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“Smearing” the Tea Party Movement: Will it Work?

by Amo (writer), New York, April 12, 2010

Within the last several weeks and especially during the healthcare debate we’ve been witnessing a constant and continued drum-roll. .

From lawmakers to political activists making unsubstantiated charges of racism, to out right smears, as was the case with Congressman Steve Cohen, of Memphis Tennessee, who (if you recall), likened the Tea Party Movement to the KKK.

Obviously this type of smear campaign has been going on for several months, ever since the Tea Party Movement began to resonate among the people; However, within the last several weeks the smear campaign has gone viral…big time.

I suspect that as Obama’s numbers continue to drop, and Democrats who voted for the healthcare bill, continue to retire and of course the surprising upsets in both New Jersey, and Mass, that this type of smear campaign is to be expected. As I’ve mentioned in pervious articles, nothing from the “progressive left” would surprise me, they’re in a battle for their very survival, and they know it!

If anything the last 14-months has demonstrated to the vast majority of Americans who aren’t ideologues, just how “progressives” rule. Higher taxes, mandated entitlements, high unemployment rates, a weak national security policy, and alienating the only free and democratic society in the Middle East

Surprisingly, and to their credit, the mainstream media for the most part as stayed away from the continuing internet video frenzy. My sense is that they recognize that none of this garbage that is currently on the internet can be corroborated.

However what has just come to light within the last several days is yet another smear merchant, this one calling himself "Ben Franklin”. “Ben”, has vowed to “crash” the upcoming Tea Party Protests scheduled for this Thursday (April 15th, Tax Day). He wants all good “progressives” to infiltrate the movement and yell out hate speech, and bring vile and racial signs to the protest, so that they can be captured on video, or photographed. He goes on to announce that everyone would think that those signs and the hateful speech are from Tea Party members.

However, rather then paraphrasing let’s hear from others who’ve seen “Bens” website.

Josh Levin, he is the man who registered the crashtheteaparty.org website that is urging people to pose as members of Tea Parties and create false evidence of racism, hate, etc. NewsBusters says:


"Blogger Glenn Reynolds spotted CrashTheTeaParty.org today, a website that claims to represent "a nationwide network of Democrats, Republicans and Independents who are all sick and tired of that loose affiliation of racists, homophobes and morons; who constitute the fake grassroots movement, which calls itself 'the Tea Party.'"
"Their plan is to "infiltrate" Tea Party protests to create the false impression that protesters are racists by … being racists. That's right, they will bring with them offensive signs and give wildly offensive interviews to reporters, all with the intention of smearing a movement that wouldn't bring those signs or give those interviews themselves. It remains to be seen whether the mainstream media will take the bait."

Take a look at the saboteur's site here.
In spite of Levin's attempt to hide his identity as Ben Franklin of Philadelphia freerepublic was able to trace Levin's responsibility for the creation of the sabotaging site.
Honest Tea Party attendees should be on the lookout for Levin. It would not hurt to put anything suspicious on camera as long as no one endangers their own physical safety.

But one has to ask why evidence must be falsely created. Isn't that itself proof that the Tea Party movement is NOT everything its lying enemies say it is? By their dishonest methods have they not proved that they are the greater danger to the republic?

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Posted on Saturday, April 10, 2010 12:31:59 PM by pillut48

”The Tea Party activists are going to have their parties crashed, according to the Crash the Tea Party website.

Tea Party activists across the country are planning protests nationwide on tax day, April 15, 2010. The anti-Tea Party groups, also known as "Progressives" are planning to "dismantle and demolish the Tea Party."

It is probable that the harassment of tea party members will happen during the rallies planned for tax day.

How are the Progressives going to crash the Tea Party rallies and events across the country?

According to their website, they plan to:

....act on behalf of the Tea Party in ways which exaggerate their least appealing qualities (misspelled protest signs, wild claims in TV interviews, etc.) to further distance them from mainstream America and damage the public’s opinion of them.

What is the purpose of Crashtheteaparty.org?

WHAT WE WANT: To dismantle and demolish the Tea Party by any non-violent means necessary.

“HOW WE WILL SUCCEED: By infiltrating the Tea Party itself! In an effort to propagate their pre-existing propensity for paranoia and suspicion…We have already sat quietly in their meetings, and observed their rallies.

Anyone who reads the message boards within the Crash the Tea Party site will see some very extreme and often frightening conversations going on. There are Tea Party members writing their opinions about the Progressives and some rather wacky comments from a scary bunch of extremists who are running the Crash the Tea Party site.

In Rhode Island, a tax day protest will be hosted by the Tea Party in Providence on the steps of the State Capitol on April 15 from 3pm - 6pm. Of course, if this anti-Tea Party movement is as widespread as it thinks it is, there may be some Tea Party crashers at the protest.”




