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The GOP Tea Party Takeover

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    Please send as far and wide as possible. Thanks, Robert Sterling Editor, The Konformist http://www.konformist.com http://robalini.blogspot.com
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 25, 2010
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      Please send as far and wide as possible.

      Thanks,
      Robert Sterling
      Editor, The Konformist
      http://www.konformist.com
      http://robalini.blogspot.com
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/konformist

      http://www.prisonplanet.com/warning-neocon-palin%e2%80%99s-tea-party-takeover-will-facilitate-obama-re-election.html

      Warning: NeoCon Palin's Tea Party Takeover Will Facilitate Obama Re-election
      Aaron Dykes & Alex Jones
      Prison Planet.com
      Tuesday, February 9, 2010

      In an urgent message on the systematic betrayal of the tea party, Alex Jones warns against the turncoats and deceivers flocking from the weakened GOP and FOX News wings to harness the populist uprising that briefly found life outside of the traditional two-party system.

      Sarah Palin made more than headlines this past week– attempting a takeover of the tea party movement, backing GOP hack Rick Perry over a real & viable candidate, pitching for war on Iran and assessing Obama's weaknesses in 2012.

      Her presence as the keynote speaker at the `Tea Party Nation' event this past weekend signaled a realignment of the once pro-Constitution tea party with the empty ideals of the Republican party, urging upset Americans to let go of their anger towards the two-party system and support a GOP platform once again.

      Further, in traveling to Texas to stump for incumbent Governor Rick Perry after speaking under the Tea Party Nation banner, Palin is slighting the one real tea party candidate running in Texas– a rising Debra Medina who is insistent on shaking up the status quo and triumphing over party stooges Perry & Hutchinson. As of today, Medina is reportedly only 4 points behind challenger Kay Bailey Hutchinson. If no candidate gets 50%, a run-off is forced between the top two candidates.

      What's more, phony Palin fundamentally betrayed the sentiments of millions of Americans– whether at the tea parties or not– who have articulated their desire to scale down the Federal government and bring back troops from an unsustainable global U.S. empire. In a stunning statement on FOX News, Palin suggested that `if' Obama played `the War Card' by starting a war with Iran, only then would he have a viable chance at reelection in 2012. With the obvious implication that she too is eyed for 2012, Palin reinforced unconditional support for Israel's agenda and urged Obama towards the same end.

      Palin proves to be yet another front for NeoCon aggression in the middle east. Her senseless and deranged drumbeat for an Iranian War, like her support for torture and opposition to detainee rights, follows a recent column from Daniel Pipes lauding such a war as the only way to save Obama's presidency.

      Palin's perceived ditziness is no excuse. At the very best, Palin's confused-coloration between FOX-esque turncoats like Glenn Beck, Mike Huckabee and Rick Perry and `grassroots' constitutionalists within the tea party movement demonstrates her flippant viewpoint and her naïveté.

      However, like Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin is not clueless or wrong. She too is a wolf in sheep's clothing– not a Libertarian, Constitutionalist, freedom-lover or populist. Instead, both Beck and Palin are duplicitous and deceiving whores of the global establishment, practiced at fooling well-meaning followers into betraying their own interests.

      Palin's presence at the forefront of GOP presidential hopefuls for 2012 gives insight into a dismal political field cynically weeded of any independent or level-minded candidates. Instead, the system, which tricks the people again and again, favors a selection of potential successors guaranteed to be worse than the president before. Who but Obama could follow the abuses of George W. Bush? Who could be worse than Sarah Palin after Obama? Who but Palin could allow a president as unpopular as Obama to think of digging in for another term? Are we destined to lose all we have as we are trapped between the Devil and the deep-blue sea, headed towards WWIII and an apocalyptic economic atmosphere?

      Hopefully not. But as Alex notes, we don't have time to be fooled yet again by a political sideshow– a bait & switch– meant to volley between fundamentally-rotten Democrats and fundamentally-rotten Republicans. Americans must rise above that tightly-controlled paradigm, take a deep breath, and root out the evil and corruption deep within the system before all is lost.

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      http://www.prisonplanet.com/ron-paul-warns-of-neo-con-takeover-of-tea-party-movement.html

      Ron Paul Warns Of Neo-Con Takeover Of Tea Party Movement
      Grass roots groups founded by Congressman's supporters have been infiltrated by Republican party operatives
      Paul Joseph Watson
      Prison Planet.com
      Wednesday, February 10, 2010

      Congressman Ron Paul warns that the movement his supporters founded nearly three years ago has been infiltrated and overtaken by neo-cons, following the de facto election of Sarah Palin as the leader of the nationwide tea party movement.

