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Posted on Oct 7, 2010
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A protester brandishes his poster at a tax day tea party rally in St. Paul, Minn., on April 15, 2010.

By The Rev. Madison Shockley

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So, what does this have to do with the tea party movement? One of the main thrusts of tea party groups across the country is to teach their “patriots” the truth about the Constitution of the United States. At this particular meet-up of the “South Orange County 912 - Tea Party Group” at the church, they were advertising No. 3 of 12 of the “Institute on the Constitution.”

This is the program written by John Eidsmoe, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, author and attorney. I got this far with just one click. The next click took me to a biography of Eidsmoe posted on the website citizensforaconstitutionalrepublic.com. It should be noted that an invitation to Eidsmoe to speak at a tea party rally in Wasau, Wis., was rescinded in April of this year. The invitation was withdrawn when it was revealed that Eidsmoe was known to teach that God ordained slavery and that the author had spoken before a variety of white supremacists groups (other than tea party groups, that is), such as the successor organization to the White Citizens’ Councils (now the Council of Conservative Citizens) and The League of the South.

So the tea party claims to be cleansed of racism because it withdrew the invitation. But it is not that the party didn’t know his views. Party followers invited him to teach and speak at the rally. He was disinvited because Eidsmoe’s proposed appearance exposed the racism at the core of the movement. Interestingly, the other tea party groups didn’t get the word because the curriculum written by Eidsmoe is being taught right now, right up the road in that old hotbed of the John Birch Society, Orange County. So if he was considered racist by tea party groups in April, why isn’t he still racist in October? He is, and they were and are.

My next click was on a button down the side of the page that said, “I Want My Country Back.” Alas, I thought, now I will get some understanding of what they mean when they say that. This is what took me to the link of Justice Ellett’s dissertation on “The Non-Ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment.”

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Or how are we to regard the role played by tea party leaders like Mark Williams, who was a major leader of the Tea Party Express (one of the leading groups in the National Tea Party Federation). It was Williams who called President Obama an “Indonesian Muslim turned welfare thug.” It was Williams who said blacks don’t want taxes cut because “how will … Colored People ever get a wide screen TV in every room if non-coloreds get to keep what they earn?”

After receiving so much leadership, education and inspiration from these leaders and “scholars,” the tea party movement cannot conveniently disavow the racism that is part and parcel of everything that motivates such leaders (and countless others lesser known). The philosophy regarding the Constitution essentially permeates the tea party movement. This element cannot be uninvited, disowned or dismissed. This constitutional philosophy has produced a code language that connects phrases such as “Citizen” (uppercase C), “Founding Fathers,” “Patriot” and “Constitutional Republic.” On their face they are fine, even noble, ideas. But underneath, when one connects the dots from the originally white “We the People” to a never-say-die Confederate mentality to a rabid tea party opposition to the first black president of the United States, there is no doubt that the tea party movement is racist at its core.

Finally, Patricia Williams said it best in a Guardian article in September when she reminded us of the unguarded words of Lee Atwater, former chair of the Republican Party, who explained the strategy of abstraction this way, “You start out in 1954 by saying, ‘Nigger, nigger, nigger.’ By 1968 you can’t say ‘nigger’—that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like forced bussing, states’ rights and all that stuff. You’re getting so abstract now [that] you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is [that] blacks get hurt worse than whites. … ‘We want to cut this’ is much more abstract than even the bussing thing, and a hell of a lot more abstract than ‘nigger, nigger’.”


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By Go Right Young Man, October 8, 2010 at 8:31 pm Link to this comment

LJL, _ “As far as your attempt to distract interest by citing African American voting patterns and/or Tea Partiers’ complaints about the size of government etc. is disingenuous as you obviously know.”

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Disingenuous as I obviously know?  Why are there so few people on this Web space that understand an respectful and honest sharing of views?

So yes, if you aware of any sociology studies which indicate Caucasians to be any more or less racist or bigoted than other humans I remain interested.  I see nothing you offer which support your conclusions regarding contemporary American racism.

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By Orbis Unum, October 8, 2010 at 4:05 pm Link to this comment

I couldn’t agree more with BR549.

What is most disturbing about the current and ongoing State of Affairs, is that people continue to believe in numerous constitutional rights, when their “only” political right respective thereto, arises from the questionable “Right to Vote,” while lacking any teeth of enforcement to account against the free-will nature of the Electoral College of Electors. Thereby, being subjugated by the prior Article of Amendment to limit their ability to question the public debt effectively. Per Article of Amendment, the 14th, Section 4, Clause 1.

Of course, you are free to believe what you choose for your perfect condition, received from the hands of agency Public Role Models, to see to it, that the programming you receive is perfect for the condition you’ve been program to operate under. “Their Under-Standing!” Some are just born into slavery, unable to work their way out via the Science of Right Reason. But, for those capable of reading the writing on the Wall, the Science of Right Reason is a light to the Door of Self-determination via Variation by Agreement not to be subject to arbitrary Public Authorities and unregulated monopolies.

The question is whether your willing to put your John Hancock on any declaration before a Candid world by pledging your Life, Wealth, and Sacred Honor to support such Unalienable Rights to which the Laws of Nature and Nature’s Creator have entitled you with, to exercise these self evident principles! We suggest you cease and desist complaining if not. If you fail to comply, you complaints may be taken as protesting the Public Debt. Whether respective thereto, or not! And, the 14th Article of Amendment clearly states the punishment thereof. 

It has truly never been about racism, as many are led to believe. But most assuredly, misrepresentation to keep you misguided from the true source of Political Power. The Science of Right Reason, established up the bulwark of Good Will seeking Universal Peace with All Walks of Life. 

In conclusion, if you are willing to face that long, cold, and dark night of eternity, honorably via such variation by agreement with supporting pledge, I humbly direct you to educate yourselves in contract language. And thereafter, review the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties between States and International Organizations or between International Organizations. Therein, those exercising the Science of Right Reason, may embark of negotiating their individual and collective self-determination by such Statecraft, to freely establish safeguards not only for themselves but their Posterity as well! Free from arbitrary Public Powers and such unregulated monopolies, which presently speaking they most surely lack Standing to State a Claim for which relief can be granted absence such agreements. If one is capable using contract language, one may arise with the ability to State a Claim for which Relief can be Granted within the Statecraft created thereby. But failure to arise to negotiate subjugates each to whatever jurisdiction, wherever found therein. PERIOD!!!!   

So, forget the tools of misrepresentation used to condition your mind to accept the fraud being perpetrated against you or for you, whether spouted from the pulpits of ideologies applicable to racism or otherwise. But remember, its true aim, is to guide you away from your ability to arise to the full potential of Political Power, which is your ability to State a Claim via Variation by Agreement. Not otherwise!!!!

