Question by : What exactly is “grassroots”, or “decentralized” about the Tea Party?
“A case in point: earlier this year, when groups across the country staged “tea party” protests against the administration’s stimulus spending, it appeared at first to be an organic, populist movement. But the money and organization trail led back to two Washington-based think tanks, Americans for Prosperity and FreedomWorks, that had funneled funds and detailed logistical information to local organizers (some of whom were being paid) about how to make the demonstrations look homegrown. Similarly, the protests and town-hall disruptions for and against health-care reform that have arisen in recent weeks have been linked back to insurance companies and interest groups hoping to shape the debate without appearing like meddlers trying to buy policy with buckets of money. After hosting several town-hall meetings, Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin remarked that he felt as though the raucous emotions were being “orchestrated.” A spokesman for anti-reform group Conservatives for Patients’ Rights, responding to those and similar Democratic accusations, asserted that no anger or concern had to be manufactured.”
“The Kochs are longtime libertarians who believe in drastically lower personal and corporate taxes, minimal social services for the needy, and much less oversight of industry—especially environmental regulation. These views dovetail with the brothers’ corporate interests. In a study released this spring, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst’s Political Economy Research Institute named Koch Industries one of the top ten air polluters in the United States. And Greenpeace issued a report identifying the company as a “kingpin of climate science denial.” The report showed that, from 2005 to 2008, the Kochs vastly outdid ExxonMobil in giving money to organizations fighting legislation related to climate change, underwriting a huge network of foundations, think tanks, and political front groups. Indeed, the brothers have funded opposition campaigns against so many Obama Administration policies—from health-care reform to the economic-stimulus program—that, in political circles, their ideological network is known as the Kochtopus.”
Think Outside the Ballot Box, I know that, they come based on their own stupidity.
I am just pointing out that the movement clearly isn’t decentralized or grassroots, but heavily funded and heavily organized (which was obvious from the start).
Answer by The BoogeyMan
Ron Paul started the tea party
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