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by Walter Hudson, contributed to David Horowitz’s NewsReal Blog
There is a mentality among artists which I have always found puzzling. While poor, unknown, and ineffective, they are considered “authentic.” However, as soon as they strike it big, start to make money, and meet with success, they become reviled as “sell outs.”
A similar dynamic threatens to undermine the Tea Party movement. To some among its ranks, the term “grassroots” seems to demand perpetual lowliness. Once a grassroots activist or organization begins to mature, build coalitions, and meet with success, they are suddenly “part of the problem.”
Such is the narrative of an ongoing “investigation” by Mother Jones of Tea Party Patriots, perhaps the preeminent national Tea Party organization and a favorite among grassroots groups. No doubt thrilled at the opportunity to malign an organization fundamentally opposed to their editorial positions, Mother Jones has made strange bedfellows with professed Tea Party activists formerly affiliated with Tea Party Patriots.