What or Who Is Really Fueling the Anti-Tea Party Protests?
posted at 10:45 am on April 15, 2010 by Howard Portnoy
As we were reminded repeatedly during the eight years of the Bush II administration, dissent is the highest form of patriotism. For liberal protesters, this expression of love of country often took fairly obscene forms, including burning effigies of the president.
Of course, that was then and this is now, and the shoe is on the other foot. But there is a difference. As members of the Tea Party protest abuses by government that dwarf any of the gestapo tactics the Bush administration was accused of, they have company. The same peace-loving liberal activists are on hand, this time to protest the protest.
And true to their credo, they are making their views felt in the most respectful fashion they can muster. Which includes delivering savage beatings to supporters of Sarah Palin when deemed necessary.
Today, Tax Day, is the Big Kahuna, with Tea Party demonstrations planned for Washington and other major cities across the country. The day is young, but the blogosphere is already teeming with headlines predicting “low-grade civil war.”
Although I haven’t seen it raised anywhere else, a question I would like answered is who’s behind the counterdemonstration? What is prompting these agents provocateurs to threaten to crash the tea parties?
This is not the first counterdemonstration to take place in the streets of America, but it sure is an odd one. For one thing, the counterdemonstrators aren’t just seeking to out-shout the Tea Party protesters. In true Alinskyite fashion, they seek to discredit them by doing and saying outrageous things in the pretext of representing the Tea Party. Equally curious is what exactly it is that they want. It is possible, I suppose, that they are among the 40.2 percent RCP aggregate of voters who back Obamacare. But the bill is now law, so that still doesn’t explain why they would take off work and take to the streets to face off against those who stand oppose the law.
All of which seems to suggest that someone or some thing is putting them up to this? The question is who or what? On its face, the plan, which uses Alinsky tactics, sounds like the work of the nation’s chief adherent to the teachings of Saul Alinksy. It also fits in nicely with earlier White House efforts to get citizens to rat out purveyors of false information about health care. It’s just a thought, but if someone can offer a better explanation, I’d like to hear it.
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