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.
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 the person they’d voted for had lost.
I had no idea there were people out there who were this ignorant, although I suppose it explains the continued popularity of Hannity, Limbaugh, et al. These people genuinely don’t get how democracy works. Yes, the guy you voted for lost, but you’re missing the point here: you voted. You went into a little booth and you cast a ballot and you made your stupid, twangy voice heard, and it echoed over the purple mountains and skimmed along the fruited plain. It counted for something, which is all the Founding Fathers wanted for you, yes you, you dumb hillbillies who never learned to spell the word “already” (I’m looking at you, guy obviously in his mid-twenties and holding a sign that says “Im only 15 and I alredy owe $36,000 in TAXES”) . . .
People just don’t think anymore. If they thought ever. Check out this woman, who I’ve written about before. She’s the kind of American who made me want to tell foreigners I was Canadian during the Bush administration, and she’s the kind of homeschooling mom who (still) makes me want to tell people I was public-schooled. . . .