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July 14, 2010

Steele defends Tea Party from racism charge

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele is defending the Tea Party movement from accusations of racism.

Delegates to the annual convention of the NAACP this week accused Tea Party activists of tolerating bigotry and approved a resolution condemning extremism within the movement.

"We felt the time had come to stand up and say, 'It's time for the tea party to be responsible members of this democracy and make sure they don't tolerate bigots or bigotry among their members,'" Ben Jealous, president of the Baltimore-based organization, said before the debate, according to the Associated Press.

"We don't have a problem with the tea party's existence,” Jealous said. “We have an issue with their acceptance and welcoming of white supremacists into their organizations."

Steele, the first African-American to head the Republican National Committee, issued a statement Wednesday about what he described as “recent statements claiming the Tea Party movement is racist.” He said such statements “are not only destructive, they are not true.”

“Tea Party activists are your mom or dad, your local grocer, banker, hairdresser or doctor,” the former lieutenant governor of Maryland said in statement. “They are a diverse group of passionate Americans who want to ensure that our nation returns to founding principles that honor the Constitution, limit government’s role in our lives, and support policies that empower free markets and free enterprise. Enough with the name-calling.”

The NAACP, in a story on its website, says the resolution does not condemn the entire Tea Party movement as racist. As presented to delegates meeting in Kansas City, the resolution called for the NAACP to "educate its membership and the community that this movement is not just about higher taxes and limited government," according to the AP.

The resolution suggested that something could evolve "and become more dangerous for that small percentage of people that really think our country has been taken away from them."

It was not clear whether the original resolution was amended during the debate, which took place mostly behind closed doors. To become NAACP policy, it must be approved by the organization’s national board of directors, which is scheduled to consider it in October.

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Not every brother is a BROTHER. Just because Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele's skin has a dark hue. His actions show him to be an "Uncle Tom". Actions speak louder than words.

Understandably, given that racism continues to plague America and that this is an historic presidency, the NAACP is defensive to the point of paranoia. Nevertheless there is NO evidence of TEA Party racism other than the statements of highly partisan members of congress.

People of color are welcome in the Tea Party struggle. For it is about liberty and liberty trumps, not just color, but life itself; the proof lies in Arlington Cemetery and in manifest graves all over the world in the fight against socialism.

This president is exerting a radical progressive agenda, and that is irrelevant to his ethnicity. Leftists (of all colors) are manipulating African Americans and playing a dangerous game of racial confrontation for political gain.

At one rally, an African American man spoke to an overwhelming white crowd. What he said propelled a thunderous prolonged standing ovation. "I am not an African American - I am an American."

He later said on Fox that the moment was the most inspirational of his life. But this conservative fighting socialism would be called "Uncle Tom" by the NAACP, in effect a scarlet letter, an excommunication from the community. It is nothing less than ideological bullying.

“Tea Party activists are your mom or dad, your local grocer, banker, hairdresser or doctor.”

No doubt.

And, as anyone knows, racists, bigots and political extremists also come from those ranks.

Doesn't Michael Steele understand that?

Racists, bigots and unhinged conservatives aren't some group of "monsters" that only come out at night and live far apart from us. They're among us. Every day.

Racists and right-wing extremists are often your mom or dad, your local grocer, banker, hairdresser or doctor.

Believe it. It's true.

It is amazing that the one organization with RACE in its name IE National Association for the Advancement of COLORED PEOPLE (NAACP), would have the gauhl to call other people racists.

In my book they ARE the Racists. Are there any Whites involved in NAACP? What happened to their Affirmative Action Quotas?

Tea party movement is a just a mask for the white supremacist. There are a few other puppets who have no idea what they are getting into. It is not a secret that the tea party movement is a racist movement.

It's interesting how an organization which is only concerned with the advancement of coloreds has the nerve to call others racist.

Sounds like something from the Onion.

Tim, please read the history of the NAACP then come back to continue this conversation with a better understanding of the organization.

