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At the Tea Party, it's every man for himself

As Republican members of Congress tried to block health-care reform over the weekend, African American Reps. John Lewis and Jim Clyburn, both veterans of 1960s civil rights battles, reported being taunted with racial epithets by angry protesters. But The Nation’s Melissa Harris-Lacewell wrote Monday: “The relevant comparison here is not the mid-20th century civil rights movement. The better analogy is the mid-19th century period of Reconstruction.”

Among other things, Tea Party protesters are choosing their rhetoric based on a bizarre conception of “sovereignty.” Politico, for example, this week quoted Tea Partier Tom Whitmore: “Over the last year, people have developed this interest in their sovereignty, and they’re not ready to go back or to throw away all their hard work.” This is a peculiar word to use, as it gives one license to do and say whatever one wants, provided that one backs it up with a bogus claim that government in Washington is tyrannous and unrepresentative. Supposedly, that’s what the original tea partiers were doing in Boston in 1773 when they revolted. Today, though, this claim of sovereignty is simply updated camouflage for the more familiar term, “states’ rights.”

Even “states’ rights,” though, doesn’t fully explain the ugliness of the health-care brouhaha. States’ rights have been changed into “ideology rights,” whereby if one feels that his political philosophy, however intolerant or inappropriate, is underrepresented in government, then one has a right to overturn the democratic process or opt out of the citizenry altogether. A belief seems to have taken hold that any given American deserves to live in a country populated and governed exclusively by people who think and look the same as he does. Combine a claim of “sovereignty” with an obnoxious racial slur, and it becomes some dubiously righteous act of protest because obnoxious racists aren’t represented in the White House.

While America’s two-party system is by no means perfect, it is certainly better than a 300 million-party system in which everyone feels that his own sui generis platform has a legitimate right to a seat in government. Compromise, though, has been reinterpreted as capitulation by the furious Tea Partiers; and under such a rigidly radical framework, it’s every man for himself.

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What can you say about morons who are out picketing for insurance companies? With every trailer park in America watching Fox Fake News, this is what you get.

Posted by: Original1 | March 25, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Original1 - no doubt your f'n paycheck comes straight from the Progressive Political Party.

I'll bet you have a withered, dried up puss - or a withered, dried up sack.

Go crawl back into your hole...

Posted by: easttxisfreaky | March 25, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

I wonder when the Tea Party people (and those who report on them) will ever get it through their thick heads that the Boston Tea Party was not about taxes. It was about the fact that the British government had given a monopoly to their favorite corporation (in today's terminology).

David McGee
Virginia

Posted by: dhmcgee | March 25, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

State's rights is code for racism, dear. Most of the Stupid White People in the Tea Party slept through civics class. I doubt any of them have ever read the constitution. They are only going by the Fox News Channel or conservative gasbag interpretation of it.

Posted by: missgrundy | March 25, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

There is something afoot that I've not seen discused - yet.

Every effort made to de-legitimize Barack Obama, questioning and discounting his birth, his religion, his citizenship, his loyalty, his motives, his life, his work, his accomplishments. Total refusal to accept a majority rule, the plurality President Obama won; unwilling to be the loyal opposition, preferring to be the hating destroyer.

They have converged with the republican determination to deligitimize his presidency, which they freely admit is for political reasons.

Republicans sponsoring, tolerating, co-opting the teabagger racism to amplify their own attempts to unseat, undo, and deny the first black President of the United States of America.

They tolerated it with Sarah Palin and she has taken more permission to say and do more. They have encouraged and tolerated it from the teabaggers until they now wear the white sheets and conical hats of the KKK.

I don't see mainstream America allowing them near any public office to have control over any part of our lives.

Posted by: dutchess2 | March 25, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

There is an old rule. Never volunteer information. If you want to hand private health records over to some agency in Washington that's your business.

Posted by: tossnokia | March 25, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Now that the Tea Party has been revealed to be the TERRORIST organization it was designed to be, I hope that DHS will round up its leaders and stop this threat to America.

Posted by: thomasmc1957 | March 25, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

easttxisfreaky proves Original1's point- "Moron"

Posted by: bruceabby1 | March 25, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Well written, Mr. McGee. Thank you for corroborating my recent history studies. Now help me with this whole states' rights business. Didn't the Colonies defeat the "tyrannous British" by banding together into one cohesive, centralized entity? And by getting help from, yes, France?