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12 comments on “Smearing” the Tea Party Movement: Will it Work?

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By Amo on April 12, 2010 at 08:48 pm

Dean, I think you broke your own record for responding…by-the-way, do you know Josh Levin, aka “Ben Franklin” and his CrashTheTeaParty.org web-site? I’m sure you know he has

24-web-sites and much of those are dedicated to smearing the Tea Party Movement.

You guys sound very much alike, is he in you network? And are you again printing that “growing mountain of data”, in your basement?

Seriously spray a little gray in your hair, put a pillow under your shirt, or better yet a blond wig and a sexy dress, that should do it, you should pass for a Tea Party protester…but then you’ll need to shave the beard…you’ll figure it out.

Don’t forget to shout out vile words in front of the cameras, from what I’ve read in your articles and posts, you’ shouldn’t have any trouble when it comes to hate speech, you’re almost an expert at it. As they say in show biz…”break a leg” and send my regards to Josh!

Amo

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By Amo on April 13, 2010 at 10:48 am

Dean, Not at all! “Freak” is a good word, and I would hope that if we lived near one another, that we could enjoy a cold brew, without shouting at one another. Remember was born and raised in the “Big Apple”, one of the most progressives states in the union,

and believe it or not I have lots and lots of “progressive” friends and family members, and I mean way-out loony fringe radical left “family members”! You’d feel right at home!!!

One distant family member is even a Democratic lawmaker, and of course a big fan of Mr. “O’s”! You should see when we get together at family gatherings; in fact I once debated at a get-together a bunch of Upper West Side, Manhattan liberals, just little ol me and a half dozen red eyed liberals.

After more then a few drinks, it got down right nasty (not on my part), I’ve always debated in the spirit of good will, however when “progressives” are confronted by overwhelming facts, they tend to get mean-spirited. You see, I’ve never worried about loosing an argument. If someone can demonstrate with facts and reasoned logic on any issue, then I have no problem in rethinking my position. “Progressives” for some reason have trouble doing that, so they resort to personal attacks.

In fact one very inebriated young woman when confronted by facts began shouting at me and calling me all kinds of names…so “freak” is relatively mild by comparison…in fact for a “practicing progressive”, you’ve been down-right charming…just like Mr. “O”!

Amo

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By Amo on April 14, 2010 at 06:02 am

Good morning Dean,

You know I don’t want this to be a “he said”…”he said” kind-of-deal. However, here are two quotes from you, in your characterization of me and directed towards me.

You implied that;

You appear to purposefully attempt to misrepresent the facts in order to attack me. That was a really low blow”.

And of course this gem;

“Hey Amo, are you planning on bringing your guns down to the rally near Washington to protest Obamacare, liberals taking away your assault weapons, and the Trilateral Commission's New World Order?

What troubles me Dean, is that you seem to always pontificate and speak to my motives rather then the substance of what I write, and if you take a moment and go back to our “friendly discourse” and “debates”, you’ll notice that the ”low blows” actually began with you!

As for selecting sourcing materials that bolsters my point-of-view…I’m a CONSERVITIVE and you’re a PROGRESSIVE. We have a different-point-of-view, and “we” use data that supports those points of view…that’s how debates work!

However, the one distinction between us, is that I try to never us materials generated from an ideological point of view, my sourcing materials are usually from mainstream data, and if you actually bother you’ll notice that my polling information always comes from different sources, whether they lean left or right isn’t as important as being "factual".

You’ll never see me quote a strictly conservative source to make my points…I don’t need to, there’s enough information within the mainstream…and yes Dean…FOX is a mainstream network, just like CNN, and CNBC, in fact if viewer-ship were the only criteria for being mainstream…then FOX News would be the only network of worth.

Now before you go “ballistic” I’m not suggesting that CNN and CNBC aren’t mainstream, it’s just that if you go my the number of viewers, they’re less mainstream then they were 15-years ago, that’s because Fox News, is simply a much better product...that’s a fact! One and one will always make two…that’s a fact! Spring is always followed by summer…that’s a fact!

Word to the wise…you may dislike the number two, you may prefer spring, and of course you may hate Fox News…just don’t dispute the facts.

Amo

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By D. E. Carson on April 14, 2010 at 11:17 pm

Amo: Word of advice...don't get into a pissing contest with Category Five. He summarily spearheaded a movement on this site to get a writer tossed from Broowaha (of course, the writer in question had a hand in his own disappearance, but that's neither here nor there). Ol' Deano over there likes to argue for the sake of arguing and just loves to hear his own voice --regardless of whether he's right or wrong. So, take him on if you dare, but don't say you weren't given a heads up...(now just wait. He'll pounce on me too...).

