The following is a letter from MoveOn. What I find deeply disturbing here is not the actions of the (supposed) Tea Party members who did these things, but that these MoveOn popularists and other jackasses refuse to see what all of this really means. It means Americans are fucking pissed off and we’re not going to play their stupid games anymore. The rules have been tossed out by the jackboots in Washington, so why should we, fighting for our rights, not do the same?
Socialist groups like MoveOn are about to find out what it means to be in the minority when attempting to oppress the majority. Boots will stamp down and toes will be bloodied.
From MoveOn (there’s nothing to see here)
Dear MoveOn member,
Last weekend, anti-health care protesters were out in force in Washington—and some of their behavior was deeply disturbing.
A crowd of tea partiers shouted the “n word” at Congressman John Lewis, a former civil rights leader who marched with Dr. King. They yelled homophobic epithets at Rep. Barney Frank, an openly gay congressman. And one protester actually spat on a Black member of Congress.1
Then this week, Democrats who voted for reform began receiving death threats—one had a coffin left on his lawn and another was told snipers would kill the children of lawmakers who voted yes.2 Several Democrats had their district offices vandalized, and a gas line was cut at a home that tea partiers mistakenly believed belonged to Rep. Tom Perriello.3
A few Republicans have spoken out against the racism and violence, but most are still treating them as “isolated incidents.”4 They are not isolated. They’ve been part of Republican-supported tea parties for almost a year and they’re a natural consequence of telling people that reform is a totalitarian plot.5
It’s an outrage, and no American should tolerate it. So we’re joining with our friends at Color of Change to stand up to the hate. Can you add your name to this letter asking Republican leaders to unequivocally condemn bigotry, hate, and violence among their supporters?
[MoveOn and other partisan groups fail to realize that the Republicans have about as much to do with the Tea Party movement as our foreign aid budget has to do with feeding starving Africans. They look related, but they aren’t.]
The letter asks the leaders of the Republican party to do two simple things:
1. Unequivocally condemn bigotry and hate among your supporters, and make clear that those who embrace it have no place in your party and that you reject their support.
2. Make clear that you will not tolerate fear-mongering and coded appeals to racism from officials in the Republican Party, at any level.
Instead of calming the tea partiers’ anger, Republican members of Congress have stoked it. NBC reported that on Saturday, Reps. Mike Pence, Tom Price, and Michele Bachmann all addressed the tea partiers and that Bachmann stirred them “into a tizzy.”6 Protesters from that rally then fanned out across Capitol Hill and were behind the assaults on Reps. Lewis, Frank, and Cleaver.7
[These people spoke before the Tea Party, as did Sarah Palin, not because they are part of it, but because they are attempting to take it over for their own ends. Fuck ’em.]
Yesterday, Rep. John Boehner called the violence and threats “unacceptable.”8 But just last week, he referred to fellow representative Steve Driehaus as “a dead man” if he voted for health care reform.9 And while Boehner’s office insisted his remark wasn’t meant to be taken literally, as Rep. Driehaus pointed out, “It doesn’t really matter the way you meant it, nor the way I accept it. It’s how the least sane person in my district accepts it.”10
[Oh boy, here we go. Always aiming for the lowest common denominator in all things, the fools in Washington can’t be helped…]
And there’s more: During the debate on the floor of the House on Sunday, Rep. Randy Neugebauer shouted “baby-killer” at Rep. Bart Stupak.11 And after the vote, Sarah Palin told supporters “Don’t Retreat—Reload,” and then highlighted specific members of Congress she thinks are politically vulnerable using gun cross-hairs.12
[And? Oh, wait, I forgot. Progressives hate guns because, well, they hate the freedom they represent.]
The Tea Party movement has been marked by racially inflammatory and violent outbursts since its inception a year ago. And while most Republicans are probably disgusted by this behavior, the Republican Party and its leaders have repeatedly tolerated it at events they support.13 But the hateful rhetoric and the tacit acceptance of “isolated incidents” of violence have gotten way out of hand.
[Nevermind that a good number of those Tea Partiers are of races other than white. This doesn’t work well with the Michael Moore paradigm of “it’s all white people who hate us.” I’ve met a lot of racists and none are more so than those who claim to be working for “civil rights.”]