Posted by: wgordon1 | March 25, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

The kind of "freedom" being claimed here: The freedom to cast stones at what you fear, is different, and do not understand--driven by opportunistic and paranoid fantasies.

Prey on the Naive!

http://x-patriate.com/?page_id=117

Posted by: nyintmed1 | March 25, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

You would think these tea partiers really care about debt and spending. when they put bricks through the office windows who do you think pays for it??? The tea party is really the republican party or what's left of it. Now its a haven for racist and bigot to target political figures. That's it, nothing else. Check out this article on the tea party exploitation of the conservative agenda, its pretty interesting

http://bit.ly/a6Hb9F

Posted by: republicanblack | March 25, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Awwwh everything that we don't like is racism.. That's getting to be an old worn- out card! But the bottom line is we are all losers in this one.. Just today another 'socialist bomb' announced its spending more than it takes in! (Yes Social Security) and so like all government 'programs' we are forced to add more tax revenue from the 'good old hard working Americans of ALL COLOR as their take home pay gets smaller and smaller.. Governments (of any style) are inefficient and wasteful. So we eat another 'bomb' from government.. except this one is massive.. Somehow we needed this? Yet public hospitals in America cannot turn away the sick (I worked in one for years) it is the Physicians Creed and duty to help, EVEN if that person cannot pay!... We also have the health quality the rest of the world WISHES they had... But it took MONEY, and time and free enterprise (free enterprise took us to the moon to folks!) but we trade that for a losing, outdated, miserable, freedom robbing socialist approach. Yes everyone will be equal under socialism! But we will all be poor. Just look at history, the resistance you see all over America is that Americans are not all sitting on the "Stupid Bench", the liberal American hating professors in most colleges didn't brainwash everyone. The Tea Party group is just a symbol, an idea that made America great.. band together against the tax. (Didn't the African Americans band together to get civil rights legislation passed? How's this different?) BTW next year your fed income taxes will go up by 4.7% adjusted Read the bill!....and get ready for more... as we hand over more rights and more money to the Government...Longer lines, over worked doctors, more rules..
Then we are trapped into the system.. Like the poor on welfare! Make a little more money on your efforts and you lose the 'system' you sold your sole to the devil...
great system... I wish all Americans could work, have a nice job, raise their kids in safe neighborhoods, and be able to retire.
Government will do NONE of that for you.. Remember John F. Kenedy's words..Ask NOT.......

Posted by: dsblake1 | March 25, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

"Compromise, though, has been reinterpreted as capitulation by the furious Tea Partiers; and under such a rigidly radical framework, it’s every man for himself."

I agree. But how do we tone down the rhetoric and get people talking and listening to each other again?

Isn't there a saying: "Politics is the art of compromise."

Compromise requires engagement. It needs someone to say: Okay, I'll give you that if you give me this. The only ones doing that are the Dems, with each other. There are some things each side has good ideas about, but neither side has all the good ideas.


We would have better legislation with the Pubs engaged but we won't have democracy with Pub autocracy.

Do the Pubs think the same thing of the Dems? Probably.

Posted by: amelia45 | March 25, 2010 11:10 PM | Report abuse

This writer seems clueless. First of all, charges of racial slurs are as of yet UNFOUNDED and unproved.

Secondly, how do you gov't nanny-staters feel about the fact that insurance companies are in cahoots with the government and stand to gain from this horrendous 'law'? This would explain why their stocks went up after it passed.

Third, none of us plan to comply anyway, so the gov't can just shove it where the sun don't shine as it is ILLEGAL.

Finally, ordinary Americans are going to take back this country from the communists who think they have made their first coup...... they will not get away with it again.

Posted by: username | March 25, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse

The white sheets of the people who forced this down our throats are the ones who tossed the brick.

States rights is the law, not code for anything.

Progressives love to make stuff up as they go along don't they? What morons... products of the educational system, compromised by Willam Ayers who writes the books for teachers.

Posted by: username | March 25, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Now that the Tea Party has been revealed to be the TERRORIST organization it was designed to be, I hope that DHS will round up its leaders and stop this threat to America.

Posted by: thomasmc1957"
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This is the kind of inane, hate-filled rhetoric that only increases division between ideologies.