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By Amo on April 15, 2010 at 06:17 am

Good morning D.E.,

Thanks for the heads up, and with all due respect towards Dean…he does his homework and of course tries to “dazzle” you with lots and lots ‘spin”, as demonstrated with the above response. However…I like Dean, I truly do…he amuses me.

And I say that, not as a put down, but rather with respect, he’s passionate about his point-of-view. And he’ll go to any limit to prove it…he’s truly an ideologue, and of course a bit narcissistic…and “yes” he does love to hear the sound of his own voice…I suspect its music to his ears!

Of course my interaction with Dean is never intended (on my part), to convince him of anything, that’s an impossibility, my purpose is to reach out to those yet uncommitted and “thinking” folks that may stumble on to this web site, and intuitively know that there’s something wrong going on in the country, and perhaps change a few hearts and minds in the process.

I come from an interesting vantage-point; in that I was a radical child of the 60’s, living and working in NYC, within a creative environment…so when I see progressives like Dean, I understand them, he’s actually his own best advertisement, for average common sense values…he makes my case every time he writes anything.

The one thing I’ve learned (as a 60’s radical) is never try to prove them wrong in public. For many of them …”progressiveness” is akin to a religious experience, it’s their way of life, it’s more then just a political philosophy.

As for getting writers tossed off Broowaha, I’ve never experienced any negative feedback from the “management”, if anything I would imagine they should be appreciative for the interesting commentary and subject matter we provide, if anything they should reward me!!

I’m not sure what their political slant is, and truthfully I’m not interested…as long as my articles are edited properly (and they are), without changing the meaning of what I’m writing…we’re cool.

D.C. thanks again for the warning, I’ll draw my blinds, and I promise to never walk in the shadows again…take care buddy!

Dean are you out there? I can hear you breathing! No, no…ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!

Amo

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By JJFCPA on April 15, 2010 at 09:47 am

Boy, does history repeat itself. In this case over and over again. What I mean is that there has been since time immortal a practice whereby one side bashes the other and calls them miscreants, commies, jew haters or whatever. The other side fights back and it becomes a circus. Choose your partner. I do not think that the Tea Party movement began as a right wing conspiracy, nor do I think that it is now. I do think that there is money behind it now but it is not going to the many people who go to rallies to protest what is happening in America under the Obama administration.

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By Amo on April 15, 2010 at 11:15 am

Thanks for responding, I tend to agree, in that we at times talk at each other, rather then to each other…and that’s unfortunate. Many of the folks within the tea party movement are like me, in that they’re concerned about the direction our country is heading towards.

Any rational thinking human being irregardless of ideology should realize that it’s impossible to sustain this spending, borrowing and entitlement orgy, without driving this country into bankruptcy.

Within the first 14-months of this administration, the budget deficit has quadrupled, and we’re currently 8-trillion dollars in debt, and within the next decade, we’ll be another 12-trillion dollars in debt, and that’s without the Healthcare Reform Bill, projected to be around 2-trillion dollars.

Everything that this administration is doing, simply makes no sense, and I’m beginning to question their motives…you want to stimulate the economy, simply suspend payroll taxes for 6-months, and you’ll stimulate the economy.

You want to reduce healthcare costs, allow people to purchase health insurance across state lines and modify insurance regulations…it’s really that simple.

It’s akin to the tax code, if you make it difficult to understand, obviously the IRS can exhort more power over you, and of course power is what the government is all about, and what our Founders warned against.

Amo

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By D. E. Carson on April 16, 2010 at 01:54 am

Hey Dean, re: your 80 comments in an hour...

whatever, dude.

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By Amo on April 16, 2010 at 05:40 am

Dean, my friend, you’re beyond”narcissistic”…you’re downright “scary”!

Amo

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By Amo on April 16, 2010 at 05:42 am

Keep the ball rolling…we need more members!!!

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By Amo on April 16, 2010 at 06:03 am

Dean my friend, just so you understand, I’m not interested who was tossed of this website, or if you had a hand in it. When you become too much to handle I’ll gracefully and simply…turn you off, and disengage.

I will never engage in rude, crude or boorish behavior...it’s not my style. I engage you in debate because you’re a bright guy, and you have a different and extreme point-of-view, then mine…and it makes for an informative and entertaining interaction, and of course you amuse me…however, I’m well aware of the parameters.

Amo

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By Amo on April 16, 2010 at 06:31 pm

Dean, like you, I write to express myself, and perhaps to leave something of me behind, when I’m no longer here. Perhaps a hundred years from now, someone somewhere may read a poem of mine or a chapter from my novel. Just a tiny bit of immortality and perhaps just perhaps, my words may inspire someone…who knows.

Amo

PS…good for you Dean, going back to school!!

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