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Frank Rich yesterday made a point in his column -- "The Rage is not about Health Care" -- that no one should forget. "[T]he current surge of anger -- and the accompanying rise in right-wing extremism -- predates the entire health-care debate," he wrote. "The first signs were the shrieks of “traitor” and “off with his head” at Palin rallies as Obama’s election became more likely in October 2008."

Do you remember the atmosphere then? It crackled with fear. Fear from the right that the election of Barack Obama would spell doom. Fear from the left that someone would take him out. A rereading of my post back then on McCain's chilling dance with the dark side was a sad reminder of how much hasn't changed. And as Rich recounts, "Those passions have spiraled ever since -- from Gov. Rick Perry’s kowtowing to secessionists at a Tea Party rally in Texas to the gratuitous brandishing of assault weapons at Obama health care rallies last summer to 'You lie!' piercing the president’s address to Congress last fall like an ominous shot."

A rereading of my post also highlighted just how short my short-term memory is. In that October 2008 post, I warned about the destructive power of words and the wink-and-nod relationship the Republican Party had with the black-helicopter crowd. Nearly 16 months later I would make the same arguments about the wink-and-nod relationship the Republican Party has with the "scary Tea Party" crowd. And you know what? I'll keep making them until leaders in the GOP stand up to the extreme elements in the Tea Party who seem to have rendered them mute.

No, the far right doesn't have a monopoly on wackos, as the arrest of a Philadelphia man for making a credible threat against House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) attests. But the GOP will remain a reactionary, regional party if it opts to dabble in Tea Party rage for short-term political gain. That wouldn't be good for either the Republican Party or the nation.

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 29, 2010; 3:59 PM ET
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How soon we forget. Do you remember the black hatred levied against US Soldiers by the Democratic left during Vietnam...the fear that we might invade "democratic Nicaragua" or "People's Cuba," the hatred heaped on Geo W. Bush...calling him responsible for 9/11 (many members of President O's administration were part of this para-military, hate-America movement)...The descent into the bizarre by the left-wing whack-os of which Capeheart is a charter member.

It is a lesson, the Red storm-troopers, the haters, the maligners, will stop at nothing to spread their lies and divide America. Capeheart is among them and has again proved he is a racist, a red divider bent on pushing this country to Civil War...and like most of that ilk he is a pink, propagandist.

Posted by: wjc1va | March 29, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Now would I sound crazy if I said the people who were against integration were staunch state's rights individuals instead of people who genuinely had a problem with mixing races? Just as the tea partiers are people who really are upset about taxing and the health care law, rather than something else? The difference between yesterday and today is what is socially acceptable. If integration was to happen today these people would be out here screaming, but since prejudicial statements are not acceptable what do you think they would say. Everyone should know by at least April 15th they got a tax cut well at least if you make less than 200k....

http://bit.ly/teapartyhistory

Posted by: republicanblack | March 29, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Just FYI, the whacko Philly dude also made threats against President Obama.

Posted by: Hawaiiexpat | March 29, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Well said. The use of emotional trauma in a troubled economy, while nostalgically remembering a mythic society of quiet times past smacks of the beginnings of fascism. ........


http://thefiresidepost.com/2010/03/29/the-threat-of-fascism-in-21st-century-america/

Posted by: glclark4750 | March 29, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

What is more distrubing is that in 2008 when the extremists began their disgusting behavior, the media didn't condone or excuse it. Now, the media has embraced it excusing with the lame "people are angry" as if anger makes criminal behavior acceptable. When 2 year olds throw temper tantrum, parent's are warned not to feed the beast and reward the behavior they do not want. Why are we tolerating behavior that would be unacceptible for kindergarten children not just from teabaggers and elected officials, but from those reporting it.

Posted by: xclntcat | March 29, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

THE OBAMA, PELOSI REID PLAN TO BALANCE THE BUDGET. FORCED LIFE INSURANCE. EVERY AMERICAN 21 AND OLDER MUST BUY A MINIMUM LIFE INSURANCE POLICY of ten thousand dollars and make the U.S. Government the owner beneficiary of the policy. It must be renewed every year until death. The IRS will monitor the insurance and the companies will send proof that you have paid and kept up the premiums directly to the IRS and copy you to attach to your tax returns. Depending on your income you may be required to buy as much as 1 billion in life coverage (Warren Buffet is required to buy 1 billion in coverage) including accident and double indemnity and whole life. The government will run the programs through the Treasury Department.
This law is perfectly legal under the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution . IF OBAMA, PELOSI AND REID HAVEN'T THOUGHT OF IT YET THEY WILL.
GOOD LUCK IN THE NEW OLIGARCHY RUN AMERICA.

The liberal Republicans are fighting to give the next of kin 10% of the policy payoffs but the Oligarchy says that they are just obstructionists and must hate their country.

Posted by: mharwick | March 29, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Frank Rich was right on the money. The sputtering rage, the rabid bulging eyed hatred, the lies the appeals to irrational anger and fear. That's the Republican M.O.

Fear, Hatred, Distortion, Distraction and Division is all they've got to offer.

Posted by: thebobbob | March 29, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Why is the left so afraid of the TEa Party movement? Why the PR campaign by the liberal media to brush the Tea Party movement as being racist extremists? It smacks of desperation and fear. It shows ignorance of the founding principles of our country. The ones who portray the Tea party members as right wing racist rednecks have little to no knowledge of the diverse people involved in it. It is not just a republican movement, it is all Americans who are fed up with a growing corrupt goverment who are taking more and more of our rights and freedoms away.

This country was created by members of the TEa Party movement, our founding fathers would be disgusted to see what this great land has become.

Posted by: ConcernedAmerican10 | March 29, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

"HOW SOON WE FORGET"

What a line... where did you go to school?
Do you not remember the original TEA PARTY?
The tea party is symbolic of those early Americans shrugging off the King, etc...

I liken the Democrat party as the kings and queens with obama, reid, pelosi, all the czars... and they are forcing their will upon the people.... against poll after poll.

Now, I also remember pelosi and them loving it when democrats were in the streets demonstrating...

Oh and lets not forget the illegal aliens in the streets and dems loving that too! Waving the flags of mexico and burning the USA Flag or flying it upside down...

Yeah, you are a one-sided person who uses your position to expose lies and distortions vice reporting the truth.

How about reporting the news equally for America's sake.

In fact, the Washington Post leans far left anyway... the editors should be ashamed of how they hoodwink the readers... kind of like the enquirer or hollywood glam magazine full of literary genius's... right?

Dude, your view and bull is shameful. Your distortions and subversion of readers is plain wrong. Lies.

Posted by: GregBoo | March 29, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

I recall the KILL BUSH signs,
and the burning and overturned cars,
but it wasn't covered by the national
media, you had to be there.
Your attempt to demonize 53% of americans,
with your inane labels and fear mongering
will only point out in nov.
you are liberal biased,
educated beyond common sense,
and not the majority of americans.

Posted by: simonsays1 | March 29, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

If criticism of Obama is based on racism, then criticism of Palin is based on sexism. Who knew there were so many sexists in the democrat party? Nice try buckwheat, but it won't fly.

Posted by: CowboyDiplomat | March 29, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

The author of this article has failed to place fear in the correct context. From the beginning, the left has attempted to label the Tea Party as radicals, racists, mobs etc. The fear is all about the left being afraid of the influence the Tea Party will have in future elections.

