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  1. “But the Tea Party has a problem. Whilst it is practising entryism on the Republican party there are some who are practising entryism on the Tea party. And what these people are doing is bible bashing. “

    Odd. I happen to live in the United States, but fail to see any fundamentalist religious types exerting any undue influence on those who hold to Tea Party values.

    Do you have any sources to back up your assertions? Something that is more credible than essays from those who hate America, and reflexively seek to find anything to say, no matter how false, which might lead those with weak minds to conclude that my country is a backwards place full of ignorant and violent people.

    In other words, don’t bother quoting the BBC.


    1. @James R. Rummel
      Various polls have also probed Tea Party supporters for their views on a variety of political and controversial issues. A University of Washington poll of 1,695 registered voters in the state of Washington reported that 73% of Tea Party supporters disapprove of Obama’s policy of engaging with Muslim countries, 88% approve of the controversial immigration law recently enacted in Arizona, 82% do not believe that gay and lesbian couples should have the legal right to marry, and that about 52% believed that “lesbians and gays have too much political power”.
      At a Tea Party event on February 27, 2009, a photo was taken of TeaParty.org founder and president Dale Robertson with a sign that said “Congress = Slaveowner, Taxpayer = Niggar”
      On March 20, 2010, during a rally at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. before the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Bill was voted on, several black lawmakers said that demonstrators shouted “nigger” at them. Congressman Emanuel Cleaver was spat upon, although it is unclear if this was deliberate, and said he heard the slurs. Congressman Barney Frank, who is gay, was called a “faggot”. Representative André Carson said that while walking with John Lewis and his chief of staff from the Cannon building, amid chants of “kill the bill”, he heard the “n-word at least 15 times”.
      While attending the health care rally in Washington, D.C., on March 21, 2010, Springboro, Ohio Tea Party founder Sonny Thomas posted a racial slur on the Springboro Tea Party Twitter webpage he managed. Directed specifically at the Hispanic community, it stated “Illegals everywhere today! So many spics makes me feel like a speck. Grrr. Wheres my gun!?”
      Tea Party Express leader Mark Williams referred to Allah as a “Monkey God”. Williams’ comments elicited strong rebukes from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York state senators and Muslim leaders. In a subsequent blog posting, Williams wrote, “I owe an apology to millions of Hindus who worship Lord Hanuman, an actual Monkey God. Hanuman is worshiped as a symbol of perseverance, strength, and devotion … Those are hardly the traits of whatever the Hell (literally) it is that terrorists worship.”

      These are not the actions of intelligent, educated people.


  2. And http://www.economist.com/node/21526349
    On Michele Bacmann

    “Since joining the race for president she has exhibited a flair for organisation and a political cunning above the ordinary. If her victory in Ames was no great surprise—an evangelical Christian with hard-boiled pro-life, anti-gay-marriage credentials was always likely to prosper in the God-fearing cornfields of Iowa.”

    and

    “Now that she is running for president, Mrs Bachmann is choosing her words more cautiously, especially on social issues. But she has had to resort to credulity-stretching gymnastics to explain past utterances. Did she become a tax lawyer against her own will because, as she once argued, it was a wife’s duty (see the fifth chapter of Ephesians) to be “submissive” to her husband, who thought it was a good idea? No, she says now, in an assertion that would dumbfound a lexicographer: to “submit” means to “respect”. Why in 2004 did she equate homosexuality to “personal enslavement”? “I am running for the presidency of the United States. I am not running to be anyone’s judge.” Such evasions are less than convincing. As a Minnesota state senator a decade ago, Mrs Bachmann made her opposition to gay marriage into a crusade that helped to build her political career. The clinic she set up with her husband Marcus (which she cites as evidence of her understanding of job creation) offered to make gays straight via the agency of prayer. Judgmental, moi?”


  3. Oh, I see how you got that impression.

    The one undeniable fact you have to get straight in your head is one you mentioned above: that the Tea Party is a populist movement. There are no dues paid, no party headquarters, no ID cards issued to the party faithful. It is not a political party as you understand it.

    I note that you quote an essay that identifies “TeaParty.org founder and president Dale Robertson”. That certainly sounds impressive, but Mr. Robertson has done nothing besides buying a domain name for a year and setting up a website. He has never organized a rally, taken part in efforts to get people to vote, and is not part of local Tea Party leadership at all. You can read all about by following the URL below.

    http://houstontps.org/?p=1050

    In fact, it seems that he was asked to leave the very same rally where that picture mentioned in your comment was taken. Hardly a move that would be made if he was such a mover and shaker as you claim, no?

    In fact, just about all of the examples you seem to find so compelling have been debunked as efforts to spread lies in order to discredit the Tea Party, and very obviously so. The claims that people shouted racial slurs as black lawmakers walked down the street, something you mention above, has been disproved by video that was taken by the staff of those same politicians.

    http://biggovernment.com/jhoft/2010/03/21/media-lying-about-racist-attacks-at-on-black-reps-by-tea-party-protesters-video-proof/

    I realize that you are looking at American politics from afar, and it seems to me that the citizens of the United Kingdom have never developed the same healthy skepticism of the media that virtually all inhabitants of the US enjoy. But repeating lies that have been exposed months ago in an attempt to justify your biased views?

    You are going to have to do better than that, Bruce. Remember, Google is your friend!

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