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The tea party: A conspiracy by the uber-rich to control America

By DOUG THOMPSON
October 20, 2010

Tea party faithful: False patriots for a false cause (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Let’s call the phony grassroots tea party what it is: A gaggle of political misfits whose ignorance of key issues is matched only by the mindless enthusiasm of the hysterical idiots who support the movement.

The monumental stupidity of too many of the candidates fielded by this consultant-driven creation of the Koch brothers and big industry is on display daily.

But while too many of the candidates fielded by the party are idiots, the party itself is part of a billionaire-funded grand scheme to place control of the American government firmly under control of the uber-rich.

Christine McDonnell, the Delaware Senate fruitcake/candidate put her incompetence on display Tuesday by claiming the Constitution doesn’t call for a separation of church and state and then compounding that ignorance by a shocked claim that she didn’t know the prohibition was in the First Amendment.

Where does the party of orange pekoe find these loons? Stupid question. They found them among the ignorant masses who flock to the tea party’s sham rallies and buy into the con-artist messages.

Christine McDonnell, Sharron Angle, Joe Miller, et al — the list goes on, led — of course — by the grand dame of tea party politics: the dipsy diva Sarah Palin.

And while the tea party cons the American public with its phony claim of grassroots action — the uber-rich industry magnates who fund the “party of the people” are planning a post-election retreat in Palm Springs in January to plan their next phase of the takeover of the government.

Charles and David Koch, billionaires who own Koch Industries, also operate a foundation that funds advocacy groups like the tea party and that foundation is inviting the rich and powerful to the exclusive Rancho Mirage resort for a meeting to “plan and expand efforts to review strategies for combating the multitude of public policies that threaten to destroy America as we now it.”

The invitation letter, signed by Charles Koch, asks: “If not us, who? If not now, when?”

The agenda, according to the letter, includes “climate change alarmism, socialized health care,” and “the regulatory assault on energy,” a key issue for an energy and manufacturing conglomerate like Koch Industries.

Just how much Koch pours into the tea party is hidden beneath a mountain of tax laws that protects the rich and powerful from disclosing how much they contribute and how much the groups spend.

But Koch money funded creation of Citizens for a Sound Economy, the consultant-created phony grassroots operation that became the foundation for FreedomWorks, the Dick Armey creation that spawned the tea party.  I was the Senior Communications Associate for The Eddie Mahe Company, the Washington consulting firm that helped create Citizens for a Sound Economy for the Kochs and a former colleague from my days at that firm now runs the Koch political action committee.

The tea party has about a much connection to real grassroots as Christine McDonnell has with the Constitution and the First Amendment.

The Tea Party plays on the ignorance of the average American voter and the so-called “party of the people” is nothing more than a sham organization that the rich and powerful are using to take over America.

And every vote cast for a tea party candidate is a vote to support a billionaire-funded coup to seize control of the government.

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23 Responses to The tea party: A conspiracy by the uber-rich to control America

  1. woody188

    October 20, 2010 at 8:54 am

    This is of course what the Tea Party Express and the Koch brothers set out to do after the tea party phenomenon took root as an anti-tax protest and anti-TARP protest. Their mission, co-opt the tea party and bring them under the big tent of the Republican establishment, of which they have been marginally successful at least to the corporate media and CHB giving them the national stage and claiming they are the voice of the tea party in whole.

    Of course, many tea party goers cannot stand Sarah Palin and want nothing to do with the nationally organized tea party named groups. But one would never be able to distinguish any difference between them thanks to CHB and the corporate media that has to lump all the groups together as one in order to interview one mouthpiece in time for the 6 o’clock news deadline. Quite a disservice to the nation.

    • Guardhouse Lawyer

      October 20, 2010 at 9:38 am

      Strange Bear Hunting Story

      Frank was excited about his new rifle and decided to try bear hunting.

      He traveled up to Alaska, spotted a small brown bear and shot it.

      Soon after there was a tap on his shoulder, and he turned around to see a big black bear. The black bear said, “That was a very bad mistake. That was my cousin. I’m going to give you two choices. Either I maul you to death or we have sex.”

      After considering briefly, Frank decided to accept the latter alternative. So the black bear had his way with Frank.

