Right Wing Astroturf Bull Hockey: Let’s Talk Tea Party Truth

Jenny Erikson

jenny erikson
Jenny Erikson
Despite what Liberals will have you believe, this right-wing activist, writer, and podcaster is not raking in the dough. I don't even make enough money to pay for childcare, which means that this article is being written while two little girls climb me like blonde mountain goats.

I've been involved in tea parties; I've handed out fliers, I've held signs, and I've even spoken at them. I'm still waiting for that check from the supposedly well-funded tea party leaders.

I'll let you in on a secret: There is no "leader" of the tea party movement. Tea parties were born out of the frustration felt by everyday Americans, who simply didn't want to see their hard-earned dollars go to cocaine-snorting monkeys, let alone to pay for other people's health insurance.

True tea parties -- community protests -- are local groups of people coming together in public places to peacefully show their displeasure over how our elected and appointed officials are representing us. What a gorgeous American display of first amendment rights. Hillary Clinton said it best when she threw her support behind citizens that dared to protest their government:

"I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration, somehow you're not patriotic and we should stand up and say, ‘We are America and we have a right to debate and disagree with any administration!'"

So I get irritated when The New Yorker runs a piece on the Koch brothers titled "Covert Operations: The billionaire brothers who are waging a war against Obama."

I get even more irritated when The Huffington Post links to the article with the headline: Charles Koch & David Koch, Billionaire Brothers, Bankroll Tea Party.

I hate to break it to the liberal rags, but no one is waging a war on Obama, and no one is bankrolling the tea party. Opposing someone's policies and doing your best to block them does not amount to war, and just because some rich guys support the same cause as a grassroots movement, it doesn't mean they're bankrolling it.

If these uppity liberal journalists continue to believe, despite all evidence to the contrary, that the rapid wave of conservatism overtaking the country is bankrolled by a couple of billionaires, I'd encourage them to look up George Soros.

After all, only Tila Tequila can have it both ways.

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