Purveyors of hate
By Henry Lamb
What is the correct word to describe people who deliberately, publicly, and repeatedly use the "N" word when they refer to black people? There are such people. Are they sick? Are they mean? Are they stupid? Are they just full of hate?
How do you describe people who deliberately, publicly, and repeatedly call gay people "queers?" There are such people. Are they sick? Are they mean? Are they stupid? Are they just full of hate – or are they all of the above.
Obviously, people who insist on doing these things have no compassion or appreciation for people who are different from themselves. They have no tolerance. Most people condemn this behavior and find it appalling.
What is the correct word to describe people who deliberately, publicly, and repeatedly call the people who attend Tea Parties – "teabaggers"?
These people are called: Anderson Cooper (CNN); Keith Olbermann, Chris Matthews, Dylan Ratigan, Rachel Maddow, Anna Marie Cox, Janeane Garofalo, (MSNBC); Bill Maher (HBO); ABC News; CBS News: Daily Kos; Huffington Post; and a host of other bloggers and TV personalities.
The people who deliberately, publicly, and repeatedly refer to Tea Party participants as "teabaggers" suffer from the same character flaw that makes people use the "N" word, and call gay people "queers." The character flaw that would allow someone to tie a hangman's noose on a tree in front of a black man's house, or burn a cross on his front lawn is precisely the same flaw that allows a person to deliberately, publicly, and repeatedly call someone a "teabagger" when they know it to be untrue.
These are the same people who preach tolerance – but practice hate.
These are the same people who never missed an opportunity to denigrate and demean President Bush, but rush to label Obama protesters as hate-mongering redneck "teabaggers."
By their deliberate, public, repetition of the term "teabaggers" in reference to the participants of Tea Party events, these people and institutions are condoning and perpetuating hate for those who hold a different political view. Moreover, their actions tell those who are influenced by them, that it is normal and right to belittle and demean the people who are not "politically correct" as defined by the "in" crowd.
It is sad to realize that this attitude is learned in school, particularly in many colleges and universities. David Horowitz was shouted down at Emory University by students who suffer this same character flaw. Representative Tom Tancredo met thesame fate at the University of North Carolina. College kids have learned that it is perfectly normal and right to shout down, or deny the First Amendment to anyone who holds a political view different from their own.
Is it any wonder that when this crowd gets to Congress they think it is perfectly normal and right to shut out opposing views? Democrats routinely reject amendments offered by Republicans, often with no discussion or debate. On President Obama's health care bill, Democrats refused to even let Republicans into the room when key portions of the bill were being negotiated. Then they have the audacity to call Republicans the party of "No."
This is the kind of disingenuous political representation that makes ordinary people rise up.
Watch Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, or Barack Obama, make their pronouncements on TV. Then watch Keith Olbermann, Bill Maher, or Janeane Garofalo make their "teabagger" pronouncements on TV. There is a similar air of arrogant condescension; a symptom of the character flaw that allows people to use the "N" word, or call gay people "queers."
Ordinary people put up with this hateful abuse for too long. When the arrogant, condescending congressional majority started dictating stimulus bills and bailouts by the bushel, the takeover of private businesses, Cap & Tax bills, and socialized medicine – they not only awakened and arose - they assembled in what are being called Tea Parties.
Ordinary people – moms, pops, grandmas and grandpas, students, black, white, gay and straight – ordinary people that the character-flawed progressives refer to as "teabaggers" – are now responding. They elected a Republican Governor in Virginia and in New Jersey – despite the personal campaigning of Barack Obama. They even elected a Republican Senator to the seat previously held by Ted Kennedy – despite the personal campaigning of Barack Obama.
These ordinary people are organizing from the precinct level to counties, to states and into national groups. They fully intend to reject the Washington majority's plan to empower government far beyond its Constitutional limits in order to nationalize the economy and enslave individuals.People who insist on calling these American patriots "teabaggers," are, indeed, purveyors of hate.