Tea Party Round Up
The Picket Line discusses a Tea Party from an anti-war protest side. The protest was described as a mostly white mishmash of a few hundred people. The crowd sounded homogeneous enough to warrant pointing out some of the interesting outliers, such as anti-racism punks and fed-up Obama liberals.
Jeremy at Social Memory Complex posted an entry about how he believes the Tea Parties may be designed to create an artficial grassroots (astroturf) conservative movement. He’s thinking that someone could be trying to replicate the moveon.org/RP campaign homegrown style. Here’s an excerpt:
While the teabaggers selectively copy much of Paul’s style, they are really trying to build a conservative answer to the Obama campaign. Nobody in politics can help but marvel at the political machine Obama’s campaign was able to assemble. How he was able to inspire people to take action, coordinate that action online, and deliver a consistent message of change that he has, to date, not been expected to deliver on is a real political holy grail. Obama is the essence of image without substance; to achieve a consistently manufacturable campaign like his would help cement the conservative movement’s position in American politics.
Comrade Darian Worden chimes in with a perspective on the NYC rally. Apparently it was pretty lame and involved a bunch of flag waving bullshit including addresses from seedy politicians and plaudits for the NYPD. Fortunately for those in attendance Darian was able to distribute some suitably anarchist literature to show them a more principled way. He was also interviewed for a documentary. Hats off to Darian for making the trip, lets hope you helped influence some people. Here’s a quote (click the links for some good propaganda):
Now Santelli and Gingrich (yeah, he’s still around) are trying to rip me off (or more precisely, trying to steal discontent to gain political power). Not going to happen, guys. If you’re going to say revolution, I’m going to show you what it looks like. I gave out about 40 of the new Freedom in Chains flyers I made, and about 30 of the old Freedom in Chains bundled with de Cleyre’s Anarchism and American Traditions. I pitched them as “individualist literature” or “free market stuff.” If inquired further, I generally said they were about some ways we can take power back from the political system.
A blogger at KN@PPSTER weighs in on the St. Louis Tea Party and comes to the conclusion that not only was it huge, but it was genuinely grass-roots and not co-opted by any major political party. That’s heartening. Apparently they had a good time and saw a lot of people who were anti-bailout, anti-tax and anti-big government. Perhaps there is hope for the future.
Finally my own personal libertarian messiah Anthony Gregory kicked some ass and took some names with this nice little article reminding people that the current conservatives still suck. Here’s a quote:
The contradiction is a wonder to behold. In one breath, [conservatives] talk about the fundamental violations of natural rights and constitutional law that modern American statism represents. In the next breath, they decry the president for being insufficiently enthusiastic about American imperialism and the national security state. He is too soft on foreigners and not proud enough of the history of the US war machine – this is still a key rightwing criticism of Obama, right alongside the contradictory claim that Obama puts love of the national government ahead of individual rights.