3.21.2010

u.s. tea-party wingnuts with their masks off

The supposedly anti-government, anti-public-spending crowd in the US shows its true face.
Representative Andre Carson, an Indiana Democrat, told a reporter that as he left the Cannon House Office Building with Georgia Democratic Representative John Lewis, a leader of the civil rights era, some among the crowd chanted “the N-word, the N-word, 15 times.” Both Mr. Carson and Mr. Lewis are black.

“It was like going into the time machine with John Lewis,” said Mr. Carson, a large former police officer who said he wasn't frightened; he said he worried about the 70-year-old Mr. Lewis, who is twice his age. “He said it reminded him of another time.”

Kristie Greco, spokeswoman for Democratic Whip Jim Clyburn, said a protester spit on Representative Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., who is black. Mr. Cleaver's office said the protester was arrested but said the congressman won't press charges.

Mr. Clyburn, who led fellow black students in integrating South Carolina's public facilities a half-century ago, called the behaviour “absolutely shocking.”

“I heard people saying things today that I have not heard since March 15, 1960, when I was marching to try to get off the back of the bus,” Mr. Clyburn told reporters.

Never doubt what is fueling these people's anger. According to a blog at Firedoglake (otherwise unsourced), "many protesters shouted "kill Obama 'pause' bill" ".

If the tea-partiers are so opposed to government spending, why aren't they protesting the two occupations the US is funding to the tune of at least $880 billion and as much as $1.03 trillion, this year alone? Because they don't give a crap about government spending. They're furious that a man with brown skin is living in the White House.

Although there's nothing funny about this incident, the Globe and Mail's headline was, perhaps unintentionally, amusing: "Washington turns ugly on eve of historic health-care vote". Turns ugly? You're too kind.

6 comments:

James said...

Dunno if you've seen the photos, but one of the latest signs popular at Tea Party rallies is "If [Scott] Brown can't stop it, A Browning can!", with a picture of a Browning automatic pistol.

L-girl said...

Thanks, James. Scary insanity.

John F said...

Here's a lengthy series of photos of similar signs:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S38VioxnBaI

View as needed to induce vomiting...

deang said...

But oooo the tea party types get foaming-at-the-mouth mad if you say they're racist. Apparently, if they say they're not, they're not, never mind what their actions reveal.

Brian said...

Not as a direct assessment (and accurate) as yours, but Rachel's piece tonight on the promotion of violence and hatred by the Right was, as usual, bang on.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/#36027892

James said...

Republicans are all about the culture of life:

Slaughter, a Democrat who chairs the House Rules Committee, said a caller to her office last week vowed to send snipers to “kill the children of the members who voted yes.”

Stupak, the Michigan Democrat whose last-minute compromise on abortion guaranteed passage of the bill Sunday, said callers have left messages for him saying, “You’re dead; we know where you live; we’ll get you.”

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) warned that anti-abortion Democrats would suffer politically if they voted for the health care bill; he singled out Driehaus, saying he “may be a dead man”

Via Politico