grand right-wing conspiracy, not even a 501(c) group like MoveOn.org.

New York Times: Tea Parties Forever


    Beyond that, Republicans have become embarrassing to watch. And it doesn’t feel right to make fun of crazy people. Better, perhaps, to focus on the real policy debates, which are all among Democrats…

    Last but not least: it turns out that the tea parties don’t represent a spontaneous outpouring of public sentiment. They’re AstroTurf (fake grass roots) events, manufactured by the usual suspects. In particular, a key role is being played by FreedomWorks, an organization run by Richard Armey, the former House majority leader, and supported by the usual group of right-wing billionaires. And the parties are, of course, being promoted heavily by Fox News.

Libs know a thing or two about “AstroTurf” – but did you hear anyone calling MoveOn.org sponsored events AstroTurf? The difference here, these are spontaneous and those attending the Tea Parties actually vote and pay taxes…

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