Every group which is large enough will have some "fringe" characters. There is no way around this.

The Tea Party is truly about small government, lower taxes, and true freedoms (government keeps it's hands off of your choices). It's very simple and easy to understand.

How many of you criticizing the Tea Parties have seen any racism or violence coming from a Tea Party member?

Now try searching youtube for Violence against the Tea Party.

Why will the media not pick up on this?

If Tea Baggers (they said it first!) weren't racist, they would show it in their admiration of people who fit their "Land of Opportunity" just-so story.

Barak Obama and Sonia Sotomayor are a Republican WET DREAM. Rags to riches, anyone who works hard can succeed so we can assuma a level playing field, poverty is an individual choice, people exist to serve the free market not the free market to serve people, etc...

So why do the Tea Party and Congress members acting on their behalf hate them so much, even trying to prove that both aren't "real" Americans? What's the difference between them and Abe Lincoln? Give you three guesses, and the first 2 don't count.

Tim, there are White members of the organization. National Association for the Advancement of Colored People actually encompasses all people now. It started with Blacks and Native Americans, Hispanics and Asians but now it covers all peoples. Hell, part of the founding membership was White.

Where is the resolution condemning extremism in the New Black Panther Party? oh, nm.

The tea party movement is strictly about freedom. Like any other group of people, there will be some bad ones in the mix.It's also attracted big-government republicans like Sarah Palin who are trying to hijack it.Those are just minor distractions from the real point: getting the government to obey the Constitution, go back to a responsible level of spending, and lower our taxes.

I find it moronic that the NAACP has determined that portions of the Tea Party Movement are Suppoedly Racist. They make that statement on WHAT facts and evidence. NOINE. The NAACP does not like it that so many white people are gathering togeather with members of all races welcome and participating. They Tag Blacks in the tea party as " Uncle Toms ". Black people who disagree with them and agree with other Persons NOT of Color. At the same time the NAACP totally IGNORES Black racists in their own MIST, Black Panther Party Thugs and the Nation of Islam racists. No Mention or condemnations of those racists are even mentioned or acknowledged. The real racists here are the NAACP and it's racist policies of only pointing other racism, not their own. The NAACP is just attempting to shut up the opposition with unfounded Racist charges. A practice they use many times to CENSOR any opposition to their and The Liberal Agenda. Let the truth be known.

corneliusvansant - Even in your own post you state the loudest roar of approval came when he said I am not an African American - I am an American. While that statement is fine and unifying on its face, he is also seperating himself from Black culture in a generalized sense.
Having said that, I wouldn't say he is wrong for feeling that way, it's not for me to judge how anyone views themselves. What I am trying to illustrate is that his "thunderous prolonged standing ovation" came at the end of a comment regarding his race. A comment where he was seperating himself from the very race the Tea Party is being accused of having problems with. Maybe that's why the group was propelled to their thunderous ovation at that specific moment?

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The camera never lies. Whenever one sees Tea Party events there appear to be a sea of white faces amidst whom stand two or three people of color. If this was an integrated movement, as Mr. Steele suggests, we would see the evidence right before our eyes. It is equally distressing that a child of Sikh immigrants, e.g. Nicky Healy, has taken up the banner of the Tea Party. Doesn't she realize that were it not for the struggles and sacrifice of millions of brave African Americans for basic dignity and civil rights her people would never have been given the opportunities they now have. The NAACP has taken a courageous stand in coming up with a definitive statement on this issue.
Sign me a proud Punjabi American who stands in solidarity with the spirit of Dr. King!

Mr. Steele, When will you realize that they don't care about you. You are there puppet, they are using you like Bob Erlich used you to capture the state house. Your little RNC position is just a counter to President Obama's Election. Some day, I hope you will realize that.

The man is fighting for his job, of course he is defending the tea party. But hey, at least he is finally toeing the party line. That is an improvement.

