Authors Complaining About Tea Party Misinformation are MisInformed
06/03/2012 63 Comments
The Sac Bee is carrying a story on the Tea Party asking the question: Is the tea party healthy for democracy? The article is written by Vanessa Williamson co-author of her book, “The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism.”
The authors have some nice things to say about rural Tea Party units and the people in them, but then they start looking for some negative balance and wrote this:
At times, the level of misinformation in tea party circles reached conspiratorial proportions. At a tea party meeting in Massachusetts, people discussed the possibility that the “smart grid” (an electrical infrastructure improvement approximately as controversial as road repair) was in fact a plan that would give the government control over the thermostats in people’s homes. Where are these smart, educated Americans getting such terribly inaccurate information?
Where we get this “terribly inaccurate information” ? From PG&E our power company. They offered us $25.00 to take control of our thermostat. They upped the offer to $50.00 and then $75.00. Our answer was not at this house.
If you read the PG&E Plan Submitted to the Public Utility Commission, the smart grid is to control a lot of devices in our homes. If you bought a water heater from GE lately, it has an embedded chip to allow the smart meter to communicate with your water heater, and can turn it down or off. Do not pay your bill and PG&E can remotely turn off your power. More details here and here.
The Author blames Fox News and Glenn Beck for the smart meter rumor. No rumor. Just read the power companies submission to the CPUC if your want the facts. Something the authors of the this article and the promoted book did not do. Our local lefty is promoting the Sac Bee misinformation article. LOL.
An then there was this on Agenda 21
. . . “Agenda 21” has made the rounds in tea parties nationwide as well as in Northern California. I saw firsthand how these conspiracy theories provoked very real fear on the part of many seniors involved in the tea party. And unwary local town officials have had to put important planning decisions on hold when sleepy town meetings are swamped with angry tea party members worried about Agenda 21.
Yes, rural counties in Northern California are organizing to counter the UN efforts to implement Agenda 21, via US Government Agencies and funded NGOs. More on Agenda 21 here, here and here at Rebane’s Ruminations.
You can read the rest of the Sac Bee story here. This appears to be a story to promote the authors book and cast doubts on the Tea Party.