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By LJL, October 8, 2010 at 3:12 pm Link to this comment

Go Right:

To read what scholars in America and Germany have to say about white racism in America you might want to consult Demny, Feagin, Wellman, Kiernan Priester and so forth along with the somewhat interesting though less rigorous Howard Zinn. 

As far as your attempt to distract interest by citing African American voting patterns and/or Tea Partiers’ complaints about the size of government etc. is disingenuous as you obviously know. 

It is a pity that Americans today must live under the historical burden of white racism since the whole shape and structure of America is unfortunately the result of four centuries of deliberate racist policies. Tea Partiers more than most are viscerally aware of this and they are spitting mad at seeing modern America stripping them of their cherished supremacy and privileges.  This is why they rage so hysterically and why the object of their virulence is America’s first African American President.

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By Ernest, October 8, 2010 at 2:28 pm Link to this comment
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There is NO doubt the Civil War Amendments. They were adopted under the required carefully designed procedures to prevent rash changes, and were fully understood then as they are also understood now, to apply to ALL persons within the United States, regardless of Justice Ellett’s hairsplitting concerning the use of upper or lower case letters in designating persons/citizens. The amendment procedure is too complex to allow any doubt to remain concerning the intention of the legislation.

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By Laudyms, October 8, 2010 at 2:28 pm Link to this comment

People often look for scapegoats when they are angry and scared. But before you write off all these peope, read: 5 Key Principles that Unite Populist Progressives and Tea-Party Libertarians
http://coto2.wordpress.com/2010/10/07/5-key-principles-that-unite-populist-progressives-and-tea-party-libertarians/

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By BR549, October 8, 2010 at 2:16 pm Link to this comment

This article is CRAP!

Granted, one has to understand the thought processes involved back then that
would have denied any non-whites the status of citizens. But that’s why we have
a history and things change; albeit slowly.

This has nothing to do with the convenience of blaming the Tea Party mentality on
racism. This argument by Rev. Shockley is reverse racism. Any complaint with a
shitty president, who by the way also happens to be black, automatically
translates to a complaint against a black man.

NO, ....... the guy is doing a crappy job and yes, he happens to be black; in that
order, the latter of which is meaningless.

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By outrider61, October 8, 2010 at 1:57 pm Link to this comment

And all Democrats are Socialists!

BULLSHIT!

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By Go Right Young Man, October 8, 2010 at 1:56 pm Link to this comment

LJL,

I have to disagree.  I have never seen a sociology study which indicates Caucasians to be any more or less bigoted or racist.  If you locate one I would be eager to study it.

Much to the chagrin of many on this Web space the same can be said of the “Liberal” mind and “Conservative” mind as well.  No difference.  Both are human.  The only difference is in how that bigotry or racism manifests itself.

Believing that one group of people are any more or less racist is not an educated, well-rounded, belief.  It’s not based on human nature and sociology.  It’s commonly referred to as bigotry.

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Let’s ask ourselves why 90% of American Negro’s voted for the Negro candidate.  Racism?  Liberalism? Or commonly understood favoritism/tribalism/whatever?  Why is this not a suitable subject for TruthDig readers to learn more about?  How is it even plausible to begin accusing, with terrific animus, the Tea protesters or white people in general of racism in the face of that?

I have seen every complaint from the Tea protesters right here on this Web space.  Each issue.  Each protest.  Each gripe about the government, taxes, unemployment, the rule of law.  But somehow these are never racist remarks.  Can anyone here deny that Obama is not pilloried on this Web space daily?  That’s not racism.  But if I believe the Tea protesters are all speaking in code the racism is glaring.(?)

I WANT MY COUNTRY BACK!!!! was written so many times on this Web space for eight years we could not begin to count them all.  Suddenly when the other side feels precisely the same way this now means “I HATE BLACK PEOPLE”! 

And why is ITW’s panties in such a tight wad about, at best, minuscule signs of racism amongst “white tea baggers” knowing full well that 90% of black people voted against the white guy?  <—this has got to say a great deal more about ITW than contemporary American society as a whole, yes?

Rev. Shockley’s anecdotal revelations and conclusions are interesting.  But it’s not based in the sciences of human nature.  It falls in the realm of the emotional.

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I’ll need a reference to any sociology study one my have available when telling me how ignorant and stupid I am on this subject.

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By brdonaldson, October 8, 2010 at 1:54 pm Link to this comment
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Aaaaaannnd…socialists are innocently peace-loving, humane, benevolent…?

BULLSHIT!!

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By mando, October 8, 2010 at 1:26 pm Link to this comment
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Sure am glad I don’t live in that sad evil country, it’s bad enough having to
be a neighbor.

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By LJL, October 8, 2010 at 12:35 pm Link to this comment

The sad truth is that White America of all political persuasions is mostly racist.  It is easy to accept the truth that Right wing Tea Partiers are racist, but that obscures the reality that much of the anti-Obama Left is racist too.  American racism reared its head even among the anti-segregationist activists during the 50’s and 60’s when many whites tried to take charge of the movement away from uneducated local blacks.  As hard as it is to see today, a half century ago Dr King was considered wanting by the hard Left of his day.

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By REDHORSE, October 8, 2010 at 12:14 pm Link to this comment

The Tea Party was/is manufactured. It is a frankencreature expansion of Carl Rovian dirty tricks deception financed by the Koch brothers and the like (big energy). It plays to, and intends to widen, the fractures in the American Psyche by giving voice to the most ignorant, uninformed and soul damaged individuals in the Nation. It is made effective by Corporate $$$$$ and our propagandist MSM which prevents sane dialogue and maintains low level psychological fear, anxiety and depression in our Citizenry. (Would any sane Press give Palin a second thought?/ How many here suspect the “dumbing down” of American Education is intentional?) The Reverends discovery that the “racist” in the stew was a former Judge, and recent Supreme Court decisions that strip Citizen rights in favor of Corporations say plainly that the American three legged stool of Executive,Legislative, and Judicial power has collapsed into total corruption.

      The American “elite” have decided that their financial bread is best buttered by international markets. It is reality. They care less than nothing about the Nations future. Social disintegration, enforced poverty and chaos serve to hold “We the people—” in thrall. The “elite” have become intolerable and hold no relationship to a sane and healthy American future. It’s just a matter of time. Everyone knows what’s coming, everyone is afraid to say it and everyone can’t wait for it to happen. I’m scared as hell and I suspect everyone else is as well.

      This is a fearfull time. The lesson of the 60’s was that some of us are in mind, spirit and soul, Free Men (and Women). Some of us are possessed by beliefs that amount to less than superstition. Some of us do knowing evil for the sake of money. But, it is ALL ALIVE IN ALL OF US. Rovian necromancers have animated the American Shadow and its idiot stare is everywhere we look. My best advice is that we try to shoot from the hip and love from the heart. We’re ill and it’s time to get clean and well. We’re far from powerless. They’re dinosaurs. We must not let American Democracy die with them.

