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Brief look at Politics this week

Astroturfing?:
Instapundit: The White House says it’s not concerned about health care protests. They’re so unconcerned that they’re dispatching surrogates to claim the protests are fake.
Leftist Bloggers who Get Marching Orders from Obama Attack Protesters as “Astroturf”
Obama Summons his Army: This is the Moment Our Movement was Built For (Michelle Malkin)
Tea Party Bashers Gone Wild (MM’s syndicated column for the week)
A Study in Contrast (The Conservatives.com)

New DNC Ad: Mobs of Right-Wing Lunatics Want to Feast On Your Flesh (Hot Air) My favorite part is Allah’s B-Movie caption: “THRILL to angry conservatives walking around with signs. TREMBLE as a woman holding an American flag yells at a congressman. SCREAM as Democrats absorb one one-millionth the degree of demonization George Bush suffered over eight years.”
This is what Mob Rule Looks Like (Michelle Malkin)

My Take: If these Democrat politicians can’t handle being asked substantive questions or handle peaceful, Dockers-clad protesters visiting their office, should they really be responsible for creating and enforcing our national policies?

I’m sick of seeing people who support heavily-funded organizations like ACORN and MoveOn.org accuse these people of being bank-rolled astroturfers. Maybe these people just don’t know that other people can be politically active without demanding a free lunch or a salary; the only other explanation is that they’re butthurt that they’re being criticized and so they’ve decided to smear the opposition. Also, please recall that David Axelrod pretty much pioneered astroturfing, and it’s okay when ACORN does it. At worst, these protesters are just taking a page from Axelrod’s handbook on manufacturing support and outrage. Except that these people really are grassroots protesters, encouraged by videos of their compatriots at Town Halls and Tea Parties. (If not, I missed out on getting my fair share at the Tea Party I went to last April… ;P)

Tattler-in-Chief:
Obama in 03: I’d like to see a Single-Payer Health-Care Plan (Breitbart)
Is This the Best They Can Do? (Power Line)
WH: Obamacare opponents lying by using Obama’s own words (HotAir)
White House Blog Seeking Snitches (Jammie Wearing Fool)
The White House Wants to Know When Somebody is Wrong on the Internet (Jon Henke) This is, by far, my favorite headline about this so far.
Health Care Czar’s Office Calls for Internet Snitch Brigade (Michelle Malkin)
The Health-Care Debate, Starring James Brolin as the Democratic Party (Sundries Shack)
Reason TV: Looking for ‘fishy statements’ on healthcare
Obamateurism of the Day: This whole series deserves a snitch

My Take: This is just creepy. “Hey kids! Are your parents and neighbors casually discussing Obamacare in a less-than-positive way? Do you think they’re spreading LIES about the administration’s policies? Was somebody wrong on the Internet??? Don’t worry! You can tell us all about it by e-mailing us!” Yikes.

The Obama Joker Poster:
L.A. Weekly Wets Itself over Obama Joker Poster (Hot Air)
Department of Double Standards
Sundries Shack: The Riddler Might Have Been a Better Choice
It’s Really Wrong to Depict a Politician as the Joker (Deceiver)
Why So Spurious? (Jim Treacher)
The Anchoress: Obama as the Joker

My opinion about the matter: The people complaining about this poster are the same people who portrayed Bush as Hitler (Or, even The Joker) for 8 years, and they need to quit their whining. However, something about the poster irks me. I get that the artist is trying to say that Obama is a clown, but the Joker has a distinct personality and character that isn’t representative of Obama. For one, the Joker is an anarchist, not a socialist. He’s also a homicidal maniac. I’ve seen better posters (and icons!), but I applaud the artist for his/her creative Photoshop job and use of free expression.

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Knoxville Tea Party

Just got back from the Knoxville Tea Party. It was kind of gray and chilly outside today, but it wasn’t raining, and the grayness didn’t keep people away. I am horrible at estimating numbers of people, so I have no idea how many people were there, but the Amphitheater at World’s Fair Park was packed, people were standing outside on all sides of it, and there were people across the little pond. People were also on the steps that went behind the amphitheater stage and went down to the pond, but I definitely wasn’t that brave.

