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Many folks will be joining Tea Party protests tomorrow. Up and down California, thousands will protest big government, excessive taxation and obscene federal powers.

There will likely be people in attendance who think that all of those things are perfectly acceptable - even preferrable.  They've got a name:  Crash The Tea Party.

I'm 100% behind their Constitutional right to protest.  That's a cherished American right.  What I have a problem with is their tactics.

Whenever possible, we will act on behalf of the Tea Party in ways which exaggerate their least appealing qualities (misspelled protest signs, wild claims in TV interviews, etc.) to further distance them from mainstream America and damage the public's opinion of them.  We will also use the inside information that we have gained in order to disrupt and derail their plans.
In short, don't fight the Tea Parties with facts, or even with differing opinions.  Undercut the parties by using cowardly, underhanded tactics.
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We recently saw this in action immediately after the passage of the health care bill.  A number of Congressmen said that racial epithets were hurled at them as they passed from the Capital to their offices.

This was HEAVILY covered by the press.  Tea Party members were all identified as hateful, angry racists.  It was reported on the nightly news of every single national news network.  It was reported in every major newspaper and magazine in the country.

It seems as though it never happened.

The Congressman who said he was called, "The N-Word" had more than 100 reporters, cameras and recording devices in the area, and not a single person or device was able to capture the supposed slur. Not a one.

In fact, Andrew Breitbart has offered up $100,000 for any verified account of it happening.

He still has his money.  The only place you can find the story of the Congressman's lie is on blogs and a few web sites.

This will absolutely happen again.  In fact, you should EXPECT it to happen, so be prepared.

If you attend a Tea Party event -
  • Bring a recording device, video being preferrable.  Use your phone camera or devices like the ultra-portable Flip cameras.  Bring plenty of memory cards and batteries.
  • Immediately after recording something, upload it to your email account or other site (Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, etc.).  You need to expect your recording device to be stolen or destroyed.
  • Ask questions of people that seem to be trying to engender a negative impression of the Tea Party.  What is your name?  What groups do you belong to?  Where do you hold meetings?  Do you have a web site I can view?  How did you come to these opinions?
  • If they are being interviewed by a news organization, record the interview so that you have an unedited version of what was asked and replied.  Remember what CNN did with the Open Carry protest in Arizona?  They showed video of a participant (never showing his face) with a rifle slung over his shoulder, and a handgun on his belt.  They then mentioned that this was a racist protest.  What they left out was that the protester was black.
I'm not assuming all California Preppers believe in the Tea Party movement.  The two are not necessarily joined at the hip.  But I will assume that all preppers have a sense of decency, and feel that lies and distortion of the facts is repugnant.

Whatever your social and political leanings may be, fight to ensure that the opinions and beliefs of all groups are accurately reflected and reported.  It's the only way we can make informed decisions, and THAT is what prepping is all about!
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Anonymous said...
April 14, 2010 at 7:35 PM  

My theory of this for what it's worth: You/we have already lost. When the Democrats walked through the Tea Party at the capital they did it hoping for an incident. One of them even walked back to the other building undergroud so he could make the walk of shame again. They made up the racist "incident" and the media closed ranks and splashed it as fact all over the TV. If nothing else ever happened they will paint all of us as racists, homophobes, etc. from now until election day. The great unwashed voters who are clueless about what really goes on in the world will believe it and favor the poor innocent picked on Democrats with their votes. They played their dirty politics race card and they won. Sure they will try to get the trifecta with even more dirty tricks but make no mistake they won the same way they always win. Watch the Nov 2nd election carefully. The Union thugs will stuff the ballot box and steal every close election and the media whores will talk about "reported" examples of Republicans doing making phone calls or some other unprovable event.

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Chief Instructor said...
April 15, 2010 at 6:05 AM  

Anon, I fear you're right. The blatant lies will continue.

Tools such as talk radio, YouTube and the rest of the Internet are the only way we're able to get out our story.

Sadly, I think this is one reason that eventually, these outlets will become regulated or restricted. But that's a whole other fight...

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Anonymous said...
May 6, 2010 at 1:52 PM  

I think it is time for "prepping" of another kind. We can see where this is going. Not today or tomorrow but soon the illegals will get amnesty and that will openthe flood gates for even more to come. This will assure Left wing Democrat power for years to come. There will be hell to pay for having been a conservative or a "tea bagger" in the future. Do not doubt this. There will be a purge, maybe not a leninist purge but it will happen. You will lose your jobs/benefits. You will have targeted taxes levied on you. it is the next logical step after the left steals the country. If you doubt it then remember you are already paying the price. Do you think government grants for education are not primarily given to the left wing base? Do you think welfare would be given to a white man in need? Are you aware there is a automatic preference given to "protected" groups in application for government jobs and white males are not in a protected group. Your children compete for college but others in proteced groups are given extra points on the SAT test and college entrance requirements. We are already doing what I have predicted but it will get worse. After all you cannot expect 20 million new citizens who don't speak English and who never went to school to reach the American dream without someone having to "step down". The challenege is to prep for the day when YOU become the object of persecution and discrimination. Good luck.

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