Forum Post: Latest from Move To Amend- Confirming the "Progressive Movement in the Democrat Party" is Bullshit
Posted 8 months ago on April 1, 2013, 12:33 p.m. EST by OTP
from Tampa, FL
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FAUX MOVEMENTS VS. GRASSROOTS MOVEMENTS
In our public statements, we often identify ourselves as the only grassroots coalition working to amend the Constitution so that legal entities have privileges, not inherent human rights, and to state that money is not protected political speech. Our goal is to build a grassroots democracy movement.
The key word is “grassroots.” We believe that it is through this model that the voice of the people is heard, and our success proves the effectiveness of this organizing model.
It isn’t about partisanship; it is about people coming together to wrest control of our Democratic Republic from corporate rule, and to enact proper reforms so “we the people” can run this country.
Too often we allow ourselves to become divided along conservative or progressive lines by groups and organizations affiliated with or funded by the two major parties or their wealthy supporters.
Both sides bang the “grassroots drum,” but few, if any, are modeling a real grassroots approach; and many receive funding from clearly partisan and corporate sources.
These two recent articles prove the point:
The Progressive Movement is a PR Front for Rich Democrats by John Stauber. Stauber tells the story of how the progressive movement was highjacked by a cadre of very wealthy corporate Democrats:
"The self-labeled Progressive Movement that has arisen over the past decade is primarily one big propaganda campaign serving the political interests of the Democratic Party’s richest one-percent who created it. The funders and owners of the Progressive Movement get richer and richer off Wall Street and the corporate system. But they happen to be Democrats, cultural and social liberals who can’t stomach Republican policies, and so after bruising electoral defeats a decade ago they decided to buy a movement, one just like the Republicans, a copy."
Study: Tea Party Organizations Have Ties To Tobacco Industry Dating Back To 1980s by Elizabeth Fernandez. Most of us are now aware of the corporate funding behind the Tea Party, but few of us know that the Tea Party is a tobacco industry-sponsored effort that began long ago:
“From previously secret tobacco industry documents available at the UCSF Legacy Tobacco Documents Library, IRS filings and other publicly available documents, the study authors traced a decades-long chain of personal, corporate and financial relationships between tobacco companies, tobacco industry lobbying and public relations firms and nonprofit organizations associated with the Tea Party.
The research uncovered the tobacco industry’s ongoing opposition to health care reform, dating back to a major campaign waged against President Bill Clinton’s proposed 75-cent cigarette tax to help finance it.” Under no circumstances do we wish to undermine the good work that is sometimes achieved by the people in these groups. We only wish to point out that The People’s voice cannot be heard through a microphone bought and paid for by the ruling elite.
That’s why your financial support is so important to the success of our mission. Move to Amend is grassroots in every conceivable way, and we are dependent on you to fund this movement.
Please help the real and growing democracy movement by making a contribution today: https://movetoamend.nationbuilder.com/donate.
Thank you for your support!
Ashley Sanders, Ben Manski, Daniel Lee, David Cobb, Egberto Willies, George Friday, Jerome Scott, Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, Laura Bonham, Nancy Price
Move to Amend National Leadership Team
PS -- Don't forget to tune in to our online radio show, Move to Amend Reports tonight at 5pm Pacific/8pm Eastern. Egberto and Laura's guest is Craig Aaron, president of Free Press. They will be discussing corporate control of the media. Catch the archives and tune in live online here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/movetoamend.