Who Hijacked Our Country

Monday, October 01, 2007

Freedom’s Watch

Great — this is exactly what America needs: another billionaire-funded non-profit (i.e. tax-exempt) organization to promote the rightwing extremist agenda. The problem with America is that there's too much public participation and not enough iron-fisted control by the Powers That Be.

And now help is on the way. Freedom’s Watch is claiming to be a “grassroots” conservative counterpart to MoveOn.org. The executive director of MoveOn.org says: “The main difference is that MoveOn is a group of 3.3 million. Freedom’s Watch is a few mega millionaires.”

If you liked Swiftboat Veterans For Truth and the Project For A New American Century, you'll love Freedom’s Watch. It’s basically the same people with the same agenda: staying the course in Iraq (forever and ever and ever), attacking Iran and strengthening the Religious Right.

If you’ve wondered why so many Republicans keep voting for everything Bush wants, Freedom’s Watch might be the culprit. Part of their M.O. is to go after ANY Republican who dares to criticize or vote against Iraqmire.

The group is made up of people who’ve been Bush Administration insiders and corporate donors throughout Dumbya’s career. And yet officially they're an independent non-profit organization which is “not affiliated” with the White House. Riight.

For their public persona, Freedom’s Watch has chosen a few disabled Iraqi veterans and their survivors. Get ready to have your buttons pushed and your emotions manipulated: “cut and run,” “Victory,” “if we don’t defeat the terrorists over there they’ll follow us home,” etc. And these slogans are being presented by a disabled veteran or by the mother of a Marine who was killed in Iraq. Come on, where's your Patriotism? Why do you hate our troops?

And speaking of the troops, how many members of Freedom’s Watch do you think are veterans? How many of them have sons or daughters who are putting their lives on the line in Iraq (and soon Iran)? I’m gonna guess ZERO.


Just to show how people can transform and mutate over a 7-year period, here's an early quote from the president who has caused our checks and balances to go the way of the hula hoop and the covered wagon: “We don’t believe in planners and deciders making the decisions on behalf of Americans.”

George W. Bush — September 6, 2000



Blogger Larry said...

Planners and Deciders have taken over the country and raped/ruined everything we have left.

October 1, 2007 at 4:20 PM  
Anonymous JollyRoger said...

Chimpy always was a liar, and so are the people who own him. It is no surprise that they are forming a new propaganda arm, probably to promote another stupid liar-one Fred Thompson.

October 1, 2007 at 4:31 PM  
Blogger Mauigirl said...

Good post - thanks for the warning about Freedom's Watch. As if the Right needed another group to do their dirty work.

October 1, 2007 at 6:09 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Larry: Bush only hated "deciders" when he wasn't one of them. Now that he's in charge, nobody else counts.

Jolly Roger: Fred Thompson is indeed the candidate of this group. With his fatherly charm, seductive aftershave (according to Chris Matthews) and a billion-dollar organization funding him, he might have a chance. I hope not.

Mauigirl: Yup, when the chips are down, the Far Right just brings out a few more billionaires and forms another tax-exempt "grass roots" organization.

October 1, 2007 at 6:42 PM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

What's disturbing is that bloodthirsty greedheads like these can still use those same, tired stock mock-patriot phrases and get away with it. Hell, I'd wager the majority of the American people on either side still think that if we were to cut off funding for the war that we'd stop sending ammunition and food to the soldiers. That's what happens when Dems don't publicly fight the lies on a daily basis.

October 2, 2007 at 4:25 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Randal: Yeah, I can't believe people keep falling for the same slogans again and again. And like you say, the Democrats won't fight back. That's the most infuriating part of this. It's bad enough that Karl Rove and all his progeny keep spinning everything; but the Democrats need somebody like that too and there doesn't seem to be anybody.

October 2, 2007 at 9:52 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

And WE have the facts on our side. We don't even have to make shit up, yet they still refuse to fight. I can't help but think of that Simpsons episode where, after getting shocked, Bart continually touches the cupcake, getting shocked every time. That's the Dems.

October 2, 2007 at 10:10 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Randal: So true; we have the facts on our side and we still won't fight back. It's like a 300-pound powerlifting martial arts expert who keeps letting people walk all over him, and I keep thinking "come on, just deck him already."

October 2, 2007 at 10:15 AM  
Blogger LET'S TALK said...

Freedom's Watch is another brain wash organization that Bush and his conservatives will use on the Republican party. Spending millions to counter Democrats at every turn and the Republicans will by it.

October 2, 2007 at 11:22 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Let's Talk: Yup, spending millions in order to keep spinning the facts. That's the only thing the Republicans are capable of; no wonder they keep doing it.

October 3, 2007 at 1:37 AM  
Blogger Gracie said...

These people are downright scary since they have the power to cause enormous damage as we've already seen. Who could have believed the way they twisted the last presidential election campaign into an Orwellian nightmare? We are in such deep sh*t!

October 4, 2007 at 1:46 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Gracie: Yes, it's amazing how much power can be wielded by a handful of multi-millionaires. Combining their wealth with their Orwellian tactics -- that's what got us where we are today.

October 4, 2007 at 10:22 AM  

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