      Speaking with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, Paul said his message was "somewhat different" to what the tea party groups are now espousing and that his core ideals had been "diluted" since the tea party movement began to grow.

      "The Republican party wants to make sure there's a neo-con type of influence," said Paul, adding that Palin's endorsement of his son's Senate campaign and platform gave him pause.

      Paul said that the neo-con influence on foreign policy was still very much alive within the White House as well as the tea parties, proving that a movement originally founded on a strong populist stance is beginning to mimic exactly what the establishment wants.

      "More troops in Afghanistan, bombing Yemen and bombing Pakistan and thinking about going into Iran, so that's the infiltration philosophically of different positions," said Paul.

      As Alex Jones warned yesterday, if there was ever any doubt as to the true intentions behind Sarah Palin being forwarded as the de facto leader of the tea party movement, everything was made clear following her speech at the Republican-funded "Tea Party Nation" event in Nashville this past weekend.

      During her keynote address and in subsequent television appearances, Palin aggressively beat the drums for war with Iran while failing to mention any of the issues that formed the bedrock of the original tea party movement – namely ending an unconstitutional foreign policy that is bankrupting America and auditing the private Federal Reserve.

      Since it was hijacked by neo-cons, the tea party movement has slowly turned on Congressman Ron Paul.

      As the Dallas Morning News reported on Sunday, Paul has three opponents in the March Republican primary attempting to unseat him, all of whom have ties to the new incarnation of the tea party movement run by neo-cons.

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      http://rawstory.com/2010/02/tea-partiers-fighting-against-ron-paul/

      Tea Party movement takes aim at Ron Paul
      By David Edwards and Daniel Tencer
      Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

      There is more than a little irony in the fact that congressman Ron Paul is facing three primary challengers this year, all of them linked in some way to the Tea Party movement.

      Many observers give the libertarian from Texas credit for having sparked the Tea Party movement in 2007 when he held a "money bomb" fundraiser on the anniversary of the Boston Tea Party, raking in some $6 million for his presidential run in one day.

      But, as the Dallas Morning News reported earlier this week, Paul is facing three primary challengers -- more than he has faced in the past six primaries combined. And every one of the challengers is linked to the Tea Party movement.

      Washington Independent contributor David Weigel told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Monday night that the Tea Party movement of today has little in common with that fundraiser in 2007.

      "Those libertarian ideas [may be] popular at the Cato Institute, [but] they're not really popular with Tea Party activists," Weigel said.

      As the Morning News put it, Tea Partiers say Paul is "too focused on his national ambitions; that his views are too extreme; that he doesn't support the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; that he votes 'no' on everything, including federal aid for his district after Hurricane Ike."

      By comparison, "the Sarah Palin version of Tea Party conservatism is a little bit less specific," Weigel said. "It's more slogany. You can write the talking points on your hand if you want to."

      That the Tea Party movement has become a threat to Paul is not lost on the congressman.

      The Morning News reports that, in December, Paul sent out a letter to supporters saying that his opponents "turned their attack dogs loose on me," and warned that the anti-incumbent mood among voters could affect him as well.

      "There is one thing Paul does that might backfire," Weigel wrote at the Washington Independent. "While Paul votes against basically all spending bills, he notoriously gets earmark requests into those bills, so that local projects survive when other members vote those bills through. That barely dinged Paul in 2008, but it may become an issue now."

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      http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/02/10/stars-and-gripes-tea-party-protests-captain-america-comic/

      February 10, 2010
      Stars and Gripes: Tea Party Protests Captain America Comic
      By DAVE ITZKOFF

      A detail from a recent issue of Captain America comics that upset members of the Tea Party movement.Over his 70-year history, Captain America has often vowed that his duty is to the American dream — and not to any political party. It's a lesson that has hit home for Marvel Comics, Captain America's longtime publisher, which said it would amend a recent issue of his comic-book series after it upset members of the Tea Party movement.

      In issue No. 602 of Captain America, the hero and his ally the Falcon find themselves at a rally where protesters hold signs that read "Tea Bag the Libs Before They Tea Bag You!" and "Stop the Socialists!" Captain America remarks that the assembly appears to be an "anti-tax thing," and the Falcon, who is black, says he probably would not fit in with "a bunch of angry white folks."

