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The Tea Party Is All About Race

I was going to open this piece with an analogy about the tea party groups and why they're treated seriously by the press and the Republicans. The analogy would go something like: "Imagine [insert left-wing activist group here] getting a serious profile in a mainstream newspaper, and imagine serious Democratic politicians appearing at their convention."

The problem is, when I really evaluated what the various far-left activist groups are all about and compared them with the tea party movement, there really wasn't any equivalency. At all.

Because when you strip away all of the rage, all of the nonsensical loud noises and all of the contradictions, all that's left is race. The tea party is almost entirely about race, and there's no comparative group on the left that's similarly motivated by bigotry, ignorance and racial hatred.

I hasten to note that I'm talking about real racism, insofar as it's impossible for the majority race -- the 70 percent white majority -- to be on the receiving end of racism. That is unless white males, for example, are suddenly an oppressed racial demographic. But judging by the racial composition of, say, the Senate or AM talk radio or the cast members playing the Obamas on SNL, I don't think white people have anything to worry about.

This isn't an epiphany by any stretch. From the beginning, with their witch doctor imagery, watermelon agitprop and Curious George effigies, the wingnut right has been dying to blurt out, as Lee Atwater famously said, "*****, *****, *****!"

But they can't.

Strike that. Correction. TeaParty.org founder Dale Robertson brandished a sign with the (misspelled) word "niggar." So they're not even as restrained as the generally unstrung Atwater anymore.
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Most of the time, they merely imply the use of the word. Rush Limbaugh referring to the president as a "black man-child," for example. Every week, a new example pops up on the radio and somehow the offenders are able to keep their job while Howard Stern is fined for saying the comparatively innocuous word "blumpkin." Limbaugh, on the other hand, can stoke racial animosity on his show by suggesting that health care reform is a civil rights bill -- reparations -- and no one seems to mind. And no, the impotence isn't an adequate Karmic punishment for Limbaugh's roster of trespasses.

The tea party is an extension of talk radio. It's an extension of Fox News Channel. It's an extension of the southern faction of the Republican Party -- the faction that gave us the Southern Strategy, the Willie Horton ad, the White Hands ad and the racially divisive politics of Lee Atwater and Karl Rove. It's an extension of the race-baiting and, often, the outright racism evident in all of those conservative spheres.

But unlike the heavy-handedness of Dale Robertson and others, the tea party followers are generally more veiled about why they're so outraged by our current president.

In the New York Times this past weekend, David Barstow profiled a teabagger from Idaho:

SANDPOINT, Idaho -- Pam Stout has not always lived in fear of her government. She remembers her years working in federal housing programs, watching government lift struggling families with job training and education. She beams at the memory of helping a Vietnamese woman get into junior college.

But all that was before the Great Recession and the bank bailouts, before Barack Obama took the White House by promising sweeping change on multiple fronts, before her son lost his job and his house. Mrs. Stout said she awoke to see Washington as a threat, a place where crisis is manipulated -- even manufactured -- by both parties to grab power.


Now you might be saying to yourself, I don't see the racism here. But if you eliminate all of the reasons for Stout's participation in the tea party movement as being contradictory or nonsensical, all that's left is race.

Let's deconstruct.

She claims to be against the bank bailouts, but the tea party is against the president's bank fee designed to recover the TARP money. They also appear to be against financial regulatory reform. None of this makes any sense. If tea partiers are against the bailouts, basic logic dictates that they ought to be in favor of getting the money back. Or do they prefer that the banks keep the money and orchestrate further meltdowns? Honestly, I'm not even entirely sure they realize that the bailouts and the recovery act (stimulus) are two different things. But they're also against the recovery act -- you know, whatever that is.

She also told the New York Times that she's tired of politicians "manufacturing crisis."

Right. Three things here.

First, where was she -- where were the teabaggers -- when the far-right endorsed and supported a massive increase in the size of government, unitary executive power grabs and unconstitutional measures fueled by fear-mongering over the very remote threat of terrorism? Crickets chirping. The odds of being killed in an airborne terrorist attack are literally 1 in 10 million. You're much more likely to kill yourself than to be killed by a terrorist.

Second, I refuse to believe that health care is a "manufactured crisis." People are going broke and dying every day. Even the most conservative estimates show that there are 9/11-level casualties each month due to a lack of adequate health insurance. The horror stories are readily available online. Just Google "health insurance horror story" and see how manufactured the crisis is.

