The excellent George Monbiot notes that there is nothing populist about them. The Tea Parties were mostly created by the billionaire Koch Brothers of Texas, corporate fat cats who came up with the fake populist movement in order to reach their dream of a limited government. The reason they want a limited government is so they pay less taxes, keep more profits and are restrained by fewer regulations. They focus on high-polluting extractive industries and run oil refineries, chemical plants, coal mines and logging firms. They have had to pay 10’s of millions of dollars in fines oil and chemical spills and other industrial accidents. They want a limited government so they won’t have to pay those fines anymore. They’re taken the rest of you chumps along for a ride.
When did the Tea Party actually begin? It had a disgusting beginning at the heights of America’s ruling classes. CNBC reporter Rick Santelli, shill for the ruling class, issued a call from the floor of Chicago Mercantile Exchange for a bankers’ revolt against the undeserving poor. He called for traders to dump derivative securities into Lake Michigan to protest Obama’s plan to “subsidize the losers,” by which he meant those who were behind on their mortgages. The very next day, Koch’s firm set up a Tea Party website on Facebook. So the Tea Parties were actually created by the bankster class as part of their scorched Earth mass foreclosure policy against America’s middle class homeowners. Some populism!
As Monbiot sums up:
Between them they have constructed the philosophy which informs the Tea Party movement: its members mobilize for freedom, unaware that the freedom they demand is freedom for corporations to trample them into the dirt.
You idiots! You Tea Party clowns have been punked. You’re being played, and you don’t even realize it.
Monbiot points out that democracy itself is at risk at fake astroturf grassroots organizations morph across the globe. They have even begun to the infect the UK.
Billionaires and corporations are capturing the political process everywhere; anyone with an interest in democracy should be thinking about how to resist them. Nothing is real any more. Nothing is as it seems.
Indeed, pay no attention to that rich man behind the curtain.