Tea Party Crashers
This episode was filmed at the Escondido, CA, Tax Day Tea Party on 15 April 2010.
I’ve been watching this for a while – groups that have plans to crash the Tea Parties planned for April 15. Michelle Malkin gives a pretty good rundown of the one group in particular that has gotten my attention. They call themselves the “Tea Party Crashers“. You’ll love their action plan. Saying they plan on infiltrating the TP, they will then attempt to discredit, or as they say “dismantle and demolish” the TP by whatever “nonviolent means necessary”. That leaves the field pretty wide open, but as you read on down, the plan is plainly stated. First they define the TP as a “loose affiliation of racists, homophobes and morons; who constitute a fake grass-roots movement”. The left has attempted to lay those labels on the TP since its beginning and the Tea Party Crashers plan to try to make them finally stick:
Whenever possible we will act on behalf of the Tea Party in ways which exaggerate their least appealing qualities (mispelled protest signs, wild claims during TV interviews, etc.) to further distance them from mainstream America and damage the public’s opinion of them. We will also use inside information that we have gained in order to disrupt and derail their plans.
Tea Party Crashers claims it has already infiltrated TP meetings, thus the claim they’ll use “inside information” to accomplish their goals of disruption and derailing TP plans.
Malkin identifies the head of Tea Party Crashers as Jason Levin. She also uses a personal example of how this sort of smear has been accomplished in the past:
I speak from direct experience about the underhandedness of Tea Party smear merchants. On Feb. 17, 2009, at one of the country’s first tax revolt rallies in Denver, 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 later learned from the character assassins at Progress Now, a left-wing outfit that just happened to be there and just happened to snap a close-up photo of the interaction, that the man pulled out a sign at the last minute (which I didn’t see until later) 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.
That cameraperson just happened to be a former CNN producer, whose blog post on the photo just happened to be immediately disseminated by the local press and to the hit men at the radical-left Media Matters website. The narrative was set: A conservative supporter of the nascent Tea Party movement posed for a photo with a man holding up a swastika at a protest against out-of-control spending! Ergo, the anti-stimulus protesters and the entire Tea Party membership are all racist, fascist menaces to society!
The point of exposing this now is to make it clear that every single solitary unacceptable sign, vulgar or “racist” slur, etc. that is seen or heard at the TP rallies tomorrow should immediately be suspect and, quite frankly, blamed on these guys. And, per Levin, since this has supposedly been going on for a while, it is just as likely that if there actually were racist and anti-gay slurs thrown around on the day of the health care reform bill’s passage, it is entirely possible that those too were hurled by the Tea Party Crashers.
As for the TP – get plenty of pictures and videos whenever you see something that casts your group in a bad light. Then get them up on the ‘net. Someone will recognize the person shouting the slur or holding the unacceptable sign. And someone will also know their background. TPers also need to visibly and loudly repudiate such people (as they did to the person who yelled an anti-gay slur at the HCR event) at the moment their utterance is made or their sign appears.
Polls now show a significant portion of the American public identify with the TP movement. This obviously is a blatant attempt to wrongfully discredit an organization simply because politically it is at odds with the big government left. Ironically, the publishing of the Tea Party Crasher’s agenda gives the TP plausible deniability, and the identification of people who attempt to carry out the Tea Party Crasher agenda with that group will inoculate the TP from many future assertions they’re anything other than small government, anti-tax and spending protesters.