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Forum Post: The Tea Party and the Koch Brothers

Posted 2 years ago on Jan. 10, 2012, 1:27 p.m. EST by ZenDogTroll (13032) from South Burlington, VT
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The Tea Party movement has taken American politics by storm. But is this truly a populist uprising or one of the greatest feats of propaganda ever seen?

Seeking to find out, Australian filmmaker Taki Oldham embeds himself in the Tea Party uprising. From men sporting tri-corner hats in Louisville Kentucky (the movement takes name from a key event in the American revolution) to 100,000 placard waving patriots in Washington D.C. ‘taking our country back’ from Obama’s ‘communist’ regime. But who are generals of this army?

Enter brothers Charles and David Koch. Oilmen, billionaires 20 times over and on a mission to create a privatized America. For three decades they’ve unwritten a propaganda war, funding fake grassroots groups (branded ‘astroturf’ by opponents) to dupe citizens into protesting on behalf of some of Americas most powerful people and corporations. As Taki infiltrates one such group, Americans For Prosperity, he captures David Koch beaming as operatives report running Tea Party events all over the country.

Weaving together commentary from propaganda experts and political insiders with unprecedented footage, The Billionaires’ Tea Party follows astroturf groups Americans For Prosperity and Freedomworks coopting the movement from day one. As the Koch’s extreme vision of free market capitalism is woven into that cherished American spirit of individual freedom, the patriotic Tea Partiers are guided to oppose key elements of the Obama agenda. Witness hysterical scenes as a proposed Health Care bill is reframed as Soviet style ‘socialised medicine’. Follow industry-funded spin doctors and scientists dismissing Obama’s climate bill a liberal conspiracy to control peoples lives and destroy the economy. See the cosy relationship between Koch operatives and Fox News. Come undercover as Tea Partiers are indoctrinated into equating their own interests with those of corporate America. Finally, see the stunning culmination at the 2010 elections as fully 1/3 of those elected are Tea Party endorsed candidates out to make Koch’s dream a reality.

With America now facing a new era of budget-slashing union-busting politics, The Billionaires’ Tea Party is both a journey through a unique moment in American history and chilling portent of the corporate takeover of democracy.

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From The NewYorker

  • [Peggy] Venable—a longtime political operative who draws a salary from Americans for Prosperity, and who has worked for Koch-funded political groups since 1994—spoke less warily. “We love what the Tea Parties are doing, because that’s how we’re going to take back America!” she declared, as the crowd cheered. In a subsequent interview, she described herself as an early member of the movement, joking, “I was part of the Tea Party before it was cool!” She explained that the role of Americans for Prosperity was to help “educate” Tea Party activists on policy details, and to give them “next-step training” after their rallies, so that their political energy could be channelled “more effectively.” And she noted that Americans for Prosperity had provided Tea Party activists with lists of elected officials to target. She said of the Kochs, “They’re certainly our people. David’s the chairman of our board. I’ve certainly met with them, and I’m very appreciative of what they do.”

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[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 2 years ago

Let me add to that this article that first came out in the New Yorker in 2010. Covert Operations The billionaire brothers who are waging a war against Obama.

Read more http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/08/30/100830fa_fact_mayer#ixzz1j57mOUcF

[-] -2 points by ZenDogTroll (13032) from South Burlington, VT 2 years ago

We should convince the NSA that these clowns need to go. They have a distinct history of subverting the will of the people, and doing so in ways contrary to the benefit of the nation.

One single plane accident that gets them both, combined with a bit of forecasting, will most certainly get the rest of the nimrods in line.

They are all cowards - which is what makes such procedures generally so successful.

[-] -3 points by GirlFriday (17435) 2 years ago

They are the most vile human beings currently.

[+] -5 points by shadz66 (19985) 2 years ago

A Tune 4 U : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-o3CJytIPE thanx to recent poster 'valbuller'.

[+] -4 points by GirlFriday (17435) 2 years ago

Thanks. That was great!

[+] -5 points by shadz66 (19985) 2 years ago

@ ZD : A tune http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-o3CJytIPE thanx to recent poster 'valbuller'.

[+] -6 points by ZenDogTroll (13032) from South Burlington, VT 2 years ago

dayum dial-up sucks . . . .

[+] -6 points by shadz66 (19985) 2 years ago

Dude ! I keep forgetting !! Ergo, some other links :

a) http://www.countercurrents.org/index.htm ;

b) http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/ ;

c) http://www.occupybritain.co.uk/ ;

d) http://www.globalresearch.ca/ &

e) http://www.newint.org/ .

Hope that they are of interest to you too & sorry !!!

fiat lux ...

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[-] 3 points by bensdad (8977) 2 years ago

UR an Rs
and you write like 1 2

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[+] -4 points by shadz66 (19985) 2 years ago

"Commie Admin" ?!!! WTF ?!! Oh Dear ! ~{:-(

[+] -4 points by GirlFriday (17435) 2 years ago

Did you read the article? Prolly not. When you are ready for discourse relevant to the topic, let me know.

[+] -4 points by ZenDogTroll (13032) from South Burlington, VT 2 years ago

Thanks - I'm gonna check that out.

[-] -3 points by GirlFriday (17435) 2 years ago

Any opportunity to aid and abet in showing exactly what true Koch heads look like. Any. :D

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[+] -4 points by wigger (-48) 2 years ago

If only they would spend as much as Soros!

[+] -4 points by shadz66 (19985) 2 years ago

On the matter of the "Astro Turf" (cf. False Grass Roots) Tea Party, please also see the following very important and revealing documentary film : "The Billionaires' Tea Party" ; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GO_WC0FINmA .

Also, this article from Oct.'10 : http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article26706.htm and this from Jan.'11 ; http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article27233.htm .

fiat lux ...

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[+] -5 points by ZenDogTroll (13032) from South Burlington, VT 2 years ago

I do think for myself - and what I think is that the repelican party is done . . . .

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Repelican -

is a term of approbation,

a proof,

derogatory in nature,

intended to shame

and to ridicule

those who run for high office

upon a platform of lies before the whole world

and have not the decency to blush bright crimson.

they are reprehensible.

they are repulsive.

they are repellent.

they are repelicans . . . .

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[+] -5 points by ZenDogTroll (13032) from South Burlington, VT 2 years ago

completely and absolutely absurd.

it is the party of Dick Cheesy - the fool who gave us waterboarding as a matter of national policy . . .

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[+] -6 points by DKAtoday (28261) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Dog in case you missed this one :

Petition from CREDOACTION to end Corporate person-hood.

http://act.credoaction.com/r/?r=745043&id=34439-4904244-%3DMldmHx&t=7

[+] -6 points by ZenDogTroll (13032) from South Burlington, VT 2 years ago

My email is messed up, and I haven't yet gotten it entirely straightened out.

but this is cool:

  • We've reached 93% (163,277) of our 4th NEW goal of 175,000 signers! Help us get there by telling your friends:

and here's another tweet for ya -

[+] -6 points by DKAtoday (28261) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Aperciated as always. ( intentional aperciation ) Lets keep a-rock'en!

Done did the twiteren thing.