Posted by: johnhourihan | July 8, 2012

tea party racists

I would like to reprint here something I wrote about a year and a half ago, since it is probably even more appropriate now.

This tell tale picture came from the tea party website, It shows that anyone these people disagree with, especially black people they disagree with they dream to see imprisoned. They call themselves Christians and patriots. Why is anyone listening to them?

I have questions about two words. I no longer understand them. They are “patriot” and “Christian.”
In our beginning, “patriots” were men who espoused a violent revolution against an oppressive king.
Then, later, a “patriot” was a person who believed in America — her freedoms and her rules.
Now, we have the Tea Party. They say they are to be called “patriots” or “Tea Bags.”
I hesitate to call people tea bags.
But I am not sure if I would want to call them patriots either, since I don’t know what they mean by it.
Do they mean they believe the country is ruled by the iron fist of an oppressive king, who was elected by a majority of the people and can’t squeeze his ideas through Congress with a shoehorn unless they are whittled, chopped, bent and transformed into something he doesn’t even recognize anymore? Is that what they mean?
If it is, are they suggesting and working toward a violent revolution? And if they are, shouldn’t they be called “traitors” instead of “patriots?”
I’m confused.
Or does “patriot” mean someone who loves America and her freedoms and her rules?
If that is so, why would they grab their mass-produced posters and buttons and head out to protest every single thing said by the president of the United States? They can’t hate everything he says, can they?
I certainly don’t know any more what “patriot” means, so I guess I will call them tea bags after all.
Then there is the word “Christian.”
When I was a kid, it meant a follower of the religion founded by Jesus of Nazareth, who taught “love thy neighbor” and believe in a supreme being. He taught the worth of all people, that we are all brothers and sisters, and that love was the answer to everything. He even died rather than start a war.
Anyway, we now have the “religious right” who call themselves “Christians.”
The more radical of them go to the funerals of soldiers with signs that say “Thank God for dead soldiers,” and “God hates fags.”
They hate homosexuals and believe they should kill them.
Only a small step up the food chain from these miscreants are the Christians who believe murdering an abortion doctor is a good thing and understandable, even though Jesus believed “vengeance is mine, sayeth the Lord.”
Then there are the other Christians who hate gays, Muslims, liberals, Jews, Hollywood and Democrats. The southern Christians hate the northern ones, and the northern ones hate the southern ones, and everyone hates the ones from California, but there are only about 15 of them so it doesn’t matter.
They refuse to render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and they understand why the poor aren’t all that blessed and shouldn’t be allowed to have affordable health care because “it will come out of my pocket,” and they certainly seem to hate the idea that we have a black president.
I wondered if the new Christians understand that their founder was a left-wing, bleeding-heart, long-haired, pacifist Jew whose skin was probably darker than our president’s and who taught that we were to love our enemies?
So now I find myself in a quandary.
What is holding these people from such diverse backgrounds together in the “religious right” and the “tea party?”
Then I saw her.
In the middle of a Tea Bag rally, an elderly woman with a stuffed monkey slung around her neck smiled vacantly as she walked toward the camera lens carrying a sign that read “Send Obama Back to Kenya.”
Now, what’s that got to do with “patriotism” or “Christianity,” I thought.
It was enlightening.
All I could hope for now was that this wasn’t the glue holding this diverse group of people together — these new Christian patriots.
Then today I saw on tea a picture of our president and vice president. Above the picture the caption refers to a quote from Dr. Martin Luthor King Jr. and says “I Have a Dream.” But the dream they seem to be speaking of here is their own dream. The only white person in the picture is Vice President Biden, the rest are black and include the president and the Attorney General, Eric Holder Jr. (who is also black). They are all in prison uniforms. Their dream is obviously that those they don’t agree with, especially black people they don’t agree with, should be put in prison.
I could only have faith, and hope the central and defining issue of this group that calls itself Christian patriots isn’t racism.
Because that is a word I do understand.
It has nothing to do with the others.



  1. I hope a lot of people read this. No matter how they feel they they can’t disagree,nor can go any longer not openly agreeing. It’s amazeing what a few well choosen phrases can do for gathering support for an unrelated cause!

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