The deluded dupes of a multi-billionaire’s “grass roots” movement

Now that those who align with the “Tea Party” have been further unveiled as deluded dupes, stooges, and bagmen, will those conned into this astroturfed screwjob by the Koch brothers and their side-show acts do anything about it? Or will they follow the scripts they were handed and double-down rather than admit to themselves they were deceived? The slight-of-hand and manipulations they’ve fallen victim to have been successfully re-branded as Patriotism, and as a caucus of Exceptional Americans, how could they have been so gullible and so easily self-segregated and gerrymandered?

An orchestrated Federal Budget Crisis manufactured to protect the interests of a handful of multi-billionaires has been unraveled.

Why are we stuck picking the lesser of two evils at the voting booth?
Because we don’t pick the candidates anymore.

The “Tea Party” is not a grass roots movement. It is a fabrication, and the influence it has over our Congress hinges entirely on Supreme Court rulings like Citizens United versus Federal Election Commission, where the Koch brothers’s fantasy of a favored caste was finally given wings. Campaigns funded by a handful of individuals, not the electorate that votes for them.

It’s just so incredible when you step back and look at the 10,000 foot view of this incredible con-job. The Republicans were subtly (at first) manipulated and goaded into participating in something that could very well end their entire party. Freedom and Liberty redefined, pushed into untenable positions and divided from the rest of their Country as a form of “rugged individualism”. This is a scandalous chain of events that undermines their party, the leadership, the very ideology it claims ownership of has been dictated by a couple of multi-billionaires behind a curtain.

The Tea Party caucus is selling their share of the soul of our Country for the promise of a handful of magic beans. Someday.

With polls showing Americans deeply divided over the law, conservatives believe that the public is behind them. Although the law’s opponents say that shutting down the government was not their objective, the activists anticipated that a shutdown could occur — and worked with members of the Tea Party caucus in Congress who were excited about drawing a red line against a law they despise.

A defunding “tool kit” created in early September included talking points for the question, “What happens when you shut down the government and you are blamed for it?” The suggested answer was the one House Republicans give today: “We are simply calling to fund the entire government except for the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare.”

A Federal Budget Crisis Months in the Planning – NYTimes.com

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Republicans Are Getting What They Want – This Is What They Want – Esquire


This is the real motivation behind all the tricornered hats and the incantations about liberty and all the conjuring words that have summoned up the latest crisis in our democracy. Corporate money is the power behind all of it, and that corporate money has but one goal — the creation of a largely subjugated population and a workforce grateful for whatever scraps fall from the table. To accomplish this, the corporate money not only had to disable the institutions of self-government that are the people’s only real protection, it had to do so in such a way that the people expect less and less of the government and, therefore, less and less of each other, acting in the interest of the political commonwealth.

Charles P. Pierce for Esquire, Republicans Are Getting What They Want – This Is What They Want

the Grand ol’ teahadi tantrum

Why did the government shut down? The blame lies entirely with a radical Republican minority, and the Speaker of the House who flinches from every threatened strike of the tiny balled-up fists of America’s lil’ Taliban.

the Atlantic:

  1. If the House of Representatives voted on a “clean” budget bill — one that opened up the closed federal offices but did not attempt to defund the Obama health care program — that bill would pass, and the shutdown would be over. Nearly all Democrats would vote for it, as would enough Republicans to end the shutdown and its related damage. (And of course it has already passed the Senate, repeatedly, and would be signed by the president.)

  2. So far House Speaker John Boehner has refused to let this vote occur. His Tea Party contingent knows how the vote would go and therefore does not want it to happen; and such is Boehner’s fear of them, and fear for his job as Speaker, that he will not let it take place.

James Fallows, for the Atlantic The Two Basic Facts That Should Be in Every Shutdown Story

Who are these radicals that wield this influence over the Speaker of the House and we the people of the United States? From an interview by Ezra Klein of Robert Costa:

EK: So how do House Republicans end up convincing themselves of unrealistic plans, particularly when they’ve seen them fail before, and when respected voices in the Republican and even conservative establishment are warning against them?

RC: When you get the members off the talking points you come to a simple conclusion: They don’t face consequences for taking these hardline positions. When you hear members talk candidly about their biggest victory, it wasn’t winning the House in 2010. It was winning the state legislatures in 2010 because they were able to *redraw their districts so they had many more conservative voters. The members get heat from the press but they don’t get heat from back home.

Ezra Klein & Robert Costa, for the Washington Post Why Boehner doesn’t just ditch the right

Succinctly summarized in Derek Thompson for the Atlantic’s follow-up to the Two Basic Facts, The Third Basic Fact That Every Government Shutdown Story Should Include:

So, by one close observer’s count, less than 10 percent of the House of Representatives is preventing the government from opening unless the White House defunds its signature legislation. Not a 51-percent majority. Not a 41-percent “filibuster majority.” A 10-percent “bully majority” that has prevailed upon another 10 to 15 percent of the House.

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This small group of extremists aren’t interested in a dialog on policy and they have no plan for America. They are not willing to listen to reason, and they never give even the illusion of being open-minded about anything. They dismantle and destroy everything they touch and are unrepentantly dividing a divided House and country even further in the process. They have demonstrated over and over again that they are complete failures at legislating and accomplishing anything constructive in Congress for their country, and the one thing they aren’t monumentally inept at is manipulating their districts back home so that they can poison the well at the voting booth in order to troll the entire country into engaging with them on their completely idiotic ideological positions and throw epic shitfits that they’ve wrapped and ribboned in fairness.

Their goal is to finish what Neocons started over a decade ago: run up an endless tab using our Country’s full faith and credit as collateral in order to bankrupt the entire nation. They believe Government is ineffective and wasteful, so they must make it ineffectual and wasteful in order to gaslight the other 90% of the country into believing their self-fulfilling prophecy is anything more than the deranged sounds of lunatics that are in over their heads.

the “stand-off”

Reports of a bi-partisian break-down that took us to Government Shutdown 2013 are fabricated. The Government has shut down because a cell of radical teahadi extremists have hijacked our plane. They are demanding that the Romney/Ryan Failboat set sail despite the fact that Romney/Ryan themselves campaigned on it and failed to win the Presidency. Desperate for attention and arrogant beyond words they are making demands that they have no business making before they’ll let the doors open, and they have the audacity to stand in front of cameras and every microphone within a hundred miles pretending that it’s the other side that aren’t willing to compromise? Haven’t you heard?

We don’t negotiate with terrorists.

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Three Teahadis Walk Into an Egyptian Presser

Tea party-backed Representatives Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and Steve King (R-IA) on Saturday held a press conference in Egypt to thank the country’s military for overthrowing the elected government, and at one point even seemed to suggest that the Muslim Brotherhood had been behind the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in the United States. — David Edwards for the Raw Story

The Washington Post’s foreign affairs blogger Max Fisher made an interesting observation as well:

King congratulated anti-Morsi Egyptians on “standing up for liberty, standing up for freedom” in supporting the July 3 coup. He added, “We stand against the Muslim Brotherhood. The American people do not support the Muslim Brotherhood, we oppose all forms of terror and terrorism.” — Max Fisher for Washington Post Blogs

The irony of course being that while Steve King and Michele Bachmann are trotting around Egypt criticizing freedom-hating religious extremism and zealotry, their legislation and congressional activities consist mainly of freedom-hating religious extremism, and zealotry. In Bachmann’s case, this consists primarily of failed attempts at legislating. I guess that’s why she’s giving up and not running next term. Is it selfish of me to pray that Steve King makes the same decision or does Iowa have to do it for him?