Two aspects of this article about former NY mayor Bloomberg struck me: First, he asserts (and the news media blithely accepts) that you build a “grassroots movement” by spending tens of millions of dollars to finance it. Second, his relationship with God is discussed. (There’s a nice write-up of the article at The Truth About Guns.)
The article begins:
Michael R. Bloomberg, making his first major political investment since leaving office, plans to spend $50 million this year building a nationwide grass-roots network to motivate voters who feel strongly about curbing gun violence, an organization he hopes can eventually outmuscle the National Rifle Association.
The definition of “grass-roots” in this context makes this rather silly; the Tea Party actually was a grassroots organization, and still has no national headquarters, simply a very large number of independent groups. I know the leaders in my area; they have never received outside funding or direction. There are advertisers and like-minded folks pursuing the same goals now, but that doesn’t fund the movement, nor direct it.
Compare this to Bloomberg’s ham-handedness. He created “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” from scratch, by force of cash, and recruited a lot of mayors into the group. A number of them have left since; some have gone to jail, and others bailed out when it became clear that Bloomberg’s goal was to make all guns illegal. Those left are, literally, left, or clueless about his doings.
Then Bloomberg created another “grassroots” campaign — by hiring a political spokesperson/GE Monsanto PR hack to pretend to be “One Million Moms for Gun Control.” Since they could never get more than a dozen of their own “grassroots” people to show up at protests, the “million moms” business was embarrassing, so Bloomberg renamed it to the unwieldy “Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.”
Not long after its formation, Bloomberg’s involvement became obvious, so he formally “adopted” the group last year. I don’t think they’ve ever fielded more than a dozen people at an event. And their techniques are, of course, dishonest as are their statistics. In one famous early stunt, they asked a bunch of guys with guns to pose for them, then ran the photo claiming that they fellows were “intimidating” the group. This ruse was busted when it turned out that there was more than one photo of the doings.
The media loves “Moms Demand Action,” of course; they’ll ignore a conservative protest with tens of thousands to cover six “moms” demanding the disarming of American citizens. Otherwise, this group would be of zero consequence.
Bloomberg and Lesser Gods
The other intriguing bit was that Bloomberg, who has long assumed that his billions and political clout allow him to bully anyone anywhere — this is the man who decided how large of a soft drink his subjects were allowed to consume — had this to say about God:
“I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.”
And I expect that when he gets inside, he’ll demand that God get out of Bloomberg’s chair. I am not religious, and neither is Bloomberg — but have you ever heard anyone make such an astounding, prideful statement on national television about his power outranking the powers of Heaven? Or that he has made his own decision on his own worth in Heaven, and God cannot say otherwise? Amazing.
In the meantime, he is forced to count mailing lists he’s purchased as “supporters” to get to “1.5 million” — the real number appears to be a single-digit percentage of that. And “Moms Demand Action,” the failing group, is being folded into this new “Everytown for Gun Safety” to disarm American citizens. He’s so very unpopular with Americans that even leftist Democrats are telling him to shut up until after the election.
But he’s already decided his own worth, based upon his wars on salt, soft drinks, and the Second Amendment. And he can outrank the Heavenly Host, why not other leftists and the American public?
===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle