TEA PARTY RENAISSANCE? ANOTHER NATIONAL GRASS ROOTS MOVEMENT? ONE MORE UBER-PATRIOTIC GROUP OUT TO SAVE AMERICA?
WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON HERE?
Anti-Muslim Activists Fan Out In The U.S.
This was the headline to an article in this morning’s Washington Post. My instant reaction was “Who’s financing this? Are the Koch Brothers trying to re-energized the now failed Tea Party movement as they did when Obama was elected?
But following pretty much immediately thereafter, came my thought: “Really? Senate Republicans are crafting a replacement for Obamacare in total secret in some dank Hart Office Building sub-basement trash room, with zip, zero, undo, nary a single input from any Democratic Senator, no pubic hearings, no press conferences to lay out to us how they are progressing: NOTHING! This is how Republican governance works? This is how Republicans were going to demonstrate competent post-Obama rule? Secret meetings to craft one of the most far-reaching pieces of legislation since Franklin Roosevelt? And we’re not talking about removing some Obama rule about whether financial advisers should put our interests over our own but shoving up to 23 million people off health care. Really? Wow! If Trump shows signs of dictatorial leanings, the Senate Republicans are actually engaging in dictatorial behavior.
So this is the backdrop against which we need to pushback on Sharia Law that is sweeping across the country like an out of control Ebola virus. This is a ridiculous fantasy. It was so during the Obama Administration and it is no less so today. I would call it a “conspiracy theory” but most conspiracy theories can be traced back to some real world event even if such roots are tortured and warped. Pizzagate? It began when Wikileak’s dumped John Podesta’s emails into the public realm. The real world, factual connection? John Podesta - in fact - was a customer of Comet Pizza and from this real world, not fake news, piece of reliable data, there quickly evolved a vast secret, underground cabal of child molesters and sexual predators headed up by Podesta and Hillary Clinton.
Sharia Law? If you can name a single locality, a single town, city, county, or state where “Sharia Law” has been enacted then you too are dealing in conspiracy fantasy. There have been none. But why do I say that this anti-Sharia activist movement is most likely Koch Brothers (or some other right wing PAC) funded? Because it’s the very same “movement” that began during the Obama Administration, faded, but then has been given new life as a result of Trump’s virulently anti-Muslim words and actions. But this entire Sharia Law threat rolling across America has deep roots that go back to at least 2011 when the Tea Party was in its heyday. Here’s what one Tennessee State Legislator, Rick Womick, had to say back then:
“He declared that Shariah, the Islamic code that guides Muslim beliefs and actions, is not just an expression of faith but a political and legal system that seeks world domination. “Folks,” Mr. Womick, 53, said with a sudden pause, “this is not what I call ‘Do unto others what you’d have them do unto you. ”
Since then, twenty states have considered or enacted legislation to counter the imaginary spread of Sharia Law in the land but the roots of this “controversy" are even deeper:
“Working with a cadre of conservative public-policy institutes and former military and intelligence officials, Mr. Yerushalmi has written privately financed reports, filed lawsuits against the government and drafted the model legislation that recently swept through the country — all with the effect of casting Shariah as one of the greatest threats to American freedom since the cold war.”
Birther Movement, Hillary sliming, Planned Parenthood defunding, and so many more “populist” movements trace their roots back to precisely the same mix of conservative think tanks, conservative legislators and deep pocketed conservative PAC donors who continue to fan the flames of non-existent fires. Many are not base on facts.
Here’s a 2011 article that describes the rise in anti-Sharia Law:
So in effect, what we are witnessing is another aspect of the Trump Effect. Having been out of the public eye for a few years, the Anti-Sharia Activists are apparently undergoing a revitalization. But just like “Pizzagate” there is no pepperoni there. There is not a scintilla of factual evidence that there is any Sharia Law efforts by anyone, anywhere that gives any credence to this conspiratorial claim.
But here we are. As all of us are facing the most vigorous assault on hard working, patriotic, ordinary Americans we’ve seen in decades – the Trump /Ryan Deathcare Act, the Trump/Ryan "Tax Reform" plan, the renewed attacks on the environment, Russiagate – along comes a totally bogus “movement” to keep churning “the divide,” to keep us distracted from what’s going on behind closed doors, to keep us away from resisting all things Trump by injecting another Pizzagate conspiracy into the public discussion.
Let’s See If We Can Expose Who’s Behind This Reactionary Tea Party Revival!
Here's a link to today's Post article:
And here’s are a counter-liberal-media-bias piece from the right wing blasting the Post and the media.
POST/NBC SMEAR ANTI-SHARIA PROTESTERS
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