You may remember MoveOn.org, the group created in 1998 that successfully changed the argument from whether Bill Clinton had lied to congress to whether it mattered that Bill Clinton had violated his marriage vows. If you wanted to lay blame on who created the “All politicians lie so it doesn’t matter” attitude, I would place it on them. If you’re tracking the decline of Western Civilization, you’re aware that “it doesn’t matter” has reached the level of the Secretary of State’s defense of allowing an Ambassador and his team to die in Benghazi. Hmm, same family.
Anyway, after America decided that Hillary Clinton wasn’t worthy of a loyal husband but might make at least as good a president as he had been, MoveOn didn’t go away. Why should they? With that kind of success they’ve branched into a huge lobbying organization, contributing between twenty and forty million dollars to PACs every election. In 2012, they donated ten times as much as the Koch brothers and their companies, (not including unconfirmed reports, just what was reported to the IRS), and they didn’t make any philanthropic donations at all. Someone told me that the difference is that MoveOn is a non-profit, and the Koch brothers employ fifty thousand Americans, not including the companies that they own. You know, for a couple of guys worth over sixty billion dollars, they could use a spin doctor. Maybe they should talk to Warren Buffet about that.
Lately though, it seems like not everyone loves high powered lobbyists. Unless they’re goring the neighbor’s ox. (That is an exceptionally complicated blended metaphor and excuse to point out the similarity in the Kochs and Al Gore)
I’m on MoveOn’s mailing list (because it’s always good to know what power brokers are doing), and it seems that the idea they were suggesting through the Occupy movement via “Anonymous”, denial of service attacks on servers, was such a good idea that someone tried it on them. It’s been a few weeks so I’ve stopped laughing about it.
I received an email from MoveOn complaining about the attack, saying “It was the equivalent of someone firing a shot-gun through our window—clearly aimed to intimidate us and interrupt our work.” and asking for a donation to upgrade their servers and pay for technicians. The drama was, to me, hilarious, as I seem to remember them saying that their attacks on others were “Non violent protests”. Of course, the work of MoveOn.org is far more important than the work of anyone they’ve shut down. Who needs the FBI or DOJ? Oh, I guess Moveon.org does.
I’m not sure what you call the hypocritical twists MoveOn makes. There really ought to be a word, when every aspect of your organization is a lie about a lie about a lie.
This week, I received another email, this time asking me to sign a petition (and make a contribution) urging AARP to withdraw their ads from “The Rush Limbaugh Show”. Rush, being a Conservative, is an enemy of MoveOn. Of the over one hundred million dollars they have spent lobbying politicians, not one cent has gone to influence Republicans. There’s an entire essay there about the difference between ideals and politics, perhaps it’s running through your head right now. This article is about hypocrisy. One issue at a time.
The folks at MoveOn seem to forget they asked everyone to drop their memberships to AARP over the latter’s support of a prescription assistance program for senior citizens. Ignoring the point that the elderly are part of MoveOn’s “47%”, what influence did they expect to have if all MoveOn supporters were no longer members of AARP?
So because this might appear to be “all over the place”, let me tie it all together in one neat can of worms.
AARP is a lobbying group for insurance companies interests, funded by the senior citizens they claim to be representing. They operate several for profit companies, mostly in the insurance industry, and donate to candidates in all parties, attempting to further their financial goals.
MoveOn.org is a fundraising group for Democratic party interests, funded by people who support any one of a myriad of conflicting issues. They donate exclusively to Democratic candidates , attempting to further their political goals.
The Koch brothers are a couple of guys who lobby by donation their personal interests, funded by the corporations they operate which employ hundreds of thousands of Americans. They also build libraries and schools, attempting to use their money furthering their ideals.
I don’t belong to AARP or MoveOn, I hold no stock in the Koch brother’s companies or Warren Buffet’s, and I believe that people are more important than politics. I donate directly to causes I believe in, rather than umbrella groups who may use the money for anything.
You can apply your own prejudices as to what of this matters. I know what matters to me.