" ... Armey's efforts, while not surprising, illustrate the deeply troubling nature of the tea party movement itself. It's a movement that preys on the vulnerabilities and insecurities of white Americans. ... In his previous position with the lobbying firm DLA Piper, Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey promoted the interests of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran, otherwise known as Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK), an organization that the State Department brands a terrorist group. ... "
1) Who Needs Facts When You've Got Dick Armey?
Like all good spin doctors, Dick Armey never lets the facts get in the way of his message. His most recent foray into revisionism came at The New Yorker Festival's Tea Party panel where Armey spun the history of the tea party movement not as the well-financed astro-turf campaign that it is, but as an authentic popular uprising that coincided with the end of the Bush administration.
According to Armey's version of history, the tea party movement was not a reaction against the Obama administration, but one that was born around October 2008 when the Bush administration passed TARP- the bank bailout otherwise known as the Troubled Asset Relief Program.
Armey's narrative failed to reconcile with the actual chronology of the movement, including the first organized tea party protests that were inspired by the now-infamous rant by CNBC's Rick Santelli over the idea of bailing homeowners out of bad mortgages, not Wall Street out of shoddy investments. That on-air rant came just two days after President Obama signed into law the first stimulus bill, another fact noticeably absent from Armey's narrative.
The origins of the tea party movement weren't the only areas where Armey's spin was in full-effect. For a great recap of his efforts check here.
Armey's efforts, while not surprising, illustrate the deeply troubling nature of the tea party movement itself. It's a movement that preys on the vulnerabilities and insecurities of white Americans all the while actively lobbying for legislation that run completely counter to those interests. It's a movement funded and founded in cynicism and is not authentic and hardly American.
But Dick Armey will still sell it to you anyways.
Source: In These Times, March 21, 2010
The magazine In These Times reports that in his previous position with the lobbying firm DLA Piper, Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey promoted the interests of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran, otherwise known as Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK), an organization that the State Department brands a terrorist group. According to the State Department, MEK blends Marxist and Islamic tenets, and was founded to overthrow the U.S.-backed Shah of Iran. In 1975 and 1976, MEK is alleged to have killed seven American defense advisers to the Shah.
MEK achieved its original purpose when, working with followers of Ayatollah Khomeini, the group took part in the Islamic revolution, seized the American Embassy in Tehran and sent the Shah into exile. MEK later allied itself with Saddam Hussein to undermine the Islamic government of Iran.
Armey also represented the Iranian-American businessman Saied Ghaemi, who from 2005-2008, paid DLA Piper $910,000 specifically for Armey's services bringing issues relating to Iran to the attention of Congress, the State Department, the Department of Defense, the White House, the National Security Council and the Department of Treasury.