A Rally, but No Rival

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“This is true democracy and good old-fashioned organizing at work,” declared Leah Daughty, black liberation theologist and organizer of the One Nation Working Together march held Saturday, October 1st. The Washington D.C. rally was steeped in similar messaging: a progressive upswell is on the rise. Yet, with even a cursory look at the factors that made One Nation possible, Daughtry’s characterization is not just inaccurate — it’s laughable. Billed as a progressive counterpart to the populist Tea Party movement, the event in fact clears up any doubt over the well-funded, well-orchestrated, well-connected nature of the consortium of far-left organizations and activists in the country today. Grassroots on the fly isn’t that difficult of a feat.

Determining what exactly One Nation Working Together (ONWT) is, is a revealing process in its own right. Is it a rally? An organization? ONWT is noticeably evasive on this issue. The provenance of ONWT derives from the likeliest of left-wing wellsprings; the multimillion-dollar Tides Center. Not exactly an organization, ONWT is a “project” of the Tides Center, an organization closely affiliated with the equally well-provisioned Tides Foundation. Both are the brainchildren of radical activist and ACORN bailout-man Drummond Pike, and both have received millions of dollars over the years from George Soros’ Open Society Institute.

An enabler of left-wing astroturf, the Tides Center’s “core” service is providing “fiscal sponsorship” to progressive nonprofit startups. Although the center does not fund projects directly, Tides takes care of their management and administrative burdens. Projects are not independent entities in themselves, but rather “are” the Tides Center — as they put it — through which the projects/quasi-organizations receive the benefits of tax-exempt non-profit status.

As stated by the Tides Center itself, the ONWT project is clearly aimed at energizing and organizing far-left voters and the Left’s political infrastructure. The signature event, the ONWT march in Washington D.C., was designed to “lead into an intensive voter mobilization program for Election Day 2010.” Secondarily, ONWT is concerned with “push[ing] back” against the forces of “divisiveness and hatred” — i.e. the Tea Party — and offering a “healing alternative” to “summon people to a higher moral plane” — in other words, to present the facade of a grassroots counter-insurgence to rival right-wing populism. Not coincidentally, the project description makes special mention of the need to encourage voter participation from racial minorities, or as ONWT calls them “historically underrepresented groups and communities.” This demographic threw huge support to Barack Obama in 2008, but is not expected to make remotely as strong a turn out in the mid-term elections.

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  • bubba4

    I love how any criticism of a teaparty event is "attacking real Americans" but when there is a workers rally…they are all communists and shout be shat on.
    So where are the attendance numbers. FPM made such a big deal about how no one would come…now they don't mention it…so it must have been bigger than Becks'…I'll have to go look it up.

    That's probably why the new tact on saying they are well organized communists.

    "it seems there’s no comparison between the organic nature of the Tea Party movement and the spurious, manufactured left-wing populism witnessed over the weekend."

    Sure…sure…Dick Armey is just a regular citizen frustrated with high taxes.

    No one has ever heard of most of these organizations…that's how big and powerful they are. You've heard of all the major tea party organizations and they are all backed by big "conservative" money.

    As for the ONWT which no one heard anything about until it was used in this article…you know what these evil people believe in…

    1. Putting America Back to Work
    2. Quality, Affordable Public Education
    3. Equality for All

    Those b*stards!

    And to ad insult to injury, one of their interns once got a cup of coffee for a friend of a cousin of a guy who once was overheard saying by some guy that he was a communist. Proof enough for me.

    You know what Horowitz says…it only takes two commies to make a "network".

    • Rifleman

      What are these?
      http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2010/10/15-photo

      "Putting America Back to Work" – by raising unemployment.

      "Quality, Affordable, Public Education" – That's hilarious and speaks for itself, as the education system has neither quality or affordability.

      "Equality for all" – by hatchet, axe, and saw.

      Poor bubba, you really got your work cut out for you.

      • bubba4

        "Poor bubba, you really got your work cut out for you."

        I'll say…the cult thinking is thick as gravy around here. I think a professional deprogrammer would have a hard time with any of you one on one…I don't see me having any real effect here.

        Look at all the tools you guys have to reject whatever you want, smear whatever you want and change the argument whenever you want. All you really need is the lack of intellectual fortitude and honesty. Then you can make up facts or simply use your presumptions, shroud the "other" with one big boogeyman label, and claim whatever righteous attributes you want. I made some observations about the article and I got the whole toolbag thrown on top of me.

        Some posters call me a liar though there was nothing untrue in what I said…if anything it was my opinion.

        I'm "hypocricy bating"…not sure what that means, but it strikes me as a shield from being accused of being a hypocrite….or this gem:

        "We see how your jobs program is working, and screw your public education and racist anti-white policies."

