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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Dump this teabagger

So the head of the Tea Party movement is the professional spawn of Jerry Williams. Why am I not surprised.

The Globe's profile of Tea Party Express leader Mark Williams paints a stunning picture of what appears to be a racist, homophobic bigot -- with roots in talk radio -- who is trying to take the hatemeister role to the next level beyond that of Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck.

Without any of their charisma.

There's no doubt that a vast majority of Americans are fed up with the direction this country has traveled over the last 20 years. Many of us on the left have nothing but disdain for the fraudulent, credit card wars waged by the Bush administration that cast aside our civil liberties in a misdirected pursuit of a terrorist who truly is an enemy.

A spineless and corrupt Republican congressional leadership only added insult to injury.

The right has been steaming even louder over the last few decades -- and with far more destructive tools -- like the attempted coup in the form of impeachment of a president they despised over stupid personal indiscretion. And with the election of Barack Obama they are back with a vengeance.

But what exactly are they angry over?

"Leaders" like Williams spout the rhetoric of grievance of an old way lost. Yeah, woe unto us because there is no more segregation, Jim Crow or slavery. It is the rhetoric of those who once had power -- and abused it.

The financial problems in this nation today are largely of "conservative" making. The first large bill of debt was run up under Ronald Reagan, eliminated, for a time, under Bill Clinton, and came roaring back under George Bush.

The president who waged a phony war proclaimed himself to be a conservative -- even as he charged those wars on a credit card for future generations to pay. He showed disdain for average folks -- like those in New Orleans he abandoned after Katrina.

And now that we have someone attempting to right the wrongs created under the conservative, he is blasted in no uncertain terms -- for the color of his skin.

The Tea Party majority has the same problem as the Muslim community. It needs to speak out against the renegades who are tarnishing their broader image.

As long as "leaders" like Williams represent the movement, the legitimate issues of income inequality and a bought and paid for political system paid for by special interests will be lost to the heat of hate speech.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Personal indiscretion , he lied under oath. I'm dissatisfied with most of the Washington politicians on both sides of the aisle. Look at all the corruption at a state level (all our speakers) and a national level (the Rangels and plenty of Republicans too). That is the essence of the tea party. Make these crooks accountable, political corruption should be a felony with mandatory 10 yr sentences.

April 22, 2010 9:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really? Make these crooks accountable? Where were these people during the 8 years of George Bush and a Republican controlled Congress? Now, once there's a Democratic president, and a Democratically controlled Congress, they come crawling out of the woodwork claiming to be protecting our freedom, and saving the Constitution. Excuse me, but they just don't like a president with an alien sounding name, and they especially believe all the Republican rhetoric about things they don't like. I'll spare you from hearing a repetition of the Williams' diatribe again. I had to put up with 8 years of Bush and Co when he grabbed the White House, now they can suck it up and do the same thing.

April 22, 2010 11:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You don't have to change parties or ever vote for a Republican, just make a pledge to vote out every incumbent. In a primary, vote in a new person, then vote straight Democrat. We need to send a message to both sides.

April 22, 2010 12:10 PM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

Anon,9:29 How about accountability for Bush and Cheney for lying about weapons of mass destruction as a pretext for a war on the wrong target that killed thousands.

No, they did not lie under oath. They lied on television in front of millions.

And while I don't condone Clinton's personal indiscretions, I would wager he is the only person in American history forced to give up his right against self-incrimination and testify under oath about his sexual proclivities as a result of a partisan witch hunt.

April 23, 2010 5:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hindsight is 20/20. Looking at Saddam's weapon capability now we realized he was much more bluster than substance. At the time though he had already demonstrated his willingness to use nerve gas (against the Kurds) and to attack our best ally in the region (SCUD missles hit Israel in the first Gulf War). Combing the two wasn't far fetched. He was willing to attack a neighbor and risk drawing the whole middle east into a boiling cauldron, he needed to be removed.

April 23, 2010 12:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The war in Iraq passed the House and Senate by a 2 to 1 margin. Don't blame just Bush and Cheney if you're passing out accolades, plenty of Dems in there.

April 23, 2010 12:33 PM  

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