Crashing the Mad Tea Party

July 20, 2010

What happens when you have former Republican House Majority Leader, former Abramoff buddy, and former lobbyist  Dick Armey creating a movement and pretending it is a "grassroots" movement? The membership and direction can no longer be controlled.  That's what has happened to the Tea Party.

The Tea Party was born from former House leader, Dick Armey's corporate-financed Freedom Works where, as chairman, he earns $550,000 a year.  The tea party movement started out as TEA, meaning Taxed Enough Already, and quickly turned into a national movement aligned mostly in what they are against rather than what they stand for.  They have shown that they are against President Obama, against the federal government,  against health care reform, against Democrats, and against any elected official who doesn't support their agenda of limited government and tax cuts.

Some contend that the Tea Party movement is the far right wing of the Republican Party. Indeed, The Washington Post quoted Armey as saying, “The greatest chance of success (for the Tea Party) is in taking over the GOP."

Although Armey claimed, "This is a leaderless movement," there are leaders. Leaders like Republican Sarah Palin who objects to a mosque being built by ground zero, leaders like Minnesota's Republican Rep. Michelle Bachmann who created and chairs the Tea Party Caucus in the U.S. House (much to the delight of the Democrats), and leaders like hate radio hosts Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck and Sean Hannity that urged people to attend Tea Party protests.

I wrote about the racism within the Tea Party last year in these posts: Scary Reaction to Passage of Health Care Bill and Hate: Starring Now on radio, on television, and in town hall meetings across the nation, and Poisoning the Health Care Debate.   Not every person in the Tea Party is racist, but there is a strong element that is as evidenced by the inappropriate racial slurs, racist remarks in speeches, racist protest signs, and racist billboards.  Has there been condemnation of the racism from the Tea Party  to eliminate the extreme elements?  No.  Just denial and excuses.  Republican politicians have actually stood with the protesters who held racist signs depicting our president as Hitler!

Racism has played a big part in the Tea Party and finally the NAACP is calling them out. From the NAACP website:

Today, NAACP delegates passed a resolution to condemn extremist elements within the Tea Party, calling on Tea Party leaders to repudiate those in their ranks who use racist language in their signs and speeches.

The resolution came after a year of high-profile media coverage of attendees of Tea Party marches using vial, antagonistic racial slurs & images. In March, respected members of the Congressional Black Caucus reported that racial epithets were hurled at them as they passed by a Washington, DC health care protest. Civil rights legend John Lewis was called the “n-word” in the incident while others in the crowd used ugly anti-gay slurs to describe Congressman Barney Frank, a long-time NAACP supporter and the nation’s first openly gay member of Congress.

Missouri Representative Emmanuel Cleaver was spat on during the incident, and so it was particularly appropriate that the resolution was passed as NAACP delegates gathered in Kansas City for our 101st Annual Convention.
NAACP CEO Ben Jealous addressed the resolution saying, "Expel the bigots and racists in your ranks or take the responsibility for them and their actions. We will no longer allow you to hide like cowards and hide behind signs that say 'Lynch Our President' or anyone else."

Mark Williams, a racist Tea Party Express leader and California hate radio talk show host, was expelled from the Tea Party Federation on Saturday after he made racist remarks about the NAACP and penned an offensive letter in response to their resolution.  The letter posted on his blog was supposed to be written from NAACP President Ben Jealous to Abraham Lincoln, and yes, it was racist.

Williams led the Tea Party Express that was founded and operated by Republicans. Williams, and his ally, Sarah Palin, led the Tea Party Express bus tour across the nation last year.  The Tea Party federation said nothing when Williams called President Obama, "our half white, racist president", a "racist in chief" and an "Indonesian Muslim turned welfare thug."  We can thank the NACCP for getting them to finally take notice and take action.

Sarah Palin, one of the biggest embarrassments to womankind, wrote an ignorant piece on her Facebook Page about the NAACP resolution. In her typical, "I don't know what the hell I am talking about" fashion, Palin claims that the NAACP is "divisive."  No, the radical racist element in the Tea Party is divisive, and people like her that pretend there is no racism in that movement are dishonest.