      The sequence incited complaints from Tea Party officials who say it is an unfair criticism of their movement. In an interview with FoxNews.com, Michael Johns, a board member of the Nationwide Tea Party Coalition, called the characters' apparent jabs "juvenile," adding: "The Tea Party movement has been very reflective of broad concerns of all Americans. Membership is across ethnic, religious and even political lines."

      Representatives for Marvel Comics did not immediately reply to requests for comment. But in an interview at the Web site ComicBookResources.com, Joe Quesada, the editor in chief of Marvel Comics, apologized for depicting the protesters as members of the Tea Party and said it was "just one of those stupid mistakes."

      In the interview, Mr. Quesada said that the language on the protest signs was added at the last minute by a letterer who "started pulling slogans from actual signs." He added that Marvel Comics "caught the mistake two weeks ago," after the issue was printed, and has since "removed the sign from the art files so that it no longer appears in future reprints of the title or collections."

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      http://blackagendareport.com/?q=content/tea-partyers-are-white-nationalists-pure-and-simple

      Tea Partyers Are White Nationalists, Pure and Simple
      The Tea Party crowd is as old as notions of American Manifest Destiny. They are White Nationalists, who yearn for "a time when the United States was a self-proclaimed White Man's Country." Tea Partiers are most threatening to the cohesion and identity of the Republican Party. But they appear to have panicked some Blacks and progressives, who want "circle the wagons around the Obama administration" in the face of racist attacks.
      Tea Partyers Are White Nationalists, Pure and Simple
      Glen Ford

      "The GOP is, at its core, a Rich Man's Party that relies for its mass support on people who want to vote for a White Man's Party."

      Corporate media go through all manner of contortions of logic and historical gymnastics to sanitize the Tea Party phenomenon – anything to avoid calling the people grouped under the Tea Party umbrella by their proper name: White nationalists. White nationalism is a taboo subject in most corporate circles – and even among some on the Left. The continued appeal of a loud and boisterous White Nationalism threatens the prevailing American mythology, shared by the likes of corporate Democrat Barack Obama and corporate Republican John McCain: the myth that racism is not endemic to American life and history.

      Obama made that claim in his famous – and completely fatuous – Philadelphia campaign speech on race. Obama denounced former friend and mentor Rev. Jeremiah Wright for expressing, in the candidate's words, " a profoundly distorted view of this country — a view that sees white racism as endemic." But there it is, for all to see, alive and kicking in the 21st century in the form of a Tea Party "movement" in whose mouths the phrase "take back America" means return to a time when the United States was a self-proclaimed White Man's Country. The Tea Partiers need go back no farther in time than Ronald Reagan, who completed Richard Nixon's "Southern Strategy" by kicking off his 1980 presidential campaign with a speech in Philadelphia, Mississippi, a place made infamous by the murder of three civil rights workers. White Nationalist support for the Republican Party is the reason the center of GOP power lies in the states of the Old Confederacy. And it is the Republican Party that is most threatened by the White Nationalist Tea Partiers.

      "The spectacle of raging White Nationalists on the march makes corporate-minded Democrats look positively leftish by comparison."

      The GOP is, at its core, a Rich Man's Party that relies for its mass support on people who want to vote for a White Man's Party. The two are not necessarily the same thing, as the White Nationalists of the GOP discovered with the bi-partisan Wall Street bailouts of 2008 and 2009. Anti-Wall Street sentiment runs deep in White Nationalist ranks, much of it rooted in anti-Semitism: the association of bankers and Jews. Republican Party leaders have good reason to fear that the Rich Man's Party is losing control of some of its most fervent White Nationalist troops.

      Progressives have very different reasons to worry about the Tea Partiers. The spectacle of raging White Nationalists on the march makes corporate-minded Democrats look positively leftish by comparison. But that's an illusion. African Americans are especially susceptible to calls to "circle the wagons around the Obama administration" in the face of racist attack. Black activist Dr. Ron Daniels made just such an appeal, this week. It is a foolish, knee-jerk reaction, one that plays into the hands of the banking class and its servants in the Obama administration. Just because some neo-Confederates call President Obama racist names, does not mean Black folks should abandon demands on their own government for jobs, peace and neighborhood stability. Dr. Daniels wants Blacks and progressives to hold a march to support Obama. What we need to do is organize and agitate and march in support of our people's social and economic interests. There's a big difference between the two.

      BAR executive editor Glen Ford can be contacted at Glen.Ford@....
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