In Today's 'tea party' protests are hardly grassroots events Yael writes:
These aren’t exactly grassroots events. They have been organized or hyped largely by conservative-leaning groups, Republican politicians and others opposed to the Obama administration’s plans to get the U.S. economy back on track and to clean up many of the financial messes left by former President George Bush.
Apparently Yael has some uncommon knowledge about the emergence of a Republican version of George Soros, who founded Moveon.org to organize protests against conservative policies. Or maybe there's a new ACORN-like association of non-partisan conservative community organizers that is receiving millions of dollars a year from the federal government so they can bus in paid protesters to the home's of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac executives.
While protests against taxes and spending are time-tried rituals, these aren’t exactly on target given the nation’s current crisis.
Ah, so if the country is in a financial crisis the concerned citizenry should just shut up and let their benevolent Democrat leaders take care of things...
Funny thing though, less than 24 hours ago Yael wrote on his blog:
Organizers of the KC area "tea parties" on Wednesday are ready for people to mock their cause. If I could figure out what that cause is, I might join in.
While Yael had no idea what the Tax Day Tea Party's were about yesterday, he seems to not only have deciphered their cryptic intent, but uncovered a vast right-wing conspiracy to convince millions of people nationwide to hold hundreds of independent, "hardly grassroots" protests. Now we understand how Yael has managed to dodge the continual bloodletting at the Star, his crack journalism skills.
Finally, about the more than 2000 Tax Day Tea Parties being held, not just nationwide, but around the globe, he writes:
It’s savvy political theater, but not much else.
I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
History by apprising [citizens] of the past will enable them to judge of the future; it will avail them of the experience of other times and other nations; it will qualify them as judges of the actions and designs of men; it will enable them to know ambition under every disguise it may assume; and knowing it, to defeat its views.
- Thomas Jefferson