An absolutely brilliant, hard-worked piece from the Weekly Standard’s Mary Katherine Ham today. It seems as though the right-leaning blogger upon whom the left and the media is working overtime to portray as the organizer of the healthcare-related outcry from everyday Americans seen at town hall meetings from coast to coast actually has only a fraction of the following, on Facebook, Twitter and otherwise, that even America’s Right–hardly itself a big-time Web site–enjoys.
When the “manufactured” outrage the Left is trying to demonize lines up so inconveniently with public polling, it’s sometimes necessary to create evidence for the “manufactured” storyline.
Enter Think Progress, which unearthed this shocking, secret memo from the leader of a small grassroots conservative organization in Connecticut, which allegedly instructs members on “infiltrating town halls and harassing Democratic members of Congress.”
Right Principles PAC was formed by Bob MacGuffie and four friends in 2008, and has taken in a whopping $5,017 and disbursed $1,777, according to its FEC filing.
“We’re just trying to shake this state up and make a difference up here,” MacGuffie told me during a telephone interview. He’s surprised at his elevation to national rabble-rouser by the Left.
Right Principles has a Facebook group with 23 members and a Twitter account with five followers. MacGuffie describes himself as an “opponent of leftist thinking in America,” and told me he’s “never pulled a lever” for a Republican or Democrat on a federal level. Yet this Connecticut libertarian’s influence over a national, orchestrated Republican health-care push-back is strong, indeed, if you listen to liberal pundits and the Democratic National Committee, who have crafted a nefarious web out of refutable evidence.
Think Progress highlighted his memo’s directives to “‘Yell,’ ‘Stand Up And Shout Out,’ ‘Rattle Him’,” calling it a “right-wing harassment strategy against Dems.” The blog falsely connected MacGuffie to the national conservative group FreedomWorks through the most tenuous of threads. The Think Progress link that purports to establish MacGuffie as a FreedomWorks “volunteer” leads to his one blog posting on a Tea Party website (on the free social networking site, ning.com). Think Progress calls Tea Party Patriots a “FreedomWorks website.”
The problem is it’s not a FreedomWorks site, according to FreedomWorks spokesman Adam Brandon. FreedomWorks is a “coalition partner” of TeaPartyPatriots.org, but does not fund the site in any way.
“There is no formal structural connection,” Brandon told me. “Never has been. Never will be. We’re just fellow travelers in the movement.”
When I asked MacGuffie if he was a volunteer for FreedomWorks outside the specious evidence Think Progress cited, he said, “Absolutely not. You can Google all day; you won’t find it. There is no formal connection. I don’t know anyone from FreedomWorks.”
He joined the Tea Party Patriots community site when it was mentioned to him by several local Tea Party activists (whom he admits knowing . . . smoking gun!), and “blogged there, very little.” So MacGuffie, a local activist in Connecticut who never volunteered for FreedomWorks wrote a memo and also wrote a blog post on a site not paid for or hosted by FreedomWorks. There’s your national conspiracy, folks.
The people we see, now on a nightly basis, confronting their elected officials at town hall meetings and other events are by no means manufactured, by this MacGuffie fellow, by myself, or by anybody else. They are merely like you and me, able to see through the misrepresenations and omissions vomited forth by the Democratic Party leadership and White House, and concerned for the future of their country.
If anything, it is the White House itself which is manufacturing what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi described as “astroturf,” a clever term for a false grassroots movement. Obama himself has sent an e-mail to supporters urging them to participate in at least one event this month, reminiscent of calls made to supporters during his presidential campaign to confront supporters of John McCain and “get in their face.” Concerned Americans are taking it upon themselves to organize, while on the other side of it, the Community Organizer in Chief is doing what he does best. Who, indeed, is manufacturing what?
This president is reeling. The Democrats are reeling. The backlash is palpable, the anger and frustration and mistrust thick as a Windy City snowstorm. Obama himself has never been forced to face adversity of a political nature. Not like this. And neither he nor the Democratic Party leadership care what the American people think — if they did, the dissent wouldn’t be denounced as contrived, and the dissenters as enemies of the state.
Facts are stubborn things. The American people, despite every effort from the left and from the media, are finally grabbing a hold of them and they don’t like what they see. As a result, the left is attacking everyday Americans, and desperately working to make up stories about their motivations.
We love America — what more motivation do we need?