Third, look at any bar graph of the economy as of one year ago or any basic jobs number and tell me if the crisis is manufactured. Hell, Pam Stout's son lost his house! How can she possibly suggest the economic crisis was manufactured?

I hate to single out one person, but Stout's incongruous anger is indicative of the entire movement.

From the outset, the tea party was based on a contradictory premise (the original tea party was a protest against a corporate tax cut). And when you throw out all of the nonsense and contradictions, there's nothing left except race. There's no other way to explain why these people were silent and compliant for so long, and only decided to collectively freak out when this "foreign" and "exotic" president came along and, right out of the chute, passed the largest middle class tax cut in American history -- something they would otherwise support, for goodness sake, it was $288 billion in tax cuts! -- we're left to deduce no other motive but the ugly one that lurks just beneath the pale flesh, the tri-corner hats and the dangly tea bag ornamentation.

Irrespective of whether the president passed a huge tax cut or went out of his way to bring Republicans into the health care process, the seeds of racial animosity from the far-right were sown during the campaign. In those lines waiting for then-vice presidential candidate and current tea party heroine Sarah Palin, their loud noises spread the pre-scripted lies, lies that entirely hinged on the president's African heritage. A white candidate would never be accused of being a secret Muslim. A white candidate would never be accused of being a foreign usurper. Only a black candidate with a foreign name would be accused of "palling around with domestic terrorists."

In the final analysis, when you boil away all of the weirdness, it becomes clear that the teabaggers are pissed because there isn't yet another doddering old white guy in the White House -- like they're used to. That's what this is all about.

By way of a postscript, one of the many faceless radio talk show wingnuts, Jim Quinn, this week called President Obama a "Kenyan wuss" who should be "slapped silly." The Kenyan lie and the "slap silly" insult aside, this president is no wuss. You know how I know? He's a black man who ran for president and won despite the growing mob of gun-toting militant white bigots like Jim Quinn who are sucking air in America. President Obama achieving this despite the hatred and threats against him takes serious guts. Guts that Jim Quinn and the tea party movement will never understand.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bob-cesca/the-tea-party-is-all-abou_b_484229.html


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  • Most Droogs drip diarrhea from their progressive pussies.

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    • Notice how you never even comment on the topic, all you do is troll with slander.
      Get a life jerkoff.

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    • Yet another 'classy' post from a right wing reactionary. Doesn't have an intelligent counter point to contribute so resorts to gutter talk. Typical of most of you.

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    • Um yeah, bout that, lets see, what is your rhetoric? Oh yeah, Dems good and Repubs bad, mkay?

      If you block me, why do you respond? Is it because you are the typical ignorant, hypocritical, piece of sh1t liberal who can barely contain their thinly veiled hatred and contempt for anyone that contradicts their belief system?
      The kind that screams for independence yet lines up for government takeover?
      The kind that loves freedom of speech yet is the first to censor that which doesn't fit into your n More..

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    • See, you're nothing but a troll, not one comment from you on the topic.

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    • Droog is just a liberal troll looking for a clash so he can show is IQ of 54...

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  • Oh BULL. This is typical libtard lies. Repeating lies often and hope people will eventually accept it as truth.
    You guys are pathetic.

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    • You describe the definition of Fox and all the regressive far right media.
      Repeat lies over and over.
      Why do you think people laugh at birther, Baggers and Birchers like you.

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    • where is the lie here exactly? you are going to sit there and type with a straight face and say that NONE of the teabaggers are racist? are you in such total denial that you won't even acknowledge that it doesnt exist within this particular movement? not even a little? please

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    • I doubt you even know what a racist is.
      the Democratic erroneously self called 'progressive' party has the true racists by far. Those who believe their race is superior FYI.

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    • yeah growing up in Alabama I didn't any racism at all LOL

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  • Your Fkukin tupid, thats like saying all Democrats are lying cheaters like John Edwards or that all Republicans are closet gays because one gets caught coming from a gay bar.

    Did you not see the dallas tea party video response to Keith Olberman,

    Did you not see the MSM try to manipulate the photo of the black man carrying a firearm at a rally to look like it was a white man.

    Im not into this tea party thing at all, but I have looked at it, and its a hell of a lot more civilized and peaceful t More..

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    • The Inaccuracies are to long to go through but did you notice his referance.. huffingtonpost.com? gimme a break thats like quoting micheal moore as proof. lol

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  • "huffington post" now that is a fair and balanced news agency...HAHHAHAHHAHHAHA

    Sorry they have no credit with real America...