Tea Party is a terrorist organization? Can someone, anyone, please let us know how many Tea Party folks, out of the hundreds of thousands that have demonstrated over the last year across the country, have been arrested for violent acts? For that matter, how many have been arrested period?

And then please, contrast those statistics with arrests for violence during extreme leftist anti-war protests over the last 7 years.

I think it will become obvious who the "terrorists" truly are.

Posted by: kirnosnorbin | March 25, 2010 11:31 PM | Report abuse

free enterprise took us to the moon to folks!

That was NASA that took us to the moon, one of those wasteful, ineffective government agencies you were railing about earlier in your post.

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First of all, charges of racial slurs are as of yet UNFOUNDED and unproved.

Except for the video tape and witnesses, you might be right.
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contrast those statistics with arrests for violence during extreme leftist anti-war protests over the last 7 years.

I'm not aware of anti war protesters hurling racial slurs, death threats or attempting to cause a gas fire at an opponents home.
They they did occasionally arrested for trespassing, you know, sit ins, chaining themselves to military equipment...that kind of stuff. For that they got infiltrated by the DHS as possible "terrorist" organization.

You're point also overlooks the fact that left wing media doesn't incite with fabricated day dreams designed to create fear. When we were told that the Patriot Act has compromised our constitutional rights, that fact was later demonstrated by the Supreme Court overturning parts of it because...they compromised our constitutional rights. When they told us that our government was torturing people in secret prisons that actually turned out to be exactly what was happening.
Left wing media is not similar to right wing media, it doesn't create imaginary death panels, imbue groups like ACORN with the ability to steal elections or create conspiracy theories where every conservative of every stripe who's ever lived is attempting to secretly enslave "real Americans". Who'd believe such nonsense? (conservatives).

Posted by: dijetlo | March 26, 2010 12:01 AM | Report abuse

Original1 - no doubt your f'n paycheck comes straight from the Progressive Political Party.

I'll bet you have a withered, dried up puss - or a withered, dried up sack.

Go crawl back into your hole...

Posted by: easttxisfreaky | March 25, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse
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Here's your GOP, folks.
Slogan "Arrested Development-How to act 8 years old well into adult hood"

Posted by: kreator6996 | March 26, 2010 2:05 AM | Report abuse

The truly irritating thing liberals is the annoying strategy employed to use a bunch of nonsense as a non sequitor attack on the tea party movement? To say that left wing protests are not violent as one moron does--did you see the IMF protests? The left has a history of violence going back to the 1960s.

OK. the point of the tea party is that the government has approached a point of disaster that is going to come crashing down faster than ever. Now you are adding a new layer of government that cannot possibly be sustained. To insure 30 million people, instead of marginal, slow and steady change, you jumped to your usual inclination for big government at a time when big government cannot be paid for!! And what is worse is that of the 30 million you don't even deny that a third of that consists of illegal aliens, for crying out loud. I wonder what happens when the government defaults on its debt?? hmm. that is like a third world country.

Are you privileged liberals who mostly read this crap paper ready to pay European style taxes? That is what you are going to get. There is no way around it. No way.

Posted by: RedStater3 | March 26, 2010 2:28 AM | Report abuse

The real terrorist threat to America is domestic terrorism. It can come from several directions, but it is obvious the most likely is the tea party and associates.

Posted by: mostlymike | March 26, 2010 2:33 AM | Report abuse

The problem with the Tea Party folks is that they refuse to acknowledge that the political rights they claim for themselves, the freedoms the claim for themselves, also belong to the majority of people who don't share their particular vision.

The Declaration of Independence, that these folks throw about but obviously don't understand, states "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

The subtle idea that these folks miss is that if all men have these rights, nobody has the right to deny these rights to anybody else, and yet that is exactly what they are intent on doing.

So a tiny bunch of psychos want to go shooting up the place because everybody else doesn't share their psychosis?

Posted by: risejugger | March 26, 2010 4:44 AM | Report abuse

To put the Tea Party into perspective, you need consider that these folks are not new. Howard Phillips has had his Tax Party or whatever it currently calls itself. A reporter checking out a gathering of some years ago found the same sort of people there. Conspiracy minded people unable to grasp the realities of modern life. Pat Buchanan's short stint as a "Reform Party" nominee brought the same people out of the shadows. In this case, folks like Dick Armey have grown this bunch to try and amp up turnout in the elections. Fly in the ointment is the unstable nature of these people.

