A new definition for “grassroots”

I think I’ve figured out why the left is having such a problem with those who oppose the government health care take over. Most are just ordinary citizens, deeply concerned about their country and its whiplash-inducing, rapid shift to the left. Some met at Tea Parties. Others are neighbors, friends, and coworkers. They communicate through email, websites, and phone, sharing information about planning meetings, upcoming town halls, and other events.

Then, they all show up: mom, dad, kids, grandparents, friends, neighbors (in the hundreds) with homemade signs. Many have never done anything like this before. This is their chance to be heard by their elected representatives. For participating in the democratic process they’re called un-American, Nazis, and angry mobs. From the president’s representatives on down they’re told their anger is “manufactured”, their protests are “well orchestrated”, they’re paid operatives of the insurance companies and other “right wing” lobbyists.

Evidently, this kind of public participation is no longer considered grassroots by the power elite and their sycophants on the left. So what they do consider “grassroots”? Health Care for America Now! (HCAN) seems a good place to start since they describe themselves as “a national grassroots campaign of more than 1,000 organizations in 46 states representing 30 million people…” and have their headquarters on K Street in Washington D.C. While K Street THE place for lobbyists, I’m sure HCAN’s location is purely coincidental since the left would never accuse ordinary Americans of something they’re doing as well.

I also noticed they’re supported by President Obama, the vice president, and over 190 (mostly democrat) members of congress. Okay, so the new and improved grassroots is organizations with millions of members, made up of other organizations with millions of members that unintentionally hang with lobbyist in D.C., and have the endorsement of the president and other democrat elites. Well, no wonder! The loyal opposition is just ordinary people making signs at their kitchen tables with poster board and Sharpies.

And what about all this merging of these self-proclaimed grassroots organizations? While they seem to support only democrats and work to get them elected I’m sure, just like the K street location, this is mere coincidence. What is it that makes them “grassroots” but grandma and the ladies she plays Bingo with just angry, right wing mobs? There’s got to be something special about these groups that makes the rest of us mere pretenders.

At the top of HCAN’s coalition list is ACORN. Most of us only think of ACORN as the organization where the Community Organizer in Chief honed his skills and the nation’s premier vote fraud organization. Who else could be indicted in several states just for seeing to it that underrepresented Disney characters, dead people, and even dead cats are registered to vote? Well, at least the American people got something for their $53 million. According to their website they have over 400,000 member families and 1,200 chapters in 110 cities.

Not to be outdone on the grassroots hit parade is Moveon.org. Originally begun during the Clinton administration, Moveon’s main goal was to put an end to the impeachment of the horniest president in history. So what if interns young enough to be his daughter wanted to use his penis as a pogo stick? Before they morphed into the pro-Obama health care for all grassroots organization they are now, they were one of the most vocal anti-war organizations during the Bush years (luckily, war is now okay and they’ve moved on).

But who could forget the “General Betray Us” ad? Never mind General Petraeus hadn’t yet uttered a single word. Why would anyone believe a man who’d devoted nearly 40 years serving his country, a recipient of numerous awards (including two Distinguished Service Medals and a bronze star for bravery), a man with a PhD in international relations over an organization supported by the likes of George Soros, Peter Lewis, and Hollywood icon Steven Bing? Besides, they have 5 million members and are another “family of organizations”.

There are plenty of other “grassroots” organizations that are part of the HCAN family: Center for American Progress, NAACP, La Raza, etc., but I’d be remiss if I didn’t talk about the labor unions because they are the life-blood of the Democrat Party. Interestingly enough, their members are exempt from the plan being foisted on the rest of the country: “In the case of health insurance coverage maintained pursuant to one or more collective bargaining agreements between employee representatives and one or more employers ratified before the date of the enactment of this Act shall not apply…”

One wonders why groups who have no dog in the fight would be so passionate about an issue. The SEIU is so concerned about American citizens having health care far inferior to their own that they felt compelled to beat the crap out of a black conservative attending one of these town halls. They boast of being the largest and fastest growing union in the country. Many members are government employees. How quaint. We pay their salaries, they rough us up. Other unions joining HCAN include the AFL-CIO with 11 million members (when I think of knee-capping as an art form this is who I think of), the UAW (although how they qualify as “grassroots” with only 513,000 active members, I don’t know), and the NEA with 3.2 million members.

Okay, so the new definition of grassroots is large organizations, millions of members strong, made up of other large organizations with millions of members, an accidental office on K street, endorsed by the president, congress, and other prominent democrats, coincidentally only work to get democrats elected, be flexible enough to breathlessly flit to the next trendy cause du jour and unapologetically embrace issues and causes that were taboo when the “other side” was in charge, or be a member of a powerful labor union, unafraid of confronting a fellow citizen or two with a few of your larger union buddies.

I’ve GOT to get a new Newspeak Dictionary!

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