“All them worthless Niggers that voted for that Nigger Obama.”

This is an actual voice mail received at Rep John Lewis‘ congressional office. The caller calls Obama and John Lewis “Nigger” a bunch of times. Is he a Tea “Partyer?” Sure sounds like one to me. But for the use of the “N”-word, the language and references are IDENTICAL to protest signs we see at KKK meetings Tea Party rallies.

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Defenders of The Tea Party will argue that this caller does not represent them. The point is that the nature and origins (anti-Obama) of the Tea Party movement purposefully and UNAPOLOGETICALLY, appeals to and targets these kind of people, racists.

Classic example: Tea Party favorite for New York Governor, Carl Paladino refuses to apologize for racially charged comments. Why? Because HE KNOWS that racial rhetoric “appeals to the lowest instincts in man” and to “a mob mentality,” and the racist core of the Tea Party.

In other news today, Virginia’s Republican Governor Bob McDonnell has declared April to be “Confederate History Month,… McDonnell says that the Confederate history “should not be forgotten, but…remembered, [that its leaders] fought for their homes and communities and Commonwealth in a time very different than ours today.”

Everyone knows the subject of  “Confederate” means nothing more and nothing less than racism.  So why?

WHY would a politician deliberatly associate himself with racism? Answer, to appeal to racists voters.

And THIS is why The Tea Party cannot produce a platform much less a coherent reason for hating Obama because “you can’t say it out load,” unless hiding behind and phone.

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  1. #1 by james farmer on April 7, 2010 - 8:55 am

    Frank Rich sums it up quite tidily in a NYT Op-ed piece, titled: “The Rage Is Not About Health Care.”

    As pointed out by Rich:

    If Obama’s first legislative priority had been immigration or financial reform or climate change, we would have seen the same trajectory. The conjunction of a black president and a female speaker of the House — topped off by a wise Latina on the Supreme Court and a powerful gay Congressional committee chairman — would sow fears of disenfranchisement among a dwindling and threatened minority in the country no matter what policies were in play. It’s not happenstance that Frank, Lewis and Cleaver — none of them major Democratic players in the health care push — received a major share of last weekend’s abuse. When you hear demonstrators chant the slogan “Take our country back!,” these are the people they want to take the country back from.

    Folks don’t know what they are talking about when they state the Tea Party movement is all about fiscal responsibility and freedom. Rather, it’s about fear of the unknown – the same tactic that Bush and Rove used so successfully to win over the stupid and susceptible among us. Unfortunately, the same stupid and susceptibles that bought the Bush/Rove/Cheney rhetoric of fear are buying the Tea Party rhetoric of fear – the same product for the same consumer, just repackaged and rebranded for a different time!

  2. #2 by Richard Warnick on April 7, 2010 - 11:03 am

    Cliff–

    The Confederacy is also about secession, another word politicians don’t like to say out loud. “Tenthers” believe that virtually everything the federal government does is unconstitutional. Secession appeals to them.

  3. #3 by Larry Bergan on April 7, 2010 - 2:03 pm

    James:

    You are absolutely right. The scariest thing is that the sophisticated fear mongering of the right has been going on so long, it is ingrained through generations and is almost impossible to purge.

    The myth that black people are more violent and dangerous is a powerful one. In reality, the problems arise out of the destruction of our social infrastructure, which has become so widespread after the Bush years that ALL RACES are in one hell of a dangerous situation. In reality, blacks have learned to live better within these difficult circumstances and are less likely to lash out without thinking.

    God, it’s getting hard to be white. The first thing we need to do is start putting people like Karl Rove in prison instead of the innocent people that are there now; That will take the heat off the pressure cooker and ACTUALLY make us safer, but most importantly, more fair!

  4. #4 by Larry Bergan on April 7, 2010 - 2:06 pm

    You know you sure that if you found this guy who made the phone call and asked him if he was racist, he would throw his arms in the air and say, NO, NOT ME!

    Coward!

  5. #5 by Richard Warnick on April 7, 2010 - 3:33 pm

    Larry–

    I agree with you about the “sophisticated fear mongering of the right.” Only sometimes, it’s not very sophisticated. This was on Faux News today:

  6. #6 by cav on April 7, 2010 - 4:21 pm

    “A nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought. And no matter how great the obstacles may seem, we must never stop our efforts to reduce the weapons of war. We must never stop at all until we see the day when nuclear arms have been banished from the face of this Earth.” – Ronald Reagan, 1984.

  7. #7 by Jamaal on April 7, 2010 - 6:35 pm

    Look, I’m black and I know that Republicans have been involved in civil rights far longer than Democrats. MLK was a Republican. And I have many black and white friends who are Tea Partiers, they are far from racist. They just want to see us return to Constitutional Law.

    I’d much rather be a black ‘Teabagger’ than a black man supporting Socialism/Fascism/Communism. So stop with the racist rhetoric.

    Jamaal

  8. #8 by Larry Bergan on April 7, 2010 - 9:29 pm

    Ouch, Fox “news” wouldn’t want to know about THAT quote from Moses, cav!

    Oh, wait, Moses was Charlton Heston.

  9. #9 by cav on April 7, 2010 - 9:40 pm

    Oh, there’s mor. He and Gorbachev aalmost did something, but Ronalds machinations were really for supremacy. Is anyone really surprised?

    But..now for the sad tidings:

    McCain, Kissinger, and Bush and Cheney, dead in a four-way coke-infested slumber party at the AEI.

    [OK, I lied] But a fella’s got to dream

  10. #10 by Larry Bergan on April 8, 2010 - 11:03 am

    That’s OK, it’s not that far past April fools day. It paints a nice picture.

  11. #11 by glenn on April 9, 2010 - 5:47 am

    Well Cliff, do progressives claim your own flaming idiot self? cheers.

  12. #12 by leroy on May 28, 2010 - 10:35 pm

    I be proud to be a nigga and let you white Motherfuckers pay my bills

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