Posted by: Puller58 | March 26, 2010 6:28 AM | Report abuse

"I'm not aware of anti war protesters hurling racial slurs, death threats or attempting to cause a gas fire at an opponents home."
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I'm not aware of any Tea Party folks doing any of those, either. To date, only unsubstantiated allegations of racial slurs, with no evidence in any of several video recordings of the alleged incident.

And anti-war protesters most certainly did issue death threats.

"They they did occasionally arrested for trespassing, you know, sit ins, chaining themselves to military equipment...that kind of stuff. For that they got infiltrated by the DHS as possible "terrorist" organization."
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They also hurled rocks, broke windows, vandalized cars, one had a gun confiscated, and hundreds arrested. This was just one protest at the Republican National COnvention in 2008.

"You're point also overlooks the fact that left wing media doesn't incite with fabricated day dreams designed to create fear. When we were told that the Patriot Act has compromised our constitutional rights, that fact was later demonstrated by the Supreme Court overturning parts of it because...they compromised our constitutional rights. When they told us that our government was torturing people in secret prisons that actually turned out to be exactly what was happening.
Left wing media is not similar to right wing media, it doesn't create imaginary death panels, imbue groups like ACORN with the ability to steal elections or create conspiracy theories where every conservative of every stripe who's ever lived is attempting to secretly enslave "real Americans". Who'd believe such nonsense? (conservatives).

Posted by: dijetlo"
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Flat out nonsense. Left wing media started "hate radio" back in the Reagan years. Where were you? Did you listen to folks like Lynn Samuels? And today, just as Beck, Hannity and Limbaugh spew misinformation and lies to incite their side, Schultz, Olbermann and Maddow do the exact same thing. Do you also forget the left wing conspiracy theories espoused such as 9/11 "truthers", fixed elections in 2000 and 2004, etc, etc?

Posted by: kirnosnorbin | March 26, 2010 7:39 AM | Report abuse

Trying to make sense of the Tea Partiers is impossible. They are a bunch of stirred up white people who were inspired to get off the couch by a bogus news network and cynical GOP leaders. These are the sheep who bought into the Bush wars , which are really helping to impoverish them. They are feeling poorer and want to take it out on people who are in even more difficulty, the even poorer and uninsured. They are powerless to combat the corporations and greedy top 1 percent of wealthy individuals in this country who take and keep a disproportionate part of the country's wealth.

Posted by: annegreen | March 26, 2010 7:55 AM | Report abuse

Will somebody PLEASE have SEX with this Pathetic Broad? I'm begging you. And if you're not too DRUNK, could ya throw one in to that other skank, over at the NYT?

Posted by: GoomyGommy | March 26, 2010 8:23 AM | Report abuse

I love all these RACIST accusations. Especially coming from this Administration. Here's a President who had a RACIST, BIGOTTED, ANTI-SEMITE for his 'MENTOR/PASTOR/PART OF HIS FAMILY' for 20 YEARS, went to LOUIS FARRAKHAN RALLIES, hung out with the BLACK PANTHERS, partied with a PLO TERRORIST - Khaleed Rashidi, and has AL SHARPTON as his 'Middle Man' to the Black Community.
What a P.O.S. this President is.

Posted by: GoomyGommy | March 26, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

I really try to listen to all arguments and all points of view, including FOX. But I get such a headache and a very high level of frustration from listenting to the lies.

Most of the drivel is not just wrong, it is intentional lying. And, the Becks and O'Reilys of the world are not so untutored or uninformed that they don't know when they are lying.

I have to believe that rational argument based on facts is not part of the Tea Bagger and Republican Party plan. I have to believe that they enjoy profiting from ignorance.

Frum was right; FOX is not working for the right-wing -- the right-wing is working for FOX.