Read this article which lays out Michael Steele positions. It is really FUNNY. Heck, might even be pretty close to accurate.


http://www.dailygoat.com/?p=1029

President Jimmy Carter siad loud for everyone to hear and everyone try to shout him down. It's amazes me that so many people still don't get it. I'm a black man who lives in a perdominate white area. I get along with everyone. That's me... but I do go to local bars that are predominate white and I can tell you many whites so have a problem with the color of the president's skin. I will admit it's generational, but it's there. What rubs alot the non-tea party believers is this catch phrase of take back our country. We all know it's code for white's need to be in charge. What's even more amazing is the fact that a majority of the whites didn't come here till the mid 1800's. When and the heck do they think the blacks got here. So many people in this country are sick... Just remember divided we fall. Do you truly think Rush, Hannity, Beck really care about you even though you are white. Your trailer trash in their eyes if you make under 5 mil. a year. And we all know how they really feel about blacks, asians, mexicians. This is all about numbers. Who will retain power for the wealth in this country.

Greg, the worst part about it is, I think he realized that a while ago... And was ok with it.

Of course the Tea Party is racist. Has any other president in history been questioned about his birth certificate and place of birth? Has any other president in history had his middle name published in the press so much? The Tea Party pursued these non- issues! Fillibusters and super majority were never such an issue in Congress before 2008. Why is that?. Some one who is not white was elected president!! Deal with it. In 2012 there will be another election

The NAACP is not the same organization it once was when it was founded. The NAACP has turned into a different organization that now supports the Progressives and Radicals, similar to that of the New Black Panther Party. You want to talk about racism? If the NAACP was not a racist organization, they would not support the voter intimidation of the New Black Panther Party or the video that was released that shows their members inciting violence to kill white people and their white babies.

The Tea Party is being attacked not because of racism, but rather due to their principals and desire for freedom. Is America on the right path? Is it racist to say Obama is a Radical/Progressive/Socialist/Marxist? The point is, America is suppose to be a FREE COUNTRY that provides EQUAL OPPORTUNITY. That appears to be a problem when your agenda is to support SOCIAL JUSTICE instead of EQUAL JUSTICE. The Tea Party has not NEVER said or done any of these things the NAACP or New Black Panther Party has done. Who is the real racist? If anyone can find any evidence of the Tea Party being racist, please provide PROOF and post it here.

"Not every brother is a BROTHER. Just because Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele's skin has a dark hue. His actions show him to be an "Uncle Tom". Actions speak louder than words"

Thank goodness this is almost true. I find black people to be more racist than any other group. Of course it's politically incorrect to suggest this, but it is fact true. How often do black people invite white folks to their events? Ever been invited to a black baptism, black wedding? When I was in the service, the black guys all sat together and were very content when no white guys sat down at the same table. I'm not a TEA Party person, but I've seen their rallys and they were not a bunch of skinheads or black panthers with pipes in their hands. Quite the contrary, I did see one with a slice of pizza in hand.

We are as a nation too fragmented.

We are as a nation broke.

We are as a nation diminsihed.

We are as a nation doomed unless some otherworldly arrives to end this hate.

I find black people to be more racist than any other group. Of course it's politically incorrect to suggest this, but it is fact true. How often do black people invite white folks to their events? Ever been invited to a black baptism, black wedding? When I was in the service, the black guys all sat together and were very content when no white guys sat down at the same table.

This post is hilarious! Maybe your black friends don't invite you to their black baptism or black wedding (what qualifies as a black baptism or black wedding anyway?) because you group an entire race as being "the most racist."

Yes Michael, the tea party is a diverse group of people! The only things they have in common is their ignorance and their racism! (By the way, thank you Ehrlich for unleashing this idiot Steele on America! Yet another example of you putting your political career ahead of the interests of the public!)

TVG, if all the Black guys were sitting together in service, doesn't that mean that all the White guys were also sitting together? Why didn't any White guys try to sit with the Black guys? DId you think only the Black guys were supposed to make an effort to integrate?

