The Tea Party, when it started to become effective, was accused of being racist, and that accusation occurs even today. Then members of the Tea party, when holding a rally, were physically assaulted. Then David Axelrod blamed the Tea Party for the US credit downgrade. Then, in Los Angeles, Representative Maxine Waters said the Tea Party could go straight to hell. Then Jimmy Hoffa, in a speech, said of the Tea Party, “Let’s take these sons of bitches out.”
So now the question is, “What’s next for the Tea Party?”
Accused of Racism
In July, 2010, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) national convention unanimously approved a resolution recommending expulsion of racist elements in the tea party. According to a NAACP news release, “The resolution condemns the bigoted elements within the tea party and asks for them to be repudiated.” NAACP President and CEO Ben Jealous addressed the resolution at his organization’s annual convention in Kansas City, Mo. “Expel the bigots and racists in your ranks or take the responsibility for them and their actions,” Jealous said. “We will no longer allow you to hide like cowards and hide behind signs that say ‘Lynch Our President’ or anyone else.” The resolution said the Tea Party members have used “racial epithets,” have verbally abused black members of Congress and threatened them, and protestors have engaged in “explicitly racist behavior” and “displayed signs and posters intended to degrade people of color generally and President Barack Obama specifically.” Jealous pointed to signs at rallies portraying President Obama as a witch doctor, and to claims made by Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., and Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., that Tea Party protestors opposing health care reform hurled racial slurs at them. [emphasis mine] But… the resolution offered no PROOF of the resolution’s allegations.
At an August 22, 2011, Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) town hall meeting in Miami, FL, Rep. André Carson (D-In) can be heard accusing Congressional Tea Party members of exhibiting the racism of pre-civil rights era legislation:
“I’m saying right now, under [CBC] Chairman Emanuel Cleaver’s leadership, we have seen change in Congress… but the tea party is stopping that change. And this is beyond symbolic change. This is the effort that we’re seeing, of Jim Crow.” Carson continued, “Some of these folks in Congress right now would love to see us as second-class citizens.” “Some of them in Congress right now with this Tea Party movement would love to see you and me – I’m sorry, Tamron [town hall moderator Tamron Hall from MSNBC] – hanging on a tree.”
In defense of the Tea Party, the chairman of the black leadership network Project 21, Mychal Massie, did not mince words Monday afternoon (March 1, 2011) as he spoke to the empty chairs of three would-be sparring partners – Al Sharpton, National Urban League President Marc Morial, and former D.C. Congressional Delegate Walter Fauntroy – all of whom had been scheduled to debate him about the alleged racism in the Tea Party. “It is nice to blame the white man, it’s nice to blame ‘Uncle Toms’ – such as myself – it’s nice to blame right-wing, extreme Republicans and conservatives. It’s easy,” Massie told his absent liberal counterparts. He was driving home the point that demonizing the Tea Party, which is unified by a desire for less spending, limited government and devotion to the Constitution, is not the answer.
Here is a link to “racist signs” displayed at Tea Party rallies. Perhaps someone can tell me what is racist about them. Fiscal responsibility – yes; racist – I just don’t see it, unless racism is equated with fiscal responsibility!
Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER)-hired thugs attacked an immigration enforcement rally in Florida in 2009, brutally beating two Tea Party protesters in broad daylight. One victim, 62-years-old Dave Caulkett of Floridians for Immigration Enforcement, was down on the ground after being pummeled he was kicked in the face, and the ANSWER organizers cheered as their goons continued to assault him. ANSWER organizers set their thugs loose on the two men and stood by until they heard police coming, then they stopped their members and re-positioned them to make it look like nothing happened. This was an orchestrated attack designed to make people fearful of protesting against their agenda. ANSWER Florida had sent out this email to people prior to this incident: Racism is like anything else in this world: in order to make it fall, you must smash it! That is why we are calling on all people to come out tomorrow, to organize a militant confrontation with the so-called “tea baggers.”
At a MoveOn.org-organized union rally (that was countered by a Tea Party rally), a Tea Party activist was violently shoved twice by a Teamster. The union thug also repeatedly screamed into his bullhorn that the Tea Partiers are “fascists.” The Tea Party activist who was attacked was hospitalized for injuries he sustained at the rally.
Blamed for Credit Downgrade
An adviser to President Barack Obama is blaming the downgrade of the U.S. credit rating on tea party Republicans, whom he says were unwilling to compromise on how to reduce the federal debt. Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod said the decision by the Standard & Poor’s to downgrade the US from AAA to AA+ for the first time was strongly influenced by weeks of standoff between Democrats and Republicans over the debt. Axelrod calls the action, in his words, “a tea party downgrade” and says it’s clearly on the backs of lawmakers who were willing to see the country default to get their way. The Tea Party, Axelrod said, was responsible for blocking a comprehensive deal that could have prevented such a downgrade.
Go To Hell
Representative Maxine Waters (D-Ca) has four words for the tea party: “Go straight to Hell.” “I’m not afraid of anybody,” Waters said. “This is a tough game. You can’t be intimidated. You can’t be frightened. And as far as I’m concerned, the ‘tea party’ can go straight to Hell.”
A prominent tea party group shot back with a statement calling on Obama to check the members of his party and to condemn the rough talk. “We’ve had Democrats calling American citizens ‘terrorists’ and ‘hostage takers,’ and now an elected Democratic representative says that we can ‘go straight to hell,’” the group Tea Party Patriots said. “The president and all leaders of the Democratic Party, who have called for civility in the past, are neglecting to censure their own.”
Sons of Bitches
After talking about Obama’s army, and going to war against the Tea Party, Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa declared that the workers of America should “Take These Sons of Bitches Out.” Saying the Tea Party has launched a “war on workers,” Hoffa said: “President Obama, this is your army. We are ready to march. Let’s take these son-of-a-bitches out and give America back to an America where we belong.” [emphasis mine] It doesn’t sound like President Obama or the White House will be apologizing for Monday, September 5, 2011, comments by Teamsters Union President James Hoffa, describing Tea Party members as SOBs. “Those weren’t comments by the president,” said White House spokesman Jay Carney. “The president … wasn’t on stage. He didn’t speak for another 20 minutes. He didn’t hear it.” “Mr. Hoffa speaks for himself,” Carney said. “The president speaks for himself.” (And still Obama wonders why the Tea Party protests against him!)
Tea Party and Mission Statement
BTW, here is the Tea Party mission statement: The impetus for the Tea Party movement is excessive government spending and taxation. Our mission is to attract, educate, organize, and mobilize our fellow citizens to secure public policy consistent with our three core values of Fiscal Responsibility, Constitutionally Limited Government and Free Markets.
So, What Is Next?
From “Red State,” we get this: Next Attack – Tie the Tea Party to Timothy McVeigh. Only time will tell.
But that’s just my opinion.