Posted by: goodgovernment | March 26, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

I don't know where to start with all these hateful comments. Liberals are conveniently omitting the bullet shot through the window of Rep. Kantor's office in Richmond, Va. He's a Jewish Republican - are all liberals anti-semitic? I don't think so, and would be lax if I implied as much.
Second, people who would be horrified at the use of the "N" word routinely throw around the term "Teabaggers," thereby insulting both conservatives and gays in one breath (something I didn't think was possible.) Pat yourselves on the back for a tad of homophobia there.
Third, I've been to a couple of Tea Parties, and I've actually spoken at one. At the first I sat with African Americans and Latinos (KKK? I don't think so.) One woman actually thought that the "Don't Tread on Me" flag was too violent. NONE of them approved of or advocated violence. No one so much as littered. And all of them would be delighted to explain how they feel to those of you who prefer to get your news about people you know nothing about from Keith "Wo-o-o-or-r-r-st Per-----son In the Wo-o-o-o-rl-rl-rl-d-d-d-d" Olberman, who is still ticked that he hasn't been asked to play MacBeth yet. I make it a point to read the New York Times, the Washington Post, and yes, The New Republic to understand the other point of view. That's asking a bit much for some of you, apparently - much easier to launch a hate-filled tirade here so people can applaud your intelligence (or lack of it.)

Posted by: MartyB3655 | March 26, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

kirnosnorbin suggests:
And anti-war protesters most certainly did issue death threats.

Not that I'm aware of.
What happened, code Pink when all feminazi on you guys?

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They also hurled rocks, broke windows, vandalized cars, one had a gun confiscated, and hundreds arrested.

Goodness, we aren't allowed to walk around with guns? Is that a tea bagger only right? Did we step on your turf, boo?
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This was just one protest at the Republican National COnvention in 2008.

What were hundreds arrested for?
Oh yeah, trespassing. They left their "freedom zone" and the rounded them up so as not to disturb the ruminations of the Republican delegates.
Did they damage property? Nobody went to jail for damaging property.
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Schultz, Olbermann and Maddow do the exact same thing.

What lies have Olbermann and Maddow spouted? I recall Olbermann reporting on secret prisons when the Republican administration was claiming they had none...turned out to be a lie on the Republicans part, not Olbermanns.

Then there was the torture, again that turned out to be a lie on the Republicans part, not Olbermanns.

Abuse of secret wiretaps? Again, a lie on the Republicans part, not Olbermanns.

The constitutionality of the original Patriot Act, Military Commisions and all those no-bid contracts for Bush cronies?
Those turned out to be a lie on the Republicans part as well, not Olbermanns.

Comparing the media on the left and the right is a false dichotomy. The left doesn't spin insane conspiracy theories, they also don't claim that conservatism is a disease. That's the domain of the rights media. That's the kibble conservatives choose to eat, don't paint the rest of us with the same brush.

Posted by: dijetlo | March 26, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Ugliness like beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
In the 60's, major cities had major sections of cities where burned. I thought that was ugly, but it is looked upon as the great civil rights movement.
I thought the '68 Democratic Convention in Chicago was ugly, but it is now the viewed as the start of a peace movement against an authoritative government.
I thought the bombing and burning of campus buildings was ugly, but it was a just protest against an unjust war.

And now a few Rep's may have heard a few bad words because some people are concerned about an authoritative government. How ugly.

Posted by: flyover22 | March 26, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

A predictable outcome, as history has shown time and again...when a group is marginalized, painted with a broad brush of 1/2 truths, and the other group is exempted by 1/2 truths, for political gain, the result is unimaginable human suffering for all. In otherwords Katrina, Your appearance on morning joe where you rewrote history was nauseating at best.You remember that poem? "when they came for me, there was no one left" Ya gotta be accurate for the sake of pure ethical honesty. One day old girl, your views may be viewed as a burden to society, there will be younger, much younger folks in power who may view you as insignificant.and don't know who you are or really care. Just another old person who sucks the resources from the young.

Posted by: patrikm | March 26, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Now that the Tea Party has been revealed to be the TERRORIST organization it was designed to be, I hope that DHS will round up its leaders and stop this threat to America.
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So anyone that disagrees with the Government is now a terrorist? Did you vote for G.W. Bush?

Posted by: BradG | March 26, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

The more vocal fringe anarchists and fascists have co-opted the Tea Party movement. Those are the ignorant fools who are wearing firearms to political venues and shouting epithets. Those are the elements responding to the fear mongers like Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity, and O'Reilly, none of whom would know a news story if it jumped up in their face and bit them on the nose.

Our form of government is based on compromise not obstruction. Those who have hijacked the Republican Party, largely Libertarians and outright Anarchists, have no intention of negotiating compromise legislation. They intend to prevent the government from operating unless they can dictate public policy through legislation.

