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Great! Now my family even thinks I’m a terrorist. Thanks, CNN!

From Wrap Your Head Around by Brandi:

A very close family member who I love very much told me yesterday that the Tea Party isn’t a very good group because they’re like Al Qaeda and want to overthrow the government. Needless to say, I became very upset that this beloved family member would think that I would be so naïve and stupid to be involved in such a group. After I expressed very strongly to him that I did not appreciate being compared to a terrorist, he admitted that he really didn’t know much about the Tea Party and was just repeating what he had heard on CNN the evening before. Thanks, CNN!

This is a very serious situation we have going on here. I’ve heard those in the media vilify the enemy and compare them to terrorists; I’ve heard union thugs say it; I’ve heard our elected officials say it; I’ve written about it several times here on the site; we even did a video and podcast about it. But I cannot tell you the shock I experienced when a member of my own family said it. Until yesterday, I hadn’t personally experienced the implications of the lies spewing from the left. Of course I had feared it, which is what prompted me to write a mass email last week urging my friends to consider what they knew about me before believing the lies. I only received one reply to that email, which made me wonder what the others were really thinking/believing. While I was a bit uneasy with the lack of response, none of that diminished the shock I experienced yesterday when it suddenly became all too real.

I cannot stress the importance of talking with our friends and loved ones about what’s going on in our country. Don’t assume that they’re too smart to believe the lies, and don’t hesitate for fear of discussing politics. If the politicians aren’t listening—which unfortunately, the large majority of them are not—then we need to turn to our friends, family, and neighbors. Like Beth Jones said at the last Owen Country Tea Party meeting, get out there and let them see who you really are: peaceful, hardworking Americans who care about their country. Americans who don’t want to overthrow the government, but who would like to see it returned to that state for which is was originally intended.

I’m not talking about liking articles on Facebook or leaving comments on blog posts. I’m talking about real, face-to-face conversations with real people. While you refrain from entering the conversation, the television set is filling their minds with poison.

“Let’s Take These SOBs Out”

From Ricochet:

“At a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized, at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who think differently than we do, it’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds.”

–President Barack Obama, calling for “a new era of civility” after the shootings in Arizona, January 12, 2011

“They’ve got a war, they got a war with us and there’s only going to be one winner….President Obama, this is your army. We are ready to march. Let’s take these son of bitches out….”

–Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa, Jr., introducing President Obama at a rally in Detroit, September 5, 2011

How did President Obama respond to Hoffa’s introduction?  Delivering not one word of disapproval, uttering not a phrase about the “new civility,” the President merely offered Hoffa his thanks.

Targeting the Tea Party Alinksy-Style Goes into High Gear

From AlinskyDefeater’s Blog:

The Obama Administration knows no other way to operate than by their bible – Rules for Radicals. They are lost in the political seas without clinging to the life raft of Alinsky tactics, and to do that they need a target. Specifically, a target to freeze, personalize and polarize. With the continuous and faithful help of the mainstream media the Obama Administration has successfully lowered America’s approval of the Tea Party and significantly raised their negatives in recent polls.

The question remains however as to whether such blatant Alinksy tactics will be successful in the face of Obama’s feckless leadership, continual dependence upon Government as the solution to all of America’s ills, and an economy that would make Jimmy Carter shiver.

Just perhaps, America will look into their empty wallets and realize that something is awry, and that the source of their financial frustration does not lie with a small minority of first-term members of Congress who were elected precisely to stop the Obama spending spree. The problem is not with a minority of freshmen Congressmen and Congresswomen, but rather with a White House that refuses to espouse free market principles as the remedy to America’s financial peril

In 2012 you will see an all-out, Palin-style attack on all things Tea Party. This Administration will attempt to convince you that Tea Party members are behind every bush and lying in wait in your closet at night to rob you of not only your money so they can dole it out to the rich, but also in order to persuade you that you must join their maniacal Right-wing ideology or suffer the all the weight of a few dozen freshmen members of Congress. After all, it is this small band of people who want to shrink the size of the Federal Government and reduce our national debt that are robbing you of any chance at financial security, not the Party who controls the Senate and the White House, and until  last year’s mid-terms – the House of Representatives as well.