The Tea Party does the background checks on candidates running for office or re-election to ensure they have conservative principles. The Tea Party does not care about race. It is all about the economy and the people's rights under the US Constitution. The accusations made about a 'so called' Tea Party member yelling out racial slurs was not picked up by any of the numerous press mikes. Just because there are not many black persons involved in the Tea Party movement, does not mean that the members are racists. Ninety some percent of blacks voted for Obama so are they racists?

Never in the history of our country, have the voters made it more their priority to stay informed on what this president and Congress is doing to circumvent our Constitution, and the ramifications of the bills that you pass into law that effect their lives as well as future generations.

The Democrats and press from the beginning slandered Sarah Palin for the same reasons they are attacking the Tea Party. She can relate to Americans with the morals and principles that built our great country, all of which President Obama and the Progressives can not.

Posted by: takebackamerica1 | March 29, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Washington Post columnists are trying to equate opposition to health care reform and racism. Absolutely ridiculous! I opposed the health care reform bill because nobody in Congress read through some 5000 pages of legislation. This bill could very well break State and Federal budgets. I don't think these politicians did enough to determine the effects it would have on the Federal budget and if there were any acceptable alternatives. They just shoved it down our throats.

Leftists simply don't believe in First Amendment Rights. Period. It's not proper for conservatives to criticize or organize against the President or Congress. But, it's perfectly acceptable for leftists to riot, break windows, stop traffic, turn over police cars, organize and vandalize. Conservative thought, on the other hand, is traitorous. I'll say whatever the hell it is I want to say. If you don't like it....tough! If you want to throw me in prison...go for it!

Posted by: Dodgers1 | March 29, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Black man talking, can't believe a word he says, biased!

Next!

Posted by: jhayne5 | March 29, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

come November vote Democrat!

Posted by: hoser3 | March 29, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Sigh, it's gotten to the point it's almost laughable now. Leftists thrive in an atmosphere of made up racism. It's become a war on any white person who isn't a far left, radical wacko liberal. Yes, most of the tea part folks are all white but that is not the true racism angle on that fact. They are all white because according to every poll out the our current black president has the support from anywhere of 96-99%. Black people aren't going to protest against this president at least now in large number with those polling numbers. I don't blame black americans, i understand why they support the first black american president like that. It's the leftist snobby thinktheyknowitall leftwing big mouths who cry racism at the drop of a dime that are the lowest of the low. These people are scum. To call people a name "racist" that to this day carries a deep, negative stigma and inflames all Americans is careless and destructive. The left needs to grow up and stop acting like the spoiled little overpriviled children that they are. They are fooling nobody.

Posted by: ProudTexan | March 30, 2010 12:02 AM | Report abuse

Palin was the fuze that lit the time bomb and Limbaugh declaring he wanted Obama to fail (and therefore the country), was the signal for the rightwing - all of it from its politicians to the far fringe- to go on a year and half long tantrum.
That did this in 92 because they were rejected by the public - thrown out of power - and they kept sliming, hating and lying until they got part way back in in 94.
In 2000, they were handed the keys and spent the next 6 years spending like drunken sailors, blowing through a surplus and proclaiming deficits don't matter.
They landed us in 2 wars, stuff money into contractors pockets and blew 7 billion of lose bills across Iraq.
But, deficits don't matter.
Part of republican control was kicked out in 06 and that helped to defuse the unbridled spending and borrowing.
Then, they were totally kicked out in 08 and suddenly decided not only did deficts matter but, that those years of borrowing and spending was really Obama's fault.
So, they trot across the country with their racist slurs and spitting, their offensive signage and their aging bodies well fed on Social Security and SSI and unemployment, while screeching about the evil government and how it needs to be overthrown.
I don't know how they will survive without those checks from Uncle Sam if they do get their way and nullify the government, but, if they are so convinced of the evil of it, then why don't they just send those checks back as long as they are screeching, acting childish and demanding, spitting on black lawmakers and crying about wanting their country back (when the white man was all powerful and blacks lived under Jim Crow rather than become the president).

Posted by: vwcat | March 30, 2010 12:03 AM | Report abuse

ProudTexan, I suggest you look at those signs and google the reports of all the racist emails sent out about the president and fist lady by republican lawmakers.
I suggest you look at pictures of those signs carried by teabaggers.
I am of the left but, no radical. I am also older and white. I live in the midwest.
I am around people who are like those that make up those teabaggers.
Many of them don't think they are racists and yet don't notices when they tell really racist jokes and talk about stereotypes,ect. to their friends. They still see themselves as perfectly open minded and not at all racist.
But, while you tire of the racism charge, we are sick of the socialism charge. Again, I dare you to read about the policies of Eisenhower, Nixon and Ford and even your beloved Reagan and tell me just how socialist this president is.
Compared to them, Obama is practically a rightwinger.

Posted by: vwcat | March 30, 2010 12:12 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Capehart is absolutely right. The crazies are out, whipping up the people to "take back our country." From whom? One has only to see the vitroil displayed and the hatred exhibited to understand that these people are fanning the flames. They have the right to disagree with our current government and to demonstrate, but why chose to do it in such an ugly way, designed to stir up that portion of a volatile population?

Posted by: ltwood | March 30, 2010 12:16 AM | Report abuse

The rage is not about health care. Whose propaganda is that. Frank Rich's. It must be. It's all about health care and the motives behind health care. What, you think President Obama just happen to mention fundamentally changing and transforming this country for nothing. The direction of this country is based on passage of the bill. Health care is nothing but about spreading the wealth around. Every Democrats who opens their mouth confirms this. If President Obama links everything from jobs, the economy, the deficit, the debt, to health care, how can anyone say it's not about health care. President Obama is using health care to get his foot in the door of our liberties. If you think that's link to racism, then you and Frank Rich have overactive imaginations and are both misleading the people worst then President Obama is misleading you and Frank Rich. All that matters is what the people thinks will happen to this country if President Obama continues on the socialist path he's taken. Who's going to forget. Not the people. Bank on it.

Posted by: houstonian | March 30, 2010 1:00 AM | Report abuse

One only has to read some of these right wing comments to realize that the people spouting off have no reasoning behind their comments. They are appealing to emotion and nothing more. At least they should try to be civil, but that is apparently not part of their game plan.

Posted by: chlind | March 30, 2010 1:14 AM | Report abuse

I think part of this is the Left-leaning media has long tolerated the over-the-top hatred of conservatives, white males, successful Americans by Leftists and progressive Jews using Alinsky demonization of the opposition tactics.

We are all familiar with the raw hatred directed at figures like Nixon, Cheney, John Yoo, Scalia. As well as the usual "evil racist, sexist American oppressor" language lodged at cops and other everydayAmericans.

What has changed is now these practitioners of the politics of hatred are starting to see the other side get as extemist in thair language. It rightly gives pause. It is one thing to scream how you want Cheney locked up or to drop dead as the opposition just takes it politely. It is quite another to hear them now scream back on how they hope Pelosi drops dead or heads to a treason trial along with the likes of JOhn Kerry and Eric Holder.

Ooooo! Scary, huh?
And yes, just like some progressive Jewish lawyers at the ACLU sought to criminalize CIA and wreck agents lives, just as Left extremists honestly meant it when they hoped Cheney would die...
There are certain right-wing extremists that are now dead serious about returning the politics of rage right back on the Left.