The health care reform just passed into law contained at least 80% of common concepts between both progressive and conservative camps. Elections have consequences. The progressives are now in the majority. They get to shape the legislation. Rather than fight the 20% you disagree with, use your political skills to negotiate it to a compromise 15%. Brawling in public is why the majority chose to use parliamentary procedure to push a two-year-old bill through on a party line vote.

Those who refused to work within the legislative concepts laid down by the founders need to be defeated in the upcoming congressional elections, either in primary challenges or the general election. America needs statesmen, not ideologues.

Personally, I am glad the bill passed, warts and all. I proves the Democrats have the will to govern in spite of the opposition party. Maybe they will now get down to the peoples business.

Where are the real Republicans? We need you!

Posted by: old_sarge | March 26, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

"What lies have Olbermann and Maddow spouted? I recall Olbermann reporting on secret prisons when the Republican administration was claiming they had none...turned out to be a lie on the Republicans part, not Olbermanns."
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Oh please. Olbermann claimed O'Reilly defended WWII nazis - a lie.

Olbermann claimed tea party vendor Gladney was not attacked outside Carnahan's town hall - a lie.

Olbermann called Scott Brown "an irresponsible, homophobic, racist, reactionary, ex-nude model, tea-bagging supporter of violence against women and against politicians with whom he disagrees" - more outrageous lies.

"Comparing the media on the left and the right is a false dichotomy. The left doesn't spin insane conspiracy theories, they also don't claim that conservatism is a disease. That's the domain of the rights media. That's the kibble conservatives choose to eat, don't paint the rest of us with the same brush."
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It's not a false dichotomy at all. It's called reality. Whether you choose to accept or deny it is irrelevant.

Posted by: kirnosnorbin | March 26, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

The police made an arrest in Tennesse. A man became enraged over an Obama bumpersticker and went after the car. There was a 10 year old child in the car. From the local news report:

Duren had just picked up his 10-year-old daughter from school and had her in the car with him.

"He pointed at the back of my car," Duren said, "the bumper, flipped me off, one finger salute."

But it didn't end there.

Duren told News 2 that Weisiger honked his horn at him for awhile, as Duren stopped at a stop sign.

Once he started driving again, down Blair Boulevard, towards his home, he said, "I looked in the rear view mirror again, and this same SUV was speeding, flying up behind me, bumped me."

Duren said he applied his brake and the SUV smashed into the back of his car.

He then put his car in park to take care of the accident, but Weisiger started pushing the car using his SUV.

Duren said, "He pushed my car up towards the sidewalk, almost onto the sidewalk."

Police say Harry Weisiger is charged with felony reckless endangerment in the incident.

http://www.wkrn.com/global/story.asp?s=12208009

This is what the right likes to call a "real" American.

Posted by: FauxReal | March 26, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

"The police made an arrest in Tennesse. A man became enraged over an Obama bumpersticker and went after the car. There was a 10 year old child in the car. From the local news report:"
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So what's your point, other than demonstrating that there are kooks on the left and the right? Need we be reminded of leftwing kook professor Amy Bishop's murderous rampage?

The question was whether any Tea Party participants have been arrested for violent behavior.

Posted by: kirnosnorbin | March 26, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Please post any video or proof of the racial slurs alleged to have occurred in DC. There is a $10,000.00 reward for anyone that can produce it.

Other than the lame stream liberal press shills like this article reporting allegations as fact, please post some actually evidence. Take your time.

Obama lied during his run. There was never any discussion about bankrupting the Nation or installing progressives at every level in the government to ram through their cancerous agenda that will only drive the Nation into bankruptcy.

As Meat Head said, sorry Biden, the proof is in the eating on health care. As the cost of this stupidity are coming to light and the destruction this will have on jobs and our economy by November and 2012 even the dimmest of democrats should be able to read the Tea Leafs.

Posted by: Bubbette1 | March 27, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

A very well written article!

As an independent, while I appreciate much of the moderate Republican platform, I am truly put off by the right wing's thug tactics and mob demeanor. I find it frightening and repulsive.

