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Tea Baggers and Birchers?

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

By Jayne Lyn Stahl
CounterPunch


By now, word has gotten out that FreedomWorks, the right wing organization chaired by Dick Armey, that advocates for lower taxes, and smaller government, is the same group behind tea baggers who opposed Obama's stimulus plan. Protests against the $787 billion congressional bailouts have been widely linked to Rep. Armey, and the Washington, D.C. nonprofit. But, it doesn't stop there.
 
If you take a look at at who is behind the so-called Tea Parties, co-founders and major funders of FreedomWorks Charles and David Koch, it is plain as day that the same forces that declared another young, progressive president, John F. Kennedy, to be a traitor are behind the effort to take down the Obama presidency.

Who are Charles and David Koch? They are the sons of Fred Koch, of Koch Industries, a company whose name has come to be synonymous with big oil in America. Charles and David Koch may be found, too, on Forbes list of twenty wealthiest people in the world,. The Koch brothers are heirs not just to Fred Koch's vast fortune, but to his pet project the far right wing John Birch Society. Back then, as reported by Exiled Online, Los Angeles was regarded by many as the "heartland" of the Birch Society.

So, it should come as no surprise then that it was at the Hollywood Paladium, back in 1961, that JFK warned against those "fringes of our society who have sought to escape their own responsibility by finding a simple solution, an appealing slogan or a convenient scapegoat...They equate the Democratic Party with the welfare state, the welfare state with socialism, and socialism with communism. They objet quite rightly to politics intruding on the military--but they are anxious for the military to engage in politics." Sound familiar? How about this: "Rightists Picket Kennedy Speech--3,000 Parade in Los Angeles in Orderly Demonstration," some carrying signs reading "Disarmament is suicide," and "Veto Tito." (NYT, November, 1961)...(Remainder.)

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