        See…now their mine…whatever this poster doesn't like…it's mine. He didn't like my comment so it's all one big pile of other to him. That's just a sampling. Some of you are hopeless and don't even observe the most basic principles of arguing.

        This blog you link to…lets take this as an example. This blogger doesn't seem to know that socialism is not communism…that's why they have different words for them. Lets look at the first photo:

        "The SEIU arrives, courtesy of your tax dollars, one would presume."

        One would presume…yes of course. Why not. What is the SEIU? Anyone? Its the Service Employees International Union…they have 2.2 million members. So why our tax dollars…who cares…just presume it…it feels right.

        I have to cut it off here for fear of admin rejection.

      • bubba4

        "Poor bubba, you really got your work cut out for you."

        I'll say…the cult thinking is thick as gravy around here. I think a professional deprogrammer would have a hard time with any of you one on one…I don't see me having any real effect here.

        Look at all the tools you guys have to reject whatever you want, smear whatever you want and change the argument whenever you want. All you really need is the lack of intellectual fortitude and honesty. Then you can make up facts or simply use your presumptions, shroud the "other" with one big boogeyman label, and claim whatever righteous attributes you want. I made some observations about the article and I got the whole toolbag thrown on top of me.

        • Rifleman

          A "deprogrammer" wouldn't stand a chance with me because I think for myself.

          I was honest enough to answer you, on your strawman argument no less. You didn't even defend your strawman argument, much less answer me. Those are proud commies in those pictures bubba, now who's short on "intellectual fortitude and honesty?" Not me, and not even them, in this case.

          Face it and go beyond.

          • bubba4

            my post was getting rejected, so I had to cut it in half…oh well..

            What's the strawman again…do you know what this means?

            OMG, you mean not only everyone there but me personally is responsible if the Communist party wants to march somewhere? You know what a tiny fringe these guys are? You think by making everyone in the rally all communists that you are being honest?

            There are some proud communists in the US…you can look them up…they are proud….they have websites and mailing lists and sh*t…there they are. Until we pass a law saying you cant make a communist party then some dingbat will call himself a communist. But all union workers communists? All the people at this rally…communists? No wonder some of you are terrified of communist takeover…THEY'RE EVERYWHERE.

    • Fiddler

      Bubba thinks grass roots only applies to the left. We have turned a corner. Stop with your "hypocricy bating". You are so gone, you are self-decieved. YOUR government LOVES ignorance; sheeple, easily swayed. The ilk that runs your ideology are a bunch of slippery, slimy types who are so deluded as to figure that on slip up from the right is worth 100 of yours. As long as you can find one, that is equivalent. Saul Alinsky is decomposing in his grave. My the tired, persistant, childlike temper tantrums of the anarchists on the left match their smell: dead and rotting.

      • Marky

        The are not "anarchists" by definition. They are actually totalitarian leftits. Read more.

        • Rifleman

          True, but there are, and have been for decades, a lot of socialists calling themselves anarchists. Like the Libertarian party and even the GOP to some extent, they are heavily infiltrated by commies to influence and ultimately discredit. It's lenin 101.

        • Nick Shaw

          Oh my! Not the Totalitarian Leftits. Weren't they the League of Socialist Lactating Mothers in the 60's? Sorry Marky, just goofin' on ya'. Some days one needs a respite from the likes of bubba and his kin.

      • bubba4

        "Bubba thinks grass roots only applies to the left."

        No, I'm saying this article thinks it only applies to the Teaparty. But thanks for playing.

        Why don't you dress up a dummy, put a sign on him that read "leftist" and then you can beat the stuffing out of it and leave me out of your little drama.

        BTW: "Anarchist" was the smear a long time ago before "communist"…how old are you?

    • coyote3

      All things that the federal government has no power to do.

      • bubba4

        Good thing it's not a government agency…

        • Rifleman

          It's a lot more than one agency, bubba. It's agencies that get about three quarters of federal spending. That's a lot of spending for agencies that didn't even exist 80 years ago.

        • coyote3

          No they are not a government agency, but they are advocating government agencies, (derivative of congress) exercise power that they do not have. They are certainly not advocating that the free market do those thing, except if forced to do so, by the government.

    • davarino

      Wow, so you are a commie. Come on you can face up to it bubba, that way we can have an honest debate now, rather than you skirting the subject.

      And I thought you had a real business. Wait let me guess, its probably an NGO funded by Tides or Soros doing God knows what and you think your an entrepreneur fighting for the little guy.

      It only takes two commies to screw up a country.