Civility is breaking down in places outside the Progressive Jews and the Left. The surprising thing is that over 40 years since Alinsky and Marcuse started the politics of rage and confrontation - it has taken this long for other political forces to deeply embrace hatred and start making their own plans to threaten their foes and try and criminalize or otherwise destroy their lives.

Posted by: ChrisFord1 | March 30, 2010 1:39 AM | Report abuse

Yes indeed! There is real cause for worry when you see how the Kool Aid junkies, aka the Tea Party, have been crying for blood.

Showing up at the President rally with a shot gun is not only alarming and unacceptable in a democracy, but it also needs some explanation. Could such a thing have happened when the previous president held a rally?

I remeber peaceful demonstrators couldn't even get access to the meeting halls, were ept at arms length behind huge police force, often badly beaten by the cops, and security was so tight that you had more G-men than the people of the audience.

Remember that a country that gave us Mozart, Goethe and Bethoven, offered the world Hitler and Goebels.

It all started in beer halls, with the same kind of people. They were heavy on beer, as the Palinists are on tea.

Posted by: foxblues | March 30, 2010 1:59 AM | Report abuse

Excellent article.

Interesting how it acts like a honeypot to attract a buzzing crowd of wingnuts.

ChrisFord1: have a good Passover, anti-semitic dude !!!

Posted by: Stan_Krute | March 30, 2010 1:59 AM | Report abuse

Not buying that....

If Teabaggers were upset with health care law, why were they not upset when health care was only available to the wealthy? If they were worried about spending, why didn't we hear from then when Bush was burning borrowed money by the bushel basket full?

If they were worried about taxes, why didn't we hear from them before Barack Obama gave them all a tax cut with the stimulus package?

And now you want to make them sound reasonable and sane?

To late....


"Just as the tea partiers are people who really are upset about taxing and the health care law, rather than something else?"

Posted by: dutchess2 | March 30, 2010 2:03 AM | Report abuse

I noticed right wing radicalism to a dangerous level at McCain's concession speech at the end of the 2008 Presidential election. Those people at attendance were in my eyes extremely hostile and McCain could say nothing to control their hostility.

On the other side of the world right now, we have a new generation of Hitler youth commanded to go into Ismaeli tribe frenzies against their own people for rewards of free college education, free motorcycles and no doubt cheap opium. But it is the same sort of radical right encouragement that whips those zombies into hostilities that I see right here at home.

In essence, no one is taking responsibility for their own tongues hiding behind free speech just as Corporate America got a big boost in our democratic election process through a guise of free speech. And that, Officials surely know that when the summer temperatures arrive so does hostility among opposing forces. This is going to be I think a long and dangerous campaign season until Fall of 2010.

Posted by: truthhurts | March 30, 2010 2:05 AM | Report abuse

I want to see some of these clowns take the pledge of allegiance.

Posted by: Nymous | March 30, 2010 3:55 AM | Report abuse

You just have to read some of these comments to realize how sick this nation has become. We like to say how great this nation is but in reality this nation is sick and on the decline. Our nation leads the world in imprisonment of its citizens , drug addiction and military interventions.These are signs of a unhealthy country that are being ignored as we continue to fight the war of liberals vs conservatives. A divided house cant stand and if we continue this madness it is just a matter of time before this country is relegated to a once upon a time a great nation status.Our legacy of hatred and racism threatens to ruin this nation.

Posted by: rbprtman23 | March 30, 2010 4:59 AM | Report abuse

Good points made in the article, but the most salient observation came at the end: "But the GOP will remain a reactionary, regional party if it opts to dabble in Tea Party rage for short-term political gain. That wouldn't be good for either the Republican Party or the nation."

The left doesn't have anything to fear from the extremists on the right; it's the GOP that has the real problem. The far right will run their candidates in upcoming primaries against those Republicans deemed to be not 'pure' in their ideology (RINOs) - and, apparently, there are many of these turncoats around if you listen to the Tea Party supporters.

If they defeat the Republican incumbent, they will go on to lose, and lose big, in any general election. The Democrats are the obvious winners in this contest.

To Capehart's main point - I have no doubt the Tea Party movement will virtually disappear the moment we swear in a white president. I don't say that in the belief that all Tea Party members or people opposed to Obama's policies are racist. The vast majority are not (at least not consciously). But his presidency represents for them a changing world, and a changing world is a scary world. Hence the anger, the conspiracy theories, the near-religious fervor of those on the right who want to 'take OUR country back.'

Posted by: EnemyOfTheState | March 30, 2010 7:00 AM | Report abuse

Frank Rich and Maureen Dowd and the NY Times are Obamas biggest cheerleaders. They were writing sicening sweet stories about him 24/7 before anyone had even heard of him. Now that he is floundering due to his own miserable policies they trot out the ole race card once again. sorry - ifs been overplayed ...Obama had alot of support last year because people didnt know the REAL Obama - now that they do he is losing his popularity. So if he was so popular last year and he is not this year they blame race ...What a joke....We arent buying it. there is no hope and no change. He has more lobbyists in his Administration than anyone else, his stimulus isnt stimulating, he has lied about his health care bill and he surrounds himself with the most ant-American vile types ever seen in Washington. You keep your change,the rest of us want our country back and we will get it in November.

Posted by: JUNGLEJIM123 | March 30, 2010 7:10 AM | Report abuse

Frank Rich? That's his 'authority' on all of this? The former Broadway Critic of the Newspaper that NOBODY READS?
"Oh, no. Barak is gonna get hurt." "You can't talk like that about Barak." "Something bad might happen."
Maybe the Gay Guy at the Times is right? Maybe we shouldn't be out there demonstrating his HUGO CHAVEZ impersonation? I know. Why don't we act like the LEFT does? Let's do all the things that never even got a raised eyebrow, from the likes of Pretty Boy Capehart, or the Fat Play Critic Madame Rich.
Let's put a picture of OBAMA up on the T.V. with a RED CROSSHAIRS over his face. Underneath it we write: SHOOTERS WANTED. Remember that one, Mr. How soon we forget? Remember how you and all your friends yucked it up with that one?
I know. We'll write a BOOK, detailing 'HOW TO SHOOT OBAMA'. You know, like the 'HOW TO KILL GEORGE BUSH book, that was all the rage with you FREAKS on the Left.
Or, how about a MOVIE? A MOVIE depicting the ASSASSINATION of BARAK OBAMA? Like the movie about The assassination of George Bush. As I recall (with MY short term memory) that flick was considered 'ART'.
So S.T.F.U. all of you LYING HIPOCRYTES. You've been pulling this CR*P for 50 Years. YOU PEOPLE are the RACISTS. Your policies are what DESTROYED the Black Family and keeps them living in GARBAGE, generation after generation. How's that SCHOOL VOUCHER PROGRAM in D.C. working out these days? Oh, that's right. Your BLACK PRESIDENT got rid of it. He sold those POOR MINORITY KIDS OUT! And for what? Teachers' Union Cash. "Come back when you got some money, ya filthy, smelly, brats."
Stick your RACISTS charges where they belong. You can start with the BLACK CAUCAS.
Idiot.

Posted by: GoomyGommy | March 30, 2010 7:21 AM | Report abuse

Actually it all started before Old Charlie Rangle got his start in Harlem... Groups have all fought for their rights in this country.. Its the means and not the message,,, that is causing the problem with the author... But the message is loud and clear....

The Left wing that is now in power wants us to forget this....that is required to keep power and the money....

