Digby brilliantly snarks what I’ve been trying to describe for a while about the Tea Buggers:
…if you just remove the poor blacks from the equation it would be clear to everyone that America doesn’t like Obama. Now, this isn’t about race, mind you, not at all. It’s about resistance to all these lazy blacks living off the dole which their black socialist President is funding by stealing money from hardworking whites. Why everyone has to bring race into it all the time is beyond me.
You have to understand that African Americans aren’t loyal to Obama because of his history making role as the first black president in a country that had to fight a bloody civil war to end slavery and maintained apartheid for nearly a hundred years. It’s because he’s handing out great gobs of cash to them at the expense of the people who really deserve it. That’s just the way those people are.
Moreover, the reason why you don’t see black and brown people at the tea party rallies isn’t because many in the crowd seem to hold racist attitudes, but because African Americans know that these folks are enemies of their chosen lifestyle — living off the backs of the people who really contribute. The tea partiers, you see, are all hardscrabble workers who live by dint of their own efforts and are tired of supporting this underclass. Race doesn’t come into it for them at all. Just like Steven Colbert, they are all so color blind they don’t even know what color they are themselves….
Seriously, if the shiftless welfare queens would just stop stealing all this money from hardworking white people, we wouldn’t have all these problems. I don’t see why all everyone always jumps to the conclusion that it has anything to do with race.
It really is the same old tune, just a slightly different beat:
They say it is about “freedoms”…but they can point to no freedoms that have been lost over the last 14 months.
They say the Constitution is being destroyed, but when you ask them what parts of The General Welfare Clause or Congresses’ power to regulate Interstate Commerce are being violated…they stand mute with rage
They say it is about taxes…but they can find no drastic tax increases in the last 14 months.
Come to think of it, I don’t really remember anyone getting speared with an assegai thirty years ago either. But that didn’t stop people screaming about the danger.
And they say they want their Country Back.
Now we have it. They want to return to a time and place where they at least knew who they were better than.
Tea Buggery is just politics of the blood, U.S. style. And ponder this: what would a (most) non-violent fascist movement look like…
On an unrelated note, I’m tempted to swing by the Palin rally on the Boston Common rally on Wednesday.