      Even though he felt sore for two weeks, Frank soon recovered and vowed revenge. He headed out on another trip to Alaska where he found the black bear and shot it dead.

      Right after, there was another tap on his shoulder. This time a huge grizzly bear stood right next to him. The grizzly said, “That was a big mistake, Frank. That was my cousin and you’ve got two choices: Either I maul you to death or we have rough sex.”

      Again, Frank thought it was better to cooperate with the grizzly bear than be mauled to death. So the grizzly had his way with Frank.

      Although he survived, it took several months before Frank fully recovered.

      Now Frank was completely outraged, so he headed back to Alaska and managed to track down the grizzly bear and shot it.

      He felt sweet revenge, but then, moments later, there was a tap on his shoulder.

      He turned around to find a giant polar bear standing there.

      The polar bear looked at him and said, “Admit it Frank, you don’t come here for the hunting, do you?”

      ——————————

      So, Woody, why do YOU come here?

      • Almandine

        October 20, 2010 at 10:37 am

        And what business is it of yours?

        • Keith

          October 20, 2010 at 12:51 pm

          And the same could be said of you. Obviously Doug does not know any of the members personally or he’d change his tune. I know many smart people involved in this movement here in Seattle and we all know that Seattle is one of the most literate cities in the nation. So with that said, the left leaning MSM takes one thing said in a stupid moment and all the “left loons” run it into the ground. Look at the loonie in Chief who constantly places blame on others instead of taking responsibility:
          “New numbers posted today on the Treasury Department website show the National Debt has increased by more than $3 trillion since President Obama took office.
          The National Debt stood at $10.626 trillion the day Mr. Obama was inaugurated. The Bureau of Public Debt reported today that the National Debt had hit an all time high of $13.665 trillion.
          The Debt increased $4.9 trillion during President Bush’s two terms. The Administration has projected the National Debt will soar in Mr. Obama’s fourth year in office to nearly $16.5-trillion in 2012. That’s more than 100 percent of the value of the nation’s economy and $5.9-trillion above what it was his first day on the job.”

          Obama = 1.5 trillion/year debt increase
          Bush = .6 trillion/year debt increase

          • Doug Thompson

            October 20, 2010 at 1:24 pm

            Sadly, I do know many of those involved in the so-called tea party “movement.” I also know its leaders and its founders. That’s why I know it’s a sham.

            Obama is not alone is avoiding responsibility. Bush was a master at it. So was Clinton. Neither party has an edge when it comes to incompetence, corruption or a history of putting politics above country.

      • Carl Nemo

        October 20, 2010 at 12:56 pm

        Funny joke GHL and a keeper, but your followup comment to Woody was a tad bit mean. I know you are adverse to “mean-spirited” behavior on this site at least you’ve stated so in the past. Woody’s posts as yours to CHB, simply express an opinion, nothing more nothing less. Woody has been a site participant long before you showed up on the CHB scene and has always conducted himself in a straightforth, polite manner providing us all with great opinons on issues of the day. How about you…good buddy? / : |

        Carl Nemo **==

        • Guardhouse Lawyer

          October 20, 2010 at 8:25 pm

          Twaren’t meant to be mean. I was just asking Woody in a roundabout sort of way why he comes here if he considers this to be true:

          But one would never be able to distinguish any difference between them thanks to CHB and the corporate media that has to lump all the groups together as one in order to interview one mouthpiece in time for the 6 o’clock news deadline. Quite a disservice to the nation

          Straightforward and polite. It must be so if you say it is. Must be some other Woody I’m thinking about.

          • Almandine

            October 20, 2010 at 9:17 pm

            Not polite? How else would one express the sentiment that the effect of MSM – including CHB, if appropriate – analysis is to obscure real differences in political subgroups at the expense of truth?

            At least he didn’t bring some specious metaphor up as if it were anywhere near appropriate.

      • woody188

        October 20, 2010 at 4:37 pm

        Sooner or later, a troll can’t help but come out from under his bridge and try to cause a ruckus.

        Seriously, I come here because back in 2002 one could not find a single person that would tell the truth about President Junior and his White House tirades. I gained a lot of respect for Doug during those times. So I continue to read his rag and post when I fell like it. So?

