There has been some push back from the Tea Party front on the race issue. Having been branded as a gang of barely veiled Klan members who can’t tolerate a black man in the white house, everyone from Fox news pundits to spelling-challenged tea party protesters have been yammering that they don’t hate black people. Sure, they admit, there may be a few bad apples in the barrel, but those are found among any group. It’s unfair to paint the whole group as racist just because of a few bad apples.
I say horseshit.
This shit flows so close to the surface, it’s not even necessary to poke, prod or provoke the tea guzzlers.
Just let them talk. Nod and agree and, sooner or later, in some Cliff Claven-esque moment of pure revelation, it comes gushing out of them.
Clavin’s line was: “A Freudian slip is when you say one thing, but you really mean a mother.”
The teabaggers, given barely enough rope, keep trying to repeat the talking points but eventually it turns into South Park: People who really annoy you…
Oh. Naggers. Right.
So, then, if not race, what is it about?
Government take-over of health care?
No…can’t be that because the government DIDN’T take over a goddamn thing.
Government running the auto companies and nationalizing the banks?
No…can’t be that because THAT didn’t happen either.
No…can’t be that because the government CUT taxes for 95% of the American population.
Expansion of government powers?
Can’t be that, else these same people would have been flipping their shpadoinkle when Shrub started warrantless wiretapping and shredded the constitution behind a bunch of proven fucking lies.
Not a fucking peep outta these morons when W. was running up trillions of dollars in Chinese debt to fund a bullshit war.
Socialism? Not even close.
Communism? Let’s not be silly.
FEMA re-education camps? Now, now, Mr. Beck, let’s leave Michelle Bachmann / Ilsa The SS She Wolf fantasies out of this.
So, as Sherlock Holmes said, when you have eliminated all of the impossible theories – or, in this case, the impossible explanations for ripping imbecilic rage – whatever is left must be the facts.
And what’s left is a black man in the white house.
While one may argue, “Gosh, it seems a little unfair to paint them ALL as racists when clearly some of them are not racists…but a few probably are…” a certain fact remains.
When some non-racist with a legitimate grievance (although I really wish one might explain…you know, RATIONALLY…what that grievance IS without resorting to outright, demonstrable bullshit) align themselves with a bunch of racist fuckwits dragging around Curious George dolls, Hitler/Obama posters, voodoo witchdoctor posters, and “Go back to Kenya” signs, it’ll be no fucking use crying, “But…but…I’M NOT RACIST!”
You lie down with dogs, you wake up with fleas. You join with ignorant, backward, stupid, blithering fuckwits hollering about how they didn’t come armed THIS time, welcome to the battlefield.
Racism, whether they admit it or not, and whether they ever make race hatred the tebagger purity test like the People’s Front of Judea: “How MUCH do you hate the Romans?”
“Right then, you’re in.”
…is quite simply shot through the entire movement.
Sure, maybe they’re even MOSTLY just angry, stupid Americans who are frustrated, scared and venting. MAYBE MOST of the them aren’t, deep down, racist bastards. But so long as they stand shoulder to shoulder with those who think Curious George dolls are the way you go about expressing that frustration and seeking change, they can STFU about being tagged that way.
Until THEY repudiate that shit, I’m not going to expend a single fucking calorie trying to sort them out one from the other.