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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Why am I not surprised?
Posted by Jill | 8:39 AM
I wonder what kind of an idiot you have to be to put together any logic between "I want the government to stay out of everything" and wanting a government check and government health care because you are out of work:
When Tom Grimes lost his job as a financial consultant 15 months ago, he called his congressman, a Democrat, for help getting government health care.

Then he found a new full-time occupation: Tea Party activist.

In the last year, he has organized a local group and a statewide coalition, and even started a “bus czar” Web site to marshal protesters to Washington on short notice. This month, he mobilized 200 other Tea Party activists to go to the local office of the same congressman to protest what he sees as the government’s takeover of health care.

Mr. Grimes is one of many Tea Party members jolted into action by economic distress. At rallies, gatherings and training sessions in recent months, activists often tell a similar story in interviews: they had lost their jobs, or perhaps watched their homes plummet in value, and they found common cause in the Tea Party’s fight for lower taxes and smaller government.

Just how fucking stupid do you have to be to not recognize the illogic in this? Who do these people think this "less government" and "no handouts" is going to hurt? Just the dark-skinned people and immigrants they so clearly hate?

Frank Rich is absolutely right: This is not at all about health care or jobs or anything other than pure unbridled racism. There is a black man in the White House and black people in Congress and gay people wandering freely on the street and people speaking Spanish in the Piggly Wiggly. And that's what they can't stand.

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Blogger Bob said...
I recognize the white underclass base in the Tea Party, but there's nothing new or novel about America's white underclasses being stubbornly - violently - reactionary rather than smart. Remember, no president in the history of this nation helped them more than Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Blogger molly said...
They are racists. They are filled with hate for our mixed race president, woman speaker of the house and homosexual congressman, all of whom are working hard to help all Americans to have a decent life. It is pathetic. As a white woman, I am ashamed to be white.