Anti-Reform Astroturfers: Radical, Dangerous, Unwilling To Compromise

This bit of news shouldn’t surprise anyone following the right’s attempt to curry favor with the health industrial complex by killing health care reform:

On Private Conference Call, Tea Party Organizers Say No Reform At All Is Goal

On a private conference call, a group of top Tea Party and conservative organizers offered a surprisingly frank description of their goal, according to a source on the call: Completely blocking any kind of bipartisan compromise, and completely preventing any type of health care reform bill at all from ever becoming law.

The call consisted of representatives of top conservative groups, such as the American Liberty Alliance, the “Tea Party Patriots,” and, the AFL-CIO’s notes say.

The moderator on the call, whose name could not immediately be determined, told listeners that bipartisan compromise on the Senate Finance Committee, where senators are holding talks, must be stopped at all costs


Another organizer on the call, according to AFL-CIO, added: “The purpose of Tea Parties is not to find a solution to the health care crisis — it is to stop what is not the solution: Obamacare.”

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So the right-wing astroturfers know we have a health care crisis and admit as much–they just don’t care about doing anything about it. I mean, we all knew that was the case, but it’s still pretty shocking to hear them admit it so plainly.

Then again, these folks don’t seem like the reasonable, compromising, problem-solving type. From TPM:


Another from TPM:


From Greg Sargent:


And a few from Eric Boehlert:




Looking at these pictures, you have to ask yourself–are these folks really on our side? Because I think it’s pretty plain to see that they aren’t.

These people are either corporate-sponsored right-wing astroturfers or have been misled by the corporate-sponsored right-wing astroturfers; either way, Democrats in Congress need to should grow a spine, realize these demonstrators don’t speak for the majority, and should pass health care reform over their objections.

Health care reform is for the good of the country; a hardcore minority of strongly partisan ideologues shouldn’t get in the way of that, period.