      Racism is just another aspect of an imposed manufactured lie. Free your mind and soul and your ass will follow.

  “TODAY MEDGER EVERS WAS BURIED FROM THE BULLET HE CAUGHT—THEY LOWERED HIM DOWN AS A KING—BUT WHEN THE SHADOWY SUN SETS ON THE ONE—THAT FIRED THE GUN—
HE’LL SEE BY HIS GRAVE—ON THE STONE THAT REMAINS—CARVED NEXT TO HIS NAME—HIS EPITAPH PLAIN: ONLY A PAWN IN THEIR GAME.”

                B.Dylan 1963

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By Go Right Young Man, October 8, 2010 at 12:07 pm Link to this comment

felicity, October 8 at 2:45 pm

Kanye West, a self-described liberal, accused President Bush of murdering 10,000 black people (please note the racism).

No name calling by Jerome Corsi comes anywhere near the above.  Not even close.  You do agree, yes?  Accusing someone of racial mass-murder (genocide) is tremendously more dangerous, outrageous, and unhinged, yes?

Bush was accused of being corrupt, enraged, anti-
American, drug-dealing, pro-Israel, pseudo-Christian radical, right-wing, militant Neo-Con liar who was being lead around by a menagerie of evil, fat, dangerous Christian white men.

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Nobody is disputing that racism exists.  Both in the Anti-war protesters or the Tea protesters.  Humans are human everywhere.

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By Inherit The Wind, October 8, 2010 at 11:38 am Link to this comment

I guess the worms in my brain must be chowing down good:

I cannot help wondering if the racism is confined to the few and exploited by the critics, or is it a tactic used to control its membership as testosterone and adrenaline make useful tools in such controlling.

There are certain basic tenets to Tea Party politics that may have a basis in fact. The way our government wastes huge sums of our tax dollars makes a call for tax reductions seem reasonable for example. That the Tea Party is a wholely owned subsidiary of Big Oil and enables them to obfuscate and hinder actual reasonable debate on many issues as regulation, fair taxation of corporations, and the like seems obvious.

But just as obvious, I think, is the wholesale attacks on that group for what very well be a subset of the Tea Party, a group that finds said party an outlet for its racism while sharing a common belief in individual rights coupled with a fear of big government with the bulk of the members.

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I just see this, and see GRYM defending racists now and pretending they are anything but, and wonder why you two aren’t getting together to tag-team.

Of course, Ardee has to do this.  He’s insisting that there’s no difference between Re-thugs and Dims.  Because to accept this POV of the Teaparty as valid means there IS a true, definite division between the parties.  But…given Ardee’s premise that they are actually the same, he’s FORCED to defend the Teaparty.

Law of unintended consequences.

And he says the worms are eating my brain.]

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By JDmysticDJ, October 8, 2010 at 11:22 am Link to this comment

Pat Buchanan is offered here as being a reputable example of conservative thinking. Pat Buchanan’s racist comments would fill a small book.

Tea Party apologists, supporters, and representatives of the Right here are simply resorting to denial, false equivalencies, and confounding logic. They’ll argue that 1+1 doesn’t = 2, and offer an explanation as to why that equation is incorrect.

One result of the civil rights struggle is that racism must now be concealed, and expressed in other terms, in order to meet the objective of obstructing or rolling back advances.

Apparently some avowed progressives are: fellow travelers in racism, easily duped, or attempting to elevate themselves above the fray. Quoting Barry Goldwater, (A man who was an outspoken critic of Civil Rights Legislation, and a supporter of red baiting, liberty suppressing, constitution defiling, Senator Joe McCarthy,) “Extemism in defense of liberty is no vice; moderation in defense of liberty is no virtue.” …Eat those words, right-wing hypocrites.

I apologize for being so extreme, (Well…not really.)

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By gerard, October 8, 2010 at 11:13 am Link to this comment

What earthly good does it do to call each other “racists” or try to prove who is more “racist” than whom?

What we need is to talk about causes of racism and how to eliminate it, or at least stop encouraging it.
And also let’s talk about how easy it is to use as a political tool, how destructive of democracy it is, and why we keep on promoting it out of one side of our mouths while denying it out of the other?

Better yet, we could be talking about acceptance of human differences, the value of differences, or how to encourage equal rights for everybody to live on the planet free from the worst prison of all—the Guantanamo of the human soul—starvation,, ignorance and rage.

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By Samson, October 8, 2010 at 11:08 am Link to this comment

“By kerryrose, October 8 at 1:19 pm Link to this comment

Alphysicist

The term ‘far right’ may not mean much to you, but it means quite a bit in the real world.

I’ll tell you how.  ‘Far right’ ideology wants no regulation for the financial or corporate sector.  It wants to get rid of Medicaid, Welfare (what is left of it), cut or privatize Social Security, no health reform, no unemployment, and beef up the Empirical presence of the US around the world.

The ‘far right’ also wants to dictate social control in terms of abortion, homophobia, and immigration. “

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Well, at least by that definition, we know that Obama is far right.

Obama has refuse to prosecute any of the Wall Street crooks who stole trillions in home equity from Americans.  A clear statement from Obama in support of no legal regulation of the financial sector.

Obama and the Democrats passed a fake Wall Street reform bill that had so many loopholes that Wall Street cheered when it passed.

Obama and the Democrats made it very clear that profits of health care corporations are more important than health care.

It was Clinton and the Democrats who ended “Welfare as we know it”.

It was Obama and the Democrats who put Alan Simpson of all people in charge of ‘reforming’ Social Security and Medicare. And its Obama and the Democrats who will make sure that Simpson’s cuts will pass in the lame-duck session after the election.

Well, at least one thing is perfectly clear. Obama and the Democrats are on the far right wing politically in this country.

The question is, why would anyone who’s not a wall street mogul getting rich from all of this vote Democrat?

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By Samson, October 8, 2010 at 11:03 am Link to this comment

If you don’t think the Democrats are playing the “politics of fear” card, go read this article up on the UK’s Guardian today.

Apparently, Karl Rove left his political playbook behind in the White House, because now the Democrats are running the same old “politics of fear’ campaigns that were Rove’s specialty.


http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/oct/07/barack-obama-terror-threat-claims

“Barack Obama accused of exaggerating terror threat for political gain
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A US terror alert issued this week about al-Qaida plots to attack targets in western Europe was politically motivated and not based on credible new information, senior Pakistani diplomats and European intelligence officials have told the Guardian.