Posted by: robinhood2 | March 30, 2010 8:02 AM | Report abuse

Hey Capehart, do these pictures qualify as crazies? It was OK by Dems, to threaten the president when he was a white Rep?

http://www.binscorner.com/pages/d/death-threats-against-bush-at-protests-i.html

(might want to teach a few of the folks in them how to spell too.)

You are such a tool.

Posted by: jryan0505 | March 30, 2010 8:17 AM | Report abuse

Go peddle your left wing garbage to the thugs at SEIU. They are stupid enough to believe it.

Posted by: lbvanhoy | March 30, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

How soon we forget?

One of my earliest memories is seeing the horse with the boots turned backwards in the stirrups in President Kennedy's funeral cortege.

Or a few years later, waking up on weekend morning to find my mother in tears, watching the news of Robert Kennedy's assassination.

But this time reminds me, more than anything else, of the time leading to Rev. King's murder. The racists played the same cards as the right wing extremists are playing today: Prey on fear and insecurity and pose as patriots defending the nation.

It has always been the same thing, and that has never really been ideology. It's blind, self-centered rage fueled by impotence. It is characterized by the same rationalizations: We're doing the will of the people, we're defending the constitution, we're fighting tyrants, blah, blah blah. Immature morons and sociopaths with guns, financed by the right wing and fueled by self-referenced hate-filled rhetoric.

But now, there's something new: the right-wing hate media. Combined with the detritus of the Bush administration and other deposed Republicans teetering toward irrelevancy, these greedy bastards don't care who they hurt as long as they have a chance of regaining power or holding on to what they have. They say they are appealing to their base, but that base apparently excludes no one, no matter how vile or hate filled they are.

I'll never forget because my stomach turns over every time I think about it now. We survived those traumas but I don't want my children to survive new traumas.

Posted by: joebanks | March 30, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

"This country was created by members of the TEa Party movement, our founding fathers would be disgusted to see what this great land has become."
=========================================
The founding fathers were trying to escape theocratic, despotic butchers like Cromwell and establish a state where freedom of religion and a secular government provided protection for all peoples.

"Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined and imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch towards uniformity."

-Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Paine felt similarly. Our founding fathers would look at the frothing, rabid white trash that has hijacked the Republican party and feel shame.

I knew it was only a matter of time before the "Christian Soldiers" turned their hateful gaze from trying to conquer Islam (again) to subjugating their own fellow citizens. Look no further than Michigan.

I may vote Republican in some local and state elections, but I can't give national power to the GOP. Not anymore.

Posted by: Please_Fix_VAs_Roads | March 30, 2010 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Capeheart is right. But at least the tea baggers in the streets show their faces, unlike the racists cowards on this board who hide behind a computer.

And to the poster that has to use some false claim about blacks and the vietnam war protests...really? To go back that far and still get it wrong? Where did you learn your history - during break time at the KKK meeting?

Posted by: LABC | March 30, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

hey jonathan capehart, joebanks, et. al.!

does it really matter about "affiliation" of violence.

Assasination attempts of american presidents/leaders goes back to even before 1776.

Let's stop trying to label or catagorize violence and focus on thwarting all of those that use/promote violence.

Your type of selective memory/history only insitgates more division through "identity".

Muslim/christian, left/right, idealogue/religious, etc., - just doesn't matter. (because violence never really aligns with the values of any "group" of human beings)

Stop the rhetoric and focus on actions that embrace freedom and rights/protections for all.

Posted by: Hoops44 | March 30, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

In other words, you are permitted to criticize Obama only as long as your criticism is muted, unreported by the MSM and completely ineffective.

Posted by: drjcarlucci | March 30, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Your short-term memory is also extremely selective.

Get back to me when you feel like being objective, Capeheart.

You are as useless as Eugene Robinson with this nonsense (and that's pretty damn useless).

Posted by: etpietro | March 30, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

WHAT A LOAD OF GARBAGE. THIS GOES BACK AS FAR AS JUDGE BORK. HOW ABOUT CLARANCE THOMAS? NOW THE DEMS WANT TO USE THE RACE CARD. WHY DID NO "WRITER" EVER COME TO THE FRONT ABOUT THE HANGING OF BUSH OR THE BURNING OF HIM IN EFFIGEY. OR THE SIGNS WITH "KILL BUSH ON THEM" IF ANYONE TAKES THE TIME OR EFFORT TO DISAGREE WITH THE ADMINISTRATION THEY ARE FEAR MONGERS,RACISTS, UNAMERICAN. WHERE WERE THE WRITERS WHEN OUR SOLDIERS CAME HOME FROM VIETNAM AND THE YOUNG CROWDS SPIT AT THEM? THAT WAS OK BECAUSE THEY DESERVED IT ACCORDING TO MANY WRITERS. FUNNY HOW WE HAVE BECOME A NATION WHERE DISSENT IS ALWAYS LOOKED DOWN ON BY THE PARTY IN POWER. BUT REALLY, CAN THERE EVER BE A MORE SLEEZY CROWD EVER THAN WE HAVE IN THE WHITE HOUSE NOW. A VOTE CAN BE PURCHASED BY OFFERING A JUDGESHIP, AN AMOUNT OF MONEY, OR ANYTHING ELSE. INTERESTING TO NOTE THAT 10 REPRESENTATIVES WHO CHANGED THEIR HEALTH CARE VOTE TO YES FROM NO WENT TO THE WHITE HOUSE THE NEXT DAY TO GET IN LINE TO RECEIVE MILLIONS OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS FOR THEIR VOTE. MOST OF THE DEM POLITICIANS CAN BE PURCHASED. THE REAL QUESTION IS FOR HOW MUCH?

Posted by: MALBENNET | March 30, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Oh, wow, thank you so much for reminding me how evil, stupid and emotional conservatives are. I was almost going to give Obama an unfavorable approval rating to this survey guy on the phone because of his insistence on spending us into oblivion, but because of this article I've change my mind. Thank you Washington Post for saving me from making such a terrible mistake.

Posted by: GodFamilyNation | March 30, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

THE OBAMA, PELOSI REID PLAN TO BALANCE THE BUDGET. FORCED LIFE INSURANCE. EVERY AMERICAN 21 AND OLDER MUST BUY A MINIMUM LIFE INSURANCE POLICY of ten thousand dollars and make the U.S. Government the owner beneficiary of the policy. It must be renewed every year until death. The IRS will monitor the insurance and the companies will send proof that you have paid and kept up the premiums directly to the IRS and copy you to attach to your tax returns. Depending on your income you may be required to buy as much as 1 billion in life coverage (Warren Buffet is required to buy 1 billion in coverage) including accident and double indemnity and whole life. The government will run the programs through the Treasury Department.
This law is perfectly legal under the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution . IF OBAMA, PELOSI AND REID HAVEN'T THOUGHT OF IT YET THEY WILL.
GOOD LUCK IN THE NEW OLIGARCHY RUN AMERICA.

The liberal Republicans are fighting to give the next of kin 10% of the policy payoffs but the Oligarchy says that they are just obstructionists and must hate their country.

Posted by: mharwick | March 29, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

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God do you really believe this crapola or are you just spouting crap you heard on FOX NOISE.

Last night on there I caught a scenario by DICK THE TRICK MORRIS who was spewing something about OBAMA using Federal Powers to TAKE OVER ANY BUSINESS IN THE COUNTRY that REFUSED to contribute money to the GOP?


That is as far fetched as your little spiel.

Stupid innane comments like yours are the problem.

