Billionaires can’t manipulate the Tea Party forever

It seems some folks are genuinely afraid of the idea of rich people funding the Tea Party movement and kick-starting the liberty revolution:

Though billed as a people’s movement, the Tea Party wouldn’t exist without a gusher of cash from oil billionaire David H. Koch and the vast media empire of Rupert Murdoch. Many of the small donations to Tea Party candidates have been cultivated by either Fox News Channel, a property of Murdoch’s News Corporation, or the Americans for Prosperity Foundation, chaired by Koch. The movement’s major organizations are all run, not by first-time, mad-as-hell activists, but by former GOP officials or operatives.

Taken together, Americans for Prosperity, FreedomWorks (another far-right political group seeded by the Kochs) and Murdoch’s News Corp, owner of Fox News and the Wall Street Journal, form the corporate headquarters of a conglomerate one might call Tea Party, Inc. This is the syndicate that funds the organizing, crafts the messages, and channels the rage of conservative Americans at their falling fortunes into an oppositional force to President Obama and to any government solution to the current economic calamity. Groups such as Tea Party Express, Tea Party Nation, and the FreedomWorks-affiliated Tea Party Patriots; the bevy of political consultants for hire; and various allied elected officials can be understood as Tea Party, Inc.’s loosely affiliated subsidiaries. The Web sites of FreedomWorks, Americans for Prosperity and the Tea Party side projects of Fox News Channel’s Glenn Beck are linked with those of Tea Party Express and Tea Party Patriots, all of which in turn solicit support for Tea Party candidates.

The funny thing about the Tea Party movement is that it’s true that a small group of wealthy elite is trying to poison the well, but you should also know in the end they will end up sowing the seeds of their own demise. People are waking up to the sham of our political system regardless of who pays for the pamphlets to be published.. The volatility of the power struggle between the parties is proof that the status quo is no longer acceptable to many people.

For every PAC trying to manipulate… there’s actually THOUSANDS of people who are steering the newly awakened people away from the poisoned well towards the unpolluted waters of true liberty, where the federal government is scaled back considerably, the federal reserve and corporate welfare is understood to be the root cause of our economic problems, and we embrace a saner non-interventionist foreign policy.

Just remember: there are MANY us who have been working our asses off building the foundation for this movement long before the idea of jumping on the anti-gov bandwagon became vogue. The vigilance of a patriot is eternal, and cannot be owned by any party.

TL;DR – the volatility is not a bad thing, it means people are discontent and the message of liberty is actually breaking through the paternalism of the state/corporate propaganda. The more these wealthy elite try to play manipulative games with the fiery rhetoric of liberty, the more likely they are to be burned by it in the end.

Stephen VanDyke

I've published HoT along with about 300+ friends since 2002. We're all Americans who are snarky and love our country. I'm a libertarian that registered Republican because I like to win elections. That's pretty much it.

  1. The problem is the Rich GOP is covering for the religious right, who’s doing a FAR better job of poisoning the well, by pushing the RR’s social agenda, which is anathema to true liberty. I mean, how can we convince people that incarcerating hundreds of thousands of people and ruining their chances of ever being productive society members while they could be rehabilitated via treatment or strict probation is an unnecessary expense while the RR’s preaching about drug users being evil? Remember, the first nationally televised tea party protests had a lot of signs showing the GOP’s social agenda plain as day, so the RR’s been worming into the tea party from practically day one. I submit that you cannot have fiscal liberty while maintaining social statism, and that’s exactly where the tea party wants to push us. Worse, the social statists have even infiltrated the LP, hence the candidacy of Bob Barr. This is why I think the tea party is dangerous, they’ll give libertarians a fiscal “half loaf” enough that social libertarians will be pushed out of the way. Here’s a great way to see if a tea partier is a RR plant: show them your ACLU card.

    1. If the Tea Party banner is tarnished by social conservatives, it’s time to rally under a new one and burn the bridges behind us.