The Big Scam
Last week, Politico made a big splash when they unearthed a memo that shed light on The Tea Party Express. While it offered no proof that the Tea Party movement itself was manufactured, it did offer definitive proof that the “Express” was the brainchild of a GOP operative who understandably expected the full cooperation of Fox News (the media arm of the Republican Party) in promoting the Express.
So I sat back and thought about this revelation and about my original suspicions that the Tea Party was hardly a true grassroots movement. Then I had an epiphany. Why should this surprise me? Americans are, by and large, intellectually and physically lazy. Unless someone works them up into a lather, most Americans don’t have time to give a damn. They’re just trying to make it day-to-day. Guess what? Not a conservative phenomenon.
Without David Plouffe, there would be no Barack Obama. Liberals didn’t get some grassroots word of mouth enthusiasm over Barack Obama. They were organized. This ability of the Obama campaign (Obama for America (OFA)) to get people out to the caucuses is well documented in the Heileman/Halperin book “Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime“. It took Hillary Clinton completely by surprise. By the time OFA was finished, Obama was an inspiration to millions of voters. It swept him into the White House. It was portrayed as grassroots but it was no more grassroots than the Tea Parties. Further proof can be found in how liberal support fizzled when OFA transformed into Organizing for America without Plouffe and as a subsidiary of the DNC. This was spelled out beautifully in Tim Dickinson’s article, “No, We Can’t” in Rolling Stone.
So the big scam is not that the Tea Party Express was manufactured by the GOP. The big scam is that we believe in grassroots efforts in this country where most folks read The National Enquirer and watch Jerry Springer. It’s okay to join a group and demand change. Don’t get me wrong. But let’s get real and admit we’re all being led by the nose by more powerful, better connected players.
The Real Boss
We all get caught up in the daily score keeping of politics. Is Obama the boss? Is Sarah Palin the big influence? Is Jesus Christ or Allah really running everything? Then once in a great while we are reminded who will have the last laugh. It will be, for lack of a better moniker, Mother Earth. The Earth is the ultimate bad “mother-shut-yo-mouth”. Just look over at Iceland. A glacier on fire. Who the hell ever imagined that? But Earth can serve up seemingly contradictory phenomena like this unmercifully. Who needs the mushroom cloud? Have you seen some of the pictures coming out of Iceland with the ginormous plume of ash rising out of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano? Air traffic hasn’t been this disrupted since 9/11. The terrorist this time is Mother Earth.
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This is just one of the many pictures coming out of Iceland. Many more can be found here. As little men threaten to annihilate each other with atomic, chemical and biological weapons, we lose sight of the fact that we are but an ant on the ass of the huge Earth. Earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, tsunamis and volcanoes prove time and time again that we are not in charge. We are not in control. She can cast us off with no warning and no remorse. And the only one badder than Mother Earth is the Universe in which she resides. A large meteor collision can wipe her clean of all signs of life. Eventually, when the Sun burns out as all stars do, Mother Earth will be no more.
So, as we continue to debate politics and religion and morality let’s not forget that a force much bigger than any political party or country will have the last laugh.