From CPUSA (Communist Party USA) website People’s World, Jarvis Tyner gives his view.
Tea party’s ugly reality: racism, sexism, homophobia
March 26, 2010
Last weekend’s final days of struggle to pass the health care reform bill starkly showed the ugly reality that is the “tea party.”
From its inception the tea party people have used every dirty trick in the book to try to scare people into opposing heath care reform – from the “death panels” to how “awful” a government-run health care system would be – even though that is not what was proposed and most countries with government-run health care have better health care then we do.
But those lies and distortions could not win the battle for them so they threw in a massive dose of racism, primarily aimed at the president, sexism on the abortion issue, and red-baiting to try to further confuse, divide and panic the people. Media outlets like Fox gave the fullest coverage to these lies day in and day out.
I favored a stronger bill, at least with a public option. But in that atmosphere it is amazing that even the modest final version of the bill passed. Those members of Congress who stood up to the hysteria, racism, red-baiting and threats and voted for the bill are to be commended. In our electoral system it’s tough for capitalist politicians to do the right thing when it might mean they will face a well-financed right-wing attack machine this November.
The tea party folks, fearing a big loss was coming, were all over Capitol Hill last Saturday making their final push to defeat health care reform. Just like they did at the town hall meetings last fall, they were in the faces of members of Congress, screaming and cursing.
It was a shocking display of in-your-face racism. Congressman John Lewis, D-Ga., was called the “n” word more than once. So were Reps. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., and Andre Carson, D-Ind.
Lewis, the African American veteran civil rights leader who was beaten unconscious on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in the 1965 Selma, Alabama, march, said, “I haven’t heard anything like this in 45 years.” Clyburn, a fellow member of the Congressional Black Caucus and a veteran of the Southern struggle, called it “absolutely shocking.”
But that’s not all. When Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass.,who is gay, was walking through the halls of the Capitol building which were packed with tea party protesters, he was also verbally assaulted, repeatedly called the “f” word. “It’s almost like the Salem witch trials,” he said.
Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., also black, pointed out the sheer confusion of the protesters. “I have never heard anyone campaign for their freedom to be uninsured. I’ve never heard anyone campaign against Medicare,” said Scott. “That’s what you’re dealing with.”
The protesters carried many signs opposing any inclusion of women’s reproductive rights in the bill. In fact, bowing to right-wing pressure, the bill retains the reactionary restrictions of the Hyde Amendment which prohibits use of any federal money to pay for abortions.
The stench of fascism is all over the teabaggers.
Not so long ago those bigoted, red-baiting attacks would have won the day. No matter what might think of the bill, the fact that it was passed despite the most extreme right-wing demagogic, bigoted, ideological attack shows that some significant shifts in mass thought patterns in a progressive direction are taking place today and it is affecting the thinking of members of Congress.
As the struggle goes forward to improve health care (single-payer, for one) and the big struggle for jobs is unfolding, it is imperative that there be a stepped up ideological struggle against racism, sexism, homophobia and anti-communism if we are going move things in a progressive direction.
This is not just the lunatic fringe we are dealing with. I don’t care how much Michael Steele apologizes for the racists in his party. This isn’t just the “tea party”; it is also the GOP.
Newt Gingrich, who is supposed to be a right-wing idealogue and intellectual, showed his true racist essence when he warned the Democrats that if they passed the health care bill, “They will have destroyed their party as much as Lyndon Johnson shattered the Democratic Party for 40 years” by passing civil rights legislation.
If Gingrich thinks that defeating health care reform and eliminating discrimination and segregation are not moral and constitutional imperatives for a democracy but rather something to be left alone because it’s politically risky, he is morally and politically bankrupt. Is that what the party that says it’s for a “color blind” society is all about? If they win control again, is it back to Jim Crow?
The struggle for health care reform showed a lot. It gave us another indication of what we are up against and fighting for. All democratic forces need to be aware that we face nothing less then an epic battle for the future of our nation, and we dare not fail.
From Trevor Loudon at NewZeal: http://www.newzeal.blogspot.com
Top Communist Flays the “Tea Party” Movement
The US left hates the “Tea Party” movement – which proves it’s the best thing happen to American politics for decades.
Jarvis Tyner, right, SEIU “purple shirter” left, cardboard friend, rear, Oregon 2008.
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.
Saul Alinsky Rules for Radicals personified:
It is not enough for the organizer to be in solidarity with the people. He must also, said Alinsky, cultivate unity against a clearly identifiable enemy; he must specifically name this foe, and “singl[e] out” precisely who is to blame for the “particular evil” that is the source of the people’s angst.
Alinsky summarized it this way: “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it…. [T]here is no point to tactics unless one has a target upon which to center the attacks.” He held that the organizer’s task was to cultivate in people’s hearts a negative, visceral emotional response to the face of the enemy.
Alinsky stressed the need for organizers to convince their followers that the chasm between the enemy and the members of the People’s Organization was vast and unbridgeable. “Before men can act,” he said, “an issue must be polarized. Men will act when they are convinced their cause is 100 percent on the side of the angels, and that the opposition are 100 percent on the side of the devil.” Alinsky advised this course of action even though he well understood that the organizer “knows that when the time comes for negotiations it is really only a 10 percent difference.” But in Alinsky’s brand of social warfare, the ends (in this case, the transfer of power) justify virtually whatever means are required (in this case, lying).
Excerpted; read the entire article about Saul Alinsky at:
The radical ideals of Saul Alinsky written in a College thesis by Hillary Clinton.
The radical playbook followed by the likes of CPUSA, SEIU, AFL-CIO, AFSCME, Democratic Socialists of America, The Congressional Progressive Caucus with Nancy Pelosi at the helm, etc.
Sarah Palin was the target last year.
This year it is the Teaparty Patriots.
Reiterating Trevor Loudon’s remarks:
He (they) 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.