Never in the history of the United States have we had a situation where congressmen and “grass roots” (aka astroturf) ignorant rabblerousers have been so out and out disrespectful of a president of the United States as they are to Barack Obama.
What do they suppose gives them license to act in such a rude, ill-bred, destructive manner?
We all remember when North Carolina Republican representative Joe Wilson yelled “liar” at President Obama during the President’s address to a joint session of congress in 2009. Behavior worthy of a governmental gathering in a new, struggling third-world country where emotions are uncontrollable and dangerous.
A new, institutionalized racism is emerging in the United States, with the election of President Obama as the catalyst. All of the historic racial sickness that has been bottled up by civil rights laws and socially correct politeness, is now being let loose, much to the detriment of the the United States.
The Tea Party, formed in 2009, has institutionalized the hatred against this president and against ethnic minorities in the US. The Tea Party men dressed in suits with loud ties and the women with beehive hairdos, carry a unified vitriolic message, sacrificing the national good for their own racism and for what they call their conservatism – their determination to make life for the middle class American close to impossible.
And by the way, they don’t believe global warming is a reality.
Views on the Tea Party
On April 19, 2009, Senior White House Adviser David Axelrod, when asked about the Tea Party protests on CBS News, said, “I think any time that you have severe economic conditions, there is always an element of disaffection that can mutate into something that’s unhealthy.” He also noted, “The thing that bewilders me is this President just cut taxes for ninety-five percent of the American people. So I think the tea bags should be directed elsewhere, because he certainly understands the burden that people face.”
In a September 2010 piece for Rolling Stone, journalist Matt Taibbi wrote in regard to the Tea Party: “I’ve concluded that the whole miserable narrative boils down to one stark fact: They’re full of shit. … The Tea Party is a movement that purports to be furious about government spending — only the reality is that the vast majority of its members are former Bush supporters who yawned through two terms of record deficits … The average Tea Partier is sincerely against government spending — with the exception of the money spent on them. In fact, their lack of embarrassment when it comes to collecting government largesse is key to understanding what this movement is all about …”
Taibbi concluded, “This, then, is the future of the Republican Party: Angry white voters hovering over their cash-stuffed mattresses with their kerosene lanterns, peering through the blinds at the oncoming hordes of suburban soccer moms they’ve mistaken for death-panel bureaucrats bent on exterminating anyone who isn’t an illegal alien or a Kenyan anti-colonialist.”
Observers have compared the Tea Party movement to others in U.S. history, finding commonalities with previous populist movements and third parties, such as the Know Nothing party, the John Birch Society, and the campaigns of Huey Long, Barry Goldwater, George Wallace, and Ross Perot.
Two historians, Steve Fraser and Joshua B. Freeman, have written in Salon.com that the Tea Party movement and anti-immigration movements share a “fear of displacement.” Historian Jill Lepore has described the movement as a form of “historical fundamentalism.” U.S. Senator Chris Dodd compared the Tea Party movement to the Know Nothings, saying it seeks to “roll the clock back to a point in time which they’ve sort of idealized in their own minds as being a better time in America.”
This blogger’s view on the Tea Party is that they are embarassing idiots. But then, many Americans are embarassing idiots, who vote for legislation that directly harms their own well-being. They deserve each other. We can only pray that they slowly die off (politically, that is).
Marilyn Davenport, a member of the Republican Central Committee of Orange County, sent an e-mail to a few fellow conservatives with what was meant to be a family photo of the president and his parents. Obama’s face is superimposed over a baby ape’s. As if that weren’t bad enough, the caption above the photo in the email read, “Now you know why no birth certificate.”
Davenport commented, “I’m sorry if my email offended anyone, I simply found it amusing regarding the character of Obama and all the questions surrounding his origin of birth. In no way did I even consider the fact he’s half black when I sent out the email. In fact, the thought never entered my mind until one or two other people tried to make this about race.”
While at a Tea Party event on February 27, 2009, a photo was taken of TeaParty.org founder and president Dale Robertson with a sign that said “Congress = Slaveowner, Taxpayer = Niggar”. Robertson was ejected from the event because of the offensive nature of the sign, and Houston Tea Party Society leaders ousted him from the society shortly after. As of May 2011 Robertson is still listed as “President & Founder” on the TeaParty.org “Founder” section.
Rick Ungar, political observer says, “Kicking off their controversial national convention in Nashville last night, Tom Tancredo, the one time GOP Congressman, presidential candidate and confirmed wing-nut, presented the opening speech. To make certain that the event got off to the right start, Tancredo proceeded to give the most racist speech I can recall since David Duke, the Ku Klux Klan leader turned politician, amazed us with his vile dribble.
Unger says, “Ripping into Obama, Tancredo announced that the president had won his office because “we do not have a civics, literacy test before people can vote in this country.”
This was no accidental choice of words. In the Jim Crow south, literacy tests were used to prevent the majority of African Americans from voting. This practice continued into 1960s when it was mercifully ended by The Voting Rights Act of 1965. The literacy tests, graded arbitrarily by people of dubious literacy accomplishment, were one of the most shameful acts in our nation’s past.
But Tancredo was just getting warmed up, says Ungar.
“People who could not spell the word vote or say it in English put a committed socialist ideologue in the White House — name is Barack Hussein Obama.”
And there it is, ladies and gentlemen, the root of the problem. The voice of the Tea Party says that it is the illiterate black masses that voted in this travesty, this muslim, this abominable black man.
Screwing Things Up
Tea Party activists claim that their movement is focused on tax reform and knocking down the deficit. Where were they during the Bush administration when the deficit was escalating at an unheard-of rate due to two huge wars justified by complete lies? Does it not occur to them that these illegal wars, not Medicare, are the root of the deficit problems? The wars carried on, uncriticized, sacrificing the lives of thousands of American soldiers as well as billions of dollars. Big corporations, many with financial ties to the Bush families, continue to score massive profits.
They would rather cut Medicare and Medicaid, which benefit virtually every older American. Not to mention union busting, cutting back essential services like police and firefighters, letting the infrastructure go to shit, etc. I would bet that the so-called “entitlement programs” benefit families of Tea Partiers along with everyone else. What possible logical reason can they have for giving tax breaks to the wealthiest at the cost of these programs.
The economic issue is a foil for the racists of the USA, who have come out of the closet (the door never having completely closed) under the guise of crusading for the little guy, when they themselves are backed by corporate interests that strongly oppose changes in corporate tax privilege.
Now we are all paying the price. The Tea Party snagged the congressional debates on the national budget to such an extent, that to avoid bankruptcy of the government, congress was forced to approve a “compromise” that completely bowed to the Tea Party platform. The Tea Party refused to give an inch, and took it right up until the 11th hour, proving that their agenda was more important to them than the general good of the country.
Well, say what you will about the intelligence of the analysts at Standard & Poors, they did study the situation and they did downgrade the American credit rating, carefully stating that their move was based on their mistrust of congress’ ability to function effectively, not in American’s ability to pay their bills. Great.
Pictures and info from various web sources. And some of it from the author.