Very few actual tea party “patriots” are racist. Then again, there are very few actual tea party “patriots”. It is an invention of FOX news to promote ratings. It was promoted by a washed-out has-been Glenn Beck to cynically make money and pander for power, and make himself relevant again. And the American people bought into the con.
First, The Pink Flamingo does not think Glenn Beck is a racist. From what I have been told from a confidential source, he is far too liberal to be racist. He is so liberal he is a radical libertarian. His current persona is a creation of the Murdock media empire. It’s about money – nothing more.
Unfortunately people get caught up in things. When people are, the average person has a tendency to refuse to believe the worst, and live in a rose colored little cottage with a quaint little thatched roof. They do the whistle while you work thing, with blue birds and charming little Disney characters dancing around them.
The very real problem is that there are nasty people in the world who will sell their souls to promote their agendas. They use and manipulate, then destroy. Right now, there are some very bad people involved in the tea parties. They are evil. Unfortunately, because they say the right thing, do the right thing, and know the secret hand-shake they are considered good, while honorable men and women who speak out against them are demonized.
It is time to wake up and smell the coffee – before it is too late.
From the Feathered Bastard, our favorite liberal blog, comes the continuing story of Russell Pearce. Through clever manipulation, Pearce has been able to delete his background as a Neo-Nazi pandering white supremacist. Now, he is going to be the President of the Arizona Senate.
According to the Feathered Bastard:
“…I’ve written on numerous occasions about state Senator Russell Pearce’s ongoing battle with the truth, whether it’s denying his past friendship with neo-Nazi J.T. Ready, or spewing false stats about illegal immigrants….Resnik asks Pearce if the Senators-elect who made him King Kong of the Senate misunderstood him about his supposed no-new-Hispanic-hatin’ legislation pledge, ’cause that’s the way they heard it.
“That’s absolutely not true,” Pearce said of the claim, adding, “It wasn’t a promise made. It was my response to the 14th Amendment…I said I don’t want to be the guy to carry it.”
I hate to say it, Russ, but neo-Nazi J.T. Ready is more credible than you are. Pearce will say and do anything to advance his ethnic cleansing agenda. If you see his lips moving, and buy the hogwash coming out of it, that’s your bad. …”
Why would anyone embrace this man?
The Feathered Bastard reveals the same information The Pink Flamingo has been using for months. It is nice to know my instincts were correct as was my information.
The Feathered Bastard writes:
“…What are we to make of neo-Nazi-huggin’ state Senator Russell Pearce’s declaration that under his rule as majority leader, Arizona’s upper house will be “the Tea Party Senate”?
Look no further than the August report on “Tea Party Nationalism,” produced by the anti-racist Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights, and co-written by that organization’s president Leonard Zeskind, author of the seminal work on the modern American racism, Blood and Politics: The History of White Nationalism from the Margins to the Mainstream.
For anyone who’s ever attended a Tea Party event (excluding, perhaps, the Tea Partiers themselves), the report’s conclusions will not be surprising. The movement is riddled with far-right extremists, militia types, racists, kooks, gun nuts, nativists, John Birchers, and so on.
The notorious Council of Conservative Citizens, which advocates “cultural, national and racial integrity,” and is descended from the pro-segregation White Citizens’ Councils of the ’50s and ’60s, has been a major promoter of the Tea Party movement.
White supremacists and other extremist elements have used Tea Party rallies as recruiting grounds. And some leaders of the Tea Party movement have been caught making inflammatory, bigoted statements. Moreover, Confederate battle flags, signs depicting President Barack Obama as an African witch doctor, and a plethora of equally racist placards and messages have been commonplace at Tea Party events.
I’m reminded of a tax day Tea Party at the state Capitol I attended in 2009, where one man openly threatened the life of the President of the United States in my presence. In attendance at that rally, along with numerous other wackjobs, was militia-woman Shawna Forde, currently in stir in Pima County for her alleged role in a bloody home-invasion robbery in Arivaca, Arizona that left a nine-year-old girl and her father dead….”
THE PAM GELLER FACTOR
I don’t like writing this. The fact is, I don’t quite understand what a nice Jewish girl like Pam Geller is doing hanging out with a known neo-Nazi organization with ties to David Duke. It goes to show the abject intellectual dishonesty of the far right and of the tea parties in general. You don’t hang out with these kind of people as a means to an end.
First, Pam Geller is not a racist.
Her association with the British National Party is strange, questionable and unfortunate. The proverbial canary in the coal mine, Geller’s constant attacks on the associates of extremist Islam have earned her quite a bit of criticism, some deserved, quite a bit not. Her associations with the British National Party reveal how precarious our position is in the world, and how disparate things might become. It looks like the old Islamic saying, ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend’ is holding true with she and several groups of neo-Nazis in Europe.
On the other hand, there is another famous far right female blogger who is the most anti-Hispanic bigot The Pink Flamingo has yet encountered.
Numbers USA and Tea Party Nation
THERE IS MORE
From The Nation:
“...In August of 2009, Al Garza, a leader in the anti-immigrant movement, left his post as vice president of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps (MCDC), once the largest, richest and most politically connected border vigilante group in the country. In an e-mail to supporters, Garza explained: I do not see an end in sight for the problems plaguing what was once the greatest citizen movement in America.”
member, Shawna Forde, was arrested and charged with murdering a Latino man and his 10-year-old daughter in Arizona. Forde allegedly believed that she would find drugs and cash in the victim’s home, on a dirt road only a few miles from the US–Mexico border. Prosecutors contend that Forde was enacting a delusional plan to fund her breakaway faction—the Washington State–based Minutemen American Defense—by robbing Latin American drug cartels that she imagined were out to get her. The details about her fringe character that later emerged—her interest in starting an underground militia, her string of arrests for prostitution and petty theft, information from a co-defendant that her nickname was “White,” because “she hates all ethnicity with the exception of Caucasians”—further wrecked whatever credibility the Minutemen had.
The publicity surrounding the case enabled Garza to recruit hundreds, including former Minutemen, to an alternative group he soon created, The Patriot’s Coalition. “A lot of people felt, well, you’re a Minuteman, you’re a killer,” Garza told me, at a truck stop near his home in Cochise County, Arizona. “The name Minuteman has been tainted by organizations that didn’t want us at the border, that say we’re killers, that we’ve done harm.” Fortunately for Garza and others, their desire to reinvent coincided with a unique opportunity to do so—the emergence of the Tea Party movement on the national political horizon.
A few months before he broke with the Minutemen, Garza met Joanne Daley, his local Tea Party coordinator, at a tax day protest she had organized. Daley was a nexus of conservatism in Cochise County, spearheading health care reform town halls and a chapter of Glenn Beck’s 9/12 Project. When Daley met Garza, she said, “we…found out we had a lot in common, mostly outrage.” And when the time came for Garza to rebrand himself and his cause, he turned to Daley. She had expertise seeding nonprofits, developed through an old job with the state of Arizona. She registered Garza’s new group with the Arizona Corporation Commission, listing him as president and herself as a member of the board of directors….”