No, it’s not a coincidence that the Big Oil minions are aping the tactics of the anti-health care wackos and organizing grass roots demonstrations for the exploitation of the environment. The groups are dismally similar, and in fact are hiring the same promotion firms. What they really have in common is the need to enlist citizens willing to fight against their own interests.

We have seen it since the era of civil rights, then the derivative Reagan days, that the politicized right wing church is a powerful and cohesive group. When the right wing church goes all out in the fray promoting Mammon, it can get the party that is most opposed to the principles of the church into power.

Democracy Now looked into the oil lobby that wants to promote environmental destruction and found that it has many shared aspects with health care opponents. The same techniques to give a fraudulent appearance of support are also being used by Big Oil pushers.

… the companies trying to get out their workers to protest the climate bill in these last weeks of the congressional recess, comes after the Times exposed a public relations firm hired by the pro-coal industry group, the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, recently sent out at least fifty-eight letters opposing new climate laws to members of Congress. An investigation by the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming found a total of thirteen letters sent by the firm Bonner & Associates were forgeries. The committee is currently investigating another forty-five that were determined to be fake. The letters purported to be from groups like the NAACP and Latino groups, as well.

Americans for Prosperity, one of the groups that’s been exposed, is doing both attacks on cap-and-trade and attacks on healthcare, funded by Koch Industries—K-O-C-H, not Coca-Cola—a big oil company, a private oil company. So this is a coordinated attack. And as you know, it’s a bigger—it’s bigger than these issues. It’s an attack on Obama’s power base. So, if people get that and there is an inspiration to do something about it, an uprising will happen..

Fake letters from citizens opposed to their own interests – now where have we heard of that before?

As is customary in the business when letters show up, the paper checked with the letter writers to see if their submissions were legit. They weren’t. A fine story by editorial page editor Ken Johnson told a sorry tale of Astroturf lobbying and how the paper got letters from seniors who had never heard of Medicare Advantage plans.

Seventy-five-year old Lawrence resident Gloria Gosselin told the paper "I did not write a letter to the editor. It’s not from me." Ana Abascal’s letter said she "wanted to express how important my Medicare Advantage health plan is to me and other fixed-income seniors in my community." But when Johnson talked to her, she said she did not know what a Medicare Advantage plan was. William Morin of New Bedford learned that a letter he sent was addressed to the "New Bedford Eagle-Tribune." He said he had never heard of the paper. That’s not surprising: it doesn’t exist."

The sad truth is that in order to get citizens to vote against their own interests, industries are willing to go to bottom feeding, and have created an industry of bottom feeders to serve their needs. It’s not an accident that the floor debate from the right that we’re hearing now against health care is packed with lies. If you tell the truth, constituents will favor their own interests. If you can’t get support from the ‘grassroots’ by the truth, you have to lie or do the unthinkable: keep your oath of office to serve their interests.

As Gerald McEntree said here at FDL on August 12th : “The opponents of health care reform are pulling out all the stops to kill the reform that millions of Americans need to improve our health care. They’re spreading falsehoods and creating chaos. They know what they are doing.”

It’s a pitched battle against the public, brought to you by the wingnuts who are able to retain control of the country only if they can topple progressives. No coincidence that the same tactics and same bottom feeders are trundled out to fight on many different fronts. Defeat of public interests requires overthrowing those who care about, can understand, and act on the facts.

Lies and liars must be stomped on whenever they crawl up from the gutter to smear our efforts to promote the general welfare.

Yes, that’s from the constitution, the United States’ Constitution, that wingers insist doesn’t give the government the authority to promote the general welfare.

That’s another lie.

Ruth Calvo

Ruth Calvo

I've blogged at The Seminal for about two years, was at cabdrollery for around three. I live in N.TX., worked for Sen.Yarborough of TX after graduation from Wellesley, went on to receive award in playwriting, served on MD Arts Council after award, then managed a few campaigns in MD and served as assistant to a member of the MD House for several years, have worked in legal offices and written for magazines, now am retired but addicted to politics, and join gladly in promoting liberals and liberal policies.