Crashing, not debating, the Tea Party
Agroup named Crashtheparty.org is planning on attending Tea Party rallies around the country pretending to be party members. The strategy is to behave outrageously on Tax Day to provide fodder for the media, which likes to portray opponents to the Obama presidency as fringe radicals. The plot is part of the typical liberal playbook to silence opposition to the left-wing agenda.
The party crashers already have dropped into Tea Party meetings and rallies to stake out vulnerabilities. According to Jason Levin, head of Crashtheparty.org, the group has affiliates in 65 cities across the land. He unconvincingly claims that his group’s bizarre antics will simply reflect the hidden views of Tea Partiers. “Do I think most of them are homophobes, racists or morons? Absolutely,” Mr. Levin told Associated Press.
The saboteurs’ Web site leaves no doubt about the methods being employed. “Whenever possible, we will act on behalf of the Tea Party in ways which exaggerate their least appealing qualities (misspelled signs, wild claims in TV interviews, etc.) to further distance them from mainstream America and damage the public’s opinion of them,” the site informs. “We will also use the inside information that we have gained in order to disrupt and derail their plans. Sounds like fun? It is!! If you’d like to join us, just click on the word ‘crash!’ below.”
For the most part, the liberal media plays along with the Democrats’ disinformation campaigns. Take allegations by Rep. John Lewis, Georgia Democrat, that he heard protesters chanting the N-word “15 times” at a March 20 protest at the U.S. Capitol. Despite dozens of video recordings of the event, there is no evidence to back up Mr. Lewis’ story. Numerous videos show Tea Party members yelling “kill the bill,” but none shows a single protester chanting that awful racial epithet.
The lawmaker’s charge is so dubious that Andrew Breitbart has offered a $100,000 reward to anyone with proof that Mr. Lewis is telling the truth. No one has stepped forward to claim the cash. This lack of verification hasn’t kept the media from continuously repeating the prejudicial tale.
“They can’t actually debate our message, and that’s their problem,” explains Bob MacGuffie, an organizer for a Tea Party group with members in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey. The Democrats’ desperation shows that Mr. MacGuffie is right on target. Polls show the American public is angry about the explosion of government power during the Obama presidency and Democratic control of Congress. Liberals in power don’t have thoughtful responses to popular criticism, so they are trying to ostracize skeptical thought and intimidate those brave enough to stand against the bureaucratic juggernaut.