I've been to MANY Black weddings, baptisms, and the like where there were White people present, INCLUDING White people in the wedding party, and occasional White God parents...as someone else noted, maybe YOU just weren't invited to any Black events...

that being said, I agree with the posters who think the NAACP is way out of line...

The leader of the NAACP -- Mr. Jealous -- is mostly white. How ironic is that???

Frank Rizzo is correct. Can anyone provide proof that the Tea Party is racist other then what is said in the "mainstream media"? Show us a video of racism from a Tea Party rally.

Anyone else see the video of the New Black Panther Party? Did the NAACP condemn them for inciting violence to "kill white people and their white babies"?

Who's the real racists?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p50qHzC01E0

Taken from the New Black Panther website
http://www.newblackpanther.com/platform.html


10 Point Platform

What the New Black Panthers Want
What the New Black Panthers Believe
1. We want freedom. We want the power to practice self-determination, and to determine the destiny of our community and THE BLACK NATION.
We believe in the spiritual high moral code of our Ancestors. We believe in the truths of the Bible, Quran, and other sacred texts and writings. We believe in MAAT and the principles of NGUZO SABA. We believe that Black People will not be free until we are able to determine our Divine Destiny.
2. We want full employment for our people and we demand the dignity to do for ourselves what we have begged the white man to do for us.
We believe that since the white man has kept us deaf, dumb and blind, and used every “dirty trick” in the book to stand in the way of our freedom and independence, that we should be gainfully employed until such time we can employ and provide for ourselves.
We believe further in: POWER IN THE HANDS OF THE PEOPLE! WEALTH IN THE HANDS OF THE PEOPLE! ARMS IN THE HANDS OF THE PEOPLE!
3. We want tax exemption and an end to robbery of THE BLACK NATION by the CAPITALIST. We want an end to the capitalistic domination of Africa in all of its forms: imperialism, criminal settler colonialism, neo-colonialism, racism, sexism, zionism, Apartheid and artificial borders.
We believe that this wicked racist government has robbed us, and now we are demanding the overdue debt of reparations. A form of reparations was promised 100 years ago (forty acres and a mule) as restitution for the continued genocide of our people and to in meaningful measure and repair the damage for the AFRICAN HOLOCAUST (Maangamizo/Maafa).
We believe our people should be exempt from ALL TAXATION as long as we are deprived of equal justice under the laws of the land and the overdue reparations debt remains unpaid. We will accept payment in fertile and mine rally rich land, precious metals, industry, commerce and currency. As genocide crimes continue, people’s tribunals must be set up to prosecute and to execute.
The “Jews” were given reparations. The Japanese were given reparations. The Black, the Red and the Brown Nations must be given reparations. The American white man owes us reparations. England owes us reparations. France owes us reparations, Spain and all of Europe. Africa owes us reparations and repatriation. The Arabs owe us reparations. The “Jews” owe us reparations. All have taken part in the AFRICAN HOLOCAUST and the slaughter of 600 million of our people over the past 6,000 years in general and 400 year in particular. We know that this is a reasonable and just demand that we make at this time in history.
4. We want decent housing, fit for shelter of human beings, free health-care (preventive and maintenance). We want an end to the trafficking of drugs and to the biological and chemical warfare targeted at our people.
We believe since the white landlords will not give decent housing and quality health care to our Black Community, the he housing, the land, the social, political and economic institutions should be made into independent UUAMAA “New African Communal/Cooperatives” so that our community, with government reparations and aid (until we can do for ourselves) can build and make drug free, decent housing with health facilities for our people.
