The US left hates the “Tea Party” movement – which proves it’s the best thing happen to American politics for decades.
Here’s some choice quotes from Jarvis;
After watching the Nashville convention of the tea party movement, it is clear that they continue to be a racist, red-baiting movement against health care reform, jobs for all, an end to war, and economic and social justice.
They are out to bring down Barack Obama because they see him as a force for progressive change and they are against progressive change. They are a movement to take our country back to the policies of Reagan, Bush or worse.
Jarvis plays the race card;
As the conference showed, they have few people of color in their ranks. That is because, while they say they are “color blind,” they are against any measures for racial equality and inclusion.
The opening speaker at the conference was none other than the notorious right wing bigot, former Congressman Tom Tancredo.
Tancredo told the nearly all-white gathering that the reason Obama was elected was because people voted for him “who could not even spell the word ‘vote’ or say it in English.” Tancredo went on to call for bringing back literacy tests.
Tancredo’s despicable proposal would bring back what was a vicious method of denying the franchise to Black voters and is now illegal, as a way to prevent the election of an Obama type candidate in the future. Looking at his audience, it wasn’t a surprise that his remarks were greeted with cheers and loud applause.
The heartless “right wingers” card;
This was a meeting of people who do not believe that the last presidential election was legitimate. They don’t even believe that the president is a U.S. citizen. They are opposed to any government spending to help the massive numbers of unemployed, impoverished, foreclosed and evicted – all victims of the Republican-initiated Wall Street ripoff that brought down the nation’s economy.
Concern for the 40,000 people who annually die needlessly because they don’t have health insurance is not their cup of tea. The 30 million still uninsured should just perish if their coverage is by a government-run program. “Smaller government” is more important.
Back to the race card;
The conference was an orgy of racist hate aimed mainly against blacks, Latinos, immigrants and the nation’s first African American president.
It clear to most observers that most of the tea party participants, as shown by their signs and slogans, are opposed to the president mainly because he is black.
Just like the old southern racist hypocrites that for decades ruled the South and had a big sway in Congress, the tea party movement is using red-baiting and anti-terrorist hysteria to rationalize their support for the most reactionary section of the U.S. capitalist class: the powerful insurance monopolies, the armaments industry, the anti-union labor corporate elite.
The dump on Sarah Palin card;
Sarah Palin, the $100,000 speaker, is making hay on the backs of this movement. She thinks she is presidential timber (2012). I doubt it, but for sure she will come out of this a very rich racist, red-baiting demagogue.
Sarah Palin has jumped in front of this backward march. She is part of the new McCarthyism combined with racist contempt for the first black president.
Her notion that Obama is more like a college professor and what we need is a commander in chief is another version of calling him “uppity.”
Palin knows full well when she attacks Obama that she is furthering racial division in the country, which is an especially dangerous game to play during hard economic times. Her racist attacks on immigrants, that they are bringing the country down; her opposition to any government spending to help working families survive the crisis – all of these attacks give encouragement to the racist lunatic fringe.
This movement Palin has jumped in front of is really a movement that hates change and wants to go backward. Their aim is to help the extreme right take back the Congress in November and the presidency in 2012.
It’s time to fight back;
Whether they succeed depends on the level of activity of the broad democratic, multiracial, labor and people’s coalition that defeated Bush and his right-wing Congress. If they are activated on the issues of jobs, health care and peace the right will suffer another setback.
This fight cannot be won by Obama alone. This fight cannot be won by the Democratic majority in Congress alone.
Without street heat, without real grassroots organizing, we could loss the fight for change and be pushed back to the Bush era or worse. We dare not let that happen.
Consider the Nashville tea party meeting and the elections in New Jersy, Virginia and Massachusetts a wakeup call.
Like Obama did in his State of the Union speech and his confrontation with the Republicans at their caucus, it’s time for the anti-racist majority, for the majority that wants health reform, a clean environment, massive job creation, peace, and economic and social justice, to take the offensive.
And they say the right is hateful!
Jarvis Tyner does America a favor here.
He clearly demarcates which side patriots should be on.
Any compromise or acceptance of the Obama agenda will be a victory for the extreme left.
The choices couldn’t be clearer.