March 30, 2010

LKL last night: Inside the Tea Parties

Posted: 11:13 AM ET
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Eddie   March 30th, 2010 11:17 am ET


Expat American   March 30th, 2010 11:59 am ET

From the signs displayed in the photo:

"Take Back America" – Do they mean take back American from the Republican/Bush Doctrine Patriot Act? Who ‘took’ America? The ‘Socialists’? Does the Tea Mob want to take back America from the Post Office?

"One Nation Under God" – I thought that the U.S. was still "One Nation Under God"....Do the Tea Party JackBooters still believe President Obama is a Muslim? Even if he was, why does that matter?
Hypothetically, I'd vote for an intelligent, educated Muslim-American before I'd vote for a White Bigot who justifies their ignorance and their racial and religious bigotry by hiding behind a fabricated Conservative bastardization of European Christianity any day.

Keep Marching Tea Baggers. 30-35 years from now, White Conservative Bigots will be a minority in this country....and your children will have to ask their minority bosses or superiors for the very wood to burn their crosses.

LacrosseMom   March 30th, 2010 12:53 pm ET

I was reading the blogs this morning and came across this video. When I see the Tea Party's protests, read their signs and see that the vast majority of these folks are ...... older white people, I am reminded of the people who protested against Civil Rights, the Voting Rights Act and school Desegregation in the 60's!

Once upon a time in Germany there was an angry group of people, they started out small, and grew to control a nation! Beware America of small groups of angry people!

Tony   March 30th, 2010 12:56 pm ET

A bunch of people with way too much time on their hands.They should check their community colleges for Government classes.

Rose   March 30th, 2010 1:09 pm ET

RE: Palin's comment about Fidel Castro liking Obama's health care and "we don't, doesn't that tell ya somethin'?"

Castro established a health care and education system that lifted Cuba among the top nations in the developing world. Cuba has one of the highest life expectancy rates in the region, high literacy rates and low infant mortality.

Palin's "White-Trash-for-America" gatherings could use a good dose of higher literacy for starters. Her lack of substance continues to baffle many. Her 'cheerleading via painfully screeching' tone appeals to those who know nothing about Cuba's health care system per se, yet feel the need to applaud the know-nothing Palin.

Also last night on LKL, why did CNN feel compelled to constantly run Palin's quotes for the entire hour? The question "Will Palin be President" flashed on screen. Whoever initiated that question needs to stop smoking whatever it is they are smoking and get serious.

Mariam   March 30th, 2010 1:15 pm ET

Obama is the best thing that happened to the USA.

Gerald Jolly   March 30th, 2010 1:16 pm ET

If you go to the phsychiatrist and you are diagnosed as being irrational
lazy, stupid, and a biggot, you qualify to be called a


Ruth Johnson   March 30th, 2010 1:31 pm ET

Even Palin is just smart enough to know the possibility of her in ANY high office [other than the Post Office ]is ludicrous!! She is in this for the money and as long as CNN is her Ad agency she will do well.To cover her LIVE stupidity is shameful.
Then we have her alter-ego Bachmann. She could care less what outlandish things she says.The more outrageous her rants the more TV cameras roll. That is her-mission!
MN is going to be blessed with the dynamic duo-how embarrassing!!
With those two airheads on a podium together the screach factor will b
in orbit and the stage will have to be weighed down with kitty litter.
$100.000. for a picture-speaks for itself!!!

IKHAN   March 30th, 2010 1:46 pm ET

Hi Larry,
its a no brainer to read the signs. Racism, extremist ideology, bigotry, violent leanings & such. All things unAmerican, what we can do without translate Tea Party.
With the emergence of the like of Christian terrorists the 'Hutarees' & other fringe extremes we have to be careful that they do not come together to form a pervasive evil.

Sheryl   March 30th, 2010 2:40 pm ET

I am currently teaching the 7th grade history class about the Holocaust. I've taught this for many years, but this is the first year where I felt like the current atmosphere the tea baggers are creating in the US resembles the mobs of people that Hitler began to rally into angered frenzy. Beware of mob mentality. Palin and her likes are fueling these people.

And a final note: a racist will never admit he or she is one.

Sheryl   March 30th, 2010 2:43 pm ET

One more thing: I am so sorry my state sends Bachmann to Washington. She is an embarrassment to most of us here.

Rose   March 30th, 2010 3:06 pm ET

Many Tea Party supporters deny charges of racism. Yet when racist attitudes were blantantly promoted at their convention in February, Tea Party members applauded rather than rejected what was said.

The opening-night speaker at the National Tea Party Convention, former Republican Rep. Tom Tancredo, asserted that Obama was elected because "we do not have a civics, literacy test before people can vote in this country."

Before the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the literacy test was used as a means of denying the right to vote to African-Americans and was applied in an extremely unfair manner. It was used, combined with other discriminatory requirements in the South, to disfranchise many literate blacks while allowing many illiterate whites to vote.

This overt regression is somehow a step in the "right direction" for America according to the Tea Party. They need to stop hiding behind slogans and acknowledge the racism and bigotry that exists within their so-called movement.

Tea Party protestors shouted the n-word over 15 times at Civil Rights era icon Congressman John Lewis and spat on Congressman Emanuel Cleaver and other members of the Black Caucus on the steps of the Capitol is pure racism. Racism is a tool for the Tea Party and is a huge turn-off to many Americans who seek to address issues without resorting to racist tactics or incitement for violence.

