In the wake of the Supreme Court’s upholding of health care reform, On The Record’s “liberal” host Greta Van Susteren wondered, “What is the Tea Party planning now?” Had Van Susteren done a simple Google search, she probably would have found out at least one prominent Tea Party member is up to some scary stuff – like talking insurrection against the federal government. Instead, we got a puff piece from Griff Jenkins.
As Jenkins showed us clips of empassioned tea party rallies, a banner on the screen read, “TEA PARTY ENERGIZED: HEALTH CARE RULING REIGNITES TEA PARTY GROUPS.”
Later, Jenkins focused on the efforts of FreedomWorks. As SourceWatch describes them, FreedomWorks “does not disclose its corporate donors, and its leaders are drawn heavily from the leadership of the Republican party and right-wing operatives.”
Jenkins didn’t think that worth pointing out, though he did make a point of quoting Rep. Michele Bachmann gushing over the movement as not being affiliated with any political party.
Jenkins said enthusiastically that FreedomWorks “isn’t wasting any time getting started.” He showed us FreedomWorks flyers proclaiming, “We the people declare independence from Obamacare.” And we saw a FreedomWorks spokesman who assured imminent action. He promised to be turning people out to Congressional offices “within the next several days and weeks.” He said, “We’re not waiting for the August town halls.”
Jenkins closed by saying, “We’ll be here this weekend to see what FreedomWorks is doing as well as talking to some tea party activists and we’ll bring it to our viewers on Monday.”
One thing Jenkins will almost certainly not bring to viewers Monday is the treasonous reaction to the ObamaCare ruling from the chairman of the Mississippi Tea Party. He told followers, “To resist by all means that are right in the eyes of God is not rebellion or insurrection, it is patriotic resistance to invasion.” He also called for “godly courageous leaders (to) rise up in His wisdom and power (and) lead us in displacing the criminal invaders from their seats and restore our constitutional republic.”
There have been other over-the-top reactions to the Supreme Court ruling from the right, such as Matthew Davis, an attorney and former Michigan Republican Party spokesman, writing that citizens might be justified taking up armed rebellion.
But don't hold your breath waiting to hear about them from Griff Jenkins tomorrow.
I personally would love to hear them talk about Ezell Harris, the Tea party candidate that turned out to be one of the biggest drug traffickers in Florida. If they’re not ready for that, Tea Party Darling Dr. Jaques Roy was the mastermind of one of the biggest health care frauds in US history.
Yeah, they can keep running that ad- so long as they don’t cry when I run mine.