    • Doug Thompson

      October 20, 2010 at 1:27 pm

      Woody, I’m afraid you’re missing the point. The rich right did not “co-opt” the party. It created the whole damn thing. I was there at the beginning and the Koch role in the creation is well-documented.

      • woody188

        October 20, 2010 at 4:14 pm

        We’ve gone toe to toe on this before Doug. There are a lot of independent tea party groups that have told the Palin supporting bozos to get lost, but that is never reported in the news.

        The tea party was set up was based on terrorist cells to avoid being taken over by the establishment as they have done so to most every populist movement since Goldwater. It would have worked too had Fox News and other corporate media not promoted the national top down Tea Party Express and the others as being the voice for the tea party.

        Common sense certainly tells us that any group showing up in million dollar buses and paying Sarah Palin $100,000 a pop to speak isn’t grassroots. But what about those guys with the hand made signs, with nary $1,000 scraped together between 40 people that canvassed neighborhoods and promoted the protests?

        How about the people that got the permits for the protests only to have the Tea Party Express show up and try to take over?

        Sarah Palin, a Neo-con parading as a populist ‘tea party’ leader makes us completely sick. McCain’s daughter likes to talk about no political experience, why didn’t she speak out during her daddies campaign against Palin? Because she’s already learned at such a young age to blame the other guy and further divide and conquer our nation. What a shame.

        Now the tea party is such a sham, they have people protesting mosques. It’s become a group of hate, ignorance, and cowardice. How could a group that espouses support of the our Constitution ever protest a place of religious worship?

        So I say, “Mission Accomplished.”

        The tea party has been co-opted and can not recover from these lows. Way to go. I guess we still have the Campaign for Liberty.

  2. Almandine

    October 20, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Well, of course you’re correct, and that’s why I didn’t challenge Woody because of differences between my politics and his. I don’t come here for the hunting, either, nor to get “screwed” by the holier-than-thou crowd who use political opinion as “bear bait.”

    • woody188

      October 20, 2010 at 4:15 pm

      As I also appreciate your opinion Almandine. We don’t have to agree except on one thing, that we are all Americans and at the end of the day, we stand together, or we fall together.

      • Almandine

        October 20, 2010 at 9:11 pm

        Not to worry Woody, we agree much more than disagree.

  3. ray

    October 20, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    i think a case can be made for the take over of America just as you described. The only way it can happen is just as you say the ignorance of the American voter. I keep hearing and reading about how astute and well informed the voters are but based on the typical rhetoric seen on political forums which is a skewed sample it is clear American voters are ignorant. I also think it is clear that if such a takeover should be completed they will dismantle America completely for their own benefit.

    • Almandine

      October 20, 2010 at 9:09 pm

      what would it mean to “dismantle” America… and how so?

  4. Carl Nemo

    October 20, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    Hi Almandine,

    “The Dismantling of America”…

    1. Place central banking and the issuance of money in the hands of private domestic and international mega-bankers via an indemnified quasi-government agency known as the Federal Reserve that issues controlling shares of insider stock to the same. Year instituted 1913

    Result: absolute control of boom and bust cycles along with the cost (interest) of money to all.

    2. Through Congressman that are controlled by the same people that own stock in the Federal Reserve; pressure is created for a national income tax on a permanent basis. The end result a tax code that encompasses 47,000 pages plus and has become a useful tool for engineering our modern era surveillance state. Year instituted 1913 Coincidence…I think not.

    3. Through the control of the monetary system, successive boom and bust cycles are created causing a slow, but gradual deformation of our system of government until an era of out of control irresponsibility descends upon the land courtesy of crimpol reps in Congress who are compromised by the same aformentioned dark forces that control Federal Reserve and controlling interest in most of the world’s mega-corporations and their subsidiaries. Republican and Democrat mean nothing to them since both parties are nothing but their “running dogs” and kept on a close leash via bribes proffered by their lobbyists.

    4. Change the socioeconomic distribution of capital, the cost of labor and the production of goods and services via massive outsourcing of mature industries from the U.S. mainland creating massive unemployment due to outsourcing and offshoring of in house services.