Rose   March 30th, 2010 3:37 pm ET

Of all the symbols to use on her Facebook page, Palin chose to use "cross-hairs" to identify many Democrats on a map who voted for Health Care reform. Cross-hairs are used in guns. It is used to aim at a target. She states "Don't retreat, Reload". Another weapon analogy.

Palin denies that her use of terms and images promotes violence, she blames the "lamestream media". Her irresponsibilty continues at a time when a number of Democratic offices have had bullets fired on them. Palin as poster girl for the Tea Party should be enough evidence that they cannot be taken seriously by the majority of Americans. Using Palin-type terms, I would say: They shot themselves in the ass with her on board.

Dodie   March 30th, 2010 4:25 pm ET

Sarah Palin the politician 'wannabe' which by definition is a statesman who approaches every question with an open mouth! Her hypocrisy, not to be confused with the hypocritical oath, is akin to a politician who would cut down a redwood tree, then mount the stump and make a speech for conservation and redwood forest rejunification.

Listening to the sampling of Tea bagger interviews caused the hair to stand on end and my skin crawl. A quote was noted: "he gonna be a terrorist" speaking of President Obama, just baffles my mind. Another quoted individual with deprivation of education and intelligence stated: "fritter" it away? What kind of English is this... fritter? If the man had any education he would have stated 'frivolously'!

It is a tragic day when you see the enormous numbers of individuals following '" loose cannon cheerleader"' Palin in her endeavors to circumvent even herself. The only silver lining I can see... the intelligence quotient score being well below 90, would give cause to defeat. The only way of success would be how Sarah Palin envisions.. "Lock and re-Load"

Hopefully, this too, will come to pass and be buried in history somewhere, filed under ludicrous or moronic corpses.

Gerald Jolly   March 30th, 2010 6:00 pm ET



Idzan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   March 30th, 2010 8:23 pm ET

@Gerald Jolly
Good one.

I dont see blacks among the tea-partyers.
Is it because they know how not to waste time?.
The protestrers want to Take Back America.
But they are doing things which may made them lose America.

FITZ   March 30th, 2010 9:27 pm ET

When Sinead protested on Saturday Night Live, I knew that I was witnessing greatness. I just felt it. When you stand for the truth, you'll always stand alone.

susan ross varner   March 30th, 2010 10:30 pm ET

I think the papacy, like the Nazi regime, should be condemned for crimes against humanity. My grandmother was abused by nuns in the orphanage where she was placed, and this was back in the early 1900's. Seems nothing has changed much since then or over the entire course of the history of the papacy. They say Satan is the father of all lies, and the papacy is content with covering theirs. So what does that make the Pope?

Theresa   March 30th, 2010 10:45 pm ET

What does the Tea Party want...I don't think they even know. I think many of them like disruption,discord,putting fear in people. I think that gives them a feeling of power. One minute they want this ,next minute they want that. I am baffled for almost a yr. this country is confused, fearful,full of hate. Some enjoy spewing racist, hateful comments. what is the point. The movement states it's for the ordinary man....really. I don't think the ordinary person is enjoying this discontent one bit!!!

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   March 31st, 2010 4:07 am ET

What's up with these old geezers? Grow up I think.......or shouldn't they be in their rocking chairs.

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   March 31st, 2010 4:09 am ET

@Theresa March 30th, 2010 10:45 pm ET

Well said.

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   March 31st, 2010 4:11 am ET

Go and throw your toys out of the cot instead.

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   March 31st, 2010 4:20 am ET

Sarah Palin......needs to disappear into the ether or go back to the kitchen.

Idzan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   March 31st, 2010 9:01 am ET

@Jessie. Hi.
It seems we are the on;y two outside of America who is interested in the afairs of the US.
Let's not talk about Palin being Presidential aspirant in 2012.
She's not even fit to be President of the American Home-Makers Club.

Ted   March 31st, 2010 9:19 am ET

Put brown shirts and an armband on the Tea Party demonstrators, change the language to german, and voile, you just turned history back 80 years!
The nazis wanted to take back Germany from the jews, the Tea Party is not sure yet, but will decide later whom do they mean.

Rose   March 31st, 2010 10:32 am ET

Many Tea Party supporters reared their heads when an African American became our President. There is a great deal of truth in this.

There are various forms of legitimate protests for Americans to resort to, but racism has manifested within that group strongly, including the speech at their convention.

The Tea Party attracts those elements, who in turn use them for band-waggoning purposes. They are a homogeneous group, very little diversity. Americans who have grievances with government will think twice about joining a group that is regressive rather than progressive. The Tea Party and their methods are not helping America. They are flaming hatred, fear and disinformation. We don't need or want that.

Daniel   April 20th, 2010 11:52 pm ET

What a Tea Party.It took eighty yrs to get in this mess again.
America had some real good yrs,when we grew what we ate and made what we needed..China, knew what they were doing,there name is on most everything.What could happen if America didn't have China as our provider. I know i could Survive.. Our Government makes money from their products and Taxes us on everything..God Bless Americans....Americans Should Be Able To Vote on more issues that effect so much...Thanks Daniel in West Virginia.

Jenni   May 13th, 2010 12:20 pm ET

Thinks people commenting on this are very uneducated and rude. What good does it do to call people tea baggers?? It is no more itelligent than calling the president a terrorist.
Also the Tea Party movement did not freak out when Obama was elected because he was black, in reality the tea party movement didnt really gain alot of power until he started to push through the Healthcare Bill.

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