Once again the left is calling out its ideological opponents as racists. In an opinion piece that reflects the increasing desperation of liberals in America facing an election that threatens to throw them out of office, Bob Cesca writes:
“Because when you strip away all of the rage, all of the nonsensical loud noises and all of the contradictions, all that’s left is race. The tea party is almost entirely about race, and there’s no comparative group on the left that’s similarly motivated by bigotry, ignorance and racial hatred.”
That’s right, ignore all of the statements regarding taxation, government expansion, and out of control spending because, folks, only racists would have a problem with any of that. You don’t want to be a racist, do you?
Besides, it’s not like anyone has put together a list of serious, legitimate grievances or policy goals of the Tea Party movement.
1) All forms of government must abide by the boundaries set forth in state and federal constitutions.
2) All pork and earmarks in the stimulus, omnibus bills, and bailouts must be reversed and repealed. The national budget must be balanced. Spending cuts, not increased taxation should be used to balance the budget.
4) ALL elected and appointed officials are under the employment and serve at the will of We the People.
5) Excessive tax burdens kill prosperity.
6) Excessive national debt is generational theft, and stealing the future of our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Oops. There’s several more in this very well-written article but the one issue that is conspicuously lacking is race.
Lacking hard evidence, Mr. Cesca tries to smear individual protesters by pointing out racist or illiterate messages. Because, clearly, a movement should be judged by the worst signs its protesters carry, and the dumbest things one sees in a crowd.
Finally, Cesca gets to the real issue. The real hard proof that the rank and file of the Tea Party are, in fact, deeply racist. From a NY Times profile of a Tea Party supporter from Idaho:
SANDPOINT, Idaho — Pam Stout has not always lived in fear of her government. She remembers her years working in federal housing programs, watching government lift struggling families with job training and education. She beams at the memory of helping a Vietnamese woman get into junior college.
But all that was before the Great Recession and the bank bailouts, before Barack Obama took the White House by promising sweeping change on multiple fronts, before her son lost his job and his house. Mrs. Stout said she awoke to see Washington as a threat, a place where crisis is manipulated — even manufactured — by both parties to grab power.
Now I’m sure you’re asking yourself, “how is this racist?” Well, if you even have to ask the question you must be a racist, because according to Cesca:
“…if you eliminate all of the reasons for Stout’s participation in the tea party movement as being contradictory or nonsensical, all that’s left is race.”
There it is. He disagrees with her political opinions, which, obviously, means her opinions don’t make sense. And if her opinions don’t make sense they must be serving as a cover for her true motivation: racism.
All sarcasm aside Cesca is either a complete moron or entirely incapable of understanding that people can disagree with him without being racists. They might, in fact, mean what they say. Maybe those people who are joining this movement really are more concerned with spending, taxes, and liberty.
Mr. Cesca, still can’t find a left wing group obsessed with bigotry and ignorance? Take a look in the mirror.