    5. Now, in the seeming end times for the Republic, intentional, endless streams of economic “bubbles” are created courtesy of the Federal Reserve, be it stocks, bonds, real estate and even commodities, the bursting of which reaps economic havoc on the common people, leaving them jobless, homeless and hopeless.

    6. End result: The U.S. is knocked out of the catbird seat for being a global power of renoun and a positive influence upon the world at large to simply that of a broken “banana republic” possibly administered by martial law and if not by an ever-growing, byzantine “police state”. The nation state once known as the United State of America has simply been reduced to that of a minor plantation within these global oligarchs’ greater global plantation. We’ll then have global “oligarchical collectivism” in place as outlined in 1984.

    All the things I’ve mentioned are now at a mature stage of implementation and it seems it will take a bloody revolution to turn things about. The ballot box as well as our devolved political system, now simply a “duopoly” has simply become a feelgood excercise in futility. Seemingly, they the global oligarchs, own our collective butts, lock, stock and barrel. : |

    Carl Nemo **==

    • Almandine

      October 21, 2010 at 8:59 am

      Hi Carl,

      Good rant on the straying of America from good old Austrian economic principles to the oligarchical “management” of our economy. You know I agree wholeheartedly.

      My question for ray, though, was how a takeover by the voters would lead to dismantling of America – and how that would benefit only themselves ?? – his point, I believe.

      • Carl Nemo

        October 21, 2010 at 12:42 pm

        Thanks Almandine for the positive feedback. I guess citizen/voters have become a null by my reckoning and no matter how noisome and rebellious they become mean little or nothing to the uber rich as Doug references them. If anything these “controllers” simply exploit contentiousness among the unwashed masses for their collective benefit. Ray’s commentary about possibly uninformed voters dismantling the country was non sequitur so I simply responded to your simple query as to “how so”? I can see where apathy and ignorance allow the oligarchs to have a field day when it comes to manipulating the electorate.

        *****

        “A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.” – Edward R. Murrow

        *****

        Carl Nemo **==

  5. eve

    October 21, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Sometimes quotes from infamous people say it better than any words you can think of yourself.

    “The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves.”
    — Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

    …and there it is.

  6. senegoid

    October 21, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    Sadly it would appear the game is up; the bad guys won yonks ago, but the plebs are yet to come to terms with reality.

    The only way to salvage a fair outcome (in the distant future) will be through peaceful and united resistance, but that aint happening.

    “Democracy is a united minority acting against a divided majority”

    Somehow the plebs have to take control of the game and instill the fear of god into all reprensentatives of the people. – but that aint happening.

    They won everybody else lost.

  7. Carl Nemo

    October 21, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    “The only way to salvage a fair outcome (in the distant future) will be through peaceful and united resistance, but that aint happening.” …extract from post

    Precisely Senegoid and I firmly believe that a mass excercise of strikes, boycotts, late pays on bills; ie., drop auto deposit/withdrawal to all institutions and take charge of your finances personally with an old fashioned stamp on an envelope with a check in the mail. Folks need to wake up and quit being reduced to sheep that are simply shorn for their “tax wool”. Also key to these protests is to put extreme public pressure on Congressional reps offices within their home states rather than wasting efforts on trying to pressure them while in D.C. They’ll get quite goosey with hundreds to thousands of demonstrators picketing outside their homestate offices especially those reps that are serving only a two year term . Senators too, but applying the most heat one year prior to their ‘reelection’…hopefully NOT! I truly believe none of them should get a second term…period!

    We need to continually turnover the political ‘compost heap’ bringing new matter to the top. The end result is that the electorate will create better tilth and fertility to the political garden so to speak.

    Most pols are shallow individuals who for the most part are “applause junkies” and thrive on a phony image created by their PR firm. Any amount of serious heat on their home turf will force them to pay attention. Most of them loose contact with their contituents back in Mayberry once arriving in D.C. They simply pitch tasty “pulled pork” sandwiches back to their home districts courtesy of the U.S. Treasury ‘deli’ buffering them from accountability on the major issues that are confronting this nation. / : |

    Carl Nemo **==

  8. griff

    October 22, 2010 at 9:46 am

    Doug Thompson – conspiracy theorist. Whoda thunk it?