You have absolutely NO IDEAL OF WHICH YOU SPEAK. YOU come up with these scenarios AS A WAY OF SPEAKING FEAR and spreading falsehoods. And with no PROOF THAT THIS COULD EVER HAPPEN or is even considering.


YOU MAKE STUFF UP- AND THEN PASS THEM OFF AS THINGS THE ADMINISTRATION IS DOING --

People like you should be silanced.

Posted by: racerdoc | March 30, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Sigh. More chants of "racist" from the most race conscious people imaginable. Here are some of the maxims common in Mr. Capehart's and Mr. Rich's virtual reality world:
Opposed to President Obama's policies? You're a racist.
Express your opposition to those policies in thought, word, or deed? You're a racist.
Opposed to the recent health care legislation? You're a racist.
It's quite laughable, frankly.
Leftists bandy the term "racist" about so freely, and in every circumstance imaginable, that it has now lost any sting it may have once had. It's the equivalent of calling someone a "mxysertypul" - in other words, it's meaningless.

Posted by: TArbiter | March 30, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

People can protest, right, left, center, up or down. And all the protests are legitimate. Regular people know instinctively, without college education, that the laws are getting too oppressive - and are reminded each year on April 15 of their slavery. We ALL know the IRS is a big mistake. People want to be left alone - to be free. The left was correct to question the draft in the 60's and 70's - because it just FELT wrong. And the right is correct to question welfare and govt health insurance - because it FEELS wrong. We know. We are free and we can FEEL the slavery. That is a good thing. Violence is a breakdown, so let's stop the violent talk and let people be free.

Posted by: robinsoncom | March 30, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Eight years of Obama success may sound the death knell of the Republican Party and it's backward thinking,it's class warfare on those less fortunate and the racist programs that they support. It is time for change,changes that Republicans cannot make.They have become entrenched in policies and rhetoric that they can no longer justify.Change for the GOP may be moot because it may already too late for hypocrisy and right wing extremism have become the mantra on which they bet their future in American politics on. George W. Bush and his supporters in Congress have forever ripped the thin veneer of respectability and relevance from them.

Posted by: wcoffey20 | March 30, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Capehart, I guess you never went downtown during all those protests against the Iraq war.

I fear for our country.

Posted by: wcc118 | March 30, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Frank Rich? That's his 'authority' on all of this? The former Broadway Critic of the Newspaper that NOBODY READS?
"Oh, no. Barak is gonna get hurt." "You can't talk like that about Barak." "Something bad might happen."
Maybe the Gay Guy at the Times is right? Maybe we shouldn't be out there demonstrating his HUGO CHAVEZ impersonation? I know. Why don't we act like the LEFT does? Let's do all the things that never even got a raised eyebrow, from the likes of Pretty Boy Capehart, or the Fat Play Critic Madame Rich.
Let's put a picture of OBAMA up on the T.V. with a RED CROSSHAIRS over his face. Underneath it we write: SHOOTERS WANTED. Remember that one, Mr. How soon we forget? Remember how you and all your friends yucked it up with that one?
I know. We'll write a BOOK, detailing 'HOW TO SHOOT OBAMA'. You know, like the 'HOW TO KILL GEORGE BUSH book, that was all the rage with you FREAKS on the Left.
Or, how about a MOVIE? A MOVIE depicting the ASSASSINATION of BARAK OBAMA? Like the movie about The assassination of George Bush. As I recall (with MY short term memory) that flick was considered 'ART'.
So S.T.F.U. all of you LYING HIPOCRYTES. You've been pulling this CR*P for 50 Years. YOU PEOPLE are the RACISTS. Your policies are what DESTROYED the Black Family and keeps them living in GARBAGE, generation after generation. How's that SCHOOL VOUCHER PROGRAM in D.C. working out these days? Oh, that's right. Your BLACK PRESIDENT got rid of it. He sold those POOR MINORITY KIDS OUT! And for what? Teachers' Union Cash. "Come back when you got some money, ya filthy, smelly, brats."
Stick your RACISTS charges where they belong. You can start with the BLACK CAUCAS.
Idiot.

Posted by: GoomyGommy | March 30, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

"And you know what? I'll keep making them until leaders in the GOP stand up to the extreme elements in the Tea Party who seem to have rendered them mute."

JC, what about your colleagues in the media? Aren't they giving a wink and nod to tea baggers? They are legitimizing this so-called movement which is nothing more than the extreme fringe of the Republican Party. Yuor white colleagues know these people don't give a damn about spending. They are afraid they are losing a grip on a country that is changing complexion by the day, literally. I can't help but wonder if your white colleagues in the media have the same fears? Yesterday, your MSNBC colleague, Norah O'Donnell, called Tea Baggers "good harding working people". What evidence does she have that they are either good or hard working? Actually, all evidence says otherwise. I'm starting to think that the mainstream media is legitimizing the Teabaggers because it in turn legitimizes their own unwillingness to reflect the changing complexion of this country. How can you see the rich colors of America if your lense is white? 200,000 immigrants' rights advocates, mostly Latino, gathered on the mall last weekend, but the MSM couldn't see them through the crowd of a few hundred white angry tea baggers.

Posted by: NMP1 | March 30, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

YES CAPEHART!! THIS IS PRESENT!


YOU CAN START WITH THIS MARXIST REVOLUTIONARY GROUP!!

http://www.newblackpanther.com/

YES CAPEHART!!!

THERE IS A BALANCE OF POWER BETWEEN LEFT WING MARXIST GROUPS SUCH AS OBAMA'S ARMY OF ACORN AND SEIU, AND ECO TERRORISTS, LEFT WING ANARCHISTS, AND THE ARMIES OF CHE, AND THE BLACK PANTHERS!!!!

HANDLE IT!!!
3/30/2010 11:08:11 AM
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YES CAPEHART!!


BILL AYERS IS ALIVE AND WELL AND PLOTTING REVOLUTION TODAY!!!! AND HE TWEETS OBAMA DAILY!!!


http://billayers.org/

NOTICE THE RED STAR, BLACK BACKGROUND OF THE COMMUNIST REVOLUTIONARY MOVEMENT!!!

Posted by: jjcrocket1 | March 30, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

CowboyDiplomat dismisses the racism that is real in SOME members of the Tea Party movement and then proceeds to call Capehart, "Buckwheat." Slither back under what ever rock you came from.

Posted by: Rahwaj | March 30, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

The GOP's response as always is to YELL LOUDER.

The base is conditioned to accept "information" ONLY in the form of primitive screeching propaganda and flash personality cults built around dingbats like Joe The (not) Plumber and Bible Spice (aka Caribou Barbie) and even schlubs like Bush43.

That is a dangerous, ignorant mob primed for violence and ready to fall in line behind any lunatic. Fox News will gin up the charisma, any warm body will do.

These people are stoked on "Will," "Blood," "Race," nationalistic Pride, "Spirit," and xenophobia, all the building blocks of Fascist movements. And they are backed by Fox, the biggest propaganda machine in the history of man.

Posted by: BurfordHolly | March 30, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

The guy who threatened Cantor appears to have been a religious zealot who had threatened the president, the federal judiciary, Congress, etc. It's not clear why the Cantor threat was chosen for the charges; the police had plenty of choices. The guy seems to have been so far right that even Cantor was too liberal for him.

