Get ready for round two with the Tea Parties. There is a website out there that is encouraging people to crash the Tea Party conventions that will occur on 4/15, tax day. The site wants its members to: “exaggerate their least appealing qualities (misspelled protest signs, wild claims in TV interviews, etc.) to further distance them from mainstream America and damage the public’s opinion of them. We will also use the inside information that we have gained in order to disrupt and derail their plans.”
Will it work? It may, and here’s why. Anyone who has attended a Tea Party convention knows that the misinformed media has mischaracterized the citizens who have attended these rallies. The people who attend these rallies are, more often than not, not Ivy League elitists from the Northeast. The people who attend these rallies are not franchise style Democrats that protest with ugly words, mean spirits, hateful signs and angry shouts. The worst you will see is the occasional ‘Obama is a Nazi’ placard, and the occasional ‘Obama is a socialist’ placard. You will see Rush Limbaugh placards, Sarah Palin placards, Ayn Rand placards, Republican placards, Libertarian placards, and Ron Paul placards. You will see happy people that talk to you about their country, their beliefs, their kids, their dogs, and their way of life. You will see people who laugh, clap and sing, and then when you get home you will see that the people around you are hateful, bigoted homophobes that want to see the destruction of their country. Up to this point, you have seen very little video of the Tea Party. I have seen select members who provide the misinformed media with the anecdotal evidence of what they believe a Tea Party member is all about, but you would have a tough time finding these people on the convention grounds.
These crashers promise to provide these examples for the media. These crashers promise to do interviews and misspeak. These crashers promise to misspell signs. They promise to exaggerate what they (misinformed media et al.) believe Tea Party members to be. Will the misinformed media mention that this interviewee is a possible crasher, they will not. They will hold up Joe Smith from Wisconsin as the atypical Tea Party member, and they will all laugh at us to try and discredit the movement. Will they be successful, I guess that all depends on how skeptical you are of the media.