Open letter to Representative Andre Carson

From Wrap Your Head Around:

A few minutes ago, I attempted to send an email to Representative Andre Carson concerning his recent statements concerning the Tea Party wishing to see African-American’s hanging from a tree. After I hit submit, I got the message that I don’t live in the 7th district and therefore my message can’t be delivered. So, I’ll just post it here and if any of you do live in the 7th district and would like to repost this and ensure he gets it, feel free.

Representative Carson, I’m writing concerning your recent comments regarding the Tea Party. The thing that makes America great is that we have differing opinions, open debate, and a democratic constitutional republic that ensures all individuals have a voice and can enjoy the freedom of speech, assembly, etc. As a member of the Tea Party, your recent comments that I am a racist and wish to see African-Americans hanging from a tree is deeply troubling and disturbing. I would like to know why you feel that I am a racist and hold racist views simply because I attend Tea Party meetings.

When you make the type of statements you did, you owe the public an explanation of what evidence you have for labeling them racists. I feel you owe ME an explanation. Despite my entire life of trying to love my neighbor as myself, having friends from all walks of life – races, belief’s, and economic standing – I am continually labeled a racist simply for being a conservative, when my conservative values have nothing to do whatsoever with race.

This “Tea Party is racist” line, is a lie that continues to get passed around the media and is continually flowing out of the congressional black caucus. Of all people, the CBC should be the first group fighting AGAINST stereotypes; fighting AGAINST silencing a minority; fighting AGAINST the demonization of a specific group of people. You should value the expression of differing opinions from different groups of people – instead you slander them.

Your statement is expected from radical reactionaries within the public which are quickly ignored, NOT from a Representative of the United States. I fear for the direction of this country, specifically because of the rhetoric that becomes more and more hate filled, and I would like to know why you feel compelled to add to that hateful, untrue, rhetoric.

What If Lefties Defended Tea Party “Terrorists” The Way They Defend Islamic Terrorists?

From Big Government:

Fellow Friends of Barack:

I join all liberals and progressives in condemning the terrorism of the Tea Party, just as we condemn terrorism in all its forms. We need a Local War On Terror (LWOT) to replace the futile Global War on Terror (GWOT) of George W. Bush.

As we pursue this great LWOT, we will show conservatives that we know, better than they, how to defeat terror in a way that preserves human rights and American values.

We must address the root causes of Tea Party terrorism. There is nothing intrinsic in the beliefs of the Tea Party that promotes the kind of terrorism we saw on Capitol Hill for the past several weeks. Indeed, there are legitimate grievances that create the climate of frustration that Tea Party leaders exploit. These grievances include: growing national debt, government deficits, job-killing taxes, heavy regulation and economic stagnation.

We should acknowledge blame for Tea Party terrorism. The debt ceiling debate was simply America’s chickens coming home to roost. For decades, the federal government has behaved in an imperialist manner, imposing its mandates on states and individuals. The U.S. shoved the stimulus down the people’s throats–and called them un-American when they resisted. They don’t want to destroy us; they want us to leave them alone.

If we fight the Tea Party using their methods, we become terrorists. When President Obama called on Americans to call their members of Congress, he played right into the Tea Party terrorists’ hands. We lose the moral high ground when we use the same tools of democracy. It’s time to abandon the Astroturf tactics of Van Jones, Moveon.org, and Organizing for America, which are just creating new Tea Party terrorists every day.

We must revoke laws that violate the terrorists’ basic rights. The Affordable Care Act was hailed as a great victory in the fight against Tea Party terror, but the individual mandate takes away the basic rights that are guaranteed in our Constitution. We must also prosecute the legal clerks who drafted the majority memos in Kelo v. New London. If the government treats Tea Party terrorists that way, no American’s rights are safe.

We must show solidarity with vulnerable conservatives. Not every Republican, after all, is a Tea Party terrorist. We should also discourage the burning of the American flag, which the Tea Party considers sacred. In fact, we should display the flag as a gesture of solidarity with those whom our government is persecuting. We must also address the way conservatives are portrayed in Hollywood, which encourages negative stereotypes.

