With all of the back and forth lately on ATS concerning OWS and the claims that "radical lefties" have taken over the movement, I thought it would
be best to combat those who make such claims by allowing them a chance to hold the Tea Party to the same standards that OWS is being held to by the
Most who defend the Right and the TP have made statements that the TP is a true grass-roots movement that is not co-opted by ideologically extreme,
partisan interests that use their wealth to direct the TP movement in the direction they deem politically expedient. But that is the exact claim made
So to level the playing field between OWS and the TP, I would like to point out the very powerful political and big-money interests behind this
so-called grass roots movement and the corruption behind it.
One claim against OWS is that George Soros, a globalist and wealthy supporter of liberal causes, has injected massive amounts of money into the
movement through secondary sources such as the Tides Foundation and moveon.org. While these groups have stated their support for OWS, it remains to be
seen if any actual funding has been dispersed in any way to the OWS movement.
The Right's "equivalent" to Soros would be none other than the Kock Brothers. The Kock Brothers are wealthy entrepreneurs that inherited their
fathers oil business and expanded into many other areas. The key to their political aspirations leads back to their father, Fred. Fred was a serving
member of the John Birch society, an extremist right-wing group that, among other things, campaigned against the civil rights movement in the 1960's.
Now the Kock brothers carried on their father's legacy, not only in business, but also in their social activism as well. The Kock brother have a huge
amount of influence over the TP considering that David Kock's American's for prosperity foundation has funded and sponsored TP events.
Couple that with the fact the Dick Army's Freedomworks has funded, sponsored and promoted TP events with money donated by the Kock brothers to the
tune of $12 million, and it's only logical to conclude that the TP has been co-opted by big money extremists with the goal to push their agenda....as
their father before them.
It also must be pointed out that Kock Industries also has ties to bribery and sales of items to Iran. Considering the current atmosphere of politics
of the Right, this would be easily considered treason.
Another aspect of the TP is the direct ties to Rupert Murdoch and FoxNews. FoxNews has funded, sponsored and promoted many TP events. Partisan talking
heads such as Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin, staunch supporters and figure heads of the TP, are directly tied to FoxNews and Murdoch since they are on
FoxNews and the Kock Brothers have also been part of busing people in from other areas to attend TP rallies to bolster the appearance of large
numbers. But if we really want to talk about the TP and it's corruption, we have a clear example from Pittsburgh.
The Pittsburgh Tribune Review is a friend to the TP movement and has published many articles espousing the positive aspects of the TP. Underneath the
surface we can see why. The Tribune Review is owned by Richard Mellon Scaife. Scaife controls the Sarah Scaife foundation and uses the foundation to
fund "public policy" causes and events. This foundation also gave money to FreedomWorks to the tune of over $470,000. It is no wonder this media
outlet is such a supporter of the TP!
So what we have seen in this thread up till now is that there are ideologically extreme, big-money interests in play within the TP, financial support
from various groups in cahoots with these very people and backing from like-minded individuals who use their media outlet to promote the TP.
Is it safe to say that the TP is corrupt? I think so! If we are to take the same criteria used against OWS and apply it to the TP, then there is an
obvious correlation between the extreme Neoconservative wealthy interests, biased media outlets and the TP movement itself.
That being said, how can anyone within the TP, or supporters of the TP, make any claims against OWS when the evidence shows that their movement HAS
been co-opted and directed by forces with ties to partisan political debauchery. Are supporters of the TP simply Right-wing extremists that are to
have their feet held to the fire as the OWS supporters have? Is their message less effective because of their ties to big-money partisans? I leave you
to answer that.
It remains to be seen whether or not OWS will follow the lead of the TP, but we must be willing to hold both movements to the same standards if we are
to remain intellectually honest and true to the values we claim to hold sacred.
Thanks for reading ATS!
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