Monthly Archives: April 2010

Crashing the Tea Party?

Recently it was brought to my attention that someone has registered a domain and (sort of) created a web site called crashtheteaparty.org. Understandably, the claims on the site raised some eyebrows with people on my side of the political fence. So I investigated this page myself and these are my observations.

The primary question is one that the vigilant have already pondered…whether or not Tea Party events have been infiltrated or would be at some point, for the purpose of staging some wicked behavior that might validate the unfounded yet incessant criticism that the tea parties are dangerous (filled with whatever “ist” and “phobe” happens to evoke the most concern with the focus group that day). To me, it’s not been a question of if there would be an attempted infiltration of the aforementioned sort, but rather when. If you review how the media narratives have evolved since the PPACA (AKA “Obamacare”) passed on March 21, you’ll see a progressive pattern of slander that, to the consternation of its authors, has yielded no fruit thus far. Desperation breeds intensity, so I’ve been expecting an increase of media creativity to try to advance the storyline.

The “crash” site would be the most obvious example of suggested surreptitious activity, if it does in fact represent some form of organized attempt to smear the Tea Party from within via staged mischief. The quality of the site calls into question how organized it is. Let’s take a closer look…

A WHOIS (whois.net) search reveals that the site is registered to Ben Franklin of Philadelphia. The registrant’s phone number does have what I understand to be a valid area code (215) for Philly. I did not call the number to see who answered.

In the section entitled WHO WE ARE, the page boasts an implausibly big tent that is:

sick and tired of that loose affiliation of racists, homophobes, and morons; who constitute the fake grass-roots movement which calls itself “The Tea Party.”

Their mission is fastidiously faithful to the conventional media narrative of “racists and homophobes” and as such it references racist first, then homophobe, as dictated by the template. Correct me if I’m wrong, but shouldn’t it be “McVeigh” instead of “moron” for the tertiary insult?

When was the last time you registered a site in the name of a founding father for the express purpose of destroying something you considered fake?

The crashers’ section for WHAT WE WANT is to “To dismantle and demolish the Tea Party” but I’m not certain how you demolish something by infiltrating it secretly, which is the lead tactic for HOW WE WILL SUCCEED. That objective gets a little murky due to the suboptimal sentence structure, but it includes something about how they will “propagate (The Tea Party’s) pre-existing propensity for paranoia and suspicion” and also features a claim to have already done some preliminary reconnaissance. The flurry of “pr” words in the same sentence is either an alliterative masterpiece or evidence that the author didn’t want to leave that page in the dictionary. There’s a curious paucity of ambitious verbiage elsewhere on the page.

The HOW WE WILL SUCCEED section continues, and claims that the crashers will, whenever possible (they apparently haven’t had any previous opportunities), “act on behalf of the Tea Party in ways which exaggerate their least appealing qualities” including misspelled signs and wild claims. I suppose the misspelled sign is the one referring to “Obuma” although the “bum” portion might well have been intentional. If so, it could arguably be impolitic, but not misspelled. They didn’t cite any examples of either misspellings or wild claims. The author appears to be parroting generic statements, rather than bringing new specifics to the discussion.

The last part of the home page takes you to a cafepress.com page selling shirts whose wording reads “crash the tea party” and would not be my first choice for disguise if I wanted to infiltrate the Tea Party…

There’s a reference on that page to being the “coolest kid” at various imagined functions, perhaps indicating that the author is quite young.

Interestingly enough, that link asks you an essential question: Are you a Capitalist or a Socialist?

Mr. Franklin, who registered the domain, is not a capitalist; he hates capitalism so much he refuses to use capital letters in the registration address. Of the three words in the address, the first is numeric, and neither of the remaining two words is properly capitalized. Either he is not the same person who wrote the blurb on the home page, or he is a hypocrite. Improper punctuation and capitalization are, by most scoring methods, misspellings.

The point I’m trying to make is that the author of the crasher mission has not demonstrated a mastery of composition that justified his suggestion that an entire movement of patriotic people is less literate than he is.

Even so, I don’t underestimate opponents. While this threat may not be credible, I’d rather err on the side of caution.

Therefore, I would recommend increased vigilance to my fellow Tea Party types. If there is an outrageous act reported at Tea Party events (or anyone’s rally for that matter) in the next couple weeks, we know who to blame first. Spread the word and be ready to cite this page’s bold claims at the first suggestion of untoward behavior.

But I’m not counting on it. This site is amateurish, aspiring to but never achieving “ready for prime time” literacy in any of the declarations made in its 1997-era web design. This could have easily been thrown together by someone’s nephew in his high school computer class. Unless it is intentionally trying to disarm us by disguising the actual efficacy of crasher personnel, there’s nothing to fear but fear itself.

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