5. We want education for our people that exposes the true nature of this devilish and decadent American society. We want education that teaches us our true history/herstory and our role in the present day society.
We believe in an educational system that will give our people “a knowledge of self.” If we do not have knowledge of self and of our position in society and the world, then we have little chance to properly relate to anything else.
6. We want all Black Men and Black Women to be exempt from military service.
We believe that Black People should not be forced to fight in the military service to defend a racist government that holds us captive and does not protect us. We will not fight and kill other people of color in the world who, like Black People, are being victimized by the white racist government of America. We will protect ourselves from the force and violence of the racist police and the racist military, “by any means necessary.”
7. We want an immediate end to POLICE HARRASSMENT, BRUTALITY and MURDER of Black People. We want an end to Black-on-Black violence, “snitching,” cooperation and collaboration with the oppressor.
We believe we can end police brutality in our community by organizing Black self-defense groups (Black People’s Militias/Black Liberation Armies) that are dedicated to defending our Black Community from racist, fascist, police/military oppression and brutality. The Second Amendment of white America’s Constitution gives a right to bear arms. We therefore believe that all Black People should unite and form and “African United Front” and arm ourselves for self-defense.
8. We want freedom for all Black Men and Black Women held in international, military, federal, state, county, city jails and prisons.
We believe that all Black People and people of color should be released from the many jails and prisons because they have not received a fair and impartial trial. ‘Released’ means ‘released’ to the lawful authorities of the Black Nation.
9. We want all Black People when brought to trial to be tried in a court by a jury of their peer group or people from their Black Communities, as defined by white law of the Constitution of the United States.
We believe that the courts should follow their own law, if their nature will allow (as stated in their Constitution of the United States) so that Black People will receive fair trials. The 6th Amendment of the United States Constitution gives a man/woman a right to an impartial trial, which has been interpreted to be a “fair” trial by one’s “peer” group. A “peer” is a person from a similar economic, social, religious, geographical, environmental, historical and racial background. To do this, the court will be forced to select a jury from the Black Community from which the Black defendant came. We have been and are being tried by all white juries that have no understanding of the “average reasoning person” of the Black Community.
10. WE DEMAND AN END TO THE RACIST DEATH PENALTY AS IT IS APPLIED TO BLACK AND OPPRESSED PEOPLE IN AMERICA. WE DEMAND FREEDOM FOR ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS OF THE BLACK RED AND BROWN NATION!
We want land, bread, housing, education, clothing, justice and peace. And, as our political objective, we want NATIONAL LIBERATION in a separate state or territory of our own, here or elsewhere, “a liberated zone” (“New Africa” or Africa), and a plebiscite to be held throughout the BLACK NATION in which only we will be allowed to participate for the purposes of determining our will and DIVINE destiny as a people. FREE THE LAND! “UP YOU MIGHTY NATION! YOU CAN ACCOMPLISH WHAT YOU WILL!” BLACK POWER! History has proven that the white man is absolutely disagreeable to get along with in peace. No one has been able to get along with the white man. All the people of color have been subjected to the white man’s wrath. We believe that his very nature will not allow for true sharing, fairness, equity and justice.
Therefore, to the Red Man and Woman, to the Yellow and to the Brown, we say to you
“THE SAME RABID DOG THAT BIT YOU, BIT US TOO!” ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE! April 9,2010

