The Tea Party cult: An extremist threat to America

The Tea Party's sign of the times

The so-called Tea Party is not a political party or an honest political movement. It is, instead, a cult — founded by extremists, funded by extremists and populated, by and large, by extremists and the ignorant followers of extremism.

Proof of that extremism rolls in every day, from the the lunatic fringe comments by Tea Party darlings Sarah Palin to the latest poster-child for extremism: Kentucky GOP candidate Rand Paul.

National Tea Part leader Mark Williams, organizer of the infamous “Tea Party Express,” added fuel to the fire with a recent blog post where he said Muslims worship the “terrorists’ monkey god” to his referral to the “animals of Allah.”

Williams later issued a half-baked apology to the “millions of Hindus who worship Lord Hanuman, an actual Monkey God.”

Lord Hanuman is, in fact, a symbol of strength and faith for Hindus.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations called on Tea Party leaders to repuudiate Williams’ coments. Instead, the Tea Party faithful ignored the issue.

This is standard operation procedure for the Tea Party. They dismiss racism in their midst by saying “all groups have extreme elements.”

Perhaps, but the look-the-other-way ploy by the Tea Party ignores the fact that the movement both attracts and thrives on extremism.

Writes Errol Lewis in The New York Daily News:

If Tea Party activists want to be seen as more than a momentarily interesting collection of cranks and bigots, they have to decide what to do about the cranks and bigots who claim to represent them.

Texas Tea Party organizer Dale Robertson

Greg Grandan, a professor of history at New York University and author of several books on social history writes: “Is the Tea Party racist? Of course it is. Polls confirm that Tea Party militants entertain deep-seated racial resentment.”

Former Republican Congressman Tom Tancredo, speaking to the Tea Party faithful in Nashville siad “people who could not even spell the word ‘vote’ or say it in English put a committed socialist ideologue in the White House. His name is Barack Hussein Obama.”

Tancredo avoided service in Vietnam by claiming “depression” made him unqualified to serve.

Ironically, Tancredo used his speech at the National Tea Party convention to slam what he called “the cult of multiculturalism.”

Yet he was speaking to a group that is, itself, a dangerous cult that threatens the future of this nation.

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26 Responses to "The Tea Party cult: An extremist threat to America"

  1. Jim  May 24, 2010 at 7:47 am

    Can anyone even come close in forecasting the condition of this country and even the world, if Palin, Rand Paul, Tancredo or even Mark Williams had power to make policy? It is very frightening to even think this. My question or my total amazement is how in the hell do these wackos cast a spell over people?

  2. Almandine  May 24, 2010 at 7:50 am

    That’s what they said about Washington, Madison, Jefferson, Adams, Franklin…

    • griff  May 24, 2010 at 5:37 pm

      “In the beginning of a change, the Patriot is a scarce man, Brave, Hated, and Scorned. When his cause succeeds however,the timid join him, For then it costs nothing to be a Patriot.” – Mark Twain

  3. griff  May 24, 2010 at 9:02 am

    Pretty sad, how utterly retarded politic “discourse” has become, not to mention most of the brain-dead electorate.

    Is this all we’ll be discussing until November? Please tell me we’ll actually be able to discuss policy at some point.

  4. AustinRanter (AKA Gregg)  May 24, 2010 at 10:47 am

    “Policy”, you say Griff? I’m sorry, the word sounds familar, but it must be from an ancient language.

  5. Carl Nemo  May 24, 2010 at 11:33 am

    This is the direct result of massive unemployment, loss of homes along with towns and small cities in decay or being virtually wiped off the map as a function of the financial destruction wrought by the financial usurpers on Wall Street, the mega-banks, large insurers etc. and all with the long term blessings of a totally corrupt Congress, Executive Branch and most recently with SCOTUS ruling giving corporations the status of citizens when it comes to campaign finance and their influence over the system.

    America has devolved into a fascista/corporatist nightmare that most appropriately should be spelled “AmeriKa” with our flag changed to some feelgood company flag flying over the capital, like the Microsoft flag. They need to get to work on this ‘flag’ project soon since “Old Glory” along with it’s symbolism and linkage to national values seems top be passe’ in these kumbaya, everybody wins, let’s not point fingers time.

    Imperial Japan was referred to as the “Empire of the Rising Sun” while seemingly in these end times our national paradigm might be best described as “Empire of the Rising Scum”.

