Via 'Left Foot Forward'.
I’m comfortable with the Tea Party movement. That’s because it demonstrates … that fundamental freedoms still underpin the USA: if you want to start, support or work for a political movement, then you are free to do so.
It appears the author is totally ignorant of how the Tea Party started and what it is. That’s puzzling because it has been investigated and reported by many sources, e.g.:
* http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/oc ... h-brothers
* http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010 ... fact_mayer
Someone even made an entire documentary about them – worth watching: http://astroturfwars.org/
The Tea Party is a corporation-created club for ‘useful idiots’ – people who can be easily manipulated to act and vote against their own best interests for the benefit of billionaires. The Tea Party is the opposite of a demonstration that “that fundamental freedoms still underpin the USA” – it’s a prime example that democracy in the US is paid for, polluted and twisted – more plutocracy / corporatocracy than democracy.
And it should frighten any right-thinking person. The Kochs are sociopaths – their only concern is protecting and adding to their fortune, no matter the costs to society and the planet. Their network of ‘think tanks’ and bough-and-paid-for politicians now have significant political power – this is not a cause for celebration or “comfort”.