Or maybe Palin does not know what bigotry is - whether racist or religious.  After all, she just sent out a Tweet saying, “Ground Zero Mosque supporters, doesn’t it stab you in the heart, as it does ours throughout the heartland? Peaceful Muslims, pls refudiate.” Palin was referring to the plan to build a mosque several blocks from Ground Zero. Why not build a mosque anywhere?

We visited the Christian chapel that is right next to where the Twin Towers fell.  How is a mosque any different?   That tweet wasn't divisive? (Not to mention, the word is repudiate.)

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that he "strongly disagreed" with Sarah Palin's request that Muslims reject building a mosque and community center near Ground Zero. An aide at City Hall, Andrea Batista Schlesinger, tweeted back to Palin, "@SarahPalinUSA whose hearts? Racist hearts?"

From The Wall Street Journal:
"Sarah Palin has a right to her opinions, but I could not disagree more," the mayor said in response. "Everything the United States stands for and New York stands for is tolerance and openness.
Sarah was on Sean Hannity's hate radio show and said this about the Tea Party controversy:
Well, it's very unfortunate that they are taking this tactic because it's a false accusation that Tea Party Americans are racist. Any good American hates racism. We don't stand for it. It is unacceptable.

So to be called a racist, yes, those over there on the left who are opposing that good message of Tea Party Americans are using this racism accusation in order to keep people away from not only the movement, but keeping them — keeping a wall built between what the message actually is and the American public that is today receiving that message very well.

False accusation, very unfortunate and again very, very unnecessary. And the president and his wife — you know, the first lady spoke at NAACP so recently, they have power in their words. They could repudiate what it is that this group is saying and they could set the record straight.

And they could — they could correct what this false accusation is that the Tea Party America, that movement, is racist.
Below are some extreme or racist signs and placards from the Tea Party that refutiate, oops, I mean repudiate, the "good message" and "false accusations" that Palin must have been talking about:


Anonymous said...
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Wendy said...

Anonymous 6:28

I am deleting your comment that shows religious intolerance and total ignorance. No need to comment here again.

Anonymous said...

Wendy, you said:
"Not every person in the Tea Party is racist"
That's good to know. Actually, what is the "Tea Party". Some groups have tried to take ownership of the term, but there is not really one tea party organization no matter what that organization would like you to believe.
Are there racists in the Tea Party? Sure. Are there racists in the NAACP. Sure. Are there racists in the general population. Yes. Are tea party people "more" racists than other organizations? I don't know. It is easy to show a few pictures, however provacative, and say "See all the racists". I guess I could round up any group of folks and say the same thing.
The tea party "leaders" have condemmed the actions of these people. They say they don't represent their views. How do you know these are not just people trying to make the tea party people look bad? Were there some mistakes made? Probably. This is free speech and I don't see the tea party movement pushing a racist agenda.
You don't have to be racist to not like Obama. No new taxes? Just today his admin is calling the forced Health Care Bill fees a tax. Another lie we have been told.
Democrats. Republicans. Tea Party. The truth is who can you trust anymore?

Anonymous said...

This post is excellent. It presents extremism taken to its most fanatical end. No rational Republican subscribes to that mentality and it is certainly not the party Lincoln was part of.

Wendy said...

I guess you did not read this well. Sarah Palin, a big backer of the Tea Party movement who rode the Tea party Express with Williams, said that there was no racism. The Tea Party is a collection of groups -The Tea Party, The Tea Party Nation, The Tea Party Federation, The Tea Party Patriots. Look at some of their websites and you will see the racist comments and photos that are prominent.

I know they are not just people trying to make the Tea Party "look bad" because I research. I watched the rallies and the members speaking on news programs, I investigated their websites and poured through articles. There are members that are terribly racist, Mark Williams, for instance. Not one member of the Tea Party ever called him on any of his disgusting remarks until the NAACP brought this to the forefront. (Actually CNN's Anderson Cooper called him on his sick statement about Obama, and he laughed.)

It is one thing not to like a president or an agenda, and another to use racist slogans to express opposition. Get it?

Anonymous said...

am glad am in Saipan and there are no tea parties here. am a Mormon and tea like coffee and wine is bad for our health. he he.

Anonymous said...

It would be interesting to do a straw poll of how many among the current CNMI power elite (Fitial & Co) agree with the Tea Party, especially the racist and anti-immigrant stuff. At least 90%?