Tea Party Redux

I appreciate vigorous debate.  I believe that one of the biggest lies going is that we’re all going to agree.

But how can there be a “debate” with so much misinformation, obfuscation, outright lies and distortion?  And the media for most part has bent over backwards to cover the tea party movement sympathetically.  Some went so far as to justify their rage.

Today’s Events (h/t The New York Times):

5:10 p.m.: A lot of reports coming in of some real nastiness from Tea Party protesters on the Hill today. Rep. Andre Carson, D-Ind., has said that one protester called Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., [a nigger — I think it’s important that we use real words instead of acronyms and euphemisms today] the n-word. (That report, if true, is particularly ironic and disturbing considering Lewis’ history as a major civil rights leader.) Another protester reportedly called Lewis a “baby killer.”

Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., the House majority whip, told reporters, “I heard people saying things that I have not heard since March 15, 1960 when I was marching to try and get off the back of the bus.” A staffer from his office also reported that Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., was spat upon.

Another protester yelled at Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., who is openly gay, “Barney, you faggot.” Talking Points Memo reports that other protesters laughed at this, though Politico says that other protests admonished the man who’d yelled the slur at Frank.”

I wish I felt surprised.  I feel sad and frightened about living in a nation where hate groups are on the rise.  Check out:


I expect a great deal of rationalization and very few straightforward denunciations of the racism, homophobia and hatred on display today.   For their own sakes, conservatives, Republicans and tea party leaders should quickly and unequivocally denounce these actions.  They are, of course, entitled to their viewpoints.  Tomorrow may be too late.

In the meantime, we must gather our energies to pass then to modify a bill that doesn’t unjustly enrich the insurance companies, that is financially sustainable and that is excellent in every way.

And by the way, do you even know what’s in the bill?



About liftingasweclimb

Mildred Lewis writes and directs for theater, television, film and the web. She's also a full time professor, Christian, activist and troublemaker with a passion to save as much of the world as she can.
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