If we look at who's planning and committing terrorism and political murder over the last 20 years, the common thread is fundamentalist religious belief: the Hutaree, Leboon, Fort Hood, Al Qaeda, Eric Rudolph, abortion doctor killings, and so on. Even the Oklahoma City bombing by Tim McVeigh was sparked by the Waco raid on David Koresh's compound.

People with absolutist beliefs who think God is on their side are willing to commit any heinous crime because the creator of the universe told them to do it. Mainstream religious leaders who make similar absolutist pronouncements create an atmosphere of hatred and bile and legitimize the far-out nutcases. Since none of us can know the mind of God religious leaders should stop pretending to infallibly know His will and behave with humility.

Posted by: bkvam | March 30, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

So what's the lesson here? Don't trust right-wingers because a few of them use harsh language and one of them threw a brick?

Gee, maybe we shouldn't trust blacks -- I remember those LA riots. And maybe we shouldn't trust aging hippies -- I remember the nonsense in Chicago in '68.

Posted by: enaughton27 | March 30, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

In the late 1960s the streets exploded with revolution and hatred towards the American government and its leaders, all white. Violence and riots were commonplace from left-wing extremists and black power thugs.

Our media was very sypathetic towards all of it. Our media called it civil rights, free speech and righteous civil disobediance.

Because American media in the '60s, as now, was 90%, left-wing liberal in its bias.

Now that there is a little civil disobediance by the right-wing, liberals are in full blown panic. They can't take it. They want to squash it by any means.

Posted by: battleground51 | March 30, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

"I guess you never went downtown during all those protests against the Iraq war."
You mean the war that began with the AUMF that got the votes of 82 Democratic Representatives and 29 Democratic Senators?
"I recall the KILL BUSH signs,
and the burning and overturned cars,
but it wasn't covered by the national
media, you had to be there."
Do you recall Democratic politicians egging them on? I sure don't.
"Do you remember the black hatred levied against US Soldiers by the Democratic left during Vietnam"
Do you remember "Hey, hey, LBJ, how many kids did you kill today"? Do you remember the beatings of protesters at the Democratic National convention in Chicago in '68?
I have no problem with protesting and I have a lot of problems with both major parties. I don't deny that the majority of Tea Partiers have legitimate concerns and are expressing them in legitimate ways. However, I believe there's no denying that there are extreme and yes, racist fringe elements who are drawn to the Tea Party protests. It's also obvious that the Republican party is so desperate to harness the energy of the Tea Partiers that it is willing to overlook those elements and even use them for their own purposes.

Posted by: Gutavo | March 30, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

The GOP courts anti-government libertarians, the religious right and racists becasue it is well aware that if the folks in these categories ever seriously reflected on their economic situation, they would vote Democratic. The GOP favors the rich, period. It temporarily accepts the members of this fringe element into its fold for their votes, and that is all. The leaders of the GOP aren't apt to socialize with them. Why is that? Because, in general, they are not in the right class. Another fiction is that only leftist liberals are elitists. The GOP also attracts delusional dreamers of riches, such as Joe the Plumber, who sit on bar stools sipping suds and decry the "socialistic" government for taking their imaginary profits. It continues to be true that the rich don't have the numbers to stay in control; they depend on those who don't know their class or place for support, and they basically get people to betray their class by getting them to buy into fantasies, e.g. if you own a share of stock, you are a capitalist.

Posted by: csintala79 | March 30, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Battleground, one BIG difference between the 60's radicals then and the militia's you have now is guns! I don't recall Malcolm X or Abbie Hoffman walking around with AK's... And you call these armed to the teeth domestic terrorists "a little civil disobedience"!

Posted by: PeterPamZ | March 30, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Righty says this columnist is:
"educated beyond common sense..."
One word. WOW!

Thank you cstinala79, you're absolutely right. Much like the RC Church, the GOP trully has nothing to offer the average person, and their leadres would never be caught dead sharing a beer one. Your post deserves a re-post.
"The GOP courts anti-government libertarians, the religious right and racists becasue it is well aware that if the folks in these categories ever seriously reflected on their economic situation, they would vote Democratic. The GOP favors the rich, period. It temporarily accepts the members of this fringe element into its fold for their votes, and that is all. The leaders of the GOP aren't apt to socialize with them. Why is that? Because, in general, they are not in the right class. Another fiction is that only leftist liberals are elitists. The GOP also attracts delusional dreamers of riches, such as Joe the Plumber, who sit on bar stools sipping suds and decry the "socialistic" government for taking their imaginary profits. It continues to be true that the rich don't have the numbers to stay in control; they depend on those who don't know their class or place for support, and they basically get people to betray their class by getting them to buy into fantasies, e.g. if you own a share of stock, you are a capitalist.".

Posted by: csintala79 | March 30, 2010 12:03 PM

Posted by: KJR1 | March 30, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

This country was founded on the right of the people to peacefully assemble and petition their government. No problem with the Tea Party folks on that account. What is distrubing is the sense of fear and loathing that comes through in what they do. It shows a lack of respect for or understanding of those who oppose them. We saw the same thing in the 1960s on the other side, and it didn't serve the left well in the long run because hatred isn't that attractive a political commodity. Optimism sells much better, as FDR and Reagan demonstrated. I will say for those in the 1960s that at least they were focused on issues (the war and civil rights) that understandably stirred passions, while opposition to healthcare reform tends to see mountains where molehills stand. It is easy to critize protestors against the Vietnam War from this distance; it is more difficult when you consider that rather than worrying about imaginary black helicopters, they were concerned about being put on real helicopters and set down in a rice paddy to fight and die in a war of questionable value. Did the lunatic fringe of the left go too far at that time -- absolutely. And their extremism was rejected not only by the country as a whole but by the a vast majority of those who shared their view that the war effort was a mistake and should be ended. Thus it would be encouraging if the Tea Party folks began the process of making extremists unwelcome in their ranks. I don't propose passing judgement now, but let's see what happens in the run up to the November elections.

One final note: folks on both sides of the spectrum are fond of citing the Founding Fathers when justifying their views. Please try to keep in mind that 1. the Founding Fathers were not in complete agreement and in fact had quite divergent views on many subjects; 2. the Founders views evolved over time (e.g. Madison, who co-authored the Federalist Papers, eventually became a political foe of the Federalists). The inevitable tensions between permitting a maximum of freedom and having an effective government that could help the nation as a whole meet its needs and prosper were as real then as they are today.

Posted by: jdnathan | March 30, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse


Frank Rich was right on the money. The sputtering rage, the rabid bulging eyed hatred, the lies the appeals to irrational anger and fear. That's the Republican M.O.

Fear, Hatred, Distortion, Distraction and Division is all they've got to offer.

Posted by: thebobbob

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That describes Frank Rich perfectly! He dehumanizes his ideological opponents and appeals to emotion rather than logic. One has to assume he does so to distract from the fact that he can't simply refute their arguments or defend his own. Or perhaps he's simply irrational and evil and should be locked up before he hurts someone.

Posted by: robert17 | March 30, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

The hypocritical left's ability to stereotype is still obvious. To the left it's always "white rage" that is a problem. But these same pundits were bitterly critical whenever a Black person was charged or convicted of a crime and his or her race was mentioned in a news story. And if a picture of a Black was also included, all hell broke loose.

Posted by: infuse | March 30, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Pat Sajak trashes Marc Rich's commentary:
'Welcome to post-racial America, where those who oppose a piece of legislation must defend themselves against the scurrilous charges of a man who seems much better suited to reviewing “Cats”. (He liked it, by the way.)'

