Seht zu diesem Thema auch den Blogartikel vom 14.6.2012 mit dem Titel “Leader Of ‘Non-Racist’ Tea Party Tells Racist Joke, Gets Big Laugh From ‘Non-Racist’ Tea Party Crowd (AUDIO)” in “addictinginfo.org“.
Seht zu diesem rassistischen Witz von Inge Marler (einer mittlerweile zurückgetretenen Tea-Party-Führerin aus Arkansas) auch den Artikel vom 14.6.2012 mit dem Titel “Inge Marler, Arkansas Tea Party Leader, Makes Racist Joke At Event” in der “Huffington Post“.
In diesem Artikel findet ihr zahlreiche Bilder von Tea-Party-Mitgliedern, die bei ihren Demonstrationen Schilder und Spruchbänder mit rassistischen Inhalten (oft im Zusammenhang mit Barack Obama) hochhalten. Und ihr findet in diesem Artikel auch ein ziemlich verrücktes Tea-Party-Werbevideo.
Seht zu dieser Sache auch den Artikel vom 15.6.2012 mit dem Titel “Inge Marler, Arkansas Tea Party Leader, Resigns After Racist Joke“, ebenfalls in der “Huffington Post“.
In dem schon weiter oben von mir erwähnten Blogartikel vom 14.6.2012 mit dem Titel “Leader Of ‘Non-Racist’ Tea Party Tells Racist Joke, Gets Big Laugh From ‘Non-Racist’ Tea Party Crowd (AUDIO)” in “addictinginfo.org” wird eine Studie der Universität Washington erwähnt.
Diese Studie mit dem Titel “2010 Multi-State Survey of Race & Politics” des “Institute for the Study of Ethnicity, Race and Sexuality” ist im WWW aufzufinden.
Wir erfahren in dieser Studie unter anderem: “Many believed that the election of Barack Obama brought to a close the long, painful, and ugly history of race and racism in the United States. But as the incident with Henry Louis Gates last summer, and the more recent outbursts of the Tea Party activists suggest, racial divisions remain. Which is closer to the truth? A recent survey directed by University of Washington political scientist Christopher Parker, finds that America is definitely not beyond race. For instance, the Tea Party, the grassroots movement committed to reining in what they perceive as big government, and fiscal irresponsibility, also appear predisposed to intolerance. Approximately 45% of Whites either strongly or somewhat approve of the movement. Of those, only 35% believe Blacks to be hardworking, only 45 % believe Blacks are intelligent, and only 41% think that Blacks are trustworthy. Perceptions of Latinos aren’t much different. While 54% of White Tea Party supporters believe Latinos to be hardworking, only 44% think them intelligent, and even fewer, 42% of Tea Party supporters believe Latinos to be trustworthy. When it comes to gays and lesbians, White Tea Party supporters also hold negative attitudes. Only 36% think gay and lesbian couples should be allowed to adopt children, and just 17% are in favor of same-sex marriage”.
Und nun zu den Drahtziehern der “Tea-Party-Bewegung“, den Koch-Brüdern: Wenn ihr wissen wollt, was die Koch-Brüder in den USA auf politischer Ebene treiben und welchen heimlichen Krieg sie nicht zuletzt gegen Barack Obama und seine Regierung führen, dann lest auch mal in Ruhe den Artikel vom 30.9.2010 mit dem Titel “Covert Operations: The billionaire brothers who are waging a war against Obama” im renommierten amerikanischen Magazin “The New Yorker” durch.
Was die Koch-Brüder und speziell die “Tea-Party-Bewegung” angeht: Seht hierzu zum Beispiel auch den Artikel vom 30.12.2011 des amerikanischen Journalisten Tommy Mack mit dem Titel “Tea Party: A Koch Industry” in “Blogcritics.org“.
Wir erfahren in diesem Artikel unter anderem: “Let’s call a spade a spade. Let’s call the Tea Party the Koch Party. The Koch Party is the tail that is wagging the GOP’s lead dog, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH).
The billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch bankrolled Tea Party groups from their beginning in addition to funding FreedomWorks, Americans for Prosperity, and Citizens for a Sound Economy. The Kochs have been referred to as “the financial engine of the Tea Party.” Their agenda opposes the extension of unemployment benefits, opposes a federal deficit, and calls for a freeze on federal regulations regarding oil, mining, and financial concerns.
As the New Yorker reported, “In Washington, [David] Koch is best known as part of a family that has repeatedly funded stealth attacks on the federal government and on the Obama Administration in particular.” (…).
The Koch Party has had a strategy for the 2012 election. In order to thwart the re-election of President Barack Obama, it has exercised considerable effort to keep unemployment high and to restrain economic growth. The effect has been for the House of Representatives to abdicate its legislative responsibilities to the Senate and to foment a split between the two chambers”.
Wir erfahren im Wikipedia-Artikel zu Astroturfing unter anderem: “Astroturfing refers to political, advertising or public relations campaigns that are designed to mask the sponsors of the message to give the appearance of coming from a disinterested, grassroots participant. Astroturfing is intended to give the statements the credibility of an independent entity by withholding information about the source’s financial connection. The term is a derivation of AstroTurf, a brand of synthetic carpeting designed to look like natural grass.”
Seht hierzu auch den Artikel vom 25.10.2010 von George Monbiot mit dem Titel “The Tea Party movement: deluded and inspired by billionaires” in der britischen Tageszeitung “The Guardian“.
Wir erfahren in diesem Artikel unter anderem: “The Tea Party movement is remarkable in two respects. It is one of the biggest exercises in false consciousness the world has seen – and the biggest Astroturf operation in history. These accomplishments are closely related.
An Astroturf campaign is a fake grassroots movement: it purports to be a spontaneous uprising of concerned citizens, but in reality it is founded and funded by elite interests. Some Astroturf campaigns have no grassroots component at all. Others catalyse and direct real mobilisations. The Tea Party belongs in the second category. It is mostly composed of passionate, well-meaning people who think they are fighting elite power, unaware that they have been organised by the very interests they believe they are confronting. We now have powerful evidence that the movement was established and has been guided with the help of money from billionaires and big business. Much of this money, as well as much of the strategy and staffing, were provided by two brothers who run what they call “the biggest company you’ve never heard of”.
Charles and David Koch own 84% of Koch Industries, the second-largest private company in the United States. It runs oil refineries, coal suppliers, chemical plants and logging firms, and turns over roughly $100bn a year; the brothers are each worth $21bn. The company has had to pay tens of millions of dollars in fines and settlements for oil and chemical spills and other industrial accidents. The Kochs want to pay less tax, keep more profits and be restrained by less regulation. Their challenge has been to persuade the people harmed by this agenda that it’s good for them.
In July 2010, David Koch told New York magazine: “I’ve never been to a Tea Party event. No one representing the Tea Party has ever even approached me.” But a fascinating new film – (Astro)Turf Wars, by Taki Oldham – tells a fuller story. Oldham infiltrated some of the movement’s key organising events, including the 2009 Defending the American Dream summit, convened by a group called Americans for Prosperity (AFP). The film shows David Koch addressing the summit. “Five years ago,” he explains, “my brother Charles and I provided the funds to start Americans for Prosperity. It’s beyond my wildest dreams how AFP has grown into this enormous organisation.”
A convener tells the crowd how AFP mobilised opposition to Barack Obama’s healthcare reforms. “We hit the button and we started doing the Twittering and Facebook and the phonecalls and the emails, and you turned up!” Then a series of AFP organisers tell Mr Koch how they have set up dozens of Tea Party events in their home states. He nods and beams from the podium like a chief executive receiving rosy reports from his regional sales directors. Afterwards, the delegates crowd into AFP workshops, where they are told how to run further Tea Party events”.