Al "Jazeera" Gore is a philandering fool, a bloated windbag and a loser who built a news network and sold it to the radicals. Why should anybody listen to anything he says? Which is precisely the question I asked when I read today that Al Gore ha written a book and some articles trying to discredit the TEA party.
Here is what one blogger "reports" about what fat Al has to say.
The “Tea Party” is a movement fabricated by certain plutocratic corporate interests to maintain themselves as relatively tax free and maintain control over the fiscal state of our country. [I'm writing today] in light of a post by Al Gore at Huffington Post, publicizing his new book which deals with the back-story of the creation of the “Tea Party” and its negative influence upon our country. Some of Al Gores’ evidence and that forming the basis of my original guest blog overlap, but the important difference is he’s Al Gore, former Vice President and a centrist. I on the other hand am merely an aging ex-hippy, who remains a political radical. [Mike Spindell at Turley]
Read the rest of the article above and chew on that piece of rancid fat if you desire. Or you might wander over to Rolling Stone and catch their take on the whole TEA party movement.
Conventional wisdom holds that the Tea Party movement emerged as a result of grassroots anger against the government in 2009. We've known for some time that the real story is more complicated. An awful lot of big money, including from the infamous Koch Industries and other corporate sources, helped fund and direct the movement. But that's not all. A new peer-reviewed study, published in the journal Tobacco Control and funded by the National Cancer Institute, found that the Tea Party's origin story involves another extremely troubling major character: Big Tobacco.
The Tobacco Control study cites a 1995 memo by another tobacco strategist, calling for the industry to "quarterback behind the scenes, third-party efforts" that would support its agenda. In 2002, Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE), which had received funding from the tobacco industry since the late Eighties, set up a website for the "US Tea Party." The tobacco-funded organization later split to become Americans for Prosperity and Freedom Works – two groups still closely associated with the Tea Party as we now know it. According to the study's authors, both groups "continue to advocate on behalf of the tobacco industry's anti-tax, anti-regulation agenda." [Rolling Stone]
While neither of these sources is likely to appeal to the conservatives in the crowd, nevertheless it is a good idea to sometimes stand around the outside of a tent and listen to what is being preached. If you don't know what the enemy thinks of you, you might underestimate how hard they will fight.