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What Tea Party protesters really think......
Civil rights hero Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) and fellow Congressional Black Caucus member Andre Carson (D-IN) related a particularly jarring encounter with a large crowd of protesters screaming "kill the bill"... and punctuating their chants with the word "nigger."
Standing next to Lewis, emerging from a Democratic caucus meeting with President Obama, Carson said people in the crowd yelled, "kill the bill and then the N-word" several times, while he and Lewis were exiting the Cannon House office building.
For many of the members of the CBC (Congressional Black Caucus), like John Lewis and Emanuel Cleaver who worked in the civil rights movement, and for Mr. Frank who has struggled in the cause of equality, this is not the first time they have been spit on during turbulent times.
This afternoon, the Congressman, Emmanuel Cleaver was walking into the Capitol to vote, when one protester spat on him.
Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) made his way out the door, en route to the neighboring Rayburn building. As he rounded the corner toward the exit, wading through a huge crowd of tea partiers and other health care protesters, an elderly white man screamed "Barney, you faggot"--a line that caused dozens of his confederates to erupt in laughter.
Pause for a moment and reflect......all this hate over extending health insurance to 30 million more Americans. Freaking health insurance.
Here's Ohio Democratic representative Tim Ryan, my congressperson, calling on the sorry-ass Republicans to rebuke the Tea Party movement for such nasty behavior.....Tell 'em Timmy....
If this is the attitude of Obama's health care critics now....just think of how smoothly everything will go once health care reform actually, you know, passes.
I'm beginning to think that the Tea Party, and likeminded groups, want to roll back the national clock to the 1950's. Back to when calling blacks, ni**ers, was commonplace....the white-manly thing to do. Back to when roughing up gays....just for the helluva-it....was a fun weekend night out on the town for young heterosexual men.
The town halls, the guns, the signs, the ugliness we've witnessed all of last year and into this year cannot simply be explained as a reaction to extending health care insurance to some 30 million more Americans. The hatefulness, the bitterness runs much deeper than that.
Spitting on black representatives, calling them ni**ers.....shouting "faggot" at one of the most intelligent, hard-working and devoted congressional members.....that's what the Tea Party "spirit" has engendered.
The Tea Partiers, in truth only a continuation of the 2008 Palin campaign crazies, are still desperately clinging to a white, male, heterosexuals-only, national political life raft, which Sister Sarah once labeled, "real America."
The kind of sad part is....that political life raft was cut loose many decades ago....and majority America has no interest in finding it ever again.
P.S. My good friend King often argues that he never saw a Tea Party sign advocating violence. From yesterday's D.C. protest fun....