Sabotaging the Tea Party (WA Post Article)
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I read the first paragraph of the article and thought there might be some chance the the Washington Post ...
April 14th, 2010 04:12 PM
Sabotaging the Tea Party (WA Post Article)
PostPartisan - Sabotaging the Tea Party
I read the first paragraph of the article and thought there might be some chance the the Washington Post actually had an informative article without spouting the normal brainwashing garbage, but then I kept reading.
Interesting concept though. What do you guys think? Discrediting the Tea Party by infiltraing them and making them look like crazy extremists?
The author did have a few interesting points. Now you give them the chance to say "[Tea Party opponents] can't actually debate our message." ...so they have to resort to this to discredit us...
The author didn't like that statement, but you don't see anyone trying because they know they can't argue with "we want you to spend less money!"
Here is the whole text:
In the age of the Internet, every action has a disproportionate and outrageous reaction.
See, for example, the toxic -- and tactically stupid -- response to the rise of the Tea Party that one activist is cooking up. Jason Levin has dedicated himself to destroying the movement, and part of his strategy is publicly declaring that he and his allies are infiltrating the Tea Party:
Whenever possible, we will act on behalf of the Tea Party in ways which exaggerate their least appealing qualities (misspelled protest signs, wild claims in TV interviews, etc.) to further distance them from mainstream America and damage the public’s opinion of them. We will also use the inside information we have gained in order to disrupt or derail their plans.
As if the Tea Party’s fringy elements needed any help. Before this, the dishonest critic could simply point to the scary, straw-man caricature that could be painted of the Tea Party’s most extreme elements on behalf of the rest of the movement. (Common cheap shot: “Look! They’re just racists!”) And more honest critics could cite both anecdote and poll data to question how mainstream the movement really is. (And mainstream it ain’t.)
But Levin and his band are now trying to out-distort the death panel crowd. And the right is trumpeting news of this “crash the Tea Party” effort, because it gives Tea Partyers a way to blame the ugly antics at their rallies on malicious outsiders. Americans might be more willing to believe that the clownish behavior they see at Tea Party rallies is actually the work of Manchurian candidates. Also, representatives of the movement, such as Connecticut organizer Bob MacGuffie, get to say things such as this to the Associated Press: "[Tea Party opponents] can't actually debate our message." Actually, Bob, they’re not even trying to take you on intellectually -- though that is surely doable. Which is exactly why this tactic is so despicable.
In some ways, this episode reminds me of the ACORN gotcha tapes, the mastermind of which later got caught allegedly sneaking into the office of Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.). Both involve individuals cutting ethical corners to kneecap those they see as ideological opponents. The Tea Party movement, too, feeds off of this preference for angry, ill-considered reaction over constructive engagement.
What to make of this political vigilantism? It’s partly a natural effect of the Internet lowering the cost of independent political activity. And it’s partly due to Americans losing faith in social institutions such as political parties.
Commentators on the right and the left variously defend the activation of rowdy populists in the Tea Party, among the netroots and elsewhere. But as the Tea Party’s misbehavior -- and that of those rising up in reaction to it -- demonstrates, there is a troubling dark side to this activism, too.
April 14th, 2010 04:27 PM
Why is this here in this sub area?
Did the infiltrators shoot somebody or stop a crime from happening while carrying?
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April 14th, 2010 04:59 PM
This was the best part of this post yet. lol
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