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AP Calls MoveOn “Grassroots Movement”

It looks like Clinton crony and DNC stooge, Ron Fournier, got a little extra something in his pay envelope this week from Santa Soros:

Democratic activist Dave Renzella, a member of MoveOn.org,

Internet gives rise to people-driven political movements

Saturday December 24, 2005

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) Frustrated by government and empowered by technology, Americans are filling needs and fighting causes through grass-roots organizations they built themselves some sophisticated, others quaintly ad hoc.

This is the era of people-driven politics.

From a homemaker-turned-kingmaker in Pittsburgh to dog owners in New York to a “gym rat” here in southwest Florida, people are using the Internet to do what politicians can’t or won’t do.

This is their story, but it’s also an American story because ordinary folks are doing the extraordinary to find people with similar interests, organize them and create causes and connections.

“People are just beginning to realize how much power they have,” said Chris Kofinis, a Democratic consultant who specializes in grass-roots organizing via the Internet.

“At a time when we are craving community and meaning in our lives, people are using these technologies to find others with the same complaints and organize them,” he said. “They don’t have to just sit in a coffee shop and gripe about politics. They can change politics.”

Mary Shull changed her life, if not politics.

A lonely and frustrated liberal, the stay-at-home mother of two joined the liberal online group MoveOn.org in 2004. Working from home, the Pittsburgh woman helped round up votes for presidential candidatised $60 million for liberal causes in 2004. The group put its organizing muscle behind Cindy Sheehan last summer and helped make the “Peace Mom” a symbol of the anti-war movement.

Political activist Tom Hayden believes that the anti-war movement in the 1960s, which he helped organize, could have gained steam sooner had the Internet existed.

“Movements happen so much faster today,” he said.

And they come in all shapes and sizes.

Shannon Sullivan’s 9-year-old son wanted to know why Mayor James E. West [a Republican] used a city computer to solicit gay men over the Internet, and why nobody was doing anything about it.

“He’s the mayor,” Sullivan replied.

“Mom, you better do something.”

So she did. A single mother with a high school education and no political experience, Sullivan launched a recall campaign that used an Internet site to organize rallies and media events. Turns out there were thousands of other people in Spokane, Wash., who wondered why nobody was doing anything about West.

“I was mad at people for not doing anything. I was mad at the system and I was mad at James West,” she said after her campaign succeeded in convincing voters and the mayor was recalled. “I’m not so mad anymore.”

Roberta Bailey likes Pugs the jowly, wrinkly faced breed of dog she keeps as a pet. She also likes punk rock and people. With the help of the Internet, the Manhattan photographer found a way to combine her interests: She organized a group of Pug owners who fought to save a legendary punk venue.

“I got off my butt and did something cool,” she said.

Ust. I’m a gym rat,” he said, “but the Internet makes it easy to combine an interest in people with an interest in politics.”

Eli Pariser, the 25-year-old executive director of MoveOn Political Action, said the people-driven trend is a good thing for democracy, a chance to “shift the balance of power from established interests that can raise of lot of money and lobby special interests to a bunch of bubble-up, bottom-up citizen campaigns.”

These newly empowered constituents are using technology to send a message to politicians. Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack [Democrat] frequently hears from citizens via e-mails on his Blackberry.

“It’s great because it reconnects people to government. It’s created a sense of community and a sense of belonging,” he said.

Politicians who pay little heed could find frustrated voters banding together and creating a third-party movement.

“At some point this has got to reach critical mass,” Kofinis said. “Nobody knows when that will happen or how that will happen, but it will literally explode into a movement.”

Funny, I see only Democrats mentioned.

The only "political movement" mentioned, MoveOn.org , is a multi-million dollar concern started by a multi-millionaire pea-brain (whose only contribution to humanity was the "Flying Toasters" screensaver) which is now bankrolled by the billionaire America-hating criminal (literally), George Soros.

Yeah, that’s the epitome of a grassroots political movement. Just like Mr. Fournier is the epitome of an unbiased reporter.

From this article you would never know there were any Republicans on the internet, would you? Just hitherto un-empowered liberal Democrats — and pug owners.

What one party media?

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, December 24th, 2005. Comments are currently closed.

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