The non-specific US warning, which despite its vagueness led Britain, France and other countries to raise their overseas terror alert levels, was an attempt to justify a recent escalation in US drone and helicopter attacks inside Pakistan that have “set the country on fire”, said Wajid Shamsul Hasan, the high commissioner to Britain.

Hasan, a veteran diplomat who is close to Pakistan’s president, suggested the Obama administration was playing politics with the terror threat before next month’s midterm congressional elections, in which the Republicans are expected to make big gains.

He also claimed President Obama was reacting to pressure to demonstrate that his Afghan war strategy and this year’s troop surge, which are unpopular with the American public, were necessary.”

Note how you don’t see this story on the front pages of all the Democrat spin machine websites.  Funny, these websites all really used to like these sorts of Guardian articles back when Bush was President.

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By doublestandards/glasshouses, October 8, 2010 at 11:02 am Link to this comment
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The professional right knows that none of the stuff they say about Obama is true.  They know of course that he has done more for wall street than any other president in history.  They know he’s been a good war manager.  They know he keeps the military industrial complex running smoothly.  They know he works in the best interests of corporate america.  They are not stupid.  What they are afraid of is that if they don’t condemn Obama constantly and loudly enough there’s a chance that a real leftist might take a shot at the job.  They are trying to establish the parameters of acceptable political discourse in the country.  If Obama is an anti-american marxist israeli hating muslim terrorist then a real socialist would simply be off the charts as far as they are concerned and they want to put that idea into the minds of as many Americans who will listen.

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By Samson, October 8, 2010 at 10:59 am Link to this comment

The Democrats are politically bankrupt and have nothing to offer but the politics of fear.

So, the Democrat spin machine pumps out these stories on the ‘tea-party’.  You are supposed to be so very afraid that you gladly go vote for two more years of war and two more years of government of the corporations, by the corporations and for the corporations.

A vote for the Democrats is a vote for more war.
A vote for the Republicans is a vote for more war.

How do you get the Democratic base enthused about this? Write lots of scary stories about the ‘tea-party’.

A vote for the Democrats is a vote for letting the banks and the corporations run the country.
A vote for the Republicans is a vote for letting the banks and corporations run the country.

How do you get the Democratic base enthused about this? Write lots of scary stories about the ‘tea-party’.

At least now, anyone who votes Democrat can’t act surprised that elected Democrats led to more war.

At least now, anyone who votes Democrat can’t act surprised when the bankers and the corporations run the country.

After all, how can they be surprised when we’ve been watching this for the last two years.  Re-electing Democrats is a clear statement in favor of more war.  Re-electing Democrats is a clear statement in favor of letting the banks and corporations run the country.

Of course, the Democrats can’t say that they want you to vote for them so you can have more of the war you don’t want and more of the rule by corporations that’s driving you into the poor house.

So, expect to see lots of scary stories about the ‘tea-party’ in the next month.

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By felicity, October 8, 2010 at 10:45 am Link to this comment

Go Right…The following was written by Jerome Corsi,
a conservative.  It appeared in ‘The New Yorker,’
Sept. ‘08.  “Obama…is a corrupt, enraged, anti-
American, drug-dealing, anti-Israel, pseudo-Christian
radical leftist black-militant, plagerist and liar,
trained as a Muslim and mentored by a menagerie of
Marxists, Communists, crypto-Communists and
terrorists.”  (Please note the racism)

I await a similar diatribe from you written by a
liberal prior to Bush’s election.

Disliking a president is one thing (most have been
thoroughly disliked by some) but the vitriol from the
Right hurled at Obama goes well beyond what the
others have been subjected to. (Read Corsi’s
statement again.)

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By kerryrose, October 8, 2010 at 9:55 am Link to this comment

Go Right Young Man

Of course nothing personal was intended!

Yikes, lunch is over.

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By Go Right Young Man, October 8, 2010 at 9:33 am Link to this comment

kerryrose, - “Methinks you protest too much? “

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It cannot go unnoticed that you elected to attack me but was unable to dispute even a single assertion in my posts. 

But, as you are such a kind and peace-loving individual, one might suppose your attack was based on my policies and not on me, personally.

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By Go Right Young Man, October 8, 2010 at 9:26 am Link to this comment

felicity,

Nothing to date hurled at President Obama compares to the hatred and vileness directed toward President Bush.  Not even close.  You simply believe the treatment of Bush is justifiable.

Which insult or unhinged criticism toward Obama comes close to accusing Bush of murderously attacking Manhattan and Washington and killing 3000 people?  Which whacked-out shout against Obama compares to accusation that Bush murdered 10,000 black people?

Which placard or sign today compares to throwing things at the President-Elect, the first and only time in American history, on Inauguration day 2001?

No one in their right mind can claim Bush had a kinder opposition than Obama. 

If you turn every criticisms of the current president into his being Negro then you are, by definition, the racist amongst the crowed.

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By kerryrose, October 8, 2010 at 9:21 am Link to this comment

Go Right Young Man

It is not surprising to see your frantic posts when the racism of Tea Baggers is discussed.

Methinks you protest too much?

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By kerryrose, October 8, 2010 at 9:19 am Link to this comment

Alphysicist

The term ‘far right’ may not mean much to you, but it means quite a bit in the real world.

I’ll tell you how.  ‘Far right’ ideology wants no regulation for the financial or corporate sector.  It wants to get rid of Medicaid, Welfare (what is left of it), cut or privatize Social Security, no health reform, no unemployment, and beef up the Empirical presence of the US around the world. 

The ‘far right’ also wants to dictate social control in terms of abortion, homophobia, and immigration.

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By Ed, October 8, 2010 at 9:05 am Link to this comment
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As far as I’m concerned, the Tea Party (and, by association, the Republicans) are the political wing of the Ku Klux Klan and Aryan Nation.

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By felicity, October 8, 2010 at 9:01 am Link to this comment

Again, I must ‘pull’ my age.  I’ve ‘been through’
presidents from FDR to Obama. The vitriol, venom,
hatefulness, contempt and malevolence hurled at Obama
practically from the time he uttered the final words
at his inauguration ceremony is unprecedented, at
least against any one president during my life time.
This is racism, pure and simple.

That said, it would seem that the teabaggers and
their supporters are not satisfied with the fact that
for every dollar of wealth of the average white
family, the average wealth of the black family is 10
cents. Apparently, the baggers find 10 cents to be 10
cents too much.

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By Go Right Young Man, October 8, 2010 at 8:56 am Link to this comment

robertaustin,

One last thing.  If you never heard the complaints on the Right about deficit spending in the Bush years, if you failed to understand the 2006 mid-term election, you were somehow not hearing or listening.

I intend no disrespect.  Perhaps you follow only liberal news outlets?

