If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery then perhaps Tea Partiers should be flattered that the likes of Van Jones, former--or perhaps still--September 11 "truther" and former "green" czar or environmental official in President Barack Obama's (D) cabinet, is partnering with moveon.org to form a liberal tea party. To be called the American Dream Movement, so that
Americans can find jobs, afford to go to college, retire with dignity, and secure a future for their children and their communities.
Oh really? Well diligent, hard working Americans have been doing that for quite awhile but things have gotten worse under Jones' former boss.
However, as Jones explained to Rachel Weiner of the Washington Post
We think we can do what the tea party did," Jones said in an interview with The Fix. "They stepped forward under a common banner, and everybody took them seriously. Polls suggest there are more people out there who have a different view of the economy, but who have not stepped forward yet under a common banner.
Wrong. The Tea Party was a rather spontaneous movement galvanized, many think, by CNBC reporter Rick Santelli's famous unscripted rant in February, 2009 video protesting the Obama mortgage bailout plan, complaining he didn't think he should pay his neighbor's mortgage. Santelli struck a chord with Americans tired of big, bigger government taxing them and then redistributing their money as distant government officials saw fit; penalizing hard workers' and savers' careful and responsible behavior, rewarding irresponsible behavior.
And as for "everybody" taking the Tea Party and its followers seriously; they were mocked, snidely tagged as teabaggers, a derogatory term, referred to as simple folk and of course the liberals' favorite all around term against their opponents--racists. Tea Party favorites such as Sarah Palin was and is brutally savaged. It was only until Tea Party candidates scored some major upsets in last November's elections that some took them seriously--by increasing the mockery.
Unlike Jones' plans for his American Dream (sic) Movement, the Tea Party is rather amorphous and unorganized. But its message resonates.
But this is America and Jones and friends are free to organize. So do it.
But I don't wish him success.