How to tell if your grassroots TEA Party or Occupy group has been usurped by a major political party (Part 1 of 2)
1. To seize power from another, usually by illegitimate means.
2. To use and assume the coat of arms of another person.
As the election nears, certain alleged and true grassroots political
organizations will soon become prevalent in the major media. As a result of this renewed media attention, many folks will renew their
affiliation with, or contemplate joining, a TEA Party or Occupy group.
Many of these folks will be getting involved in politics for the first
time in their lives. As political rookies, these folks may benefit from
the advice of more seasoned citizens, such as this writer, in navigating the plethora of political shell games the establishment of both political parties play.
One of those political shell games involves grassroots political organizations that appear to be true,
independent grassroots groups but which are actually are Trojan Horses (Astroturf) usurped by one political party or another. Rumors and allegations of this sort abound about both the TEA Party and the Occupy Movements. The conflicting rumors, allegations, duplicity and propaganda can be overwhelming, especially to a new comer to the political game.
In the first part of this two part article, we will provide you with a list of 25 easy questions to ask yourself about your current or prospective grassroots group. In part two of this article, we will suggest to you how to assess if your own answers about your particular grassroots group indicates whether or not it has been usurped by one of the major political parties.
This writer provides this tool for his fellow citizens to use, because your time is valuable and in short
This writer does not want you wasting your precious time because you are misled into joining and supporting an alleged grassroots organization that is not what it portends to be.
In this writers attempts to divine the truth from the propaganda, he has arrived at the following perspective.
In as much as it possible for this writer to discern, on the National and State Levels, both the Occupy and TEA Party Movements have been usurped by 1 of the major political parties. The National and State Level Occupy movements seemed to have been usurped by the Democrat party (primarily progressives) and the National and State Level TEA Party movement seems to have been usurped by the Republican
Party [e.g. Congressional TEA Party Caucus].
But the local, true grassroots TEA Party and occupy organizations run the gamut from fiercely independent true grassroots groups to merely extensions of 1 of the 2 major political parties. Yet, this writer deems the truly independent grassroots local political organizations as the most effective units of anti-status quo political organization and the place where an individual can have the maximum impact on the agenda and goals of the group.
With the duplicity of the political establishment and the complexity of this social and political dynamic in mind, this questionnaire is drafted to allow anyone to objectively determine if their preferred grassroots political group is a truly independent grassroots organization or simply a Trojan Horse cheer leading squad for one of the two major political parties.