    Look it up it is alll "races, colors, creeds" that are part of the TEA MOVEMENT...

    BE SCARED, VERY SCARED BECAUSE WE THE PEOPLE ARE TAKING THE COUNTRY BACK FROM DICTATOR WANNABE'S...

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    • Real America??
      See, this is why your failed ideology is rejected.
      That line of bull is one of the reasons the far right is failing miserably.

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    • Take the blinds off your head and see what is happening around instead of drooling at hussein obamas crusty feet.

      The economy is failing, hussein obama is a failure, jobs are being lost, even your idol harry reid said yesterday that "only 36,000 jobs were lost today, and that%u2019s good" what kind of libtard thinks losing jobs is a good thing...

      Your socialist dream party is being blown apart by itself and needs no help form us true conservative Americans that want to see the US More..

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    • what is pathetic here is your audacity to call out the source of my post yet you believe Fox news is fair and balanced.... This story has evidence to lead one to a logical conclusion... Fox news tells stories which lacks evidence that leads to an illogical one

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    • I didn't not say anything about FOX because FOX is not the source of this story...Believe me I do not agree with everything every news agency reports.

      If I have doubts on a subject I will look into it myself to see wheher it is fact or fiction...

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    • I dont ever see you calling out the source on anti-Obama posts and the like

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  • The race card doesnt work anymore and it sure the hell wont work on us. The ones who attend the tea parties know what they want and racism isnt one of them. All we want is a small limited government, where race comes into that let me know.

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    • Then where the hell were the teabaggers when Bush was driving the size of the government through the roof?...oh yea...busy voting republican.

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    • The TEA party wasn't formed until the govt really got out of control.

      Bush unfortunately did spend a lot in the last 2 years of his stint. I didn't not agree the bailout of the banks and he stabbed the conservatives in the back when he did that...Bush at the end was a liberal republican....

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    • Yeah, the everything was rosy until Obama canard!!
      lol!!
      Tea Baggers are morons, and most of them are racists.

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    • Yes and we are going to take back the country back from your socialist regime....

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    • *sigh* This isnt about the race card... let me say it again NOT ALL FOLLOWERS OF THIS MOVEMENT ARE RACIST!!!!
      But you cannot deny that many ARE! Jesus Christ how much more proof do you need? The guy is standing there with a friggin sign that spells (actually misspells)the N word... Come on!

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  • This entire presidential election was about race. More people voted for Obama because of his skin color than voted against him for the same reason.

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  • You are the mac daddy race pimp

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  • Tea-party must really gaining ground to get this much attention and loathing ! ! ! Loathing is a form of Fear ! ! ! Do the dems fear the tea-party - yes ! ! ! Do the reps fear the tea-party - " You Betcha " ! ! ! Tea-party represents many types of Americans ( Cant put them in one box - that what frustrates so many ! ! ! ) This is why the govt fears them the most - - - they are everywhere - - - maybe you work with one or many - commute with one or more - married to one - live with one More..

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  • The American people give the power of representation to politicians - - - Which can be revoked ! ! ! So - - - Who has the real power ! ! !

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  • The conservative right of America has failed, they were once proud, now just pathetic. Why does the world hate America?? Blame the republican party/

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  • OK,show me the black/latino/asian/etc teabaggers...

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    • I posted all of them below:



























      Can you see them??
      lol!

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    • Black Conservatives Take Lead Role in Tea Party Movement

      There is such people as black, tan, yellow etc conservatives...

      WARNING: It is a Fox news link but don't get offended....

      http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/01/19/black-conservatives-lead-role-tea-party-movement/

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    • Don't bother...it won't matter. They are drunk on the caricature...maybe November will wake some of them up...or maybe not.

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    • Hey droogs is that big empty space you left here the place where your brain used to be or is it a list of your accomplishments in life.

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  • The man in the photograph is a fake.

    Robertson carried this %u201Cn*gg*r%u201D sign at a Texas tea party in March of 2009 and was asked to leave
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    Even Mother Jones reported in January that Dale Robertson is not and never was a tea party leader and that the mainstream media had %u201Clost its edge%u201D in linking Robertson to the movement.

    But, that didn%u2019t stop liberal media hacks from repeati More..ng the lie that Robertson was a leader in the More..

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  • Great post.
    Thank you.

