Levin’s Twitter account shares a lot more than his brief coming out in the Boston Globe.
He is a middle school technology teacher who isn’t impressed by his students or his current job. He promotes a Firefighters for 911 truth site, which establishes his own conspiratorial bona fides as a truther. He indulges in his dislike of Republicans in general and in Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck in particular. Predictably, he doesn’t like Fox News. Other tweets on Mr. Levin’s page indicate that he is pro-ObamaCare and loves Keith Olbermann. Interestingly enough, he claims to not be a Democrat — presumably, his views are further to the left.
On the crashtheteaparty.org site there are both Facebook and Twitter accounts that have been created for the group, both apparently created after Levin registered the domain name. The oldest post on the Facebook account dates back to Friday (April 9), while the Twitter account started promoting the site on Wednesday (April 7). The most recent activity on the official Twitter account notes that the site is getting media and online attention, while Levin gloats on his personal site that his creation has “gone viral.”
Smears and deception have been part of politics from the beginning, but the proud, brazen nature of those who embrace this sort of activity is a direct affront to the sort of civic involvement we need to have in a healthy republic. These are vile tactics by any moral standard, championed by individuals and groups that care not for debate and dissent, but instead thrive on creating a climate of mistrust and fear. Perhaps this is the kind of world they desire to live in, providing they have the power in that world.
One has to question the character of individuals involved in such an effort, and their trustworthiness in any endeavor. They create stereotypes and perpetuate them for media consumption in order to demonize and alienate their fellow Americans from one another. And to what end?
The crashtheteaparty.org website exists for one reason and one reason only: to stifle the voices of those with whom they disagree and to render mute a rising chorus of dissatisfaction with a government that is acting in ways that deeply distress a growing majority. It is a censorship plot. It is an attempt to stoke anger and distrust, and it is as insidious and distasteful to the hearts of free men as any book-burning or pogrom.
We can only hope that the exposure of this group to the broader American population will expose their dirty tricks before they discredit a movement seeking only a return to those values we hold most dear and in common with this nation’s founders. In other words, crashtheteaparty.org is the worst kind of gutter politics, promoted and practiced by those who provide only subversion where leadership is needed.
As for Jason Levin and his co-conspirators, I wish them the best of luck in finding careers they are more satisfied with — preferably, careers far away from impressionable children.
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