  • Gunner57

    bubba4 you are a stinking liar. Did you see all the groups involved in organizing this event? Everyone from the Communist Party (CPUUSA) to every black militant group.

    They all believe "putting people back to work", "public education", and "equality" Yeah right.

    We see how your jobs program is working, and screw your public education and racist anti-white policies.

    We are going to beat you.

    • bubba4

      No, I didn't "see" the communists…or every black militant group…I mean how many could there be?

      I don't know what "all" anyone believes….but as far as the ONWT which was the chosen boogeyman for this article…those are their objectives. You weren't there..so don't feel like you need to pass on your impression of artices like this one as your own opinion or experience.

      How did any of this become mine? Do you have association problems? I never even heard of the ONWT until I read this article. Try to keep it in the box Gunner…can't you go beat your dog or kid or something and let off some steam?

      • Rifleman

        You've got over 400 to choose from, bubba. Almost all rattle off many or all planks of the commie platform, and all follow the basic thought process.

  • Rifleman

    You've gotta love how they're "against divisiveness and hatred," and their "healing alternative," says they must "Fight the forces of evil, the conservatives." I knew it would be a freakshow that drew a nice contrast to the Tea Party movement and embarrassed the dp. I figured they'd manage a decent sized crowd with all that money and organizing, but I could tell they failed to get much of a crowd just from the lack of coverage during and after the commie event. It's nice to see they wasted their time and money.

    • bubba4

      "You've gotta love how they're "against divisiveness and hatred," and their "healing alternative," says they must "Fight the forces of evil, the conservatives."

      Who is "they"…everyone at the rally, the ONWT…who? Where do "they" say that conservatives are evil.

      • bubba4

        Oh…the windbag Ed Shultz said that…..he was the "they".

        • Rifleman

          Yep, kinda makes you want to say, "Shut up, you a**holes!" don't it?

          Thanks for the intellectual honesty there, bubba. It didn't slip by me, and I applaud it. That's one reason why I think you may not end up a conservative, but you'll end up seeing through socialism.

          • Nick Shaw

            Mind you Rifleman, Special Ed was an easy give away for bubba. What about Harry Belafonte's inspiring screed?

          • Rifleman

            Yea it inspired me to make sure he has a parachute if I ever get the chance to kick him out the back of a C-130 over some socialist paradise. He just rambles on and on like he's making it up as he goes along. He's kinda like his buddy castro that way..

        • Rifleman

          I forgot to add the link to my quote, I suspect you need a good laugh, and it's a classic

          Oops, I couldn't find it. It was on youtube last time I looked, Sorry. In case you didn't recognize it, it was from the disciplinary council in Animal House. I'm so ticked, I've got to pop mine in watch it for my own laugh now ;-)

  • scythe

    Hey bubba, I wasn't there but the videos were enough to repel anyone who was even thinking about attending, just for educational purposes alone. I was thrilled to see the wolves took off their masks so when we on the liberty loving, people loving side of the equation (Tea Party member, full disclosure) warn everyone their enemy is as old as humankind and has worn many masks over the ages, we will now be taken seriously. I wondered when I saw the scores of people handing out commie literature, were they dupes, useful idiots, or the real deal? Were there aware they were advocates for oppression, repression, suppression, depression, theft, and …murder? Or did they think that in their hands, under their guidance, communism/socialism/fascism/progressivism will take on a more kindly hue, a friendlier form of iron fisted control? Marxism is the opiate of the asses. And in the case of this recent "rally" it is quite evident that the word ass can be used interchangeably with the word loser. That is what the left has been all about for over a century. Herding up the outcasts, the losers, and orchestrating their misery to elevate a few sociopaths to a platform of power enabling them to destroy and murder millions. If you cannot see that then you are seriously disillusioned , hopelessly mired in your own mental disturbances, or…you think you possess the right to destroy others in your quest for power. Anyone in this day and age who thinks Marxism or any of its variants is good for humankind should qualify that individual for some serious medication or a stay at a rehab facility. That you wish to inflict this misery on your fellow citizens is prima facie evidence that you are a nut job. We will fight you and your kind at every turn, in every quarter, ceaselessly, unremittingly, and will we triumph. You have had your day. The gloves are off. You have seen the polite kindly face of those on the right. But buried amongst them are people like myself. We will not be polite. We will not "make common cause", We will not tire and we will not submit. We will march on and over you. We will crush your mendacity. We will stomp on your grand designs to enslave us. And we will destroy you.

  • Indioviejo

    XXI century socialism A La Hugo Chavez. This is the point, isn't it?

  • tanstaafl

    What are they going to do with all those leftover Che t-shirts?

    • sebyandrew

      They'd better not desecrate them or there will be rioting in the streets. That is, as soon as the true believers buses get there.

  • jgreene

    bubba4 and his "socialist-Marxist" friends, associates and fellow-travelers at this putrid get together of "litterers" are going to get their answer on November 2nd.

    Adios, do svidanie, ariverderci… don't let the door hit you in your red butt on the way out.

  • Wesley69

    A sharp contrast between Beck's rally and that of Saturday’s OWNT should be clearly evident to every citizen in this country. The question – which rally represents you and your interests?

    Beck's dealt with restoring honor and traditional values of God, family, country.
    OWNT was about each of the groups participating wanting more benefits and services for their members.

    Beck's was not political. In fact, he told people to leave their protest signs home. It was closer to a religious awakening. People can read what they will into the rally, but it did not demonize anyone of the left.
    OWNT was angry and political, demanding that the transformation of America into a full-blown welfare state continue. This rally was about victimization.

    • bubba4

      I never thought of that…simply make them mean whatever you want them to.
      Take one at their word and subscribe nefarious motives to the other….

      To "restore honor"…honor has to have been taken away or lost. When did we lose our honor…when we preemptively invaded another nation or when we elected the black man? When the middle class started vanishing or when the democrats passed the half measures of health care reform?

      What is Beck trying to awaken us to religiously? I would love to know. Because I was moral before Beck and I know a lot more than him about religions of all kinds…Beck scares old white people with the same tactics Republicans have been scaring old white people with for decades.

      • Stephen_Brady

        "What is Beck trying to awaken us to religiously? I would love to know. Because I was moral before Beck and I know a lot more than him about religions of all kinds…Beck scares old white people with the same tactics Republicans have been scaring old white people with for decades."

        Ah! So, Mr. Beck is a racist. Everyone is a racist, except the "good" people who turned up at the "anti-evil" rally. None of those people are racists, are they?

        Have you ever thought that you have been taken in by a group of racist, anti-Americans? And if you haven't been taken in by them, then you certainly must be a shill for them. How much is Mr. Soros paying you, Bubba?

        • bubba4

          "Ah! So, Mr. Beck is a racist. Everyone is a racist…"

          Sigh…come on man. Are you going to pretend there was no "Southern Strategy"…it's been with us since Nixon. Beck is constantly hyping the threat of black militants and immigrants and the loss of the country to the "other".

          "How much is Mr. Soros paying you, Bubba?"

          Really? If something tweaks you the wrong way it comes from Soros? I hope my post to rifleman gets approved…C U L T

          • Stephen_Brady

            You're trying to make points at FPM by attacking Nixon? You're preaching to the choir …

            Besides, politics is about winning, and it is NOT about morality. Nixon saw a way to win, and he ran with it. He saw that Southern DEMs … like most DEMs … have been on the wrong side of every moral issue since slavery.

            Also, if something tweaks me the wrong way, it might not be Soros' message, but it's likely his money behind it.

  • Wesley69

    Beck's people came because they choose to.
    OWNT's people came, a number of them, because their unions said they would be there.

    Beck contributed money of his own and relied on donations to pay for it.
    OWNT's money could be probably traced back to union dues and funds from the Tide Foundation backed by the mutli-billionaire George Soros.

    The philosophy of the majority of people attending Beck's rally believe in returning to US founding principles, limited government, individual freedom and responsibility.
    OWNT's coalition believe in an all powerful state that regulates every aspect of society.
    That begs the question, which rally was about what is best for preserving our free society and our way of life? This question may answer it. Which rally trashed our National Mall and its monuments honoring our heroes?

    All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.
    Thomas Jefferson

    • Marky

      "If you are not a Liberal by Age 25 you have no heart. If you are not a Conservative by age 35, you have no brain…"
      Paraphrasing W. Churchill.

      Let me guess, the people at Beck's rally were working class families and the people at This gigantic POS were Union shills and "students".

      • Rifleman

        I was founding father liberal, not socialist 'liberal'. I always knew socialism was the most heartless of all.

  • USMCSniper

    Comrade bubba4 understand that comrade socialist workers make political rally for greater glory of Chairman Obama as head of one world government.

  • Bill

    The one thing I love about the current administration is that they have "awakened the sleeping giant', i.e., the American people. Everywhere I turn, I see fellow Americans saying, "This radical administration is destroying our country!" And they're right. And they're mad. And they're going to do something about it next month, and in 2012. You radical leftists can cry and whine and scream all you want. You're going to be forced right back where you belong — hiding under your rocks, plotting your little anarchies and dreaming of a day that will never come to this country. The democratic party has been hyjacked by the radical left, and the people can see that now. Americans are going to take back this country from the anti-American left. I can't wait!