Prop Mail – The Flea Party

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and so too is the nature of the people protesting you. A Tea Party email is going around today depicting the Tea Party as nothing more than a group of wonderful Americans who love their country who just feel gosh dog it that maybe we pay a bit more in taxes than we should.

On the other hand, there is what is now being described with great glee as “The Flea Party” – this is the branding being put forward about the Occupy Movement.

Let’s not forget that the Tea Party is the one who has the lovely bumper sticker with a noose and the line “Support Bush” and a number of other equally racist and pro-violence claims, “We Came Unarmed. This Time.”

We should also consider that Tea Party rallies are, compared to the current Occupy movement, few and far between and certainly don’t have hundreds or thousands of people camping out, in close quarters.

But this branding will work. We even see it in the coverage of the man who shot the automatic weapon at The White House; Fox News asking

Did White House Shooter Come From Occupy Movement?

This is the Right Wing Noise Machine World we live in. The people who carry the signs calling for concealed weapons, lynchings and telling people the President is a ‘nigga’, those are the patriots. The people who want health care for all Americans and want the banks to pay for their mistakes, well, they are anarchists.

Don’t be surprised if anarchists are not the new socialists, a favorite and wonderfully false claim on the Tea Partiers.

Final thought: ironically the Occupy Movement and the Tea Party share one very important trait, deep anger and uncertainty and resentment of where the country is. Both groups are saying enough is enough, it’s time to make changes. The two groups have far more in common than we might think.



About James Boyce

James Boyce has been at the forefront of the digital revolution since the mid 1990s when he was involved in the start of Slingshot in Dallas, one of the country's leading digital agencies. At Slingshot, James was creative lead on the first html and the first java script banner on the web. Politically, James was Senior Advisor to John Kerry's 2004 Presidential Campaign, was executive director of The Patriot Project in 2006 and in 2008 served as Senior Online Consultant to Bill Richardson's Presidential Campaign. A frequent guest on MSNBC, Fox News and CNN, James is also proud of his associate with The Huffington Post. Email him at if you have comments or thoughts about this site or his posts.
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One Response to Prop Mail – The Flea Party

  1. Henry Carlile says:

    Your point that the Tea Party and OWS have a lot in common is something I’ve thought also. I suppose the biggest sticking points have to do with the role of government–deregulation vs. government oversight of the banking industry–and taxes. And I suspect that a lot of the enmity between the Tea Party and OWS is being stirred up by those in the 1% who fear what might happen if the two movements ever discover common ground and decide to work together–the same divide and conquer strategy that pitted poor whites against blacks in the post-Civil War era.

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