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Divert and Conquer

Updated on August 3, 2011

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An old high school teacher of mine would often say that even a blind squirrel finds a nut now. What conservative a blogger managed to find out about now-former congressman Anthony Weiner was just such an example.

Of course, such a diversion may have been just what the 'Tea Party' and it's media allies; FOX News, Beck, Limbaugh, etc needed. As more and more Americans seeand feel the effects of the 'Tea Party' and it agenda of paying back its corporate backers with money taken from the pockets of working America. Recall and repeal efforts in Ohio and Wisconsin and sagging poll numbers for 'Tea Party' backed Governors in states like Florida and Pennsylvania and the defeat of backer of Paul Ryan's Medicare privatization in New York, are all signs that anyone who lives outside the right-wing echo-chamber should be able to read.

Of course, diverting the public has been a common tactic of right-wing movements. It's almost a necessity, somehow enough people need to be convinced to vote against their economic interests. How can one be convinced to hand more political power to the corporations and their CEO's? The most common tactic seems to be fear.

Most often, this fear, and anger, is directed at some sort of 'outgroup'. In Nazi Germany, it was a variety of groups; especially Jews. In South Africa and the American South, it was (and still may be) those of African descent.

This tradition continues on the current American Right; Latinos, Homosexuals, Muslims, etc. It also can extend to people who share the economic pain, the unemployed for example.

Could 'Divert and Conquer' merely be an aspect of 'Divide and Conquer'. More and more Americans seems to be seeing it, but will they act in the right manner, or in the Right's manner?

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    • justmesuzanne profile image

      justmesuzanne 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Here's how smart the Tea Party is:

      http://www.flickr.com/photos/pargon/4469686974/in/...

      Teabonics

      These are signs seen primarily at Tea Party Protests.

      They all feature "creative" spelling or grammar.

      This new dialect of the English language shall be known as "Teabonics."

      This is why corporate powers such as the Koch brothers have been able to launch massive ad campaigns and hire mouthpieces such as Beck, Limbaugh, and Faux News to convince these people to vote against their own best interests and undermine our form of government.

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      Fay Paxton 

      7 years ago

      I have tremendous difficulty placing any confidence in a party that works for the undoing of the people. If a Supreme Court ruling was all that mattered, union contracts and pensions would have been honored and there'd be no debate about women's reproductive rights.

      Until the massive amounts of money are out of politics, it won't matter who organizes and how loudly they shout, Corporations rule.

    • tony0724 profile image

      tony0724 

      7 years ago from san diego calif

      Uhhh no. You on the Soros payroll ?

    • TeaPartyCrasher profile imageAUTHOR

      TeaPartyCrasher 

      7 years ago from Camp Hill, PA

      Duck:

      Much, if not most, of that 'stench', IMO is coming from corporate money.

      Get that out, and things might be better.

    • OpinionDuck profile image

      OpinionDuck 

      7 years ago

      TPC

      A squirrel has a keen sense of smell, while politicians just smell.

      Congress and the Presidency both smell really bad, and until the stench can be removed it doesn't matter who is elected.

    • TeaPartyCrasher profile imageAUTHOR

      TeaPartyCrasher 

      7 years ago from Camp Hill, PA

      Ken:

      Then why do they seem to want to advance THEIR power at the expense of the WORKING class!

      Also, haven't you read, though I'm sure FOX News(?),tec has given scant coverage to the recall efforts in Wisconsin.

      Or have you fallen for the diversions?

    • Ken Crow profile image

      Ken Crow 

      7 years ago from Iowa, USA

      TPC: Did you seriously just write this dribble ? The scary part is, you probably believed what you just wrote. The Supreme Court in Wisconsin just sided with the " Tea Party " backed Governor. Tea Parties are actually growing in number hence your effort to stem them. The T.P. do NOT like Corporations being involved in politics " PERIOD " ! Get your facts straight my fellow American before you publish dribble like this.

      Ken

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