Why Tea Party Tactics Aren’t Healthy for Health Reform

4 08 2009

Betty’s thoughtful, gentle, Christian voice of non-partisan or post-partisan reason can’t even be heard on the health care crisis, if these well-funded warmongers get away with it yet again.

How Come CBS Journalists Can’t Recognize Paid Lobbyists When They See Them?”:

Freedomworks isn’t some “organic grassroots” outfit. It’s run by former Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey — corporate lobbyist, global warming denier and ladies’ man. The President and CEO of Freedomworks is Matt Kibbee, who was trained by Lee Atwater. . . .
Steve Forbes is on the FreedomWorks board. As Paul Krugman noted, their money comes from the Koch, Scaife, Bradley, Olin nexus, as well as other reliable funders of right wing infrastructure including Exxon Mobil.

Freedomworks has a long history of skunk works. In 2004, a woman who identified herself as a “single mother” in Iowa, Sandra Jacques, appeared at a George Bush town hall and gushed about his plan to privatize Social Security. She left out the part about being an employee of Freedomworks, who were lobbying on the issue at the time.

David Koch is also Chairman of the other major outfit heavily involved in these “organic” uprisings, Americans for Prosperity, whose members lynched Democrat Frank Kratovil in effigy. Koch is the 19th richest man in the world. They recently renamed the New York State Theater in Lincoln Center the David H. Koch Theater.

These aren’t just some organizations that these guys gave money to. They run them.

This extreme violent behavior is being organized and funded by those at the highest levels of the conservative infrastructure. It’s not some sideline, some quirky hobby. It is the function and purpose of these organizations to threaten and intimidate elected officials in order to subvert the will of the electorate to a corporate agenda.

Don’t believe her? Need more FACTS before you make up your open mind? No problem, see Digby: “This is not about policy. It’s about incitement to violence.”

Or never mind where it comes from, and just ask yourself if it makes SENSE. Do their scripted war-whoops hang together as anything that looks to your thinking parent eye as progress for America and Americans, or would they already be locked up at Gitmo as clearly fundamentalist radical bomber types bent on our destruction, if they weren’t so sanctimoniously wrapping their overthrow-up in countrified red, white and blue?

Favorite Daughter on the Tea Partiers, who turn out to be the same people as the Birther and Deather Brain Trust Against the President of the United States Making Things Better or Indeed, Living in the White House (or living at all?):

These people, as Jon Stewart so eloquently put it, seem “to have confused ‘tyranny’ with ‘losing.’”

While watching the Fox coverage of the protests (which was a mistake) I heard several gentlemen (I use the term loosely) posit that they did not, in fact, have any elected representatives, because Read the rest of this entry »

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“All Will Come Right, Born Again the Glory of Mankind”

4 08 2009

Young Son the history buff found this after reading his sister’s account of visiting Winston Churchill’s burial site in Westminster Abbey yesterday, during the beauty and peace of evensong services.

It’s fun to watch/hear (even after the tenth time, as I found out while he played it over and over lol) — but it’s some serious Power of Story too, for frightening times of war and rebellion, lies and spies, sabotage and infiltration. . .lift up your hearts and gird your loins and fight for humanity, the glory of MANKIND!

Transcript of the whole speech. . .

. . . the message which we send forth today to all states and nations, bound or free, to all the men in all the lands who care for freedom’s cause. . .lift up your hearts, all will come right. Out of depths of sorrow and sacrifice will be born again the glory of mankind.