When Will the Left Stop Whining about the Tea Party?

I read yet another left-leaning article today whining about the Tea Party and their organizational practices.

Written by Stephanie Mencimer and published in Mother Jones, the article aims to discredit the Tea Party by comparing their organizational practices to the Herbalife weight-loss company.

What do they have in common? Both organizations hold massive rallies, distribute yard signs and flyers, they constantly recruit new members, and have a decentralized leadership structure that empowers individuals.

Duh!!!  That’s exactly what an effective grassroots organization should be doing!

All of these tactics are essential in the development of an effective grassroots movement. If the left would simply emulate these strategies, rather than engage in these kinds of meaningless attacks, there would perhaps be a vibrant grassroots movement on both sides of the political debate.

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4 Responses

  1. Well said!

  2. I think you failed to read the main article about the Tea Party Patriots. What you are referring to is a small blog post we put up as a companion piece to a larger story about the guy who is actually running a very large tea party group who himself used to be a high-earning distributor for Herbalife, a company accused of being a pyramid and also of selling very dubious and allegedly dangerous nutritional supplements. Many of the people who work below him in the organization were unaware of his connection with this and other companies related to it. The story also reflected concerns of many activists within the movement, so I don’t think it can really be called liberal whining.

    You might want to check it out and then the blog post might make more sense. Clearly we should have made the blog post more of an actual sidebar to the big story to avoid this kind of confusion. Anyway, here’s the link to the main story:

    http://motherjones.com/politics/2010/10/tea-party-mark-meckler-herbalife

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