Originally posted by SkepticOverlord
The conspiracy is the collusion of the media and both "parties" to demonize and destroy an "unauthorized" grass roots political
You know, I used to think the same thing ...
It was my impression from the very beginning that whomever is pulling the strings, making sure they do everything within their power to retain the two
sided coin (two party system) in their pocket, was never going to allow the TPM to flourish.
After all the thought of it fits neatly into the conspiratorial "hidden hand" mindset ...
But my impression is changing in this regard. In fact with the clarity that distance bestows, I think something a lot less overt has been taking
place. Less overt but in many ways much more sinister.
Though it is counterintuitive to conspiratorial skepticism and cynicism I believe it is the exact opposite that's happened, and that this in fact is
one of those situations defined, and ultimately doomed by the absence of conspiracy.
A lot of folks seem to have a sentimental "those were the good old days before it was corrupted and infiltrated" view of the TPM. As if we're
talking about something that happened eons ago. When in fact those "good old days" never existed other than in the romanticized and conceptualized
mind of those who embrace its core ideals ... more important, those who crave anything but what is and are frustrated to the bone by having to choose
between the lesser of two evils.
Truth is those days never existed.
The TPM from the very beginning was a scattered, poly-ideological, multi-intentional group of folks defined only by their mutual and shared discontent
with the status quo. That discontent is what unites/united them, not a remedy. They didn't/don't have a leader, for the premise was protest not
solutions. There were folks with the most virtuous of intents and folks with nothing but hate in their heart. But most of all anyone with some
grievance, real or perceived, towards the government could feel a part of it.
For all of these reasons and more, the whole thing was doomed from the very beginning, and no conspiracy by the so called "ptb" was ever required.
Sure there are smaller obvious subsequent conspiracies by the GOP, Palin, FOX, birthers, the klan, self proclaimed patriots, pundits, constitutional
scholars du jour, and many others to use the TPM to their own ends ... but the reason for this fundamental vulnerability to be subverted is rooted in
what I stated above ...
Namely that "Movement" was and is a misnomer.
It was at bast a sentiment, and an important one at that, for the reason for its manifestation shouldn't be lost, I am sure isn't lost, on the
aforementioned string pullers.
But in this case imho they had little to do with the TPM'S demise ... all that was required was to sit back and wait for it to tear itself apart at
the seams grasping for a common goal and a unified way forward. Something that was simply never going to happen.
Conspiracies are to destroy ambition ... the TPM never had one, they existed to resist not to create.
Blasphemous as it may be for a CT to contemplate, I think they did this to themselves.
[edit on 3 Apr 2010 by schrodingers dog]