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=36241

Posted by: gmfletcher12 | March 30, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

1. Many of these comments are downright frightening. People are so angry that they are darn near rabid. Calm down. You're going to give yourself a heart attack before you are able to revolt. That can't be good for the cause.

2. Their anger stems not from the health care overhaul but from the mere fact that a Black man sits in the White House with his Black family and it incenses people. Plain and simple. After all Bill & Hillary supported the same kind of overhaul but I don't recall death threats over it. Mitt Romney created a heatlhcare system in MA on which the federal legislation was heavily based but he's not in Sarah's crosshairs.

It is as plain as the nose on Michelle's gorilla face. (That is what you all compared her to, right?) It is what it is and it will never change despite the hope that President Obama peddles. He's such the optimist.

Welcome to the United States of America.

Posted by: anonymous72 | March 30, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Capehart, and I liked the Rich piece. I'm really curious, though, why all the people who obviously hate the Post and the "liberal media elites" read this and commented. Haven't you tea party folks played the victim enough?

Posted by: kenzoan13 | March 30, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

For all of the TEA PARTY affiliates who claim that their group is not carrying a rascist agenda and are not trying to give Barack Obama a unsuccesful presidency. Can you guys show one black, hispanic, or muslim member of your group please. You all should be ashamed of yourselves trying to destroy a country for petty political gain.

Posted by: SCtoDC | March 30, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

WE THE PEOPLE are speaking like we have never spoken before. WE THE PEOPLE are annoyed that the left are trying to portray us as racists and kooks. Americans, wake up, let's get through the racist accusations and so on. This has nothing to do with racism. I dot has to do with the other side is trying to do to shut down the converesation.


WE'LL REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER!!!

Posted by: barrysal | March 30, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

This thread only reinforces that you should immediately skip a post once you see the lines of text in ALL CAPS. Thanks right-wing guy, really didn't get that you weren't already angry.

The military & gun fetishists get all bent out of shape that you didn't mention some code pink signs. Waahh, waahh, waahh. You are right on Jonathan, the right is just insane now & really I can only feel either contempt or pity for them.

Posted by: nameit23 | March 30, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Hey Capehart, do these pictures qualify as crazies? It was OK by Dems, to threaten the president when he was a white Rep?

http://www.binscorner.com/pages/d/death-threats-against-bush-at-protests-i.html

(might want to teach a few of the folks in them how to spell too.)

You are such a tool.

Posted by: jryan0505 | March 30, 2010 8:17 AM | Report abuse

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I am an unabashed liberal who supports Capehart's point, but the link referred to by this poster are quite disturbing. I had forgotten how vitriolic the left was against Bush. It does add perspective to the current sorry state of things.

Posted by: soothsayer00 | March 30, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Trying to equate teabagger-ship with the civil rights movement is beyond deluded. But the "you did it too" ploy is one of the basic principles of teabagger logic.

Posted by: joebanks | March 30, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

As the Republicant party membership grows older, and the tea party movement looks remarkably like the GOP, the country watches as they scream and rant all the way to the grave. The country is becoming more diverse, just as the world is becoming more diverse also. The GOP will go the way of the Dodo bird, extinct. The hatred, lies, and lack of family values will be their legacy.

Posted by: COLEBRACKETT | March 30, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Goodness. There seems to be an awful lot of Glen Beck fans on this board. I am certainly curious about the whole "take our country back" though. I'm a "mature" white female who doesn't feel like my country has been taken from me. I haven't noticed any loss of freedom; nor do I think that passing a law that will provide health care to a lot of people who didn't have it before is such a bad idea. Yet, that seems to be the pervasive cry (really more like a scream). "We want out country back!" "We're losing our freedoms." Yada, yada, yada. Can anyone really express intelligently exactly where our country went that we need it back and also exactly what freedoms have been taken from us? THAT would be something I would really be interested in learning.

Posted by: juliagraffam | March 30, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

"How Soon We Forget"
Absolutely - - - We have already forgotten the war criminal actions of Cheney/Bush/Feith/Rumsfeld/Rice/Rove/et al. !!!!

And the hundreds of thousands who have been killed or wounded [AND STILL ARE DYING] thanks to those amoral Politicians.

Bush - "Born Again" like David Koresch.

Posted by: lufrank1 | March 30, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

The tea party folk's knowledge of the Constitution is typically in inverse proportion to their zeal in defending it.

And the comments here prove Capeheart's point. Of course there are and have been violent extremists on the left and the right, but the subject at the moment is the rise of right wing extremists and the pandering to them of the GOP while it winks and nods at the racist and seditious elements of same. Palin and McCain did little to call out those who called for violence because they wanted their votes. Same now. the GOP pandered to the tea party folks because it was (still is) defeat Obama no matter what (the health reform bill being pretty much Romney/Heritage Foundation/Nixon in origin).

Free speech is one thing. Pandering to folks who misquote court decisions, the Declaration, etc., as supporting violent opposition to the government, impeachment, the right to disregard laws, etc., is simply dangerous. The Hutaree militia groups are sitting right on the edge of actually doing the things they advocate. They are just a few excuses for legitimacy away from killing people. The rhetoric that has been flying recently is just what they need, and GOP embrace of same without question is problematic at best

Posted by: JoeT1 | March 30, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

I do not view comments sections of any website as a representation of any group of people, but the amount of anti-semitic and racist statements on some of the comments leaning to the right is disturbing.

Just as its disturbing for the tea party to equate itself with the civil rights movement, after several members of the group were caught shouting racial obscentities at members of congress.

Posted by: jro1 | March 30, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

I for one am tired of Post columnists referencing Rick Perry secession comments as legitimate. You should know better.

We Texans are proud of our State. No one really thinks secession is realistic or even a good idea. But, we LOVE to hear about our history as an independent country, and we all like the idea that if need be TX could get along just fine by itself.

Rick Perry was being a savvy politician. There is a reason he is on his way to being elected the longest serving Governor of Texas. He knows his electorate, and he knows how to tell us what we like to hear.

Posted by: GP4P | March 30, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

"But the GOP will remain a reactionary, regional party if it opts to dabble in Tea Party rage for short-term political gain. That wouldn't be good for either the Republican Party or the nation."
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Capehart: Since when did you care about the good of the Republican Party (or the nation, for that matter)?

This liberal poo-pooing of the TEA Party Movement sounds a little like B'rer Rabbit and the Briar Patch.

"Oh, NO, B'rer Bear! Don't throw me in the briar patch!"

"Oh, NO, Republicans! Don't get tangled up with that scary Tea Party! Please move to the center so you can whip our butts in November!"

Posted by: pmendez | March 30, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

SCtoDC: Why is the relative absence of minorities in the TEA Party Movement such a bad thing? You won't see many gentiles at an AIPAC conference. You won't see many whites at an NAACP conference. You won't find many Jews at a CAIR meeting.

Are these groups automatically racist, too?

Posted by: pmendez | March 30, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Capeheart,

Go to a tea party rally sometime. Take a look at the people there. You will not smell sulfur or see hooves.

Admit it...you simply can not stand up to an honest debate with a fiscal conservative, and have jumped into fear mongering and demonization.

Posted by: Wiggan | March 30, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

PeterPamZ: If you don't recall Malcolm X's Black Muslims and the Black Panters walking around armed to the teeth, you weren't around in the 60's. (Do you even remember how Malcolm X died???)

