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Skidmore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-08-11 09:38 AM
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Teabaggers: Tools of Bin Laden?
Anyone watching This Week on ABC? There is a bit of discussion about how Bin Laden planned to ignite racial and class warfare to bring down American society--how he looked for fault lines to exploit culturally. One of the panel commented that Bin Laden was very knowledgable in the way Americans "could be made to look at one another differently."

All of the divisiveness permitted to fester by the Bush administration and promoted by wealthy people who rub elbows with Middle Eastern potentates lends credibility to this. Bush's crew used 9/11 to begin in earnest the Great Robbery. They pushed policies which lead to finger-pointing between ethnic and racial groups based diminishing shares of economic security. They helped Bin Laden bring us to the brink of disaster.

The Rs hooked up with the rhetoric and the "grassroots movement" financed by billionaires. Wittingly or not, these Teabaggers have been used as tools to finish the destruction of America.
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fredamae Donating Member (622 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-08-11 09:50 AM
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1. Paranoid people would be the assumed target
for such a campaign. Add that to their actions toward Plutocracy and his threats to economically ruin the US, I'd say this deserves serious contemplation.
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UpInArms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-08-11 09:59 AM
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2. it does seem show the pattern, doesn't it?
George, John and Osama

by Bridget Gibson December 8, 2001

It's getting harder for me to determine exactly whose side George Bush and John Ashcroft are on. That is such a strange statement. But bear with me for a minute. Supposedly Osama bin Laden planned and executed the September 11 attack on America precisely because of our freedoms. That is what George Bush said on September 20, 2001. So following that logic, would it not be the proper thing to protect exactly those freedoms if we are to fight terrorism? To continue to live normally, to go on with our lives, to show the terrorists that they did not win, that the only way to prove that terrorism lost is to defeat its goal. Terrorism's goal is to change the victim of such in a profound way. The perpetrator wants to alter how each and every person affected by terrorism views his/her world and force a change to the ways of the terrorist.

Well, our feckless leaders have chosen not to defend our freedoms. They have chosen to forsake all that is wonderful and unique about the United States because of what? My logic tells me that Mr. Bush and Mr. Ashcroft must be on the same side as the terrorists, and that our way of life, our way of country and our way of being American is wrong.

We are wrong to follow the Constitution that was printed with the blood and beliefs of our forefathers. We are wrong to follow and have faith in the Bill of Rights that were negotiated to make ours a "more perfect union." We were so wrong that Mr. Bush and Mr. Ashcroft have taken it upon themselves to destroy as much of both of those documents as possible in as short a time as physically possible.

We are to disavow our faith in our judicial system and allow secret military tribunals to decide the fate of anyone they choose. What about those three young Americans who were following their faith in fighting with the Taliban? They were fighting with the Taliban before September 11, when the United States (through its policies proscribed by Bush) was financially aiding the Taliban in its fight against poppy fields. Never mind that on May 19, 2001, we (the United States) gave the Taliban $43 million (in dollars - not aid) to cease its drug production. Never mind that we had been notified of the Taliban's horrendous treatment of women for many years. Never mind that we watched (via television) the Taliban destroy thousand year old Buddhas that had been created by what they determined were a faithless people. These three young Americans can be stripped of their citizenship, can be called "terrorists" for aiding the Taliban, can be tried in secret military tribunals and executed. That was a Military Order signed on November 13, 2001, by George Walker Bush.

We have the USA Patriot Act, drawn and enlarged upon by Mr. Ashcroft, that is in violation of the First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth and Thirteenth Amendments of the Bill of Rights. In the eyes of Bush and Ashcroft our Constitutional freedoms and the Bill of Rights mean nothing. This is what the actions of Mr. Bush and Mr. Ashcroft are telling us. If you agree, nothing need be done. That's the path that we (the United States) are taking. Congress and its lawmakers have no voice in these decisions and thus, you the represented public are allowed no voice either.

Mr. Bush and Mr. Ashcroft have decided that those freedoms that have made us a unique and special country are the very things that we Americans must relinquish in order to protect them. Somehow their logic escapes me. How can we be "free" if we give up our freedoms? How can one lose the very rights that set their country apart from all others and still remain the same?

The United States of America was a country of law. Our forefathers were disillusioned by the elite rule of the English King. They decided that a country of law would be best served by those laws and not in the trusting of men. We have been told to "trust" George Bush and John Ashcroft. They will make those decisions for us. They want additional powers not allowed by the Constitution and are insisting that our representatives give it to them. Somehow I do not think that was what Madison, Jefferson, Franklin and the other founding fathers had in mind.

You had better speak up soon or you should forget that First Amendment, too. You know the one. The one with the part that says "freedom of speech."
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Old and In the Way Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-08-11 10:01 AM
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3. Fascinating.
"Bin Laden planned to ignite racial and class warfare to bring down American society--how he looked for fault lines to exploit culturally."

So how is that different from the politics of the Republican Party?
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Skidmore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-08-11 10:03 AM
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4. Right now they appear to have many goals in common.
And I think we need to use this to save our nation.
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DianaForRussFeingold Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-08-11 10:57 AM
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5. K&R! Hmmm...Who funds the Tea Party?
"CNN: Koch Brothers Fund the Tea Party"

"The Tea Party and the Billionaires - How the Koch Brothers Manipulate Politics"

Koch Brothers & The Tea Party'
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Johnyawl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-08-11 11:40 AM
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6. SILLY RABBITS, this isn't about teabaggers...
...this is a developing meme to attack the left wing: if you disagree with "mainstream" military/industrial/corporatist thinking, then you are a "terrorist" at worse, or possibly a "terrorist sympathizer", or at the very least an "unwitting tool", a "useful idiot" that Bin Laden/al-Qaeda is using to further their avowed goal of destroying America.

Didn't any of you people live through the cold war? Don't you see the same pattern?
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Skidmore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-08-11 11:52 AM
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7. Wow, just wow!
I see a steadily encouraged pattern of divisiveness by race and class and now gender that has been encouraged and perpetuated for the past decade by the right. It is there. It stares us in the face everyday. The idea that only some are worthy of healthcare, success, or to be acknowledged as citizens even.

Where have you been? The Teabaggers have been attacking the left all along? They also have been attacking the nation and they are not seeking to preserve it. They are seeking to destroy it at all levels. Just what the military/industrial/corporatists want--no risk, no regulation, all the marbles. Yes, they are useful tools of a wealthy Saudi interested in destabilizing and bankrupting America. Who better to have on your side than the powerful? Bin Laden wasn't interested in doing away with wealth and neither were the wealthy Muslims who backed him in the Middle East.
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