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By Go Right Young Man, October 8, 2010 at 8:48 am Link to this comment

robertaustin, - “We lefties showered plenty of insults on the last president and his administration, but we always were pretty civil about it, in fact too civil.’ - ‘Our anger was based upon our dislike for the man’s policies, not the man himself. We never let our anger turn into the irrational hatred that might have laid the foundation of a radical leftest movement that would have mirrored the Tea Party.”

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I understand that you believe all of the above.  From your position that’s how it all looks to you today.  But we can revisit recent history from a different perspective.

- President-Elect Bush was the first and only, in all of American history, unable to complete the customary walk to the Capital on Inauguration day due to, as you call them, “Lefties” throwing things at him.  He hadn’t even been sworn it yet. - What do Lefties say about this?  “That’s O.K. He deserved it”! 

Now let us all imagine that happening to President Obama.  There would be no convincing the Left that that was not racist in its very nature.  How is it even possible to hate President Obama that much?  And BEFORE being sworn in?  Impossible, right?

Just about every columnist and every news anchor in the United States, at one time or another, referred to the “Bush Derangement Syndrome” which griped the Left. - It was even a subject and question during at least one presidential news conference.  It was repeated from London to Singapore.

As for the kind, intellectual, dignified, well-rounded criticisms based on policy and not personality:  Bush -the criminal- stole the election. He brought down the World Trade Center and attacked the Pentagon.  Bush attempted to attack the Capital or the White House. He murdered almost 3000 people on Sept. 11. He murdered 10,000 black people in Louisiana. - He was a draft dodger, a cocaine user, a simpleton rich frat boy, a dunce, an idiot, a murderer, Adolf Hitler, not the real acting President (FrankenCheny was in charge), a racist, fascists and a greedy SOB and a wife beater.  The left made sport of the way he walked.  His gait -his cowboy swagger- REALLY pissed people off.  Not personal?  Criticisms based on policy?

How many times did you personally hear that “Bush is NOT MY PRESIDENT”?  How many times, from 2000 to 2008, did you personally hear people say “TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK!!! <—Who knew this was a slogan of Liberal racism?  I didn’t.

The provable fact is President Bush was, even today, accused of every crime known to man less pedophilia and bestiality.

Two books and one documentary film, from “Lefties”, told stories of assassinating President Bush.  Most Americans were appalled by this.  Not so with a few on the Left.  They absolutely LOVED IT.

The Tea Party is just being really really mean?

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There is but one reason I can see why you either never saw this syndrome or have forgotten.  You never took exception to the vile hatred directed daily toward Bush.  You agree with it and, likely, applauded it. - Suddenly you are appalled by how “really mean” the political opposition can be?

Watch the replies to this post.  They will all be different flavors of - Bush Deserved It!  Obama does not :(  The awful meanie critics are just racist.

Lasty, to quote my 9 year old Niece, WTVR! (Smile)

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By robertaustin, October 8, 2010 at 8:08 am Link to this comment

Alphysicist;
  I agree with much of what you say. Though criticism from the right by people like Pat Buchanan, whom I often agree with, was little more than a barely heard cry in the wilderness during the Bush Years. Perhaps many of the tea baggers have legitimate gripes. However the policies that helped to determine their plight were more due to the eight years of the Bush administration than the two years of the Obama administration. Where were these people two or more years ago? What can account for the almost overnight transformation of these formerly complacent victims of poor national policy decisions into foaming at the mouth radicals?

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By kerryrose, October 8, 2010 at 7:37 am Link to this comment

Alphysicist

I agree with you about Nader.  He was demonized by the left, and phonies like Michael Moore threw him to the wolves.

A few good people in office are not going to matter.  It will be a constructive, not destructive (Tea Party), 3rd party that will someday make a difference.

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By Alphysicist, October 8, 2010 at 7:08 am Link to this comment

Dear RoberAustin,

  There are many on the right who were strongly critical of Bush: the right of the libertarian variety, columnists like Justin Raimondo, Pat Buchanan, or Paul Craig Roberts (who are often partially sympathetic to the Tea Party).  I am far from certain that Obama is a good example of the American Dream: on the surface yes, making it to become president from humble origins.  However, if rising from humble origins is achieved by political opportunism, catering to the elites, then, it becomes questionable.  It is also to be noted, that the identity of a politician (at least in modern democracies) is in the end a campaign tool to manipulate the emotions of the voters (this includes Obamas ethnic background, his rise from humble origins, but basically even the color of his tie at election rallies; alternatively Sarah Palin’s looks, winks, etc.).  So factors like being from humble origins, or being African-American, etc. are in the end all factors which are calculated into the campaign to carry votes of particular voting blocks.  Therefore all of these factors should just be considered irrelevant or at least negligible compared to a candidate’s actions.

I do not think that the protesters are using invectives to cover their anger.  It is more that they are from a segment of society who has lost its prospects in the last 10 or 20 years, and this situation was exacerbated recently.  Since they are working class people without Ivy League degrees,  no idea of political correctness, their expression of anger is unsophisticated.  The Ivy League liberal PC elite is also often racist, and strongly prejudiced but they express it in a concealed fashion (it is perhaps also an example of racism, to calculate a candidate’s racial background into a election campaign).  And likely they are not the ones who lost their jobs due to outsourcing and immigration from developing countries.

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By robertaustin, October 8, 2010 at 6:42 am Link to this comment

Dear, Go Right Young Man. People on the left have said plenty of unkind things about some of our former leaders. Speaking for myself, this ire was rooted in policy decisions made by those people: unjust wars, torture, deregulation, poor economic policy, etc. There are many on the right who mock the current administration because of legitimate concerns they have over how they see this country being run. I’m sure some of the more reasonable members of the Tea Party fall into this category as well. However, many tea baggers seem to hate President Obama for no good reason, so they shout “Kenyan” and “socialist,” when they don’t know what socialism really is or what President Obama has been doing in office. There was plenty of wasteful spending and socialism of the corporate variety ($700 billion for TARP) during the Bush administration, yet they remained silent through all that. George W. Bush was born into privilege, and he was a spoiled, rich, Yale-educated descendant of a wealthy and powerful Yankee family. I never heard people on the right complain about his arrogance. In contrast to silver-spoon-fed George W. Bush, President Obama closely resembles the all-American, self-made hero of the Horatio Alger stories. Obama’s story of success is something the tea baggers and all Americans should be celebrating. No, they now use these invectives against President Obama to cover the real reason for their anger, as has been clearly stated in Rev. Shockley’s column.

We lefties showered plenty of insults on the last president and his administration, but we always were pretty civil about it, in fact too civil. We didn’t organize into a movement to reverse the tax cuts or enact sane environmental policy or pull us out of Iraq and Afghanistan. Though we talked about it, we never seriously persecuted Bush and Co. for war crimes, for which they are as guilty as Milosevic is for his crimes in Yugoslavia. That’s the difference. Our anger was based upon our dislike for the man’s policies, not the man himself. We never let our anger turn into the irrational hatred that might have laid the foundation of a radical leftest movement that would have mirrored the Tea Party.

