Is it Stupidity Or Are You Just Plain Sick?

Certain things just make my blood boil…. racist, dumbass comments from supposedly educated people ranks pretty high up there.

I have no qualms against the freedoms of speech for well-meaning Tea Party members or supporters.  But Freedom of speech is not a license to spew hatred without fear of repercussions.  It’s that guilty party that i’d like five minutes alone with to share a bit of my own freedom of speech.

The Tea Party movement took storm following the 2008 election of Barack Obama.  It’s a large anti-tax movement and it’s members are petitioning for “smaller government, fiscal responsibility, individual freedoms and upholding the constitution”.

Nothing wrong with that.  I may not agree with all their points on a political level but I strongly support their right to express sound argument and exercise political freedoms.

I take issue with the backwards minds that produce something like this–>

There are growing factions of the Tea Party movement that have replaced sound arguments with fear-mongering and racism.

I pray Arkansas has the sense not to empower fools such as their write-in for Governor candidate, Billy Roper.

Roper is a outspoken white supremacist who has been quoted as saying, “I don’t want non-whites in my country in any form or fashion or any status.”

Roper also is a tea party member who says he has been gathering support for his cause by attending tea party rallies.

“We go to these tea parties all over the country,We’re looking for the younger, potentially more radical people.”

Lovely.

According to The The Kansas City Star white nationalist groups are actually encouraging members to attend tea parties and some are going so far as to host the meetings themselves.
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I read an interview which stated,” Brendan Steinhauser, director of campaigns for FreedomWorks, which organizes tea parties, acknowledges that some racist groups may be trying to “glom” onto the movement. But “where we see that behavior, we’re going to call them out,” he said.”
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I sincerely hope that is true because the idea of twisted, political leaders using a well-intentioned movement to solicit membership from “younger radicals” is truly disturbing.  That’s all we need; a new wave of bright-eyed racists.
One of the most disturbing quotes I came across was from Ron Wright, A retired music teacher.  He was at a tea party meeting at J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain in April and was quoted as saying that those who simply complain about President Obama are unfairly accused of racism.
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Then he added: “If I was a black man, I’d get down on my knees and thank God for slavery. Otherwise, I could be dying of AIDS now in Africa.”
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Apparently he didn’t feel that was a racist statement.
Apparently he’s as dumb as a rock.
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Posters like the one above are not a one-time error.
Other, similar posters display statements such as, “What’s the difference between the Cleveland Zoo and the White House? The zoo has an African lion and the White House has a lyin’ African!”
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Sadly, it is not just random attendees who are so disrespectful.  There are those in leadership positions who have paved the way or such outlandishness with their own foolishness.

Dale Robertson is the founder and president of Houston-based TeaParty.org.  He was seen at a 2009 rally carrying a sign that said: “Congress = Slave Owner, Taxpayer = Niggar.”

He claims the word slave was changed to N-word but that that was fine too because he looked it up in Webster and the N-word means politically unrepresented.
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According to Robertson, claims of racism are just part fo the agenda for those who want to slander the tea party movement.  still members of his own party have denounced him.

“We stand firmly against any expression of racism and the kind of language and opinion expressed in his (N-word) sign,” the group said.

That statement brings some comfort by reminding us that though every group may attract the hateful and bigoted it can also be comprised of good people with a real purpose.
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Still, how can this not raise concerns….

note: Thank you to Judy Thomas, The Kansas City Star for her background on this matter.

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8 thoughts on “Is it Stupidity Or Are You Just Plain Sick?

  1. One of my subscribers had the following comment but it was posted on the wrong page so I am re-posting it here for other readers to be follow along.

    Comment:

    I have been subscribing to this blog for about 8hours lol. I think some (kind) criticism is required concerning your latest post. The Tea Party movement is not a racist organization; this is the latest political sop from media outlets and individuals who most likely have surrendered their individual grasp of the significance of the ‘anger’ related to the political agenda and character of a President out of touch with American political tradition.
    I think their is significant and valuable criticism related to legislation passed since his occupancy of High office.
    Are people unable to distinguish between policy and character assassination? Many cannot. But those cannot arrogate to themselves the position of ‘virtuous outrage’ on political issues that will permanently damage both American domestic and international standing.
    Sincerely,
    William
    wjholland.wordpress.com

    • William,
      Again, thank you for taking the time to read and comment on this post. I appreciate your input.

      I do feel the need to point out that on 4 separate occasions during this post I made a point to distinguish between the Tea Party movement and Racist individuals who happened to be members. I, very intentionally, made it clear that racism and/or white supremacy is not the vision of the Tea Party.

      None of the quotes I listed were “significant or valuable criticism”. They were sweeping generalizations and/or blatant racist commentary. In that sense, I most certainly was able to distinguish between policy and character assassination.

      Thank you again,
      AnaYelsi

  2. I think you misunderstood me: yes the sweeping generalizations were wrong and not titled to be called ‘significant or valuable criticism’, as for your writing, it is obvious to see that you can distinguish between policy and character assassination. The medium of blogging is many times indistinguishable from more formidable mediums like speaking or the news column. I think you misunderstood my comments. I was not attributing to you any insensitivity. I think we agree agree on much.
    Peace,
    William

  3. “I strongly support their right to express sound argument and exercise political freedoms”

    Our right to freedom of speech isn’t limited to sound arguments. If they were, we wouldn’t be a country today, because it certainly wasn’t a “sound” decision to commit treason and declare ourselves free from the tyranny of the crown and throne of England.

    Unfortunately, this speech is an example of why this nation is great, because you can be foolish, close-minded, dense, radical, racist, and still be permitted to have your say and make your point.

    I do find it odd that Obama is as polarizing as he is. He’s just a man, nothing more, nothing less. However, I have been questioned at work, and other areas, when I offered something that might have been slightly critical of the president. I’d say that I’m pretty far from racist, but sometimes, the littlest criticism of the President can have one awarded the title racist.

    Now, onto the teabaggers… There is nothing wholesome or good about this movement. This is a movement born of Fox News, rednecks and racists. I appreciate your attempt to label them something more, though I disagree with you. The teabag movement is foolishness, led by dummies (not to mention liars) like Sarah Palin and Glen Beck, and it sickens me to hear or see rallies of teabaggers out there, because it continually makes me question the intellect and mindset of this country.

    • LOL Joey, I love you brother…

      First of all, they are not called teabaggers they are tea partiers and you darn well know that.

      Obviously I am a bit more pro-Obama than you are but you are also correct in saying he is just a man and nothing more. His polarizing affect is pretty astonishing in that respect.

      I’m not a fan of the Tea Party Movement either but I don’t know if I would so readily paint them, in their entirety, as a dummies and liars. I’ll simply say they are not my cup of tea… ouch… pretty bad, huh?

      If my statement of “I strongly support their right to express sound argument and exercise political freedoms” implied I only support certain cases of freedom of speech than I apologize. That certainly wasn’t my intention.

      But I also stand behind my comment of, “But Freedom of speech is not a license to spew hatred without fear of repercussions” Anyone can say anything they like… but beaware of consequence.

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