Hypocrisy 101

They have been frequent and numerous in the past few weeks. They have been repeated ad-nauseum by the so-called mainstream media and administration supporters. They are the largely unsubstantiated accusations that the Tea Party Movement is a racist, hate-filled group that is potentially violent, and probably linked to extremist militia groups and neo-nazis.

Well, let’s look into that a bit, shall we?

I will concede that many people in the Tea Party Movement are angry. They are angry about their representatives in Washington ignoring their concerns and heaping unbelievable debt upon them. They are angry about the unrestrained growth of Federal Government, and it’s insatiable hunger for more power (that is not granted to it in the Constitution). They are angry about the Government gradually eroding their rights and their liberty. That anger is, in my opinion, quite understandable.

Now, let’s look at what is being said, and by whom.

From FoxNews.com: ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis says the times people are living in now will “dwarf” all those stains on America’s history. And she points to the Tea Party movement — or “bowel movement,” in her words — as a harbinger of the persecution to come. “They are coming. And they are coming after you,” the embattled head of ACORN said during a talk last month to the Young Democratic Socialists, the youth branch of the Democratic Socialists, the U.S. branch of the Socialist International. “Any group that says, ‘I’m young, I’m Democratic, and I’m a socialist,’ is all right with me. You know that’s no light thing to do — to actually say, I’m a socialist — because you guys know right now we are living in a time which is going to dwarf the McCarthy era. It is going to dwarf the internment during World War II. We are right now in a time that is going to dwarf the era of Jim Crow and segregation,” Lewis said. Lewis went on to explain that she wasn’t exaggerating — just look at the Tea Parties, she reasoned. “This is not rhetoric or hyperbole — this is real,” Lewis said. “This rise of this Tea Party so-called movement — bowel movement in my estimation — and this blatant uncovering and ripping off the mask of racism.”

Full article here: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/04/22/acorn-ceo-socialists-persecution-dwarf-segregation-tea-parties-racist/

Pretty hateful sounding language to me. Absolutely no substantiation. And this is the CEO of Mr. Obama’s favorite “Community Organizing” group. Mr. Obama worked for ACORN before he was a Senator, and had ACORN working for his Senatorial and Presidential campaigns.

From NewsBusters.com: JANEANE GAROFALO: “It’s not about bashing Democrats, it’s not about taxes, they have no idea what the Boston tea party was about, they don’t know their history at all. This is about hating a black man in the White House. This is racism straight up.” “I — you know, because as I’ve said, the Republican hype and the conservative movement has now crystallized into the white power movement.”

Wow, that’s pretty hateful talk too, isn’t it? Again, with no substantiation.
MSNBC’s RACHEL MADDOW commenting on a Tax Day Tea Party:  “Tom Tancredo who started the event off with … a big loud racist bang … So the convention opened with a clarion call to bring back the literacy tests for voting. And as you could hear, the tea party convention crowd erupted in cheers at the suggestion, although, to be fair, it was sort of hard to tell exactly what the sounds coming from the crowd meant. They were sort of a little bit muffled by, you know, the white hoods.”
I’d be willing to bet that there wasn’t one single white hood in the entire crowd.
Now, let’s have a short review of some of the most vitriolic hate towards former President G. W. Bush from the folks who are complaining about “Tea Party hate”.
WARNING: In spite of these sign being displayed by the “politically correct”, and tolerant left, some of these signs are not politically correct, and contain vulgar language! Shocking!
I have collected at least 50 such images, but the point is clear. My apologies for the profanity, but they are not my words, they are the words of the “tolerant”, “politically correct” left. These are the folks who are screaming bloody-murder about the “hateful language” of the Tea Party.
Let’s take a look at a fair sample of the average signs displayed at a Tea Party rally. Granted, there have been a few leftist infiltrators displaying hateful signs at a few Tea Party events for the purpose of discrediting the movement, but this is a fair representation of what you will see at a Tea Party event.
Do these folks look like dangerous radicals to you? I was among these folks at the Richmond, Virginia Lobby Day rally in January 2010. Yes, there were a few folks there that were exercising their right to open-carry firearms in public. Rights are sometimes like muscles, If they are not exercised, they diminish in atrophy. This was a demonstration of our rights in order to keep them from being taken away from us due to lack of use.  There was no profanity spewed by the speakers. There was no hate speech of any kind, period. There was legitimate criticism of government policies, but it was all well within the boundaries of civil disagreement. Nobody was advocating any violence whatsoever. Nobody was slandered. And despite the fact that there were at least 2,000 patriots in attendance, Capitol Square was as clean and litter-free after the rally as it was before.
Now, let’s examine the accusations of violence by the Tea Party.
The fact is that there have been no verified accounts of violence, either verbal or physical by members of the Tea Party. Period.
In fact, many local Tea Party organizations have put out public notices on the subject of violence. The following is a direct quote from the Virginia Tea Party Patriots website:

The Virginia Tea Party does not suggest, condone, promote, incite, overlook or tolerate acts of violence towards any persons or property. The Tea Party movement believes in, and abides by the rule of law as embodied in the Constitution of the United States. It is that very Constitution which provides for the proper and peaceful means for the expression of political opinion and the transition of political power.

The Virginia Tea Party regards any reported incidents of violence or destruction of property very seriously. The Virginia Tea Party however does not engage in unproductive speculation or rush to judgment. The Virginia Tea Party relies on the results of an official investigation by authorities before issuing a specific statement relative to any reported incident.

In the meantime, we strongly encourage all individuals concerned about any reported incidents to rely solely on reliable factual information before forming an opinion. To do otherwise, we believe, would not serve to foster an atmosphere of civil discourse and responsible actions beneficial to all.

The Virginia State Police has concluded the rubber gas line on the barbecue grill of Congressman Tom Perriello’s brother, was not cut as originally reported by the media, but had been chewed by a squirrel. The media conveniently did not report this update, as it did not fit into their demonization of the Tea Party Movement.

There are, however, several documented acts of violence perpetrated by supporters of the Obama administration against Tea Party Patriots. Of course, Attorney General Eric Holder, has not seen fit to investigate or prosecute these blatant cases of violations of the Civil Rights of Patriots, under the Constitution. Here are a few examples:

The New Black Panther Party intimidating voters at the polls in Philadelphia in November 2008

http://www.stoptheaclu.com/2008/11/04/black-panther-intimidation-at-the-polls/

SEIU Union thugs beating down a black man, Kenneth Gladney, selling Gadsden flags and buttons at a town hall meeting in St. Louis, and using racial slurs.

http://biggovernment.com/capitolconfidential/2009/11/09/exclusive-police-report-on-gladney-beating-by-seiu-thugs/

MoveOn.org ObamaCare supporter bites off the finger of 65 year old opposition protester.

http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktla-finger-bitten-rally,0,7135717.story

Is it my imagination, or is this the height of hypocrisy? It certainly makes me take anything the so-called Mainstream Media says with a large grain of salt. As far as the current regime goes, I don’t believe a word they say. They have lost all credibility they may once have had.

Don’t take my word for it folks. Do your homework. Become informed. ABC, NBC, CBS, and CNN will not tell you anything that is detrimental to the current regime. It is in their interest to support the Obama regime. You only have a hope of getting the truth from Fox News Network and independent online news outlets. The truth is indeed out there, but now you must wade through all the spin to find it. I will be providing links to independent news outlets soon.

Hang in there, Patriots. We WILL get through these times…

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8 Responses to “Hypocrisy 101”

  1. steve Says:

    Good post and excellent points. The statements and claims made by those on the left are so extreme it’s ridiculous. I spent some time visiting some left-leaning blogs yesterday and posted some of the stuff they were saying, either in their own posts or from the comment sections. Man, you talk about ‘hate’!
    Anyway, keep up the good work here.

  2. Rick Minyard Says:

    Sam, in fairness, you left off a few images from Tea Party events. Simple oversight I’m sure. You’ve not apparently seen the participants dressed in Confederate uniforms, the signs with Obama portrayed as Hitler, a baby-killer, sodomist, and worse. In fact, they are quite similar to those you post portraying Bush above. Are those examples of the “tolerant, politically correct right’? At least be consistent. A Google search took me here:
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/16/10-most-offensive-tea-par_n_187554.html

    Scroll through the images of the Tea Party signs and at least admit that both sides has its extreme elements.