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By blogdog, October 8, 2010 at 5:42 am Link to this comment

RE: progressive/liberal agenda as put forward in the past 19 months

WRONG

smoke and mirrors - Obama is/was/has been from day 1 a Wall Street Puppet, in the pocket of Brzezinski and Gates, foremost architects of the Middle East as we know it - his mission is/was/has been from day 1 to advance (under left cover) the unchanging agenda of the global finance oligarchy

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By Go Right Young Man, October 8, 2010 at 5:21 am Link to this comment

90% of all black American voters cast their ballot for the black candidate in the last election.  This is not racism.

If 90% of all White American voters had cast their ballots for the white candidate there would be no denying the white racism across America.

One of the most common depictions of (white) President Bush from the Left was Adolf Hitler.  This is not racism.

One of the most common depictions of (black) President Obama is Adolf Hitler.  This is racism.

President Bush was commonly depicted as Curious George.  This was not racism.  It was humor.

President Obama has been depicted as Curious George.  This is racism.  And it’s not funny.

Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton and Bush were all hung and burned in effigy at nearly every protest.  This is not racism.

President Obama is hung and burned in effigy during a small handful of protests.  This is racism.

The Left never accepted George Bush as president. Throughout his entire two terms the Left cried how they wanted their country back from an Neo-Con cabal in the White House.  This was not racism.

Today’s protesters make clear they want their country back from (new) socialists in the White House.  This, we are told, is code for what?  Racism.

Voices in the New Black Panther Party talk openly about killing white babies.  We’re told we shouldn’t dare equate such open hatred with the whole of the liberal mind.  It’s not fair.

A man holds a clearly racist sign during a Tea protest and we’re told the man clearly represents Tea protesters as a whole.

The majority of democrats voted against the white candidate in Nov. 2008.  This, we’re told, is simply policy minded politics.

The majority of Republicans voted against the black candidate in Nov. 2008.  This, we are told, is the clearest sign of racism in white America one can imagine.

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Conservatives, moderates, and independents say they are against the progressive/liberal agenda as put forward in the past 19 months.  But this is absolutely not true.  This clear majority is obviously lying.  What a bunch of racists!

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By blogdog, October 8, 2010 at 5:19 am Link to this comment

amazing how this and similar wedge-issue articles generate 10 times more commentary than those on the wars - the useful fool pictured in the article and all the Koch-Family-funded noisemakers in this silly movement get so-called progressives more riled up than the day-in-day-out carnage executed to carry out the hegemonic agenda of the global finance oligarchy, of which, even though modest compared to the victims in the trenches, of course, we all know we’re paying for in every way - feeling manipulated yet, used yet, duped yet? shut off your stupid TV and use its down time to write once a week to your congressmen demanding and end to the suicidal global war of terror

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By Mike789, October 8, 2010 at 5:10 am Link to this comment

In particular, the guy in the photo, without much thought, (And he is like many Americans, i.e., without much thought.) may be characterized as a racist, and this may in fact be the case, however, as a typifying representative of the Tea Party, I see blatant psychological transference of blame, responsibility and anger upon a easily identifiable scapegoat.

The American idea of exceptionalism is being shaken every day. The inaction to forestall facing the major problems of our society and rather opt for the trendy, easy out now reaps consequences that are palpable and ever more immediate. We continually opted out of making tough decisions while the Times Square national debt number, year upon decade, went straight up.

“Instant gratifiction nation” has collapsed. That’s what is irking this guy in the photo. And it’s our fault as a scoiety for having embraced nonesensical, soul-less materialism rather than adhering to a work ethic that advances mankind as the prime mover and sees money for the sake of money as a valueless maelstrom going nowhere but to perdition. Is that what’s troubling you, man?

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By Alphysicist, October 8, 2010 at 5:09 am Link to this comment

To summarize:

  The arguments against the tea party have no constructive substance.  Protesting against the tea party is like saying: no the tea party should not be allowed to destroy this country, that privilege should be reserved for standard Republicrats like Bush or Obama. 

(I also do not think that Ron Paul would be a destructive choice, and he is partially affiliated with the tea party.)

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By Alphysicist, October 8, 2010 at 5:00 am Link to this comment

kerryrose,

  Well, for one, how could the tea party not keep silent during the Reagan/Bush years?  The movement started with the Ron Paul candidacy in the last elections.  Ron Paul himself has criticized NAFTA, and while the tea party/right wing does exhibit national pride of the wrong kind regarding the military, many of them are perennially accused of isolationism by the neo-cons, hence they are pro-peace.  It is not the right wing Republicans who are responsible for corporate control: it is essentially the whole American political class, with Clinton at the helm, and then the Bush family, and now Obama.  I personally do not care much for labels such as “racist” or “far right”.  These labels have been overused, more importantly used to discredit genuine critiques of the existing system, so they are meaningless.  The question is not whether a candidate is far right or not, it is more whether a candidate is harmful or not.  Ron Paul is definitely less harmful, and potentially more beneficial, then a standard center Republicrat.  This does not hold for Sarah Palin: she is about the same as Bush/Clinton/Obama, or whoever.  Ralph Nader in my view would be the best: but the people who screamed loudest against Nader, are also the ones who are screaming loudest against the tea party.

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By kerryrose, October 8, 2010 at 4:35 am Link to this comment

Alphysicist

What you fail to appreciate is that the Tea Party does not criticize the policies (NAFTA) and corporate control of the government that led to America’s demise.  They do not make a peep about funding for the military.  In fact, the revere the armed forces with a sense of godliness.

No, the Tea Partiers are the right wing Republicans who supported and still support the policies that led to America’s fall, (think how quiet they were during the Bush/Reagan years).  The fact that they support far right candidates makes invalid your argument.

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By Alphysicist, October 8, 2010 at 4:07 am Link to this comment

JimBob,

  20-30 years ago the U.S. was the envy of the world, on top of scientific and technological development, a great source of human creativity, and (perhaps more importantly) a functioning country with one of the highest living standards.  Today it is in an economic nosedive, with impoverishment and even hunger (food insecurity) widespread, and much of scientific development goes into the military, not really for the improvement of the human condition.  When NYC started a bid for new subway cars, there was not a single U.S. company who entered (in the end I believe Canada and Japan built the new subway cars).  In DC, the subway cars for a long time were (perhaps still are) BredaMenarini (an Italian company).  The Boeing Dreamliner is now ca. 10 years behind schedule.

  The enviable country that the U.S. was 20-30 years ago was, of course, far from perfect.  But could it be that the “I want my country back” slogan is not a reference to reestablishing segregation (which, actually, was only an issue in certain states), but something else?