    *****
    THE SECOND COMING

    Turning and turning in the widening gyre
    The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
    Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
    The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
    The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
    The best lack all conviction, while the worst
    Are full of passionate intensity. …

    opening stanza by William Butller Yeats 1865-1939

    *****

    Carl Nemo **==

  6. thomas  May 24, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Doug Thompson continues his prevaricating with regard to the tea party. For example, the photos of the tea party organizer man holding the sign with the word “Niggar” was ejected from the event by the tea party organizers and the crowd in general. Anyone can go read about it, as it was all reported all over. Doug Thompson certainly read about it, but wrote a story about how racism was tolerated in the tea party movement. It is not. Will Doug Thompson ever write an honest article?

    The only extremist actually mentioned in that article was Dale Roberston and if we include the byline, Doug Thompson.

    • John S.  May 24, 2010 at 2:53 pm

      BRAVO! WELL SAID! I think that this Doug Thompson has his head in the toilet. I, as well as thousands of concened citizens here in the USA are caring, conservative and patriot. I resent this Thompson’s comments and insulting the sincerity of those enagaged in wanting to uphold the constitution. USAF Retirerd Veteran!

    • woody188  May 24, 2010 at 9:13 pm

      Yeah, Doug’s never got his mind wrapped around the Tea Party though he thinks he does. Just suggesting they have a national leader shows his ignorance of the group. The Tea Party is strong because they operate as independent groups with the core values bringing them together as a whole. There is no national leadership, and this is what the GOP and Dems fear, because they can’t cut the head off the snake.

      Don’t tread on me fool!

      Still, you are a bit harsh on Doug. He just needs to do a little more research.

  7. griff  May 24, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    What I find rather amusing is is the fact that most folks these days are echoing the “throw the bums out” rallying cry; but when some one new enters the scene, with new (forgotten?) ideas, we go out of our way to find fault with them.

    Pull up your big boy pants, America, and grow the f*ck up already.

    I also find it amusing that these new (forgotten?) ideas are considered extreme and dangerous, and will lead America down a path of destruction.

    What path are we on now? Oh, I forgot – Hope and Change! Or to say, I hope I’m left with enough change after this government is done raping me.

    Balanced budgets are dangerous and extreme.
    Reigning in spending is dangerous and extreme.
    Free markets are dangerous and extreme.
    Freedom itself is dangerous and extreme.

    It seems America has been institutionalized. What’s the matter people, afraid you can’t make it on the outside?

    • Almandine  May 24, 2010 at 6:35 pm

      I think people can’t even imagine the outside, much less bring themselves to pull up their pants and get on with the good fight. It’s just too easy to let someone else worry about it.

      Hand me the remote, will ya?

  8. woody188  May 24, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    Well Doug, you cite Mark Williams and Tom Tancredo, two GOP faithful that have been trying to hijack the Tea Party movement and bring them under the GOP’s “Big Tent.” But it’s the Tea Party movement and not the GOP that are the cult and dangerous to this nation?

    Doesn’t make any sense buddy. Is it pressure from sponsors or something clouding your vision when it comes to the Tea Party?

    • woody188  May 25, 2010 at 1:32 am

      From talkingpointsmemo:

      TPP’s stance could significantly complicate the project. Tea Party Patriots have helped to organize some of the best-attended Tea Party events of the last year, including the 9/12 “March on Washington” that brought tens of thousands to the Mall. Any federation of Tea Party groups that doesn’t include them will have difficulty speaking for the broad Tea Party movement.

      In other words, the rich GOP Republicans put on a convention media event complete with that nut job Sarah Palin without the support of the greater Tea Party movement. Know how you can spot the fake Tea Party movement?

      A bus marked Tea Party Express shows up and Sarah Palin is the main speaker.

      Like the late great Paul Harvey used to say: “Now you know, the rest of the story.”

  9. woody188  May 25, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    Give a listen especially at about 6:30 minutes into the piece.

  10. sherry  May 26, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    Doug, you have got to be kidding. Racism is the last refuge for the failure that is this administration and now you are buying into it.
    We don’t like the way things are going. I don’t care if Palin attends or doesn’t attend. I have been TAXED ENOUGH ALREADY! I don’t believe that has a thing to do with racism, but if it makes you happy, go ahead and call me whatever name you wish. Doesn’t make it honest.
    The fact that Palin, Hannity, et al have joined does not deter me. These people have something to say, and they have a right to say it without being called terrorists. That is so Bill Clinton of you.

