News & Politics

Editorial/Appeal: It's Time to Really Support Our Team

Team Tea Party, led by the Kochs and other wealthy right-wingers, want an America for the wealthy, dominated by conservative religion and the extremist Ayn Rand fanatics.

In America, our culture is all about teams -- belonging, being part of something bigger, rooting for your side against the "other" team. There are, of course, many kinds of teams that make up the fabric of America, and we all have our favorites.

And as we know, one of the most powerful ingredients in having a team on your side is having an enemy, the team you love to hate. 

Over the past 10 years, mainly as a result of wrong choices after 9-11, the conservative, radical, religious, anti-Muslim, tea-party right has identified itself as a power-hungry, mean-spirited, spiteful, selfish team. And whether we like it or not, we are the "team" they love to hate -- that's right -- you and I are their enemy -- we are the "other." And they have declared war. So we have to fight back! 

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The richest leader of Team Tea Party, Charles Koch, told his conservative millionaire guests recently that the 2012 elections are a battle "for the life or death of this country." He said, "You, the people in this room, are the modern day patriots who will save this country or let it go by the wayside. It's up to us."

They are the patriots? What a propaganda joke! They want an America for the wealthy. They want our country dominated by conservative religion and the extremist Ayn Rand fanatics. For the Tea Partiers, everyone is on his or her own, except for themselves. They want to take away what millions of Americans have worked for their whole lives. As Koch said, "It is time to tackle the big things, like Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security systems, because they are bankrupting America." That is, of course, a blatant lie. And by the way, in that talk, Koch called Barack Obama, “Saddam Hussein.”

Will you Invest in Our Team?

 What about our team?  Will  you make more of a commitment to be part of the team that is fighting back to protect our future? I know, you didn't necessarily sign up for a team. You are an American, or a world citizen and this team stuff may not be your cup of tea. It is not the way it is supposed to be.But right now we don’t have a choice. They have forced us to be the other team. Either we step up and help our team, or we step aside. And there is simply too much at stake to sit on the sidelines. 

This is more than a fundraising letter for AlterNet. We absolutely we need your contributions to do our job - please click here if you can make a donation - but there is a bigger challenge facing all of us. AlterNet isn't going to make the difference in the future on our own; no organization or leader can. It is people like you who are going to make the difference. But just as important as financial support, we need your involvement, your energy, your anger and your hope.

What We Do

At AlterNet, we make it our mission to equip the progressive team with the information and analysis you need in this fight for America's future. Every day, we expose the right-wing lies about the economy -- lies designed to enrich the wealthy at the expense of struggling Americans -- with original and insightful articles. Our original reporting on the Koch brothers has exposed their underhanded tactics on the ground in Wisconsin and throughout the country. And you can count on us to bring you the best of the progressive Web, giving you one-stop access to the best minds on our team.

Of course, I know you are on our team, the team that is eventually going to help defeat Team Tea Party. But it isn't going to happen unless you do more. We all have to do more. AlterNet will do more. If you can help us financially, we would be very grateful. We have wonderful writers who produce essential public information articles about every aspect of your life -- we are at it every day, virtually 24-7. For this fight. For our team. To win.


Don Hazen is the executive editor of AlterNet.