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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 03:20 PM
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11. Former Rethug House Majority Leader Dick Armey infiltrated and subverted his own party?
I think you may need a history lesson?

Dick Armey

Richard Keith "Dick" Armey (pronounced /ˈɑrmi/; born July 7, 1940) is a former U.S. Representative from Texas's 26th congressional district (19852003) and House Majority Leader (19952003). He was one of the engineers of the "Republican Revolution" of the 1990s, in which Republicans were elected to majorities of both houses of Congress for the first time in four decades. Armey was one of the chief authors of the Contract with America. Armey is also an author and former economics professor. After his congressional career he worked as a consultant, advisor and lobbyist.


In 2003, Armey became co-chairman of Citizens for a Sound Economy, which in 2004 merged with Empower America to become FreedomWorks. "FreedomWorks" is a common Armey saying and the organization is dedicated to advancing a "Freedom Agenda" of "lower taxes, less government, and more freedom." FreedomWorks states that it has 700,000 members nationwide and full time staff in 10 states. In his role as Chairman, Armey continues to be a national political figure and grassroots leader. He travels widely, meeting with activists and legislators. In 2005, for example, he testified before the President's Advisory Panel on Tax Reform and debated Governor of Colorado Bill Owens on a tax increase ballot measure.

August 2009 town hall meetings health care controversy

In 2009, FreedomWorks launched a campaign against health care reform proposals, accusing the Obama administration of attempting to "socialize medicine". A strategy manual disseminated by a FreedomWorks volunteer explained "best practices" including "Inflate your numbers", describing how one group succeeded in dominating a group of 150 voters in which only 30 opposed healthcare reform.

Referencing a piece entitled "On Private Conference Call, Tea Party Organizers Say No Reform At All is Goal" on Greg Sargent's liberal blog The Plum Line, Rachel Maddow argued in her opinion piece "TRMS Investigates FreedomWorks" that the right's strategy was to disrupt and shut down the August 2009 town hall congressional meetings on health care reform by scaring real Americans with increasingly paranoid and kooky lies about health care and then providing a script for how to express that fear. At many of the town halls Democratic "members of Congress have been shouted down, hanged in effigy and taunted by crowds" in an apparent organized effort to rattle the congresspeople presiding over the meetings rather than to seek a compromise solution to health care reform.
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  -The right-wing loonies did not start a third-party movement ... dawg  Dec-11-10 03:00 PM   #0 
  - So, you're saying the Left could infiltrate and subvert the Dem party?  Edweird   Dec-11-10 03:03 PM   #1 
  - I think that is our best option.  dawg   Dec-11-10 03:10 PM   #3 
  - The problem is that all the 'normal' republicans came here and set up shop.  Edweird   Dec-11-10 03:17 PM   #8 
  - Gain the electoral consensus and you won't have to "infiltrate" and "subvert". n/t  LoZoccolo   Dec-11-10 03:11 PM   #4 
     - You mean like 66% + support for single payer? That kind of 'electoral consensus'?  Edweird   Dec-11-10 03:15 PM   #6 
     - I've never seen the poll that that's from.  LoZoccolo   Dec-11-10 03:17 PM   #9 
        - Blah blah blah. WHat we voted for, what we were sold, is not what we got.  Edweird   Dec-11-10 03:20 PM   #12 
           - +10000000000  leftstreet   Dec-11-10 03:21 PM   #13 
           - Yeah, me too. n/t  Moondog   Dec-11-10 05:35 PM   #33 
           - So do you have the 66% single-payer poll?  LoZoccolo   Dec-11-10 03:24 PM   #14 
           - More 'blame the victim' spew. Is that all you have?  Edweird   Dec-11-10 03:30 PM   #18 
              - If you don't like it, start your third party and see where it goes.  LoZoccolo   Dec-11-10 03:33 PM   #19 
                 - You don't need me to embarrass you. You are doing quite well on your own.  Edweird   Dec-11-10 03:54 PM   #26 
                 - LOL  Forkboy   Dec-11-10 04:28 PM   #30 
                 - Deleted message  Name removed   Dec-11-10 05:32 PM   #32 
           - Bravo! nt  pgodbold   Dec-11-10 03:25 PM   #15 
           - And I'll say another thing: the Tea Party and other Republicans are willing to do what I advocate.  LoZoccolo   Dec-11-10 03:27 PM   #17 
           - I prefer to do it the old fashioned way:  Edweird   Dec-11-10 03:35 PM   #21 
              - You make my argument for me.  LoZoccolo   Dec-11-10 03:38 PM   #23 
                 - If you think I am 'making your argument for you' that will be because  Edweird   Dec-11-10 03:57 PM   #28 
           - +++1000000000000000+++  Goldstein1984   Dec-11-10 03:37 PM   #22 
     - This is war ...  dawg   Dec-11-10 03:15 PM   #7 
        - In a way you make my argument for me, but I think you have a different conception of who "we" are.  LoZoccolo   Dec-11-10 03:19 PM   #10 
           - By "we" I mean those of us who want to move the country leftward ...  dawg   Dec-11-10 03:53 PM   #25 
              - Actually, 'we' are not the minority. The label 'liberal' is a pejorative.  Edweird   Dec-11-10 04:26 PM   #29 
  - In fact the neocons coopted the Tea Party idea  CJCRANE   Dec-11-10 03:06 PM   #2 
  - +1  leftstreet   Dec-11-10 03:12 PM   #5 
  - Former Rethug House Majority Leader Dick Armey infiltrated and subverted his own party?  NNN0LHI   Dec-11-10 03:20 PM   #11 
  - The history lesson is this ...  dawg   Dec-11-10 03:43 PM   #24 
  - I resemble that remark.  L0oniX   Dec-11-10 03:26 PM   #16 
  - We need to take our party back from DLC.  Individualist   Dec-11-10 03:34 PM   #20 
  - That's what I'm saying.  dawg   Dec-11-10 03:56 PM   #27 
  - The right wing loons did not infiltrate anything ...  JoePhilly   Dec-11-10 04:28 PM   #31 

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