  I also think that the attacks on the tea party in the end favour the war party, a much more harmful, racist,  and dangerous sect within the Republican Party, even if the tea party was racist.

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By ardee, October 8, 2010 at 2:33 am Link to this comment

rico, suave, October 7 at 7:47 pm Link to this comment

ardee:

Of course the nutjob in the photo is a racist. But concede me the point that the “racism” charge has been grossly abused.

Did you not read my initial comment?

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By RayLan, October 8, 2010 at 2:30 am Link to this comment

Ignorant misinformed racism and stupidity about economic systems.

First off, there is no such thing as ‘free’ enterprise capitalism in any society. Trading is and always has been regulated at some level. There are hundreds of laws federal, state and local that restrict not onlu merchant transactions, but stock trading.

So the US already has socialistic limits placed on its economy as well as publicly funded agencies to supply us with an army, a police force, firemen, public works and highways etc…

If these wackos haven’t realized that yet - they should be educated - and if they still don’t approve they should leave the country and buy their own.

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By Leefeller, October 8, 2010 at 1:34 am Link to this comment

A little more of the ugly under belly of the Tea Bag seems to be showing!

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By Pshycobabbler, October 8, 2010 at 1:15 am Link to this comment
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Many of them have an irrational fear that society wants to take from them based on their race which is something that is being fed to them. Given the truth they might not be acting in ways that could be perceived as racist. If they are in fact hard working people as they claim then their anger is definitely pointed in the wrong direction.

Socialism as I understand it is aimed at supporting their cause.

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By Alphysicist, October 7, 2010 at 9:40 pm Link to this comment

Uhmmm…no not really. 

Obama’s healthcare system is not about redistributing wealth to the poor and the disadvantaged.  It is about redistributing wealth mainly to the Healthcare Industry and Big Pharma.  And the problem with government wealth redistribution in the U.S. is that mainly it is about redistributing the wealth of the lower middle to middle classes to the poor and unfairly disadvantaged.  The redistribution never touches the upper middle to the extremely wealthy so it does not solve (does not even address) the real wealth inequality problem.  The rich whites take money from the poor white working class basically. 

In the last two decades the lower middle class has become poor and unfairly disadvantaged itself, and many people who are not quite there yet see no future prospects.  Moreover, much of the responsibility for this state of affairs goes to the Democratic party, as the policies fall under the banner “economic liberalisation”.  Mainly it meant repealing any kind of controll on Wall Street, but also encouraging the outsourcing of jobs, or immigration (which in a way is another type of outsourcing).  At the same time the Dems used the accusation of “racism” against their critics to defend these policies.

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By jjohnjj, October 7, 2010 at 8:33 pm Link to this comment

Very good article. I’ve been looking for background material for this idea. I suspect that the ‘baggers have buried their racism under so many layers of euphemism that they would be surprised by the accusation.

It’s no coincidence that the California “tax revolt” was born right in the wake of school desegregation. The lawsuits against the Pasadena and LA districts were filed in the 1960’s but the busing didn’t begin until the early-to-mid ‘70’s. By 1978, Prop-13 had become law.

Nobody complained about property taxes back when schools were segregated.

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By JimBob, October 7, 2010 at 8:16 pm Link to this comment

I know a small group of South African men who emigrated from their homeland for the simple reason that they couldn’t stand living in a place where they were no longer, by right and by birth, politically and socially superior to the black population.  Their entire world-view, their self-identity, was and continues to be based on the idea—and the emotion—that they are not at the bottom of the ladder, that someone else is beneath them under all circumstances and at all times.  That, to my mind, is the fundamental concept of racism and there is no question that it is alive and well in the tea party’s desire to “get our country back.”  What they want back is a world where white people enjoy superiority simply for being white.  It’s the only superiority these douchebags will ever enjoy, and taking it from them rips at their tiny, shriveled souls.  No logic, no preachment, no appeal to their humanity, will ever convince them to give it up.  All any of us can do is get off our asses and vote to make sure the tea party and its adherents never get even close to the levers of power.

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By gerard, October 7, 2010 at 6:43 pm Link to this comment

morristhewise:  What did you get this information?

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By Emeric, October 7, 2010 at 6:36 pm Link to this comment
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How many people still call themselves Catholic? Your not going to be able to shame people to change. Racism and hate, pedophilia and rape, the most repulsive human characteristics seem to be the most attractive. We’re all apologists for someone else.

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By Bud, October 7, 2010 at 5:43 pm Link to this comment
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Fascism is coming to our country VIA the tea party.We had better be careful of the individuals that we entrust with our democracy.I’m sixty nine years old,and I may not live to see the transition in its entirety,but it is going to happen.God save our democracy if it occurs.

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By yesyesyes, October 7, 2010 at 5:06 pm Link to this comment
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Tea Baggers

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By morristhewise, October 7, 2010 at 5:02 pm Link to this comment

Between 30-40 million of the down trodden are no longer invisible, they are seen
everywhere, it has little to do with the recession, they have always been with us,
but their numbers have been increasing at an alarming rate, some are
psychologically or physically challenged others are simply deranged, but all are
socially unfit for labor. In another era where more than half the population was
engaged in farm labor they could be given jobs, but in today`s world most would
not even be hired as a hash slinger at a fast food franchise. Their numbers are
expected to double in the next ten years and the burden of carrying them must be
shared and not ignored.

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By kerryrose, October 7, 2010 at 4:54 pm Link to this comment

I work at a school with a Tea Partier. Our district always has no school on the Jewish high holidays in September.

‘We have to work the day before Thanksgiving because of the Jewish holidays’ she says to me, rolling her eyes with her Tea Party anger boiling over. The rumbling racism and hatred in the conventional ‘church lady, mall walking’ persona is ugly.  If anyone but a black man were president, she would be too ashamed to let it out into the open.  It would be conveniently stuffed as it has been for the last 55 years.

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By johnny, October 7, 2010 at 4:39 pm Link to this comment

“One can’t say that all conservatives are stupid people but one can say that all stupid people are conservative.”
John Stewart Mill

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By wooffi, October 7, 2010 at 4:29 pm Link to this comment

Just another fat and angry white guy. Tiresome!

He doesn’t seem to suffer too much under this administration….

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By DBtv, October 7, 2010 at 3:50 pm Link to this comment

I will decidedly NOT concede that the racism charge has been overused.

Your disingenuous apologism is hardly convincing.

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By rico, suave, October 7, 2010 at 3:47 pm Link to this comment

ardee:

Of course the nutjob in the photo is a racist. But concede me the point that the “racism” charge has been grossly abused.

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By Loki, October 7, 2010 at 3:17 pm Link to this comment
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America is racist!