There were people of all ages there. I saw a lot of “Don’t Tread on Me” flags, plenty of American Flags, and dozens and dozens of interesting, creative signs. Many of them were anti-Obama, but most of them were anti-big government. The overlying message was anti-spending and anti-big government, and there were several signs decrying Bush’s and the rest of the Republican Party’s spending along with Obama and the Democrats. The amphitheater was already full when I got there (around 3:30 pm), and I’m about 5’2″, so I couldn’t see or hear a lot of the speakers, but I did hear a bit of the UT College Republicans President and some of the UT Finance Professor.

People were passionate about the issues (taxing, spending, big government), they were clever and creative, and they were friendly. There was a small group of pro-Obama counter-protesters passing out handouts with “facts” on them (I didn’t get a copy, but I wish I had), and some people engaged them in conversation/debate, while others just walked past them. Neither the Tea Partiers nor the counter-protesters were rude to one another—nobody got in anyone’s face and or yelled at each other. That doesn’t mean there weren’t obnoxious little douchebags there—I did see a college-age (?) guy with a poster that had a giant penis and balls on it and the word “Teabag?” Ew. But they were in the minority. Representative Stacey Campfield showed up later in the afternoon (in his New Balance sneakers…), but I didn’t see him speak, so I’m not sure whether he actually did. Overall, I think it was a successful protest for everyone. I wish someone had been there with me, but I still had fun. It was nice to be around so many small-government proponents. I hope everyone who went to their respective Tea Parties had a fun, safe time, and if you didn’t make it this time, maybe you can come around on July 4. (They were taking names and contact information in preparation for the July 4th protest.)

Here are some pictures; the rest are on Flickr:

“Knoxville Tea Party” on Flickr

EDIT: Derek posted his report and pictures from the Franklin Tea Party.

Derek Deweese: “A spot of tea seems to be in order”

Excerpt:

“As long as you are breathing, there is a way to make things work. It might suck for a while, and you might have to sell your nice car and tv. You might need to go from filet mignon, to beefaroni, and caviar to carryout. Your standard of living will change, but that should be motivation to work harder and vow to return to the higher standard once you can afford it.”

I think I’m going to go to the Tea Party tomorrow in World’s Fair Park to mingle and take pictures. It starts at 3:00 pm and runs until 6:00 pm. I fully support what these protests stand for: a small, fiscally responsible government. I’m tired of people who complain about how what they have isn’t good enough and how they’re entitled to something better. I’m tired of people who refuse to work for anything, and I’m sick of having a government that gives people an incentive not to work.

My father has worked two (or more) jobs since I was in high school. He worked for a company helping people adapt to the Y2K computer transition but got laid off shortly thereafter. My mother has been unemployed for nearly two years; she has gone to dozens and dozens of interviews, but she still hasn’t gotten a job. She was working retail, but was replaced after she had hip-replacement surgery last July. My family’s financial situation isn’t great right now, but we’re working through it. We’re not asking the government for money or whining about the “rich people” who have “too much money.” We don’t believe that people should be forced to give up what they worked hard earning. We know that government isn’t the solution, it’s the problem, and we don’t blame other people for our misfortunes. Yet we’re the ones paying for those who don’t pay taxes, refuse to work at a job they feel is “beneath” them, and feel entitled to a house they can’t pay for. Why? Why should I be forced to support someone’s unsustainable lifestyle and encourage them not to change?

I believe in equal opportunity, not equal results. I believe that the government should answer to the people—not the other way around. I believe that the party in power is doing everything it can to stifle dissent by pointing fingers and whining about not being “bipartisan.” The government is spending too much and is injecting itself into too much of society. It’s high time that people stand up against government excess in any form, and it’s high time the politicians listen to US, their constituents.

This is why I’m going to the Tea Party; it’s not because I’m racist or hate poor people (uh.. hi, grad student here, living off of loans.) It’s not because I’m butthurt because the Democrats are in power or because Fox News is paying me to be there. It’s because I believe in small government and want to let Washington know that I refuse to pay for all of their nonsense.


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