Calvin Freiburger

Amateur Hour in Left-Wing Activism

Posted on April 16 2010 4:45 pm
Hailing from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Calvin Freiburger is a political science major at Hillsdale College. He also writes for the Hillsdale Forum and his personal website, Calvin Freiburger Online.
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Leftist tea-party smears are getting desperate—so desperate, in fact, that they’re now deploying a crude variation of “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.”  The other day, the world trembled in fear at the awesome might of Jason Levin’s “Crash the Tea Party,” a group of moonbats who publicly announced their intentions to infiltrate Tax Day Tea Parties posing as extreme right-wingers with inflammatory signs (and then came Tax Day, aaaand…well, they weren’t so awesome or mighty).

Today, the Daily Beast’s Benjamin Sarlin highlights a couple such plants:

A handful of twenty-something protesters in suits—a dead giveaway in an otherwise casually dressed crowd—held up hastily constructed signs with rather obviously bogus slogans: “Jesus is my Co-Payment,” “I’m Ignorant,” and “Poor People Suck!”

Who were these fakers? They wouldn’t give their names. But they drew a swift reaction from the real Tea Partiers, several of whom stopped to argue with them.

“You know that doesn’t reflect the Tea Party,” said one white-haired protester to the man with the “Poor People Suck!” sign.

“Why not? They want our health care!” said the man holding the sign.

“Now come on, we’re pretty much all Christians here,” he responded. “I work in a school and there’s a black lady who works hard, busting her butt, and she’s a poor person.”

“But they took our money to give out for abortions!” the sign-bearer said.

Michelle Malkin has another priceless example: some buffoon with a sign depicting a noose, reading, “HOPE for the Rope, ESTRANGE for Change”; and WorldNetDaily has several more pictures you’ve really got to see.  My personal favorites are “Generic Angry Slogan” and “I’m a Bigot, I’m a Racist, I’m a Teabagger.”

The blatant dishonesty on display is shameless, completely putting the lie to the other side’s claimed monopoly on civility (which has never been true, but I digress).  Since the self-righteous Democrats have set the precedent that entire movements are to be held responsible for the actions of a few individuals, what have they to say about these charlatans? (Gee, that would be a good question for Republicans to start asking their colleagues…)

But even more remarkable than the sliminess is the sheer idiocy of this effort.  For one thing, if you’re trying to impersonate somebody in front of the media, don’t publicize your plan in the media! Not only does it doom your efforts before they even begin, but it also raises the possibility in onlookers’ minds that even actual extremists might just be infiltrators, thereby having the opposite of the intended effect.  Haven’t any of these guys read “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”?

And the signs!  “I’m a Racist, I’m a Teabagger”?  “Poor People Suck”? These are so transparent, such blatantly hostile caricatures of Tea Party sentiments, that anybody could see right through them (well, anybody except Tucker Phelps).  There’s no wit, no thought, and no effort put into making them even plausible as something a real racist or wingnut might actually bring to a protest.  This is how children argue in schoolyards, not competent adults.

I mean, geez.  At least the noose guy’s sign rhymed.

The point I think we should take home is this: while it’s never a good idea to underestimate your opponents, at the same time we shouldn’t give the hard Left’s intelligence more credit than it’s worth.  For these infiltrators, at least, their philosophy and political opinions aren’t the result of reason or thoughtfulness, but of emotion and surface-level thinking.  Ours is, and that’s why the Left is ultimately beatable.

UPDATE: So, it seems that genius Jason Levin is also……a teacher.  You can’t make this stuff up.


Hailing from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Calvin Freiburger is a political science major at Hillsdale College.  He also blogs at the Hillsdale Forum and his personal website, Calvin Freiburger Online.

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