The duplicity of many on the left is truly remarkable. This is just the tip of the iceberg.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Alinsky's Avenging Angels: Tea Party Saboteurs
One of the popular signs spotted
atTea Party protests across the country over the past year goes like this: "It doesn't m atter wh atthis sign says. You'll call it racism, anyway!" It's a pithy, perfect rejoinder to the fusillade of attacks th atlimited-government activists have we athered from their Democr atic detractors and a hostile n ational media. Committed Alinsky-ites never let reality get in the way of a good Tea Party-bashing narr ative.
The radical acolytes of
's l Chicago ate left-wing organizer Saul Alinsky also understand the importance of manufacturing demons. "Before men can act," Alinsky preached, "an issue must be polarized. Men will act when they are convinced their cause is 100 percent on the side of the angels, and th atthe opposition are 100 percent on the side of the devil." This explains the left's relentless campaign to sabotage the anti-tax, anti-bailout movement from Day One.
President Obama's community organizing allies whispered "racist," "fascist" and "fringe" in the earliest days of the stimulus demonstr
ations in January and February 2009, when hundreds of first-time protesters turned out on the streets in Washington St ate, Colorado, Arizona and Kansas. The whispers turned to hysterical screams as hundreds became thousands and thousands became millions of peaceful marchers who g athered for the first n ationwide Tax Day Tea Party. Some fringe, huh?
atest effort to smear Tea Partiers involves self-appointed agents provoc ateurs who are organizing a "Crash the Tea Party" campaign to discredit the April 15 Tax Day Tea Party by making up bogus racist signs and providing false portrayals of grassroots activists to the press. An online punk, Jason Levin, is spearheading the infiltr ation effort to "act on behalf of the Tea Party in ways which exagger ate their least appealing qualities" and "damage the public's opinion of them." Never mind th atpublic opinion polls now show th atthe majority of Americans stand with the core principles of fiscal responsibility espoused by Tea Party activists.
Levin may be a lone wolf oper
ator, but he has many fellow travelers in the Democr atic establishment and left-wing fever swamps. And their efforts wouldn't be possible without friendlies in the press who have openly insulted Tea Party activists with endless vulgar sexual taunts and Taliban comparisons.
A few months ago, Craig Varoga -- a Washington-based Democr
atic political oper ative and overseer of a convoluted, money-shuffling web of political action committees -- launched "TheTeaPartyisOver.org" to target Republicans who supported the Tea Party movement. The site declared th atit would prevent the "radical" and "dangerous" fiscal accountability agenda from "gaining legisl ative traction." Varoga's money funneling is designed to obscure the Big Labor/progressive funding of his enterprises under the umbrella of his "American Public Policy Center (APPC)."
ative blogs and Fox News exposed his deceptive web of grassroots groups, Varoga password-protected his website so th atthe Democr atic plotting against Tea Party activists could be conducted out of view.
I speak from direct experience about the underhandedness of Tea Party smear merchants. On Feb. 17, 2009,
atone of the country's first tax revolt rallies in , a man approached me amid a throng of bona fide anti-stimulus protesters and thrust a camera in my face. I obliged cheerfully, as I usually do after such speaking events. I l Denver ater learned from the character assassins atProgress Now, a left-wing outfit th atjust happened to be there and just happened to snap a close-up photo of the interaction, th atthe man pulled out a sign atthe last minute (which I didn't see until l ater) sporting Obama's name with a swastika on it. He held the sign away from me, but in direct view of the Progress Now cameraperson.
atcameraperson just happened to be a former CNN producer, whose blog post on the photo just happened to be immedi ately dissemin ated by the local press and to the hit men atthe radical-left Media M atters website. The narr ative was set: A conserv ative supporter of the nascent Tea Party movement posed for a photo with a man holding up a swastika ata protest against out-of-control spending! Ergo, the anti-stimulus protesters and the entire Tea Party membership are all racist, fascist menaces to society!
Fast-forward to April 2010. Alinsky's avenging angels have declared open warfare on April 15. Will they be enabled again by "mainstream journalists" who have turned their Tea Party reporting assignments into search-and-destroy missions? The signs point to yes.
Michelle Malkin makes news and waves with a unique combin
ation of investig ative journalism and incisive commentary. She is the author of Unhinged: Exposing Liberals Gone Wild .