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  • I dare any Conservative/Tea Bagger/Republican to name one (other than OU football hero ...elected in Oklahoma...wow go figure) to name ANY "person of color" elected to NATIONAL OFFICE as a Republican....since the KKK and the Republican Party got together to win the "South" in the 1920's....and please4...just start your "Googling" with Indiana politics.....it'll let you know that it's true...

    Hell even in "safe seats" and "races"....Conservatives More..

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    • Let's see...

      There was Sen. Edward William Brooke from Massachusetts in the 60s and 70s, and he was the first black senator since Reconstruction. There wasn't another until the 1990s with Democrat Carol Mosely Braun, and then Barack Obama made the second black Democrat ever in the Senate, and Roland Burris got appointed to Obama's seat to make the third. All three of them hail from Illinois. Here's a news flash: Democrats are lousy at electing blacks in statewide races just like Republicans More..

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  • Wow...Lee Atwater ....how many Conservatives remember that "hit man"? You talk about the "politics of personal destruction"....guess what...good ole Lee...was the modern day inventor of it....and he did it well...just ask his boss Ronnie...


    All I can say about Lee....passionate, dedicated...and he got what he deserved....and at a young age....I guess those folks in the East Coast churches who believe GOD strikes New Orleans because of Gays...have to admit....God plays fair. More..

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  • when the founders of stormfront had their tea party rally and the other tea parties joined up it because quite clear that race was the only real issue. those denying this obvious fact are most likely republicans, so their views should be taken with the same consideration as the kkks.

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    • By that logic, the people claiming that Tea Partiers are only about race must only be Democrats, and therefore their word isn't credible.

      Sorry, but that logic does not cut it. The original article posted here is a mass of contradictions, and your post is, too.

      The simple fact is that the Tea Party is not a homogeneous movement. People come to it with their own attitudes and opinions, and the underlying idea that is bringing people together is that government is unresponsive to them, that it More..

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  • Research...at the Huffington Post?

    While I'm sure there are kooks in every movement, the left is setting itself up for a big, big fall (ie, a big crash in November) by caricaturing the Tea Party movement in this way...and those at the top know it...they're just trying to slow its growth by demonizing them.

    The fact is that it's a grass roots movement made up primarily of regular people who have become angered by the irresponsibility of our elected leaders (left and right).

    They fundamentally More..

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  • This tea party sounds a bit like ukip in the UK. ukip are nothing more than the bnp for the blazer wearing middle class.

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    • Middle class...is equal to working class, which means they are the ones paying the majority of the taxes while the lower class get hand outs and the rich well do what the rich do...

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    • We know what the rich do , they shit all over you and you love it .

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  • All the claims to "patriots" and "real americans" can't mask the fact that the organization is premised upon racism. All the squealing otherwise is moot.

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  • Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd, Ex-Klansman..Show me an ex-klansman in the gop

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    • Can you say David Duke dumb ass ? Ex grand wizzard . The Tear Party is mostly made up of racist assholes period .

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    • Oh ***** please...there is more racism in the democratic party then anywhere...they are using the lower class people as pawns to get votes. This is why they give the lower class people more handouts instead of given them a hand to get up off their feet and succeed in life.
      As long as the govt keeps given away candy people will never change...this goes for all races, creeds, colors...

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    • You are a completely insane whining little pussy and uber racist .
      Good luck denying that .

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    • :o)

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  • Doesn't the author of this opinion piece know that "niggar" is an actual word? It means, loosely, "dirty, unkempt person". To try and bait with calling tea partiers as uneducated racists while not actually looking up the definition of a certain word or trying to make that word something that it isn't is just plain stupid. I live in a southwestern state and there are plenty of hispanics, who are here legally, that are part of the tea party movement. To try and portray this mov More..

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  • Pretty good article. I had forgotten that the Tea Act was actually a tax cut. Had to look that one up.

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  • Droogs and RicoShay are idiots.

    There is no difference between their intake and exit orafices -- same thing comes out of both ends.

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  • it WAS all about race when the obama SCIU union thugs beat a young conservative black man at a tea-bag rally for simply handing out free "don't tread on me flags"

    IMPEACH HUSSIAN OBAMA

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  • For the record, I don't believe that all of those who Oppose Obama are racists... not even the teabaggers. But when you have idiots like the guy pictured who founded teaparty.org who clearly IS racist it makes me question those who follow him and the movement as to what their motives are. I honestly don't believe that alot of the teabaggers realize the bigotry behind the movement... therefore, like the sheep they are, are following blindly. I hope they realize exactly WHO thet are following one More..

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