Slick, Paranoid Tea Party Video Aims for Violent Insurrection
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Applicants for website registration are asked, “Do you understand and agree to abide by these rules and do you state that you are a Tea Party activist that agrees with our core values?"
The Tea Party Patriots also produced a highly deceptive film called "The Determinators," which uses Oregon’s assisted-suicide law and one woman’s unfortunate death to make the “death panel” argument. Local columnist Rick Attig captured the situation in a column titled “Sensationalizing a sad case cheats the public of sound debate.”
Oregon’s Medicaid program denied payment for the highly toxic, rash-producing drug a doctor had prescribed to a dying cancer patient. There was a 92 percent likelihood the drug would fail, it had highly toxic side effects. Even in the unlikely effect the drug had worked, it would only have prolonged the patient’s life for 4 to 6 months at best.
Fearmongers on the right used the case as proof that “death panels” were taking over the US healthcare system, even though Oregon voters (not government authorities) had passed that state’s “assisted suicide” law, and that assistance was one of many options offered to the patient in her denial letter. Like the Tribulation films, their narrative was designed to terrify people into believing they could be at the whim of faceless government bureaucrats with the power – and the will – to send ordinary citizens to their deaths.
The Determinators succeed, at least on that level. As a commenter on the film’s YouTube page writes: “It feels like Hitler is running our nation...is he?”
In its Spring 2013 Report, the Southern Poverty Law Center reported the findings of its annual census. “The number of antigovernment groups on the American radical right reached an all-time high in 2012,” the SCLC reports, “the fourth consecutive year of powerful growth by a movement that is growing increasingly militant as President Obama enters his second term and Congress debates gun control.
The SCLC sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano warning of “the potential for domestic terrorism from the so-called ‘Patriot’ movement.”
“The climate is reminiscent of the 1990s,” writes the SCLC, “when the Brady (handgun) Act and the 1994 assault rifle ban helped spark a militant movement that culminated in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.” The fear and hate is rising again, and this amateur video captures the mood:
The image of Obama as the Joker is followed by sinister images, as the following phrases appear on the screen: “While you were sleeping ... our government went rogue. It plans to disarm you, It plans to kill you ... this is not a joke. Foreign troops are here and ordered to kill Americans.”
Fear walks the land, and the Tea Party Patriots are here to package and sell it. The “Development Party” is the Democratic Party, of course. What about party leader “Marcus”? His name means "Mark us.”
Mark of the Beast.
For an audience raised on terror and tribulation, the message is unmistakable: Democrats are Satan. Like the little boy in Image of the Beast, we’re supposed to understand that it’s better to die than submit to them.
“Let our lives be the spark …” And not? After all, they're free. What can you do to them now?
“The potential for deadly violence,” concludes the SCLC report, “is real.”
Many members of the Tea Party Patriots, and groups like it, are undoubtedly good people who have been manipulated into believing terrible things. Cracks in the group’s wall of secrecy have offered glimpses of those manipulators by revealing its relationship with big-money Republican operators.