Thom Hartmann: Must see! The TRUE story of the Tea Party

Thom Hartmann's daily take.


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1776 8 years 28 weeks ago

Great video. How can I share this with my friends? I do not see a link for sending it via an email.

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sniffyfoot 8 years 28 weeks ago

thom your the shizzle, Ive been telling all my chat friends about you

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jacksguitar 8 years 28 weeks ago

1776, Copy and paste this link to post to send to your friends:

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militant mind 8 years 28 weeks ago

With very little effort, the book can be found. For example here
direct .pdf link -


-edit- you can save a copy of it as well.

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BYRON K. BUTLER SR. 8 years 28 weeks ago

Excellent! This should be made aware to the masses of people around the country!

whoknew42 8 years 28 weeks ago

I found it interesting that he had to search for the truth in England!

No surprise that you're not going to find the truth about this country here - that would be too embarrassing

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PlacitasRoy 8 years 28 weeks ago

I've enjoyed Thom's discussion of thise for several years. This is the best presentiation so far. Also the most detailed.

This story should be shared with everyone above junior high age .

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radfahrer 8 years 28 weeks ago

Thom, you are a bright light in the darkness the Repugnikans want to cast over the US. Thanks.

It may take a lot more information about the Tea Party (I prefer to accurately recognize their true heritage and essence in a name and think the Dick Army would be better) to burn out this cancer.

One has to ask, why would Americans vote for these neo-faschists? Or course, the voters who elected these apostles of intolerance and control were skilllfully lied to. That's one reason: Goebbels would have been proud. But we fought a World War against people of just such a mentality. The only difference has been the degree to which our version has been able to enact its agenda of hate and control. So then why don't Americans spy the wolf in the sheep's clothing? A second reason must be that we lack the historical knowledge of Chamberlain at Munich, of the methods and aims of the National Socialists, etc., and so forth. We are a quintessentially short message culture. Henry Ford said it and his dictum is now echoed in the schools where history is either not taught or is an brushed over quickie in the curriculum; history is bunk.

So we have a civilly dumbed up populace, especially in those areas where recent demographic shifts have created new power centers: the South and Midwest. These are the homes of the fundamentalists, of the opponents to participatory democracy in our country. They are the places where American cultural hierarchical norms are most pronounced. Many Americans would be surprised to know that we accept much more interference from higher ups at work and in society than our northern European democratic brother nations. So the point is: populace that does not make the right historical distinctions, and that is willing to accept direction from on high. That adds up to a great vulnerability to the message of the man on the white horse when times are tough.

The last element I see is the myth of Horatio Alger, the rugged individual. We are by far the most individualistic nation on earth: there is very little communality in the American psyche. That's very much like the teenage mentality, as a culture and as a whole. Nobody's going to tell me what to do! I can make it all by myself, the power driven ego. It is deaf to the needs of others, especially when augmented by our current rampant narcissim (really pronounced in the gated communities of the Right and the Dinos).

Times are tough. The man on the white horse is the Tea Party. The masses, or at least a large segment of them, are looking for someone to blame. After all, if I'm in charge as the rugged individual and things don't go my way when I do what the myth says I have the right to do -- whatever I darned well please and to hell with anyone else -- then someone must be to blame. And the Repugnikans now driven by the Dick Army tell them exactly what they want to hear and remove from them the responsibility of dealing with our self created morasses by providing a fall guy: the "Big Libs" are at fault, the economy is stalled because of those others in the unions and government who are not at motivated as you the Rugged Individualist. They are the demons here and must be exorcised and we will do it for you in Congress and liberate you so that you can go back to doing whatever you darned well please.

Hitler and Goebbels knew it: the greater the hurt, the bigger the comforting lie and the more often you repeat it. The unenlightened masses will march to war for you as long as they don't hear anything that directly, frequently and manifestly contradicts the big lie.

So keep it up. You work very hard but you give the rest of us a path and a forum. We must trumpet the truth back directly, frequently and clearly because we are not fighting a temporary distortion. We are battling perhaps the last gasp of the adolescence of the American character. Even if they will eventually wither and blow away, still, in the process they are determined to make everyone else suffer for their sense of growing irrelevance and the real question is how much will we let ourselves be hurt?

Thanks again fellow ex-Michigander (yes, that's the real name historically).

PS: Someone ought to fire the University of Michigan Regents and President for inviting the Gauleiter of Michigan, Snyder, to speak at commencement this year because they think he is a good role model for youth! What a sell out for the home of the SDS.

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2950-10K 8 years 28 weeks ago

Fantastic job Thom, my addiction to history just got another fix. It always amazes me as to how historical artifacts like your book seem to end up in the right hands.

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STS 8 years 28 weeks ago

Thom, your version of the Boston Tea Party was terrific.

Truth is, the public is so in need of straightforward expository material that they'll even watch Beck to get it. Thank you for doing the basic work of going over American history. Lots of people need a refresher from somebody who isn't telling them corporate-approved lies.

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STS 8 years 28 weeks ago

" the Dick Army": LOLx3

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ezequief 7 years 35 weeks ago

The timeline is correct. I became involved late Feb/early March after hearing Michelle Malkin talk about it. I participated on those early conference calls planning for the first April 15th rallies. I remember Eric Odom, Amy Kremer, and Michael Patrick Leahy as the leaders on the calls and all a great resource to our organizing. Most of what I have seen televised or published about the Tea Party has been, at least in part, incorrect.

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marcosanchez 45 weeks 1 day ago

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