The Tea Party movement threatens to be a very big presence in the coming mid-term elections. The people at the rallies are true believers. They come at their own expense and wave homemade signs. Some slogans are really very clever. What you may not know is the gatherings are heavily sponsored by major corporate donors.
There is a lot of money spent on advertising. This does not mean those corporations started it, but they sure do like it. I am sure they do have a lot to say about what is addressed, the main concerns raised, but I do not think we can say they control it. Rather, they are taking advantage of something that is quite real as a grass roots movement for their own ends. However, the movement has been compromised and so it will deteriorate over time.
Back when the radical progressives wedged open the representation of their viewpoints in the Democratic Party, the same sort of compromising occurred in their circles. The only difference in their case was that the money came from typical liberal sources — foundations, limousine liberals, news organizations, and so on. Today, virtually every cause that clings to the progressive-socialist-communist axis is funded that way, though a few corporations have been more open about it.
The whole methodology of political activism revolves around long studied organization, heavy investment by someone (or something) with a big bank account, and carefully planned, attention-getting activities intended to sell the message. There is not a single voice given any notice in the political arena that is not funded by deep pockets. Those who are without such funding are simply not heard. They do not get any press coverage and only the most obscure blogs heed them. The various groups of ditto heads of whatever stripe do not echo their talking points.
Those who get the press are professional liars. All of them. That is, in one sense or another, they are struggling to steer money and power back to some thing that is most certainly going to hurt us. Most of “we the people” have no idea just how badly we are being hurt until way late in the game.
The truth is so very much simpler. You can offer it all day long, but you will find precious few takers. At the same time, truth that is heard — really heard — requires no funding and pushing to be accepted. Our biggest problem is getting it heard. In this world of vast resources buying earth-shattering noise to drown out truth, and doing it for so very long, most people cannot recognize truth.
The sad part is it matters. You see, the truth is written into the very cosmos. The lies are like an attack on reality. Reality has this strange tendency to hit back. Yes, it takes a long time as humans measure such things. And frankly there is no PR team to clarify things, so most folks won’t recognize just why their world is coming apart. But truth will not be denied.
Lies are very expensive, indeed.
Ed Hurst is Associate Editor of Open for Business.
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