In a tweet sent to Americans Elect chief legal representative Dan Winslow on August 6 2011, “KevinL” linked to the revelation of hedge fund money behind Americans Elect and wrote to Winslow, “Your support of AE exposes you as a hypocrite on transparency & opposing special interests.”
For Daniel Winslow, Americans Elect is like the revolutionary Tea Party, American Elect’s lack of transparency is like facepaint to hide itself when engaged in revolutionary Tea Party-like activities, and if Americans Elect is “complying with law” a lack of transparency is supposed to be acceptable.
That’s a revealing analogy for its values, and perplexing one in some aspects. For instance, who’s the “British King” in this analogy? Who’s being poked in the eye? You and I are the ones who aren’t being told about the moneyed interests behind Americans Elect. For another thing, Dan Winslow seems to be saying that important political movements in America have to be hidden movements, movements of subterfuge and disguise, in order to succeed.
I don’t think I’d agree. Indeed, I think that political movements of subterfuge and disguise — especially when operated by billionaires and hedge fund managers — are the one of the most troubling political developments of recent times. We should be grateful to Daniel Winslow for having the honesty to say he thinks they’re the solution.