  3. samadams25 Says:

    @Rick –
    Yes Rick, in any large group there are always at least a few who go too far. Not necessarily violent, but they go a bit overboard with the rhetoric. The pictures posted here were taken at “Lobby Day” this past January in Richmond, Virginia. I took most of them myself, and I did not see one single sign portraying Obama as Hitler, or anything like that at this gathering. I am aware that a few of this sort of signs have appeared at a few Tea Party rallys, but any objective observer would have to admit that they were the exception to the rule. As for historic costumes, this event did have a couple of folks in colonial garb, but in this part of the country, there are many Civil War re-enactors participating in historic re-enactments, and we don’t think too much of it. Most folks in the south don’t see the confederate flag or uniform as anything other than a historic tribute to ancestors, not as a hateful or racial thing. In contrast, the virulent hate, including signs calling for the killing of the president were quite common among anti-war protests during the Bush years. There was even a movie made portraying the assassination of the president, which drew very little if any criticism. I will admit that there are extremists on both sides of any issue, if you will admit to a huge double-standard in the media, depending on which side displays the hate.

  4. Rick Minyard Says:

    -Agreed on the media double standard. Hopefully, you wouldn’t exclude Fox News or the Washington Times in your assessment there.

    -Again, your essay on hypocrisy would carry more weight had you shown examples from the other side, as I did.

    -It should also be pointed out that most of the rest of the country views Confederate uniforms and the Stars and Bars – particularly when protesting Obama – as you describe…a tribute to their ancestors. Of course their ancestors would have enjoyed ownership of Obama and his ancestors. At a political rally, the confederate uniform is worn as a real statement, and there certainly is an element of hate and race in that statement. Sorry.

  5. samadams25 Says:

    Not to get into a debate here on the Civil War, but I do feel it important to point out the fact that the vast majority of white folks in the confederate states were not slave owners.

    I will concede that many people, whether because of a lack of knowledge of history or a perspective nurtured by race-baiters, do see only hate and race in confederate symbols.

    I cannot speak to the motives of each individual who displays such symbols, but I can tell you that for most, it is an expression of pride in the individualism and independence from reliance on the federal government, as opposed to the high tax, big government, labor union dominated philosophy that was adopted in the Northeastern US.

  6. Rick Minyard Says:

    I am a student of history actually, and would disagree somewhat in the statement that those driving around with confederate flags and such flying from their trucks are expressing an opposition to high taxes and labor unions. I can tell you the way that the majority of the country views this however. And while not everyone, or even a majority owned slaves in the old South, slavery was at the heart of the matter that led to war. It was a fundamental part of the economy and way of life. Perhaps, if not wanting to be confused as being racist promoting hate, they should be a little more aware of the way most of us view them.

  7. samadams25 Says:

    More people should take it upon themselves to study history, as you have, Rick. Not knowing what part of the country you live in, I have no basis for context. As a Virginian for most of my life, I can speak within the context of what my environment has shown me over several decades.

    You are correct in saying that “those driving around with confederate flags and such flying from their trucks are (not) expressing an opposition to high taxes and labor unions.” At least, not as a primary expression. As I said, it is fundamentally an expression of independence, as in “We don’t want or need your stinkin’ federal regulations, or subsidies”.

    Yes, there are people in the South accepting welfare, un-employment benifits, and food stamps, but they are, in general, not happy about having been put in the position to be dependent on the government for their very survival. You cannot deny that the federal government has been in the business of creating a dependent class, beholden to the Dems, who dole out the goodies, for decades. Without this dependence, the Democrat party would collapse.

    Slavery was made to be the central point of the Civil War by the North, ignoring all of the other aspects of “statism versus state’s rights” for public opinion and sympathy. The basis of the succession of the southern states was of states’ rights versus the rights of the state (federal government) and the people (the governed) by an ever expanding federal government. Sounds eerily familiar, doesn’t it?

    In the end, I’ll concede to you that there are some who display the Confederate flag in a racist and hateful manner. I contend that it is unfair to characterize all who do as either hateful or racist. That is simply not the case.

  8. Rick Minyard Says:

    I am from Southern California Sam. My family all comes from the South, however…Oklahoma, Mississippi. Our lineage is all South from way back.

    Again, take my points as an indication of the perception that is had by those outside of the South. Intended or not, the images of the Confederacy have meaning to those outside of the South also. Apparently quite different meaning.

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