TEA Party Wrasslin'
I remember from Channel 5 wrestling that the bad guys would occasionally "get smart" and try to trick everybody. Particularly, I remember the unmistakably gargantuan Plowboy Frazier being trotted out in a child's mask to wrestle under another name. Nobody bought it.
This time it's the Tea Party that is having much better luck wearing masks with "taxes" written on them. But the fiscal responsibility ruse is cracking. Behind the masks are some old ghosts: William Jennings Bryan, early George Wallace, Jesse Helms. The smarter members of the fringe right realized that "taxes" wins votes better than "let's be cavemen." But the circle linking Sarah Palin's dip-spit political rhetoric and the old demons of true American history remains unbroken.
As late as 1982, the Southern Baptist Convention had to issue a resolution condemning the KKK's "most recent attempts at membership recruitment and racial terrorism." Just the latest ones? Christianity gets confusing down here, especially as GOP leader Mark Norris is seemingly bent on enacting South Africa's Bantu Education Act ("See-Saw Struggle," January 13th issue). He should change his Twitter handle to GOPartheid. When it comes to dragging hardworking, family-oriented Mexicans out of their homes, the law is immutable. When it comes to walling off an educational ghetto in Memphis, they can't change the law fast enough.
Now the Tea Party wants less historical coverage of minorities in history education. Does that mean we teach less about whites in Memphis, Birmingham, New Orleans, and Atlanta, where whites are a minority? Good work, Jethro.
And wait until the backwoods brain trust gets to the sciences. What are Pitt Hyde's thoughts on how Tea Party-approved science books would be received by stakeholders in his biotechnology start-up causes?
If you really have a problem with scientific knowledge, boycott the following: medicine, gasoline, electricity, and most of the food at your local grocery. It's all brought to you by science. History matters because morality and justice need to come from truth. The Tea Party's best argument against evolution is itself.
Cheri DelBrocco's "Mad As Hell" column (memphisflyer.com) of January 10th was hate-filled and full of overheated vitriol. One wonders if she weren't purposely attempting to elicit angry reactions from conservatives. Again and again, she cites examples claiming "Tea-publicans" have called for violence against anyone who doesn't share their conservative viewpoints. Problem is, she's not able to cite examples of actual violence occurring at the hands of these conservatives.
She also claim that incendiary remarks have not been made by Democrats or liberals in the past 40 years. That is entirely false, for not only have they made incendiary remarks, they have actually perpetrated violence over and over again against those who don't share their liberal viewpoints. Let me cite a few examples for you. I'll keep it to just the last three years:
June 2008: Then presidential candidate Barack Obama urged followers on by saying, "If they bring a knife to a fight, we'll bring a gun."
September 2008: A videographer at a Tampa, Florida, town hall meeting got roughed up by union thugs and had his camera smashed. Comedienne Sarah Bern-hardt [sic] issued a warning to Sarah Palin claiming the Republican V.P. nom would be "gang-raped by my big black brothers" if she enters Manhattan.
August 2009: A black Tea Party participant named Kenneth Gladney went to a town hall meeting hosted by Representative Russ Carnahan, a Missouri Democrat. While passing out "Don't Tread on Me" flags, he was viciously attacked by Service Employees International Union members. One called him a "nigger." A woman filming the violence also was accosted.
Summer 2009: A handicapped woman in a wheelchair was attacked by a protester at an Obama town hall meeting in New Hampshire. Another protester kicked an armed man in the groin and spit into a camera filming it.
September 2009: The D.C. Metro police evacuated the offices of Freedomworks after several threats, including a bomb-threat phone call that police considered credible enough to investigate.
March 2010: Bullet shot through the window of Republican congressman Eric Cantor's Richmond, Virginia, campaign office.
March 26, 2010: Mike Malloy (left-wing radio) calls for death of Limbaugh, O'Reilly, and Beck.
August 2010: A gunshot shatters the door of a Salisbury, Maryland, GOP office.
There are many more examples that could be listed. DelBrocco should get the facts straight prior to setting pen to paper.
The Mid-South Tea Party
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