A few days ago was April 15th; tax day. If you are among the 50% who actually pay federal income taxes, you might consider this a day of sadness regardless of whether you’re getting a tax refund. After all, the government has your money and a significant portion has been given to those who don’t pay taxes.
But by now we all know that a growing number of people who actually do pay taxes have formed an organization called the Tea Party Patriots with the express purpose of protesting the socialization of America. Last year, they turned out in numbers by attending over 800 events around the country. This year probed to be the same. The political left and the media have unsuccessfully tried to paint this organization as racist, artificial, homophobic and uninformed. They have also implied that Tea Party Patriot rallies create a climate for potential violence. If you’ve read my articles in “The Obama White House Diaries” dated February 24 and April 6, you know that nothing could be further from the truth. Despite that, some people probably still believe that all activist organizations, regardless of polarity, are pretty much alike because they are comprised of people who appear to be on the fringe of society. That assessment would be wrong.
Gallup poll confirmed earlier this month that Tea Party participants truly represent the larger demographics of our country. They are not “fringe”. They are simply standing up for constitutional principles upon which this nation was founded. Tea Party Patriots play by the rules, obey the laws and express their views in a straightforward, honest manner. They don’t believe in any form of violence. This is demonstrated by the fact that there have been virtually no arrests at any Tea Party gatherings to date, which have numbered close to 1000. Here is a statement taken from The Tea Party Patriots website which expresses the tenor and tone of the movement:
“Last year on April 15, 2009, millions of hard-working Americans stood in unison at over 800 protests around the country. These protests, which became known as the Tax Day Tea Party, expressed real concerns against reckless government spending and spawned millions of Americans to get involved in their local Tea Parties which today are holding elected officials accountable.”
Let’s compare that with some recent events and statements made by those who presumably oppose conservative politics.
Example 1 – Last Friday night in the New Orleans French quarter, a group called Iron Rail rallied some protesters of their own in order to crash a Republican dinner fundraiser for Gov. Bobby Jindal. The group assembled in front of Brennan’s restaurant and shouted obscenities at patrons, many of whom were families having dinner and not part of the Republican event. The crowd tried to rush the restaurant doors, but were driven back by police. Later that evening around 11 PM after the crowd had dispersed, it appears that a group of men stalked Jindal’s chief campaign fundraiser Allee Bautsch and her boyfriend Joe Brown as they left the restaurant. Both were beaten savagely. Both are in the hospital, One had to undergo surgery. There were conflicting stories whether or not the attack was politically motivated, but Bautch’s purse was not taken. I’ll let you draw your own conclusions. Here is the charter statement from Iron Rails’ website:
“Founded in December 2003, the Iron Rail is committed to an anarchist, antiauthoritarian, feminist, anti-racists, queer positive and class conscious politics… as an anarchist collective, the Iron Rail has no bosses or managers. Group decisions are made collectively in weekly meetings and members are encouraged to be creative in initiating individual projects.”
Example 2 – A recent letter was sent to over 17,000 school employees by a teachers union known as the New Jersey Education Association. The association’s president, Joe Coppola, jokingly prayed for the death of New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie.
“Dear Lord this year you have taken away my favorite actor, Patrick Swayze, my favorite actress, Farrah Fawcett, my favorite singer, Michael Jackson and my favorite salesman Billy Mays. I just want you to know that Chris Christie is my favorite governor.”
Example 3 – On March 26, 2010, someone shot a bullet into Congressman Erik Cantor’s campaign office in downtown Richmond Virginia. Police have judged this to be “a stray bullet as part of random gunfire”. No suspects have been found. Cantor is a Republican, and many have speculated this violence was in response to Republican opposition towards health care bill. But again, that’s speculation.
Example 4 – There is a new movement called “Crash the Tea Party” which was founded by a middle-school teacher from Beaver Oregon named Jason Levin . The following statement was taken from their website:
“Who We Are: A national network of Democrats, Republicans, and independents who are all sick and tired of that loose affiliation of racists, homophobes, and morons; who constitute the fake grassroots movement which calls itself “The Tea Party.”
“What We Want: to dismantle and demolish the Tea Party by any nonviolent means necessary.”
“How We Will Succeed: by infiltrating the Tea Party itself! In an effort to propagate their pre-existing propensity for paranoia and suspicion… we have already sat quietly in their meetings, and observed their rallies.”
“Whenever possible, we will act on behalf of the tea party in ways which exaggerate their least appealing qualities (misspelled protest signs, wild claims in TV interviews, etc.) To further distance them from mainstream America and damage the public’s opinion of them. We will also use the inside information that we have gained in order to disrupt and derail their plans.”
“Sound like fun? It is!! If you’d like to join us, just click on the word “crash!” Below…”
Sounds like fun? This guy is teaching our kids. So let’s review. We have beatings, shootings, jokes about killing political rivals and covert activity, all directed towards conservatives.
I think I’ve made my point.