"12 Point Platform

What the New Black Panthers Want
What the New Black Panthers Believe
11. We want the power to practice ....inviting white people over for BBQ's, etc.
12. We'll stop being thugs,

Go to images.google dot com, search racist tea part. See in your own eyes:

A. Sign:Congress=Slave Owner, Taxpayer=-niggar" They would have said 'slave' but they WANTED to use the N word. (they also dont' give a CRAP about 700+ billion PER YEAR on militarism, but 1/10 as much on health care? No, it might go to poor or nonwhites, they are only against deficits it it's to help extent unemployment or fund schools or health or elderly...they don't mind spending much, much more on miltiarism and taxbreaks for rich

B. Sign: "Obamanomics: Monkey See, Monkey spend" Note the above TeaParty is FOR massive deficit spending on rich and on oil company subsidies and on Militarism 700Billion per year, that''s the cost of 10 years of health reform, even if you ignore the savings from health reform. Double Standard?Monkey? racist metaphor on purpose.

C. TeaPartySign: "it's 1939 Germany all over again". Look in the mirror, you're the closest to brown shirts. My relative which died in WWII are spinning in their grades looking at your ugly, holocaust-Trivializing Crap calling it Nazi to demand an end to "pre-existing conditions" what are you slaves to insurance companies, trying to protect their profits?

D.US "taxpayers are Jews for Obama's ovens" - more anti-semitic holocaust-triviliazing ugly hatred...it's insane enough you LOVe to spend tax-dollars on militarism and wars based on lies and sending our GIs to DIE for your lies, but now you compare protecting MY FAMILY" from being denied care (the health reform you hate makes it illegal to use fine-print twisted by their lawyers to deny care to us Americans who PAID their insurance fees for years but then were denied care based on FINEprint) and you DARE bring up the holocaust because you want to protect insurance profits? No, YOU are sending people to their Deaths by wanting NO protection to Americans who get sick, wake up and smell the coffee!

"1. "Birther" movement = Racist? Either the lies (notice they'd be in court, no, would have been in court year+ ago if they had a shred of evidence...they don't. Put up or...) either outright racist list, or at least they hope the racism will help get 'em converts to this "birther" nonsense

2. McCain was UNDENIABLY born outside the US but they didn't CARE because it's all political. Yes, Congress passed a resolution saying they believe the interpretation means he's ok to be president. Fine print in the articles: that opinion of congress did not have the power of law, just a summary of their personal understanding. Personally it's McCain's politics that stink, I don't care where he was born outside the US, but the Birthers claim they care...only they only care if it's a non-rightwinger (and if the non rightwing president is Black, so much the better to recruit right?)

How anyone can say that the Tea Party does not appeal to "white fears" about the economy, immigration or any other so-called slight that they fear, due to the entire nation being in tough economic times is a flat out retard or more truthfully, a racist who has to find someone to blame. Hasn't this movie played before with the Klan and Nazi Germany?? It's not my fault that my job was out-sourced!! It's not my fault that i'm in a house I can't afford!!! It's not my fault that these black and latino people are getting better jobs w/education and i'm still getting left further back!!! No i'm a so-called "patriot" and it is my God given right to blame someone else!!! And in case you hadn't noticed, i'm a real american because i'm white!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!! Get real racists.

Steele is doing this in the name of trying to keep his job. He's already on shaky ground with the Gran Ole Party. This is his last ditch effort to show solidarity with them. In terms of the bigger picture, my suspicion is that he was marginalized and disenfranchised by the black community long ago simply because his politics were of a conservative bent. Why should he have to change his core political values to appease a particular ethnic group? His ethnicity was formed at conception, it's not determined by his political affiliation. Just because you don't agree with him doesn't mean he isn't of a particular ethnic blend, he is what he is. Do I agree with what he's saying? No. The tea party founder has Klan Affiliations, enough said. My comments are to address the deeper problem, and as you can see whenever an African American takes a stance that differs from the stereotypical beliefs of "black folk," the instinct of some black people is to "disown" someone - excommunicate him or her, which is so silly. Fran, would you disown your real brother? Then if you consider him your brother, just agree to disagree with him and call it a day. Jeeze. It's like fighting fire with fire. Racial identities are social conveniences anyway, just an easy way to marginalize and categorize people. WAKE UP!!!!!

Having read the preceding posts (not easy given the lack of education evident in most of them) I have the following observations: the "Tea Party" defenders never explicitly say they aren't racist, but rather scream "Where's the evidence?" Gee, maybe in those signs at Tea Party rallies with the "n" word on them? Also, why didn't the Tea Party object to Bush's stripping of habeas rights and various other actions that ACTUALLY took away Constitutional guarantees? Why did it suddenly appear once a black man was president? Why do tea partiers claim to care about taxes but seem to have no knowledge regarding them (Obama has lowered taxes, not raised them). And finally, to those of you yapping about this "New Black Panther Party" -- no one has ever heard of this group other than Fox News. And, if I get your point in screaming about them, apparently its that its ok for the Tea Party to be racist, because this group is too?? Evidently TPers are too stupid to even know what "racist" means.

