Originally posted at American Thinker. blog
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Last year Nancy Pelosi dismissed the Tea Party movement, insisting Republican headquarters had orchestrated anti-healthcare demonstrations at town hall meetings. Then Speaker Pelosi, unabashed in her disparagement of Tea Party protesters, maintained that many of the “opponents who [were] shutting down civil discussions [were] organized by out-of-district, extremist political groups, and industry-supported lobbying firms.”
When Pelosi said: “Many of these opponents … shutting down civil discussion are organized by out-of-district, extremist political groups, and industry-supported lobbying firms,” Ms. Nancy could have been describing the present state of affairs in frenzied Wisconsin.
Before opening her mouth, Nancy Pelosi should monitor what goes on inside her head. It doesn’t take a genius to realize that those suspicious of others are usually projecting their own tactics onto the people they accuse.
Partisan Pelosi maintained, “The Republican Party directs a lot of what the Tea Party does, but not everybody in the Tea Party takes direction from the Republican Party. And so there was a lot of, shall we say, Astroturf, as opposed to grassroots.” Astroturf’ is a DC “euphemism for a corporate public relations campaign disguised to look like a grassroots citizen movement.”
When it comes to campaigns “disguised to look like grass roots movements,” Pelosi should look no further than the DNC and the political arm of the Obama campaign, Organizing for America, both of whom have their fingerprints all over the busing of rowdy protesters to the Wisconsin capital to voice resistance to Governor Scott Walker’s attempt to balance the budget.
It is easy to see the fracas is a formally organized effort, especially when listening to demonstrators who, other than getting a day off from school, don’t know why they’re on a spur-of-the-moment field trip, wearing a red T-shirt or storming the Madison Bastille.
In an attempt to remedy fiscal disaster caused in part by supporting entitlements, Obama and Pelosi seek a fix by penalizing innocent Americans and placing the nation under the weight of undue tax burdens. Moreover, if a Republican attempts to save the sinking ship by throwing unsustainable weight overboard, rather than accepting responsibility for the mess, ‘Astroturf’ politicians demonize the people attempting to prevent disaster.
Thus, Nancy’s sentiments about opposing the Wisconsin governor’s effort to address a $3.6 billion budget shortfall are quite different from her criticism of Tea Party activists expressing opposition to Barack Obama’s healthcare reform. Rather than acknowledging the “Astroturf” aspect of the coordinated Wisconsin Revolt, the House Minority Leader, along with the President, side with an unruly mob that refuses to do what Obama demands of everyone else, which is “‘to give a little bit‘ to solve the nation’s fiscal problem.”
Tea Party activists rejected Obamacare and were labeled a “mob scene” by a gavel-toting Nancy Pelosi strutting forth in brazen defiance of popular opinion. However, in Pelosi’s view, Democrats walking out of work, swarming a state capital, carrying hateful, uncivil signage and rejecting modest proposals to address crushing budget deficits are all laudable qualities and “an extraordinary show of democracy in action.”
Chief union /community organizer Barack Obama continues to make rules liberal constituencies are not required to follow. Obama and Pelosi’s unflinching support for union thugs and defiant protesters can be directly traced to who “shares” and who “pockets” wealth. Democrat supporters refuse to relinquish even small percentages of income to balance the budget. In turn, Obama-style wealth sharing is automatically taken off the collective bargaining table and in return Democrats purchase power through what Nancy Pelosi defines as “Democracy in action.”