Tea Party Ending, Movement Unravels Over 3.21.10 Weekend

23 Mar

3.25.2010 Update

By Chase K. Hunter

Rage run loose is never a good thing, and right now the Tea Party movement is shooting an enormous hole in it’s own foot by outright bad public behavior. I am keeping a very wide distance between myself, and anything “tea party” since Sunday’s embarrassing shout-outs of “nigger” and “faggot” from people in the D. C. tea party crowds toward the objects of their ire.

I’m beginning to think that maybe I have been wrong all along. Maybe America has become such a routinely “redneck nation” that most people from any political party are now just quite incapable of proper decorum in public, in private, on live video [ “a f—king big deal!”, quote VP Biden to Obama, RE: healthcare passage] or anywhere else.

At any rate, the Tea Party meltdown aka nervous breakdown continues, and here is text and a repost link from a related story about the ongoing public tea party boil over. I do really wonder why I bothered. What good is a gay American, even a brilliant one, in a movement that can so easily deteriorate into sheer stupidity, and a frightening amount of bigotry, under pressure?

What will they do next? Begin dragging the queers, niggers and jews out of their homes to lynch them? How far will right wing madness go?

I’ve been had. All this time I actually thought the Tea Party was a noble spiritual movement of independent free thinking spiritual people from all walks of life. What I have discovered is that the Tea Party could just as well become the neo-nazi party if they don’t calm down, grow up, and collect their scattered marbles, which have been lost in plain view of a watching and very judgmental American nation.

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[Oh, by the way: MSM outlets are having a “field day” covering the embarrassing public meltdown of prominent tea party folks. Get a grip people.]

More Right Wing Backlash

As Joe noted earlier, reports of ugly incidents in the wake of the health-care vote keep trickling in. As the Kansas City Star reports (h/t Ben Smith), Democratic Party headquarters in Wichita were vandalized over the weekend; assailants allegedly hurled a brick inscribed with anti-Obama rhetoric through a plate-glass window. A former militia leader took responsibility for the attack, which mirrored another, on a Democratic committee headquarters in Rochester. Democratic Reps. Louise Slaughter  (an obvious target because of the controvery over the so-called Slaughter Solution) and Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona also had their offices vandalized.

Yesterday I spoke with Mark Williams, the Sacramento-based chair of the Tea Party Express, and Eric Odom, chairman of Liberty First PAC, a “committee of tea party organizers, activists and liberty minded bloggers.” Unsurprisingly, both told me their peers been galvanized by the health-care vote. Williams’ group is launching another bus tour with a March 27 stop in Searchlight, Nev., home of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, while Odom told me he planned to redirect his focus to “electoral activism” by targeting 45 different House and Senate races.

Williams and Odom both dismissed the argument that incidents of racism, homophobia and vandalism threaten to tarnish the movement. Williams said charges that Tea Party protesters hurled epithets at Democrats like John Lewis and Barney Frank were unproven, then suggested it wasn’t beyond the realm of possibility that lefty infiltrator seeking to sully the Tea Partyers had been the real culprit. “There’s a fringe element in every movement and every group in history,” Odom says. This is true, and I agree that it’s unfair to lump in the passionate and civil members of the movement with the increasingly voluble fringe. But as reports of repugnant behavior keep accruing, marginalizing them by attributing them to outliers will become a harder sell.  Over the past few days, Bart Stupak has faced death threats, while Tea Partyers in Virginia’s Fifth District – a group I recently wrote about – mistakenly posted the home address of Democrat Tom Perriello’s brother in an attempt to help angry constituents who wished to confront the freshman Congressman. (UPDATE: Politico reports the FBI is investigating a severed gas line at Perriello’s brother’s home. ) It’s hard to imagine independent voters won’t cringe at this sort of intimidation. For a while now, pundits have argued that the Tea Party could emerge as a threat to the GOP if it cannibalizes the conservative vote by backing third-party candidates. But if this sort of behavior continues, it could be that the real threat Republicans face from the Tea Partyers is if voters disgusted with the vitriol begin to conflate the two.

Also: Thanks, Adam, for the generous welcome. I’m looking forward to pitching in around here.
Read more: http://swampland.blogs.time.com/2010/03/24/more-right-wing-backlash/?xid=rss-topstories#ixzz0jAGpH9nQ

Earlier on 3.22.10 I wrote:

As you now know, Sunday’s vote did not go the way of what 67% majority of Americans had hoped for. Opposition to Obamacare was strident, vocal, very active, but was tragicly also peppered with hard line right wing extremists, who displayed racial slurs and gay hatred in their vocalizations, horrifying other tea party members who do not feel that way at all.

Issues of race and sexual preference HAVE NOTHING TO DO with not wanting socialized medicine in America, and not consenting to eventual uses of RFID technology which violate human rights, human privacy and the sanctity of the human body itself.

I am deeply disgusted with the present state of affairs in my nation, and with certain of my tea party peers who conducted themselves more like animals than civilized human beings during the protests over the weekend. Unfortunately, the instant that some in the tea party movement began using words like “nigger” and “faggot” to aim their ire at lawmakers on the hill, the movement collapsed in my opinion. The disintegration into expressing  illogical hatred of minority groups during this weekend’s protests will now only continue, and I will have no part of it. It represents a malignant cancer on the tea party movement, which will result  in the death of the movement, if not removed from it.

Because of what was shouted at some lawmakers by tea party protestors this past weekend, I have decided to disengage from reporting on tea party movement activities altogether. As a gay American citizen, I feel it’s the only reasonable thing left to do. I no  longer wish to be affiliated with anything that the official tea party movement is doing, planning organizing, and I wont use any more precious space on this high traffic blog in the future to promote their events. I will leave this page up as a record and archive of the last page I posted which helped the tea party to get their message out.

What a sad and tragic ending to a movement that began so nobly. America still has not learned the fundamental grade school lessons about not choosing to hate those who are different. What befalls the Tea Party movement now is in God’s hands, and if any part of that includes a continued slide into real right wing extremism, then the roots of the tea part movement’s self destruction and eventual demise are in that slide.

You can follow the activities of the tea party movement at http://teapartyexpress.org


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2 Responses to “Tea Party Ending, Movement Unravels Over 3.21.10 Weekend”

  1. hazeleyes 04/11/2010 at 10:20 pm #

    Other sources indicate the bad behavior was from democrat plants in the crowd. Doesn’t hurt to stay low and keep your head down, but things aren’t always what they seem. (Though that door swings in both directions.) Time will tell about the Tea Partyites; who’s their master?

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