Read this comment by Baldr, and it really got my head spinning.
There’s a name for what you pro-gunners are doing: it’s called “astroturfing”…What is supposedly a “flash mob” of grass-roots support from honest citizens is in actuality a swamping of supposed opinion polls by an organized faction. This is not democracy in action, or a representation of society at large. It is unethical (though not illegal) manipulation and sabotage of the democratic process. This little poll is simply a demonstration of this behavior which, when magnified to a larger and more serious polling process can irresponsibly sway public policy.
First up the Irony becomes thick enough to cut with a hatchet when you note this is said by a person who is blogging for “Cease Fire Oregon” which of course is simply a branch of the Joyce Foundation. More irony still, I found Mr. Odinson when he started commenting on Joan Peterson’s blog. Joan of course is both a Board member for the Brady Campaign, as well as a leader of a Million Mom March Chapter (an offshoot of the Brady Campaign), as well as a spokeswoman for a different Joyce Foundation branch. Two people, working for the same cause, and at the same time working directly for groups that are the only voices for gun control, and who are funded by a handful of rich individuals, and in the case of Joan Peterson (and possibly Baldr, but that doesn’t appear to be his real name) she is the lead on MULTIPLE groups, making her voice sound like many. Also Baldr himself tried to deny his ties to Joyce here, this is all discussed here. Of course both organizations have no enrolled members, only hand-picked volunteers and staffers.
What’s interesting is clicking through some links I found this page, essentially claiming the tea-party to be an “Astroturf group”. Linoge discusses the definition of “Astroturf” vs. “Grassroots” overe here to great length.
I’ll just say its pretty funny to find a guy who’s working for a small organization, that’s completely funded by a large national group that’s funded by a handful of wealthy individuals, is claiming that the reason why his little poll swung 12 to 1,000 is because his side is “Grassroots” and the other side is “Astroturf”.
You keep using that word, I don’t think it means what you think it does…