From Steve Benen:
About a week ago, in a rather classic example of why I think the notion of conservative populism is silly on a fundamental level, Glenn Beck urged his followers today to start sending donations directly to corporate interests so the U.S. Chamber of Commerce can buy more elections for far-right candidates. The minions took their orders well — the Chamber’s online donation page crashed after regular folks tried to give their money to the already-extremely-wealthy business lobby.
Dana Milbank fleshes this out today in a little more detail, and explains just how twisted the larger political dynamic really is.
It was one of the more extraordinary events in the annals of American populism: the common man voluntarily giving money to make the rich richer.
These donors to the cause of the Fortune 500 were motivated by a radio appeal from the de facto leader of the Tea Party movement, Glenn Beck, who told them: “Put your money where your mouth is. If you have a dollar, please go to . . . the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and donate today.” Chamber members, he said, “are our parents. They’re our grandparents. They are us.”
[...] That Beck stunt was, however, truly extraordinary. The Chamber didn’t even have to lift a finger — a deranged media personality told his audience, many of whom are middle-class and having a tough time in a struggling economy, to start throwing money at one of the nation’s wealthiest lobbying groups. And these folks did as they were told, voluntarily handing over donations to some of the country’s richest corporations.
Why? So these corporations could elect candidates who will, in turn, favor policies that hurt the middle class, undermine workers and consumers, and boost these businesses’ profits.
What’s there to say about the magnitude of stupidity and hate that fuels the working-class GOP-Teaparty supporters? Does it matter to them that the Chamber is receiving foreign money that is being used to attack the Dems and buy the 2010 U.S. election? Do they care that the Chamber has said American jobs do NOT stimulate economic growth?!
Think Progress reported yesterday that Koch, the Chamber, and Glenn Beck met in June of this year with “the titans of industry — from health insurance companies, oil executives, Wall Street investors, and real estate tycoons — working together with conservative journalists and Republican operatives to plan the 2010 election.” The Tuesday after that meeting, Beck thanked Charles Koch on air. Do these people stop to think that the rich are only looking after their own interests, which according to Charles Koch himself, is: “to strengthen the “culture of prosperity” by eliminating “90%” of all laws and government regulations.”
These idiots will gladly give back their hard-earned money to the employers who paid them because of “God, gays and guns,” or because a “Kenyan socialist” is in the White House, or because they dream that someday they might be rich enough to be invited to a Koch meeting… because nothing says “Real ‘Muriken Christian Patriot” quite like capitalism and corporate profits.
These people will be out voting on November 2nd. Will you?