"Wesley Messamore, center, leads a chant of 'End the Fed' with protesters as they march through the streets of Nashville on Sunday in opposition to the Federal Reserve Bank. Protesters nationwide have called for an audit of the Federal Reserve. (JOSH ANDERSON / FOR THE TENNESSEAN)"
Alex Jones' New Coffee Party
After some Democrat AstroTurfers started "The Coffee Party" as an alternative to the Tea Party movement a few days back (I'll be covering that story more in depth later), it seems that paleo-conservative radio host and vocal 9-11 "Truther" Alex Jones wants to get in on the action, with "The Real Coffee Party."
The Jones people at InfoWars argue that the Tea Party movement has been hijacked by the establishment and no longer represents its original principles: "the need to abolish the Federal Reserve, reduce the size of government, lower taxes, and withdraw from unnecessary and unconstitutional foreign wars."
But this new Coffee Party gimmick from the Democrats is also "a contrived creation of the establishment itself." I can't say that I disagree much with this assessment of things, though I haven't at all given up on the Tea Party movement, and I'm not sure that the establishment has successfully taken over yet. Though the primaries and general elections this year will give us some strong indicators.
Wes Messamore, The Face of Jones' Coffee Party?
I woke up this morning to e-mails telling me that my picture was being used to promote Mr. Jones' "Real Coffee Party." While I'm flattered that the Jones people think I'm such a handsome man and a perfect poster child *bats eyelashes* for the principled opposition to our government's abuses, and while I am 100% on board with a platform to: "abolish the Federal Reserve, reduce the size of government, lower taxes, and withdraw from unnecessary and unconstitutional foreign wars," there is one huge difference between Alex Jones and me: I am not, never have been, and never will be gullible enough to think that 9-11 was an inside job. Period.
I must really question how critically rational someone can be who gets sucked so deep, into believing something so outrageous, on the basis of such scanty and circumstantial evidence. And even if someone does believe in 9-11 conspiracy theories- the message of liberty applies whether or not they're true. In other words, we should abolish the Fed, reduce the size and scope of government, lower taxes, and end military adventurism whether or not the Truthers are right about 9-11. So it's a separate and ultimately irrelevant issue. And Truthers should keep it that way because they are doing incredible damage to the liberty movement.
Mr. Jones, Please Take My Photo Down
Now I myself prefer to stay united on the issues that we all share in common, again: "abolish the Federal Reserve, reduce the size of government, lower taxes, and withdraw from unnecessary and unconstitutional foreign wars." But Alex Jones prefers be divisive and self-destructive. I have only even posted my views about 9-11 Truth once here at this blog and I've never said a word about Alex Jones because I prefer not to engage in pointless controversies and divide up an already fractured liberty movement. But after posting my picture on his website, Alex Jones has forced my hand. I cannot let anyone think that I am associated with him or 9-11 Truth.
So forgive me if you are a Truther. I don't mean to antagonize or belittle you, I just have a disagreement with you and I try to spend most of my time and energy focusing on the things that most Americans agree to- that we need a better, more responsive, more transparent, less corrupt government. But because Jones used my photo, I want to make abundantly clear to everyone that I AM NOT A TRUTHER and that to be honest, I think it's all pretty ridiculous. Truthers are no different than global warming alarmists as far as I'm concerned.
I have also contacted Alex Jones to politely request that he take down my photo. That, and this post, is all I'm going to do about the matter, and whether he takes it down or not, I've washed my hands of this, so the ball's in his court now.
My Message to InfoWars:
To whom it may concern:
My name is Wes Messamore, and the picture of the End the Fed march that you have posted to your Real Coffee Party page features my image. I am writing to request that you take it down and use another image.
I am a blogger and commentator at HumbleLibertarian.com and while I do agree with the Real Coffee Party platform to "abolish the Federal Reserve, reduce the size of government, lower taxes, and withdraw from unnecessary and unconstitutional foreign wars," I respectfully do not want to be associated with Mr. Jones or for visitors to think that I am in some way aligned with his activities or beliefs.
While I would prefer that disagreements over 9-11 didn't divide us, Mr. Jones is deliberately divisive and provocative in this respect, causing very real and measurable damage to the liberty movement's credibility and electoral efforts. I don't like to throw a fellow liberty lover under the bus, especially when we have strong areas of agreement about the fundamental role of government and the necessary policies to subordinate it to that role. It would seem however, that Alex Jones has no problem at all throwing the whole liberty movement under the bus for the sake of his own cult of personality.
Again, please remove my image from your page and use another. I would hate for someone to see it there and draw the wrong conclusions about me.