According to Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL),
“The real enemy is the tea party –- let’s remember that. The tea party holds Congress hostage…They have one goal in mind, and that’s to make President Obama a one-term president.”
Rep Maxine Waters (D-CA) said the Tea Party could,
“Go straight to hell.”
And of course, Rev. Jesse Jackson, the unelected leader of African Americans, also had a few words about the Tea Party,
“The tea party is a new name on an old game. Dr. King fought a ‘tea party’ in Alabama…He had no weapons, but he confronted the tea party.”
Amazing the imagery this all brings up. Images of the Civil Rights Movement, thoughts of African Americans hanging by nooses. Conspiracies to destroy America – like the Nazi spy networks of the 1940’s.
That’s what we are supposed to think about. Ugly thoughts. Anti-American thoughts. Thoughts meant to frame the Tea Party as vile and despicable. But stop for a moment and actually think about what is the Tea Party, and more importantly who they are. Forget what television pundits and politicians up for re-election tell you the Tea Party is about. Who are the Tea Party?
Your neighbors. Some are Democrats, others Independants, and yes Republicans too. Some are White, as is most of America, but they are Black and Asian, and Latino as well. Most of all they are Americans. They are people that are living under the same laws as Rep. Wilson. They are the same people that go to church like Rep. Waters. They are the same people that walked the protest marches with Dr. King and Rev. Jackson.
The people in the Tea Party are being villefied, for using the 1st Amendment. Imagine that, being ostracized and demonized for speaking what you think. Thoughts that address problems in the nation that have gone unanswered for decades. But according to some (mostly Liberals and Democrat politicians up for re-election) they are evil incarnate. Does that sound more like something Hugo Chavez or Chairman Mao might say?
Imagine that every member of the Tea Party was Liberal, and a person of color – would asking for the national budget to be balanced like your checkbook is be vile or evil? IF the Tea Party were Asians, would it be ok to silence their voices just like what was done before America placed them into prison camps in the 1940’s?
Following the logic of Rep. Wilson, Rep. Waters, President Obama, VP Biden, and many other prominent Democrat politicians, should we make a list of Tea Party members and suspected members? Should we track where they go and what they do as Sen. McCarthy once suggested? Or should we mark them, like Germans once did to Jews?
The tone of rage and hate against a group of Americans that are different only because of a few beliefs about the Constitution demands comparison to the worse that has been done in the world. Because history repeats itself. Usually when the people of a nation turn into a mob and act out of misplaced emotion stirred up by a priveledged few that disagree with the then set upon group.
I am sure that Rep. Waters, Rep. Wilson, Rep. Jackson Lee, and so many others don’t actually want fellow Americans marked or listed, or taken from their homes and imprisoned. I’m sure they would never condone outright attacks on fellow Americans that aren’t exactly like them. But they are sure talking like that.
What does this kind of anger and hateful speech say to the youth of America? That if you think differently you will be attacked and penalized. That if you believe something that is not approved you will be demonized and isolated? Isn’t that more akin to the world of 1984 than America 2011?
Let’s really think this through.
The consensus of hate directed at the Tea Party is that they are a danger to America. That they follow a logic that is against approval and dicouraged.
That logic is used to attack homosexuals, people of color, and people of diferent religions. That logic justified the death of millions of jews in Germany, tens of millions in Russia, and unknown millions in China. That logic stones women to death in Iran, and keeps North Korea poor and in a state of war for more than 50 years. That logic gave birth to Al Qeada.
I don’t agree with the isolationist policies of Rep. Ron Paul, but I wouldn’t stifle his ability to speak because of it. I don’t agree with the economic policies of President Obama, but I wouldn’t support damning him to hell – or helping send him there. I don’t agree with all the social policies of Rep. Michelle Bachmann, but I wouldn’t want her removed from Congress for them. In fact I, like the overwhelming majority of Americans, find that politicians in every political faction in America today are flawed and less than exemplary. But that doesn’t mean any of them should be ousted from office or denied the Rights that I served in the Marines to defend, that my father as a Marine bled and suffered through his life for, or the sufferings of my grand-fathers in the Army, and so on for my family line.
Politics, in America, is supposed to be about finding the best path for the majority of people. In that process, the voting public is supposed to speak out about what they feel is important. Not that political leaders dictate what choices the voting public can have. Through that process we move forward, or sideways, or even backwards at times. But we do so as a nation that has respect, and gratitude for individual beliefs.
The attacks on the Tea Party disenfranchises the public, not from the Tea Party but from involvement in politics as a whole. That is not a benefit to America. Attacks on the Tea Party does not single them out as enemies of the State, but identifies the State as an overlord with a heavy hand.
If the Tea Party is overcome by these brutal tactics, America will be the worse off for it. Yes, some politicians will maintain their fleeting power. But what will be eroding faster day by day will be the freedoms of the nation – starting with the Freedom to say “I disagree” without consequence.
You don’t have to agree with the Tea Party to see what I think is apparent. You can be a staunch Liberal, or Independant, or Conservative. But if the views of any group of Americans can be discounted and eradicated because it is different, how long until any voice that differes from the power in Government feels that same venom?
President – M V Consulting, Inc