Roman, you need to re-read some of the posts. First of all, racism exists EVERYWHERE in all groups and social classes. No one is disputing that there may be members of the Tea Party who are racists. Rather, the group as a whole is NOT a racist organization. The Tea Party does not stand for racism. The Tea Party advocates for smaller government and a strong belief in our Founding Fathers.

The poster who used the New Black Panther Party as an example of racism is only pointing out that the NAACP is wrong for publicly denouncing one group as racist while not holding the same standards for other groups.

If you take the Tea Party as a whole, they are not a racist organization. There will always be racism. Every city, state, and country has some form of racism; white or black, it does not matter. The point being that the NAACP should hold these standards towards one group and another only discredits them as an organization. Are there white members in the New Black Panther Party? No. Are there black members in the Tea Party? Yes. Would there be black members of the Tea Party if it were racists? I don't think so.

Yes, Fox News has shown the video on the New Black Panther Party inciting violence to "kill crackers and their babies". Is that wrong? Why hasn't CNN or MSNBC shown it? Would that video go against their propaganda? Would it discredit their "agenda"? Instead, they want to attack the Tea Party. Everyone with common sense knows that the party does not stand for racism. Are there members who may be racist in their organization? Sure.

What about Senator Byrd, a Democrat, who a member of the KKK and voted against the Civil Rights Act? Does that mean all Democrats are racist? Works both ways. Don't condemn one group and allow racism in other groups. The double standard is a problem, don't you think?

Quite simply really. The Tea Party has a few racists. So does the Dem and Repub parties.

Not much you can do about a few bad apples.

But to brand the whole movement as racist is comical.

Everyone on the planet has shown some sign of racism at one time or another. Politician's use one another also. There are reasons given for everything and the worst part is when you have people who are simply stuck on stupid to believe what is told to them just because it may sound good. The truth is the truth whether you believe it or not. Get smart America. Don't be a tag-a-long.

The Tea Bag Party are just “haters not debaters” or as others have dubbed them “screamers not dreamers”, with their failed attempts at stopping Healthcare reform, they say they respect the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence but they do not mind passing laws, through weak Governors (no one voted for this crazy) who only cares about getting elected Governor, on the backs of undocumented workers, and this law will not pass Constitution muster. I love the way our President of the United States, side set the trap, and stilled filed a lawsuit against Arizona, too sweet (what Arizona no “Plan B”?).

Brewer signed into law;
1. S.B. 1070,
2. No permit conceal weapons law,
3. The famous Birthers law,
4. Banning Ethnic studies law,
5. Banning human-animal hybrid (aren’t most GOPers crossed with the Reptilian race?) or are they just giving Laurence Gonzales, some great promotion material for his new book “Lucy”.

6. Could she be behind the Mural in Prescott, Arizona, ordered to be whiten,
7. On deck to pass, no citizenship to babies born to undocumented workers,

8. If she can read she should look up Arizona’s House Bill 2779 from two years ago (which was un-constitution and failed when legally challenged),
9. The boycotted Martin Luther King Day, what idiots don’t want another holiday? Yes, you guessed it Arizona.

Well Arizona, you can boycott new holidays and keep passing crazy laws and the rest of us will continue to challenged them in a court of law and continue to add cities to our Boycott of your state.

I real cannot believe anything that comes out of Brewer’s mouth, in an interview she first said her father had died in Germany fighting the Nazi in World War II (war ended 1945) but of course we find out the truth that father was never in Germany and died in California in 1955. But we are suppose to believe everything else she says, right! No one voted for you for Governor, yet you keep listening to the tiny brains of the crazies and signing into law everything that comes into their feeble minds, it only make you look dumb, stupid or racist, or maybe all three.