We should negotiate with the Tea Party terrorists without preconditions. In fact, we should propose to withdraw the government to the 1967 lines: a $9 billion deficit (1% of GDP); no Environmental Protection Agency or Department of Education; and a dollar backed by gold. True, some things have changed: we are no longer at war in Vietnam, so we should offer a “swap” and subject the Libya war to the War Powers Resolution.

We need to abandon the divisive rhetoric of the past. President Obama causes many to hate us when he uses words like “enemies” and “extremists.” I suggest we abandon terms like “Tea Party terrorists” entirely. Instead, we should use “concerned citizens.” That is more sensitive–and, perhaps, more accurate.

Above all, we should not question the patriotism of LWOT critics. If we do that, the Tea Party terrorists will have won.

New tone: I stand by my remarks about tea-party racists, says Andre Carson

From Hot Air:

He didn’t mean all tea partiers, silly. He meant a nameless, faceless “some,” much as Obama insisted repeatedly during his bus tour that there are “some” in Congress who care more about party than country without ever getting around to identifying them. Much as I might say there are “some” Democratic leaders so low-rent that they’d happily demagogue their opponents in the cheapest, most toxic ways to gain political advantage.

No no, just kidding about that last part. Pretty much all Democrat leaders are that low-rent.

“Well, I wasn’t talking about the entire tea party. I think the tea party is absolutely right when they call for increased transparency in government, when they call for a cutback on excessive government spending. I am deeply concerned about some elements of the tea party who are extremist and who have reflected a mentality going back to the John Birch society, going back to George Wallace’s Dixiecrats,” Carson said…

And earlier Wednesday, Jason Tomsci, a Carson aide, said the congressman’s sentiments were valid. “Members of the tea party are holding up a lot of things that the president wants to do and want to gut critical services and programs that they know are important to African Americans as well as Latinos and other minorities,” Tomsci said…

“I stand on the truth of what I spoke,” he said. “My intentions weren’t to hurt anyone or any group. I wanted to speak to the issues that concern me and the philosophical issues that concern me as it relates to certain leadership within the tea party organization, not the entire tea party, but certain elements that have concerned me deeply and for quite some time that I think should really re-evaluate what it means to be an American and we shouldn’t go along the path of taking America back to the ‘good old days’ because those days were not good for everyone.”

If tepid support for programs favored by the Congressional Black Caucus is the new hallmark of racism, then do I have a racist for you. And before you ask, no, of course no one in the Democratic leadership has challenged Carson on what he said yet. I told you I wasn’t kidding when I said they’re all that low-rent.

Allen West, incidentally, has sent a letter to the leadership of the CBC demanding that they condemn Carson and Maxine Waters for race-baiting or else he might have to quit the group. Exit quotation: “All of us, especially Congressman Carson, Congresswoman Waters and others who have engaged in racially-motivated rhetoric, should follow the example of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., not the example of Reverend Jeremiah Wright.”

Dems accuse Tea Party of wanting minorities “hanging on a tree,” “at war” with a black President

From Hot Air:

What happens when your entire political philosophy is so discredited that you can’t even make a coherent argument for it any longer? If you’re Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN), it’s simple — you just call your opponents who are winning the debate “racists” and accuse them of being comfortable with lynching:

A top lawmaker in the Congressional Black Caucus says tea partiers on Capitol Hill would like to see African Americans hanging from trees and accuses the movement of wishing for a return to the Jim Crow era.

Rep. Andre Carson, a Democrat from Indiana who serves as the CBC’s chief vote counter, said at a CBC event in Miami that some in Congress would “love to see us as second-class citizens” and “some of them in Congress right now of this tea party movement would love to see you and me…hanging on a tree.”

It’s not the first time the “Jim Crow” accusation has flown this year. Earlier it was the chair of the DNC, Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, who tossed out that smear, only to shamefacedly retract it when it made national news.   Why?  Because it was reprehensible demagoguery of the worst kind, a fact that was obvious to everyone — or at least obvious to everyone outside the CBC.

Via the Right Scoop, Allen West is now reconsidering his CBC membership:

And for good reason. The civil-rights movement was not a political effort aimed primarily at deficit spending and massive government growth. It was a movement intended to eliminate real and official racial discrimination. Carson’s words are not just evil, they are entirely ignorant and as damaging to the cause of equality as they are to rational political debate. Not only should Carson be reprimanded for his words, he should really be shunned, and hopefully replaced in the next election by voters in his district.