Both parties are influenced by corporate money. After watching Michael Moore's movie, "Capitalism: a Love Story", I decided to read up on modern socialism as it exists in this country. I was surprised to see how democratic is socialism! See for yourself:
www.dsausa.org/pdf/widemsoc.pdf

Posted by: corporatemediawatcher | March 27, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Katrina
The first paragraph of your article needs to be revised as do numerous other articles in the MSM. James Clyburn admits that he heard no slurs. HE HEARD NO RACIAL SLURS. He was bothered by the "tone" of the protests. He didn't hear any racial slurs. He only has a problem with people that don't agree with him gathering.
At the 3:35 mark he admits that he heard no racial slurs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8MvcHcw5mk

Posted by: davidcrawford35 | March 27, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

corporatemediawatcher ~ I'm really put off by paid liars such as yourself who seek to peddle socialism by blaming innocent citizens for crimes that never happened.

You keep this up you might get what you want ~ angry people hauling you into court to strip you of your illgotten wealth.

Posted by: muawiyah | March 27, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

The bullet that Cantor reported has been investigated and dismissed as a random shot by the police. Some gun-toting yahoo was exercising his right to bear arms and let off a round directly into the air, it deflected off of Cantor's window.

This little tidbit is even posted on the Free Republic blog, but most tea baggers have problems with reading, they can only repeat what they hear.

Cantor's staff knew it was random before he announced it to the media, how does it feel to be played for a sucker?

Come on, don't you know that liberals don't like guns, there was already a logical disconnect in the story.

Posted by: dkonlinecommerce | March 28, 2010 4:04 AM | Report abuse

His friends are communists, his mother and father met in a Russian language class, his mother left him to go off and work for the cause, he sought out Marxist professors in college, his mentor was Frank Marshall Davis, a card carrying communist, and later Jeremy Wright where he attended a Black Liberation Theology Church for 20 years that hates America. Now where is there room for any surprises that people are a tad angry??

Posted by: CayC | March 28, 2010 7:07 AM | Report abuse

It's interesting that a self hating jew like you Katrina would call people racists.

Posted by: wcag | March 28, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Obama Donor Charged in Death Threat Against House GOP Whip Cantor
Monday, March 29, 2010 | Kristinn

Posted on Monday, March 29, 2010 1:46:29 PM by kristinn

h/t Freeper mnehring

Did Barack Obama inspire one of his donors to threaten a top GOP lawmaker?

Norman Leboon, Sr, the man reported to have been arrested for making a death threat video against House Minority Whip Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) and Cantor's family is listed by the Federal Elections Commission as having made two donations to the presidential campaign of Barack Obama in 2008.

According to the FEC, the donations were made on successive days in June 2008, on the 20th for $255 and on the 21st for $250. There are no other federal election campaign contributions listed for Leboon.

Just a week before Leboon made his contributions, Obama spoke in Leboon's hometown of Philadelphia on June 13, where he urged his supporters to "bring a gun" to the political battles against their opponents:

" If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun. Because from what I understand, folks in Philly like a good brawl. I’ve seen Eagles fans."

In September 2008, Obama told his supporters to argue with his opponents and get in their faces.

(Details from the FEC Web site)

Presented by the Federal Election Commission

Individual Contributions Arranged By Type, Giver, Then Recipient

Contributions to Political Committees

LEBOON, NORMAN SR
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19149
DISABILIED/RETIRED

OBAMA, BARACK
VIA OBAMA FOR AMERICA

06/20/2008 255.00 28991588866

06/21/2008 250.00 28991588865


Total Contributions: 505.00


TRY A: NEW QUERY
RETURN TO: FEC HOME PAGE

Posted by: stp2 | March 29, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Exactly what do these people want? Do they want no government at all? (That's called "anarchy" - in which case, they should go to IMF protests to meet their buddies - look for the black leather jackets, bit letter "A" in a circle.) They certainly DON'T WANT a lot of things, but what do they want?

They have no positive, coherent agenda at all. They have media personalities who display a little talent for mean-spirited, "folksy" humor.

Maybe they just want the status quo, because "we also have the health quality the rest of the world WISHES they had." Is that so? We have higher rates of abortion, higher infant mortality, and lower life expectancy than those terrible, benighted "socialist" countries, actually. The "rest of the world" which isn't "the third world" quails at the thought of "American-style health care."

But why bother arguing with willful blindness? The left went similarly nuts in the late 60s. Straight off the deep end straight into irrelevance.

Posted by: Philosophe | March 31, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

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