Also, don't forget Obama's pal Bill Ayers and his wife-in-crime Bernadette Dornan and all the other SDS radicals bombing ROTC centers, Dow Chemical, the Capitol and other places, killing innocent security guards and workers.

60's radicals have killed INFINITELY more people than the TEA Party Movement has.

You're clueless, aren't you?

Posted by: pmendez | March 30, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

I am an unabashed liberal who supports Capehart's point, but the link referred to by this poster are quite disturbing. I had forgotten how vitriolic the left was against Bush. It does add perspective to the current sorry state of things.

Posted by: soothsayer00
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Same here, I also remember those things didn't win us any converts, convince anyone we were right, or make us look good in general. I also remember that Democratic politicians stayed far away from those crowds.

Posted by: leftcoaster | March 30, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

60's radicals have killed INFINITELY more people than the TEA Party Movement has.

You're clueless, aren't you?

Posted by: pmendez

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If you INSIST on dividing armed radicals into left and right factions - and I strongly disagree with that premise - you have to count both sides. OKC, Waco, Abortion Clinics, and which side does the Unabomber land on? Answer: none of the above, all these people are murderers and it doesn't matter who they agreed with on what issue.

The fact is SDS killed the hippie movement in the same way that McVeigh killed the militia movement. Nobody wants to be associated with that, and it's disgusting that anyone on any side would try to tar the other side with sociopaths.

The FBI stopped a militia terrorist group from murdering policemen. I'm going to assume you're not on their side, so you're on my side. We are on the SAME SIDE! The FBI raid is a victory for all of us, and we should be celebrating together.

Posted by: leftcoaster | March 30, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Yawn. Another liberal so intolerant of the views of those who disagree with them that he must deem them to be violent racists.

I feel bad for Capeheart. I would hate to be so close-minded and hateful as he.

Posted by: bobmoses | March 30, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Previous post: "How soon we forget. Do you remember the black hatred levied against US Soldiers by the Democratic left during Vietnam."

Nonsense. Servicemen were an integral part of the antiwar movement. It was rightists who disdained the soldiers, sailors and veterans of Vietnam. Established veterans organizations refused to support Vietnam vets on Agent Orange issues. Vet groups refused to admit Vietnam vets to parades.

Posted by: DennisCMyers | March 30, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

"It is not just a republican movement, it is all Americans who are fed up with a growing corrupt goverment who are taking more and more of our rights and freedoms away."

True, it is only 70-80% republican (according to a recent poll), backed by republican donors, lead by republican politicians (Dick Armey, Sarah Palin), and promoted by a republican tv network.

Perhaps someone could enumerate which of their rights and freedoms have been taken away--not which rights they fear will be taken away or some slippery slope argument about eventually leading to lost rights and freedoms.

Posted by: writinron | March 30, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

The man (LeBoon) who threatened Cantor was hardly a liberal, unless you count anti-Semitic neoNazis as liberals. Nazism, of course, contrary to the theories of their heirs in the Tea Party, was a movement of the extreme right.

As Isaiah Berlin was fond of pointing out, the extremes on left and right are joined in their Romantic opposition to the center--hence the similarity of paranoid propaganda on both wings, with their suspicion of banks, Jews, liberals (opposed by the commies, of course), international organizations such as the Trilateral commission etc. etc.

I find it ironic that the virulent racists of the right are regularly now accusing people such as Capehart and Obama of being racist. As if anti-racism were one of their values.

Posted by: scientist1 | March 30, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Its good to see the Brothers at the Post beginning to Push Back.
First on saturday we had Colby King taking us down memory lane today we Eugene Robinson now Johnathan Capeheart.
The Guys on the Right dont like to hear this discourse but the simillarities are startling.
During the Campaign in '08 John Lewis expressed simillar sentiments and he was roundly booed by the talking heads on the Right. That was long before the Health Care Debate and the stimulus and the deficit and the Bail-out
The Tea Party folks have taken on the type of commentary we say in the fifties and the sixties and the seventies.
When they tried to integrate the schools in Boston we saw the same type of commentary. We have all seen this movie before..
The Right can run for cover all they want but we know hate when we see it.

Posted by: Carprin | March 30, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

BLOOD BOILS WHEN THE TRUTH SMACKS YOU IN THE FACE!!!!

Posted by: phyllisr5 | March 30, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

If criticism of Obama is based on racism, then criticism of Palin is based on sexism. Who knew there were so many sexists in the democrat party? Nice try buckwheat, but it won't fly.

Posted by: CowboyDiplomat | March 29, 2010 9:43 PM |
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I'm hard pressed to believe the sexism charge against Palin's critics because none of their ridicule has anything to do with her being a woman. Rather, it's all about her statements and actions that brought that about. Tina Fey was actually funniest when she acted out Palin's statements word for word. An example of this was the parody of Palin's interview with Katie Couric. Classic stuff.

Posted by: chris30338 | March 30, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

I have read mant pages of comments,and by far,this is the best.They are sane ,reasonable and do NOT use race or popaganda. WELL DONE conservatives.

Posted by: captgrumpy | March 30, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

"Why is the relative absence of minorities in the TEA Party Movement such a bad thing? You won't see many gentiles at an AIPAC conference. You won't see many whites at an NAACP conference. "

Thanks for confirming that the TEA Party Movement isn't really about taxes.

Posted by: mattintx | March 30, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Previous post by wjc1va: "How soon we forget. Do you remember the black hatred levied against US Soldiers by the Democratic left during Vietnam[?]"

Nonsense. Servicemen were an integral part of the antiwar movement. It was rightists who disdained the soldiers, sailors and veterans. The American Legion opposed the creation of Vet Centers and opposed benefits for Vietnam veterans. In Greeley, Colorado, the VFW barred Vietnam vets from the 1972 Veterans Day parade. In my town of Reno, pro-war vets were permitted to prevent anti-war vets from being in the 1969 Veterans Day parade. It was antiwar people who treated Vietnam veterans with respect.

Posted by: DennisCMyers | March 30, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Obama - the Master strategist!! He plays faction against faction, party against party. He promises the moon, knowing he will not ever have to keep those promises. His supporters in the Congress and Senate painted themselves into a corner. They have not given themselves any wriggle room.
Obama knew how America would react. He knew that the "special" deals would be revoked and rescinded. It kept him in the clear and the "good" guy.
Republicans are still ranting and raving and fighting, not just the Democrats but each other. The Democrats are fighting the Republicans, Liberals fighting the Tea Party. Obama has set everyone against everyone while he manipulates the system, the people, the constitution, the judicial system, every agency everywhere.
The parties and pundits and media are SOOOOOO busy fighting each other -- they are not paying attention.
Their egos are bruised and their intelligence insulted, so they are ALL defensive and reactive, not aware and proactive.
Until we stop throwing names around, until we stop fighting with each other and talk rationally and objectively, America is lost and Americans are the losers.We must step back and see the big picture, regroup, and see each other for what we are, Americans first and foremost. We are NOT a political party, not an ethnic group, or religion or class. We are not a certain intellect or school. We are a melting pot of many. many things. THAT is our greatness! That is our strength. We CAN come together and turn this country around!!

Posted by: apachetears13 | March 31, 2010 12:07 AM | Report abuse

FRANK RICH IS A LIBERAL BIGOT. THE OPINIONS OF BIGOTS DO NOT MATTER.

Posted by: penniless_taxpayer | April 1, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

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