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By Tobysgirl, October 7, 2010 at 3:11 pm Link to this comment

I always wish I didn’t read your comments, rico, but I idiotically did. It is racist to call your Amerian president Kenyan because these people think Africans are the missing link between monkeys and human beings like themselves. There is no missing link, we are not descended from monkeys, and I’m not sure they are the best representatives of the human species, but this is the way they think. They didn’t carry signs calling GWB the grandson of a Nazi financier, did they? Funnily enough, there is no such thing as white people; European genes are 65% Asian and 35% African, and of course we all come from Africa originally.

The author of the Rolling Stone article about the tea party said he didn’t think they were racists, just narcissists. One could argue that racists are narcissists as they think the only worthwhile people look just like themselves. The point he was making is that these folks have no trouble with government largesse as long as it ends up in their pockets, that they are greedy and self-absorbed. This has, unfortunately, been my experience of many people, particularly of the Republican stripe.

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By DBtv, October 7, 2010 at 3:08 pm Link to this comment

The demagoguery of racism is the prime motivator for the teabaggers.  The disingenuous protestations otherwise are clearly hollow prevarications.

The whole movement is a prevarication.  Their faux populist veneer does not cover the true, oligarch serving, failed republick mythologies that are the actual teabagger philosophies.

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By McTN, October 7, 2010 at 3:06 pm Link to this comment

It’s amazing how this stuff sticks. Now this guy doesn’t know anything about President Obama, probably gets all his information from right wing sources, and espouses racism given that “arrogant” and “uppity” are synonomous when it comes to describing black people who don’t know their place and who have some education. He’s a birther or just using Kenyan to substitute for that n-word that would just be too obvious to use.

But don’t take away his medicare and social security; after all, socialism has its good points.

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By ocjim, October 7, 2010 at 2:53 pm Link to this comment

They don’t need to sever. It is more than obvious that most of these people are racist. Their slogans are not coherent. Their charges are irrelevant, vague, and illogical.

Their only purpose is to peripherally say he is not one of us.

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By nikto, October 7, 2010 at 2:43 pm Link to this comment
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Pray for the tea-partiers, for they know not
what to think.


In fact, many know not HOW to think.

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By ardee, October 7, 2010 at 2:43 pm Link to this comment

rico, suave, October 7 at 6:27 pm Link to this comment

Is it racist to call someone a Kenyan?

Is it stretching your point to understand that Obama is NOT a Kenyan, that this reference is referring both to his color and the nutjob belief that Obama is not even a citizen.

My comment below ( above?) discussed the point you ever so clumsily ( opinion) mishandle.

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By doublestandards/glasshouses, October 7, 2010 at 2:35 pm Link to this comment
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I read an AP report today which said that 58% of people who are considered working class are planning to vote republican in the upcoming elections.  For example they talked to people who had retail clerk jobs for which they were paid very little money and they made comments like, “I’m going to vote republican because I’m afraid that the country is going socialist.”  In other words, “I’m afraid that the government might do something to help people like me and I can’t sleep at night.”  It isn’t possible to have a government that works in the best interest of people who have to work for a living when the majority think like this.  You can’t have democracy when people think like this.

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By G.Anderson, October 7, 2010 at 2:31 pm Link to this comment

So? Who will defend racism?  I wish that it were true that the tea party was composed
only of racists. That would make it much easier to deal with. Unfortunately that is not
the case. It’s like saying the Democratic party is only composed of blue dog Dems who
tried to sneak a bank protection bill through the senate today.

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By rico, suave, October 7, 2010 at 2:27 pm Link to this comment

Is it racist to call someone a Kenyan? If so, is it racist to call someone an African-American? Do you think the guy holding the sign was possibly just a nutjob “birther” trying for a double play? Why is every sentiment that doesn’t conform to liberal political correctness racist?

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By diamond, October 7, 2010 at 2:05 pm Link to this comment

I feel like making a sign that reads, ‘They don’t want you either you fat, stupid racist’. Only a racist could consider ‘Kenyan’ (which Obama is not in any case) a term of abuse. These people make imbeciles look like members of Mensa.

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By glider, October 7, 2010 at 1:28 pm Link to this comment

Good article and information that most Americans sadly miss due to the state of our “media”.  This author excepted.  Thanks for having the guts to tell it like it is.  Other good information to seek on the subject are the massive mailings sent out as fundraisers for the GOP and Tea Baggers that use racist rooted fear mongering to open the wallets of these ignoramuses.

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By gerard, October 7, 2010 at 1:24 pm Link to this comment

Oops!  “Forgot” (???) the outrageous ignoring of the rights of Native Americans.

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By gerard, October 7, 2010 at 1:21 pm Link to this comment

Thanks for your continuing courage, Madison Shockley.

It is hard for whites to admit, let alone see and recognize, such duplicity because racism is so deeply buried in this country, so ubiquitous and insidious.  It plays a hugely destructive role in all American politics, from the sinuous writhing of anti-Muslim - anti-terrorism fears to the reactionary punishment of Mexicans and Mexican/Americans, the persistent second-class treatment of African Americans, justification of continuing wars in the Middle East,  and (latent at the moment) the discrimination against Asians.

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By Queenie, October 7, 2010 at 1:16 pm Link to this comment

The teabaggers glory in their own ignorance. It is futile for anyone to think they can be reasoned with. Racist? You betcha! And proud of it.

That guy with the sign is about as embarrassing as a fart during sex.

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By ardee, October 7, 2010 at 1:16 pm Link to this comment

I cannot help wondering if the racism is confined to the few and exploited by the critics, or is it a tactic used to control its membership as testosterone and adrenaline make useful tools in such controlling.

There are certain basic tenets to Tea Party politics that may have a basis in fact. The way our government wastes huge sums of our tax dollars makes a call for tax reductions seem reasonable for example. That the Tea Party is a wholely owned subsidiary of Big Oil and enables them to obfuscate and hinder actual reasonable debate on many issues as regulation, fair taxation of corporations, and the like seems obvious.

But just as obvious, I think, is the wholesale attacks on that group for what very well be a subset of the Tea Party, a group that finds said party an outlet for its racism while sharing a common belief in individual rights coupled with a fear of big government with the bulk of the members.

This attempt of mine is only to try to bring a certain moderation and rationality to this debate, necessary in my opinion because of the hyperbole found in such criticisms. Thus I would ask those who tend to knee jerk castigations to stop for just a moment and try and fathom my purpose…or just go ahead and flame away if you must.

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By CitizenPlusPlus, October 7, 2010 at 1:05 pm Link to this comment

The world wants socialism!!

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By urkidding, October 7, 2010 at 12:35 pm Link to this comment

This should not be news to anyone but the more the obvious is reported, the better.

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By skulz fontaine, October 7, 2010 at 12:19 pm Link to this comment

The truth is told.

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