Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) delivered a positively epic speech at the Center for American Progress, where he laid out a plan to lessen the stranglehold the Tea Party has on America. He accused wealthy donors like the Koch brothers of hijacking the grassroots movement.
Schumer says that Democrats should exploit the disconnect between the Tea Party base and their corporate masters–which he describes as a fundamental weakness of the Tea Party.
Schumer demonstrates a deep understanding of the American Taliban:
“Over the years, they built a powerful and successful message machine that amplified and sold this anti-government theory to their followers and to many other Americans. The Rush Limbaughs and the Fox Newses agree with the plutocrats and spread their propaganda to the masses. Their message machine spends virtually all its time not in delivering objective news – but in tearing down government.
They spend countless hours magnifying the smallest of government foibles and virtually no time recounting any government successes.They blame the failures of society on government, often with convoluted but convincing illogic.This message machine and the spin masters were ready to pounce in 2009 to channel the anger of average Americans into a philosophy which painted government as the root of their problems and anxieties and the dramatic reduction of government as the solution to their ills.
Fed by their message machine, the word government quickly became the shibboleth for everything that Tea Party grassrooters and many other Americans didn’t like, regardless of whether government was responsible for those problems.The very real social and economic anxiety was the petri dish in which the Tea Party elite could let their message grow and mature, and they directed the public’s anxiety and anger at their favorite boogeyman: government.”[/box]
Watch a video of some of the Congressman’s speech below. A full transcript is available at the bottom.