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The Enemy?

August 15th, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Read this quote from an e-mail newsletter I received yesterday and guess where it’s from:

Where is the integrity or authority in a government which steadfastly disrespects the people and will not hear our voices? It is up to those of us in this movement to change the political system that continuously returns the wrong representation to Washington. When the opportunity presents itself to make a difference to change this trend we should not miss doing so. If you wish to improve your trust and networking with the like-minded, discuss our common endeavors, and the next steps forward, there is no substitute for meeting face to face.

Rings true, doesn’t it? The government disrespects and ignores its people, the political system constantly sends the wrong kind of people to Washington, and the only way to fight this trend is to network, organize, and meet face to face. So which organization is this message coming from?

If you guessed the Tea Party Nation—congratulations, you’ve won the Grand Prize.

That’s right, this is from the Tea Party newsletter that I started receiving ever since infiltrating their website to find the page that specifically asks for pictures and videos of Hispanics behaving badly. That’s a disgraceful tactic and I called them out on it, but I can’t help but feel that there’s more common ground between us and them than we care to acknowledge.

Granted, the various Tea Party groups are usually funded and controlled by corporate interests, but the people at the grassroots level of the movement are suffering from the same broken system as we are, and they are just as frustrated. The only difference is that they’re being manipulated into directing their anger at the left instead of at the people who are really responsible for their misfortunes—the same people who fund the Tea Party!

If it were up to me I’d say we put aside our differences on social issues and reach out to the conservative movement to unite with us on economic issues—to combine forces and fight the real enemy, which are the powerful corporate interests who own Washington and use it to funnel wealth from the middle class to their private coffers. They are harming conservatives just as much as they’re harming liberals and we’re never going to be able to fight them effectively unless we stop fighting each other.

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