Thursday, April 1, 2010

GOP hate intensifies

Gosh these people are certainly hateful! I mean, I didn't vote for Bush and didn't think he was presidential material but I wasn't all about hating him like this just because I disagreed with him. Sheesh! MsKathyssLogo2.gif picture by mskathy0724 Ms. Kathy's Kids Blog:

Racism and hate at Tea Parties is getting worse, and it has to stop.

Hate sign

Tell GOP leadership to stop condoning it now:

Click here

Just over a week ago, Tea Party

protestors hurled racial and
homophobic slurs and spat
at members of Congress.1 
That was followed by a
rash of vandalism and death
threats targeting Democratic
members of Congress.2
Republicans have done almost
nothing to tamp down this
dangerous atmosphere and
have even egged the protesters
on. And when the Republican
National Committee was asked
to endorse a bi-partisan "civility" statement that
would send a message to the protesters, they refused.3
It's time to demand that Republican leaders

stop turning a blind eye to violence and hate

before it gets out of control and someone gets

hurt.  Please click below to add your voice, and

please ask your friends and family to do the same:
Since the passage of health care reform last week, at least 10 members

of Congress have received threats and requested additional police presence.4 

Windows and doors were smashed at several representatives' offices, and a gas line was cut at what vandals thought was the house of Congressman Tom Perriello.5  One office had to be evacuated when it received a threatening letter filled with an unidentified white powder.6
Meanwhile, some Republicans have tried to justify the vandalism or blame Democrats for inviting it on themselves,7,8 and others have escalated their use of violent rhetoric. Sarah Palin told her supporters "Don't Retreat, Instead - RELOAD!", and published a map with cross-hairs over the districts of some Democrats who voted for health care reform.9  RNC Chairman Michael Steele said  "let's start getting Nancy [Pelosi] ready for the firing line this November."10
Last Saturday's protest and this week's past events are just the most recent example of the intolerance and hate coming from right-wing extremists this past year. At times it's been instigated by Republican leaders. When not, it's usually condoned and seen as part of a strategy to score politically. Either way, it's completely unacceptable and has to stop.
We're calling on RNC Chair Michael Steele, House Minority Leader John Boehner, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to publicly do two simple things:
  1. Unequivocally condemn bigotry and hate among their supporters, and make clear that those who embrace it have no place in their party.
  2. Make clear that they will not tolerate fear-mongering and coded appeals to racism from officials in the Republican party, at any level.
The Tea Party movement has been marked by racially inflammatory and violent outbursts since its inception a year ago.11 GOP leaders are trying to pass off last weekend's assaults on Congressmen Lewis, Cleaver, Clyburn and Frank as isolated incidents. But when so-called "isolated incidents" crop up again and again, a pattern starts to emerge. The examples are numerous
At rallies held to protest tax day last year, Tea Partiers carried signs that announced "Obama's Plan: White Slavery," "The American Taxpayers are the Jews for Obama's Oven," and "Guns Tomorrow!"12 The Republican National Committee had endorsed the rallies, and RNC Chairman Michael Steele encouraged Tea Partiers to send a "virtual tea bag" to President Obama and Democratic Congressional leadership.13 After reports of the fear-mongering signs surfaced, Steele did nothing to distance his party from the lunatic fringe. He has even gone so far as to say that if he didn't have his current position, he'd be "out there with the tea partiers."14 Some Republican governors even planned a "Tea Party 2.0" for the following month in an effort to build on the rallies' momentum.15
The Tea Party's venomous rhetoric picked up steam over the summer, when angry mobs flooded town hall meetings legislators had organized as sites for rational, civil debate on health care reform. After one meeting in Atlanta, a swastika was painted on the office of Congressman David Scott (D-GA), who had also received a flier addressed to "nigga David Scott."16 Some protesters showed up at town hall meetings carrying guns, including at least one man who was armed at an event where the President was speaking.17 Again, Republicans responded to these tactics with silence, doing nothing to denounce them.
Similarly, there was no public outcry from Republican leadership when Mark Williams, a leader of the Tea Party movement, was exposed for having described the President as "an Indonesian Muslim turned welfare thug and a racist in chief" on his blog.18 Instead, members of the GOP continued to show up to and endorse Tea Party rallies. And as recently as Sunday -- the day that the historic health care bill passed the House -- Republican members of the House riled up the same Tea Party crowd that had earlier harassed their fellow members with hate and bigotry.
Despite all of this, Republican leaders have courted the Tea Party movement while methodically supporting, exacerbating and exploiting their fear and anger for cynical political ends.19
Our country deserves better than this. No matter what party one supports, we should all take strong action to support civil, honest, and respectful public debate.
Can you take a moment to call on Michael Steele, John Boehner, and Mitch McConnell to denounce the racist rhetoric and fear-mongering of the Tea Party movement, and tell those who embrace these divisive and un-American beliefs that they have no place in their party? And when you do, please ask your family and friends to do the same:
Thanks and Peace,
-- James, Gabriel, William, Dani, Milton and the rest of the team    March 30th, 2010
1. "Tea Party Protests: 'Ni**er,' 'Fa**ot' Shouted At Members Of Congress," Huffington Post, 3-20-2010
2.  "MAP: A Guide To Recent Vandal Attacks On Democrats," TPM Muckraker, 03-24-10
3.  "RNC rejects joint 'civility' statement," Politico, 03-26-10
4.  "Democrats who voted for health care reform get police protection as threats turn ugly," NY Daily News, 03-24-10
5.  See reference 2.
6. "Anthony Weiner's Office Receives Threatening Letter Containing White Powder," CBS News, 03-25-09
7.  "Newt Gingrich: Democrats bear some responsibility for threats, anger over health care," Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 03-25-10
8.  "Cantor: It's The Democrats Who Are Fanning The Flames of Violence (VIDEO)," TPM DC, 03-25-10
9. See reference 2.
10. "Steele: Let's Get Pelosi Ready For 'The Firing Line' In November (VIDEO)," TPM LiveWire, 03-24-10
11. "10 Most Offensive Tea Party Signs And Extensive Photo Coverage From Tax Day Protests," Huffington Post, 4-16-09
12. See Reference 11.
13. "Tax Day Tea Parties Officially Endorsed By Republican Party," Huffington Post, 5-15-2009
14. "Steele: I'd join the tea parties," Politico, 1-15-10
15. "GOP govs plan Tea Party sequel," Politico, 5-12-2009
16. "Rep. David Scott's (D-Ga) office spray-painted with Swastika," Daily Kos, 8-11-2009
17. "Armed and Dangerous?" Talking Points Memo, 8-11-2009
18. "Tea party leader calls Obama a welfare thug," The Loop, 9-15-09
19. "Memo Reveals GOP Plan to Exploit Fear of Obama," AOL News, 3-4-2010

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