Negative Tea Party talk continues; now branded “the real enemy”

From Hot Air:

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) was at it again at a townhall meeting in Florida Monday — but this time she had help from Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.). The meeting in Miami was a part of a five-city tour to draw attention to high unemployment among the black community and featured Democratic members of the Congressional Black Caucus, plus Jesse Jackson and others. The presenters were tripping over themselves to out-attack the Tea Party:

“The real enemy is the Tea Party –- let’s remember that,” said Rep. Frederica Wilson of Miami Gardens, host of the meeting and jobs fair. “The Tea Party holds Congress hostage … They have one goal in mind, and that’s to make President Obama a one-term president.”

She got energetic applause from the crowd of hundreds at Mt. Hermon AME Church in Miami Gardens. So did Rep. Maxine Waters of California, who recently said the tea party should “Go straight to hell.”

“I’m in church. I’m not going to repeat that,” Waters said Monday.

She also said: “We have to stand up and fight. It’s fight time…We’re not afraid of the tea party…In this struggle, we have to define who we are, what the president is doing and not let our voices be overshadowed by the tea party.” …

For his part, the Rev. Jesse Jackson said the Tea Party should be called “the Fort Sumter Tea Party that sought to maintain states’ rights and slavery.”

Truly, it’s tiresome to continue to document these atrociously irresponsible statements on the part of legislators and activists — but, as long as folks continue to say them, I’ll continue to document them because they reveal a blind prejudice where the Tea Party is concerned. Wilson’s comment is especially telling. She thinks the extent of the Tea Party’s ambition is the ousting of Barack Obama. But what the Tea Party envisions is no more and no less than a solution to the nation’s growth-of-government-spending problem. True, based on his past record and his insistence on the passage of a fourth entitlement program that will astronomically increase our debt, Obama doesn’t appear to be the president to make that Tea Party dream come true — so, yes, Tea Partiers will work to vote him out. But the Tea Party’s opposition to Obama doesn’t stand abjectly — it’s driven by actual principles and desired policies.

Maxine Waters says the Tea Party can go straight to hell

From Hot Air:

Our lovely liberal legislators just can’t seem to stop. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) this weekend informed the world just where she thinks Debbie Wasserman Schultz’ Tea Party “tyrants” and Vice President Joe Biden’s Tea Party “terrorists” belong:

Rep. Maxine Waters continued to make waves during the summer recess, telling a town hall meeting that “the tea party can go straight to hell.”

“This is a tough game. You can’t be intimidated. You can’t be frightened. And as far as I’m concerned — the tea party can go straight to hell,” Waters said, according to Los Angeles television station KABC.

The remarks came at a “Kitchen Table Summit” in Inglewood Saturday night attended by more than a thousand people. Waters’ comments came on the heels of questions about unemployment and the economy.

Her remarks followed a week in which her name figured prominently in discussion, first as she expressed outrage that President Obama’s jobs tour did not specifically target the black community, which has disproportionately suffered from the unemployment problem, and then as Rep. Allen West referred to her as a “boss” or “overseer” on the “plantation” of the Democratic Party.

The most recent hyperbolic rhetoric compromises what little credibility Waters possesses (and, as an aside, I wish West would stop allowing himself to be sucked into the circles of dysfunction that surround DWS and Waters!), but, more importantly, they underscore an important obstacle to real progress on the debt, deficit and jobs front. Democrats and Republicans — and the Tea Party — continue to talk past each other, with Democrats insisting that tax hikes be a part of any deficit reduction package, Republicans trying to hold the line against taxes and Tea Partiers pushing for ever-deeper spending cuts. The demonization in all directions does nothing to help. This is not a call for a “new tone,” which is really code for “no one else may criticize, while I can say whatever I want.” But this is a call for a debate about the real, underlying issueWhat size of government is optimal for human flourishing?

It’s well-documented that earned success makes for a happier life than handouts. But the attitude on display this weekend at the event at which Waters employed such choice words against the Tea Party suggested plenty of Americans profoundly misunderstand that fact. The first concerned voter featured in the video actually says proudly that she wants to flip the slogan and ask what her country can do for her.

Read the rest at Hot Air.

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