For a long time, Evan Hurst and I have made three points:
1) The Tea Party does not really exist. It is the slick public relations campaign of three billionaires (David and Charles Koch and Rupert Murdoch), who don’t want to pay taxes. They have essentially taken the same tired hard-core, right wing Republican activists and re-branded them as a “new movement” by putting them in goofy triangular hats. Much of the media may have been fooled, but we weren’t at Truth Wins Out.
2) The so-called Tea Party (we prefer Tea Baggers) will pretend to be interested in economic matters, but this is mostly (but not completely) a ruse to push social issues once in office. In other words, this is a stealth campaign for the aging social conservative hacks, who failed to succeed pushing their agenda through traditional GOP channels.
3) This alleged “movement” is laced with racist elements. We know this because there was little concern among this crowd about deficits when George W. Bush was president. Now that the black dude is in office, this motley crew has gone apoplectic about deficits — as well as an obsession about Obama’s birth certificate. Finally, who can forget the disgusting racists signs during the healthcare town hall meetings and Tea Bagger rallies in Washington?
This brings us to today’s outrage. Orange County Republican Central Committee member and Tea Bagger, Marilyn Davenport, was asked by the NAACP to resign after she sent out an e-mail picturing President Barack Obama’s face on the body of a baby chimpanzee. Here is her apology:
“I humbly apologize and ask for your forgiveness of my unwise behavior,” the statement said. “I say unwise because at the time I received and forwarded the email, I didn’t stop to think about the historic implications and other examples of how this could be offensive.”
In the statement, Davenport also quoted the Bible and said she was “an imperfect Christian” who tried to “live a Christ-like honoring life.”
“I would never do anything to intentionally harm or berate others regardless of ethnicity,” she said. “I will not repeat this error.”
She had no idea this would be insensitive and was oblivious to the historical implications? You’ve got to be kidding me. What Davenport is really upset about is that she got caught.
If you believe that the Tea Party isn’t tinged with racism, then I want to drink some of the magic tea that they’ve been serving you.
Clearly, racial resentment and homophobia is at the very heart of the Tea Party. The only deficit this crowd should be concerned about is the deficit in morals and common decency that is all to often displayed by people like Marilyn Davenport.
Good video story HERE.