As for the Tea Bag Party, their phony patriotism is sickening; they are just racists going by another name. We all know you are just itching to put a sheet on their head? Let’s face it the Republicans had eight years to deal with health care, immigration, energy (remember Cheney’s secret meetings with oil companies where loosening regulation and oversight were sealed), climate change and financial oversight and governance and they failed. It appears that the Republican Party is only good at starting wars (two in eight years, with fat contracts to friends of Cheney/Bush) but not at winning wars as seen by the continuing line of body bags that keep coming home. The Republicans party will continue turned inward to their old fashion obstructionist party (and their Confederacy appreciation roots) because they continue to allow a small portions (but very loud portion) of their party of “birthers, baggers and blowhards” to rule their party. I will admit that this fringe is very good at playing “Follow the Leader” by listening to their dullard leaders, Beck, Hedgecock, Hannity, O’Reilly, Rush, Savage, Sarah Bailin, Orly Taitz, Victoria Jackson, Michele Bachmann and the rest of the Blowhards and acting as ill programmed robots (they have already acted against doctors that perform abortions).

The Birthers and the Tea party crowd think they can scare, intimidate and force others to go along with them by comments like “This time we came unarmed”, let me tell you something not all ex-military join the fringe militia crazies who don’t pay taxes and run around with face paint in the parks playing commando, the majority are mature and understand that the world is more complicated and grey than the black and white that these simpleton make it out to be and that my friend is the point. The world is complicated and people like Hamilton, Lincoln, and Roosevelt believed that we should use government a little to increase social mobility, now it’s about dancing around the claim of government is the problem. The sainted Reagan passed the biggest tax increase in American history and as a result federal employment increased, but facts are lost when mired in mysticism and superstition. For a party that gave us Abraham Lincoln, it is tragic that the ranks are filled with too many empty suits and the crazy Birthers who have not learned that the way our courts work is that you get a competent lawyer, verifiable facts and present them to a judge, if the facts are real and not half baked internet lies, then, and only then, do you proceed to trial. The Birthers seem to be having a problem with their so called “facts”. Let’s face it no one will take the Birthers seriously until they win a case, but until then, you will continue to appear dumb, crazy or racist, or maybe all three. I heard that Orly Taitz now wants to investigate the “Republican 2009 Summer of Love” list: Assemblyman, Michael D. Duvall (CA), Senator John Ensign (NV), Senator Paul Stanley (TN), Governor Mark Stanford (SC), Board of Ed Chair, and Kristin Maguire AKA Bridget Keeney (SC), she wants to re-establish a family values party, that’s like saying that the Catholic Church cares about the welling being of children in their care, too late for that. Yee Haw!

Judging by the photos Tea Party antagonists are overwhelmingly white and old. And speaking for logical people everywhere: Thank you God for giving us Sarah "Mama Grizzly" Palin and Michael "Hip-Hop" Steele.

Thanks for the blog. A spiritual awakening must be a reality for the Tea Party's influence to be lasting. It is not enough to change politicians, it is not enough to change our financial direction as a nation, we must return to the one who gave us the responsibility to experience freedom and that person is God.

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Annie Linskey covers state politics and government for The Baltimore Sun. Previously, as a City Hall reporter, she wrote about the corruption trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon and kept a close eye on city spending. Originally from Connecticut, Annie has also lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she reported on war crimes tribunals and landmines. She lives in Canton.

John Fritze has covered politics and government at the local, state and federal levels for more than a decade and is now The Baltimore Sun’s Washington correspondent. He previously wrote about Congress for USA TODAY, where he led coverage of the health care overhaul debate and the 2010 election. A native of Albany, N.Y., he currently lives in Montgomery County.

Julie Scharper covers City Hall and Baltimore politics. A native of Baltimore County, she graduated from The Johns Hopkins University in 2001 and spent two years teaching in Honduras before joining The Baltimore Sun. She has followed the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Pa., in the year after a schoolhouse massacre, reported on courts and crime in Anne Arundel County, and chronicled the unique personalities and places of Baltimore City and its surrounding counties.
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