Last year, during the heyday of the Tea Parties, our friends on the Left routinely denied that the Tea Party was not the spontaneous grassroots expression of citizen outrage that its defenders claimed. It was, on the contrary, carefully orchestrated by powerful corporate interests. It was, in a word, "AstroTurf."
In light of what's been going on at various "Occupy" events around the country, I am coming to believe that these critics may have been correct. You see, the Tea Party organizers were new to the realm of popular protest, so they failed to incorporate several elements that are clearly the hallmarks of genuine demonstrations. Left-wingers, who tend to be experts at this sort of thing, recognized the absence of these elements right away, while conservatives remained in the dark. Until now, that is.
So what are the telltale signs that an event is not "AstroTurf," but, indeed, a genuine reflection of an engaged, public-spirited citizenry? Based on the experience of the "Occupy" movement, they would appear to include the following:
, or other respiratory infections
2. A campaign against microphones
, even those being used by supporters.
3. Seemingly sympathetic celebrities cashing in
4. The creative use of blood and urine
5. Assaults on the elderly
6. Violent clashes with the police
Memo to all sinister corporate interests: If you really want to stage a convincing simulation of a grassroots campaign in favor of limited, constitutional government, you might want to consider incorporating at least a few of the above into the show.