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Joanne98 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-13-10 06:41 AM
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Toward A Progressive Tea Party Movement

Most progressives have little respect for the Fox News generated "Tea Party" movement. However, it has tapped into a very real populist anger with the direction the country is headed in at this point in our history.

Progressives should see a real opportunity in the emergence of the "Tea Party" movement to educate the public and re-direct the anger to the real villains whose actions and policies created the many problems faced by the citizens of the United States of America. Our government has failed the American public by serving corporate interests and private profit instead of the public good.

The Republican Right has been somewhat successful in twisting this legitimate anger and aiming it against those who have been fighting this corporate takeover and corruption instead of themselves. They do this by lying to the public and twisting reality.


Of course, Fox News has been the leading force in this evil propaganda campaign. However, a few corporatist Democrats like Senator Ben Nelson, independents like Joe Lieberman and almost every elected Republican in the nation have helped advance the corporatist agenda by deceiving the reformist elements in the Tea Party movement.

Tea Party activists should realize that Fox News was formed by corporatists to advance the corporatist agenda. The corporatists have captured the "conservative" movement. They are playing their followers for suckers. A few Tea Party leaders know they are being used as a tool of the Republican Right and corporatists but most do not.

The American government is not the enemy if it is actually controlled by the American public instead of by the rich and powerful elite who make up the corporatists power structure. The American government needs to provide a check and balance against corporate power. We must recapture our government from corporate interests. This will never be done by Republicans. It will never be done by the small corporatist faction of the Democratic Party. It can be done with an alliance of progressives, real Tea Party reformers, economic populists and grassroots Democrats.

The Scott Browns and Sarah Palins of the nation only play at being populists. They act in support of the corporatist agenda while talking like reformers. Scott Brown was financed by corporatist forces. He was heavily financed by the debt collection industry, banking interests, health insurance companies and the like just like Sarah Palin. Brown opposes Wall Street reforms and regulation. He wants corporate power to go unchecked. These ideas are clearly enemies of the American public and real functional democracy. Folksy talk is just more hot air. It is actions that count.

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trumad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-13-10 06:45 AM
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1. The movement is pure racist..
Edited on Sat Feb-13-10 06:45 AM by trumad
and any suggestion that we Progressives embrace it is pure bullshit. mho
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leveymg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-13-10 07:13 AM
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2. I think the OP is suggesting we form our own populist movement, not join theirs.
And, it's am idea that needs to be thoroughly debated and if enough progressives agree of core principles for how it would operate, acted upon.
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trumad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-13-10 07:20 AM
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4. I understand the OP---
but every time I read a suggestion like this, it starts off with how the Tea Party movement is an organization brought on by Populist Anger and the Government.

I call bullshit on this.
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Myrina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-13-10 07:18 AM
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3. ... the Bagger "movement" hasn't tapped into populist anger ...
... it's tapped into base fear, ignorance and hate. So the 'populist anger' market is still available, if the true progressive populists could find someone to lead it.
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trumad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-13-10 07:20 AM
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5. Yep---
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heli Donating Member (276 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-13-10 09:10 AM
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6. There is a problem with the "We are a Christian Nation" requirement
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