I have to say, I'm thoroughly enjoying the Tea Party supporters getting people to show how 'astroturf' that movement is.
The OWS movement is still growing and is springing up in more cities every day. Seems conservatives calling the protesters names, trying to make up sinister motives for the movement, trying to associate it with socialism, communism people-wanting-a-free-ride isn't working.
Some of the older GOPs know what will happen if this thing goes on and gets more members - how do you think the civil rights act of 1964 got passed? How do you think all that social legislation got passed in the 1960s? How do you think enough pressure was put on politicians to end the Vietnam War? All of that happened because the people took it to the streets, got the un-networks-sanitized facts to the citizens and made it OK to say you opposed segregation, supported services for seniors, opposed Vietnam and supported more funding to education.
Do you really believe that there is absolutely no outside funding with the Wall Street protests?
Are you going to condemn the Wall Street protests if we find out certain unions spent money on it?
“I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on what’s being proposed here, he’d agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute.” - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.
Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.
Alexis de Tocqueville
a GOP pac committee... kind of killed it as legitimate grass roots IMO.
People who were legitimately conservative and legitimately pissed were now getting pamphleted instructions on what to do when they crashed town-halls to disrupt them rather than present grievances and it was nothing but noise with no direction. Just disruption for the sake of getting on camera dissing a dem and posting it on youtube for Fox to pick up and act like individuals were getting up and acting on their own volition which, as we know now, they clearly weren't. At that point the movement was legitimate only in it's stupidity awaiting their next instructions from Glenn Beck who had those people so twisted in their heads that they were screaming fiscal conservatism while getting even more pissed by GOP heads shoving out more divisive social conservatism.
So what started out as a libertarian fiscal conservative movement ended up turning into a GOP pac fund-raising org that had only one purpose in mind and that was to divide the country as much as possible.