  11. Nevad Ned  May 27, 2010 at 9:17 am

    The people in the Tea Party are not new. The Tea Party activisits are just the conservative wing of the Republican Party. These days, it’s about the ONLY wing of the Republican Party. True, the Tea Party organization is new. Doug Thompson showed a few weeks ago that the Tea Party is an “astroturf” group (fake grassroots), organized by Republican lobbyists in Washington DC, and had an earlier incarnation as the Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE).

    Many of the themes and issues raised by the Tea Party (no tax increases!) are perennial positions for conservatives. Some of the more eccentric positions really ARE new: e.g., obsession with Obama’s birth certificate.

    • woody188  May 27, 2010 at 10:19 am

      Wrong, wrong, wrong. Yes, there are conservative Republicans in the Tea Party, but there are also Independents and even Democrats too.

      Yes, the Tea Party Express and Pailn tour is the “astroturf” group, but there is also a real grassroots movement beyond and before they ever showed up.

      • woody188  May 27, 2010 at 10:22 am

        And FYI, adhering to the Constitution concerning Obama’s birth certificate, isn’t new. Same reason why Arnold Schwarzenegger can’t be President and thank God for that!

    • Almandine  May 27, 2010 at 10:33 am

      Doug did not establish that Republican lobbyists organized the Tea Party, especially TeaParty07, which was the first such activity – specifically geared toward support of Ron Paul. What Doug established is that the folks who earlier organized CSE rushed to the scenes of viable conservative efforts and tried to coopt them through formation of similar factions such as the Tea Party Express, using their monetary muscle to leverage a truly national presence.

      And you are correct, their positions are not new… they are those espoused by the founders against tyrannical govt.

  12. Kent Shaw  May 27, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    //* unlurk

    I decide whether to read one of Doug’s essays by first looking to see who has posted comments. Obviously, I’m going to have to read this one and all the subsequent commentary.

    //* relurk

  13. Johnny  May 27, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    So basically get a group organized to speak out against the status quo and they get labeled as subversive and a threat. Yet everyone seems just fine with the treasonous activities going on in our Congress and the WH. You read correctly. I said TREASONOUS.

    All that hope and change our current Prez promised….right into a facist state and restrictions on opposing views.

    Let me see, where have I seen that happen before?

  14. OhioRiver  May 27, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    All one has to do is to span the TV camera across the 9/12 D.C. demonstration & see the faces of the TeaParty supporters. They don’t look dangerous to me compared to the radicals on college campuses in the ’60′s.

  15. leftcoast  May 28, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    They’re US brown shirts in the making. Brutalized, manipulated, fear-filled sheep.

  16. paulb6  May 29, 2010 at 6:50 am

    DougThompson is perhaps best left alone riding his bike in the Shenandoah and talking to himself, anyone who has studied knows the tea party is a diverse group of people who are fed up with the self serving interests of both party’s. I am not racist and have not met others who are, there is always a small fringe in any party but please don’t paint us with a broad brush. I am tired of each other party doing every thing politically against their base and wish to have representatives who are truly expressive of the voters. As any new party we will make mistakes , however well intentioned we are, we are not infallable nor do we state we are. Doug, attend a real tea party meeting with the real members and I believe you would change your mind. I have always felt that I respected your opinion on many issues however on this one I believe you listened to the fringe of the traditional other parties,or followed the typical news casters who never thoroughly research anything and just spew the party line of there followers.

  17. Joe Wilson was right  May 30, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    Its too bad that Doug hasn’t gotten on a bus from all over the nation to attend a Tea Party event like so many folks have done in order to protest the grand slam being dumped on this nation by the Socialists. These folks are not bigots but bigoted liberals like Doug continue to distort the truth about one of the most amazing revivals of the American spirt to take place since the Revolution. One can almost imagine Doug’s displeasure when incumbents topple like dominos this fall, of both parties and a huge outpouring of fed up voters vote with rage and vengance. God Bless America.

  18. jim  May 31, 2010 at 7:26 am

    Recall the old childrens line about “sticks and stones” and you can understand how desparate the left is to smear all conservative thinkers. Just because 53% of American made a big mistake(that most now regret) doesn’t mean we roll over for nObama or any big spenders left or right.

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