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Remembering the dark side of the Tea Party Movement and what it could mean in November

October 25, 2010

America must be reminded about the little mentioned, and ugly aspects of the real Tea Party Movement and the threat they represent to all Americans who believe in an inclusive Democracy where all are equal, and all have a voice. It is also why November 2, 2010 represents a critical juncture in the history of our Republic, when all Americans must stand up to be heard in order to protect that which our Founding Fathers intended

On October 2nd, an important march took place in Washington DC. Under the auspices of One Nation Working Together, the event brought together a coalition of Americans who believe in jobs, affordable healthcare, protection from corporate malfeasance, and above all else, democracy. And unlike the recent Glenn Beck sponsored, Tea Party infested political travesty held at the Lincoln Memorial that touted a restoration of honor while excluding any and all that did not adhere to their fundamental religious and conservative political doctrine, the October 2nd march sought to provide a voice to all Americans who want to better their lives and restore fairness and equality to our nation.

Participating in the march was Midge Hough, who last November was instrumental in pulling back the curtain on the then relatively new Tea Party Movement that was raising a shrill and discordant voice during the healthcare debate taking place at the time. Attending a town hall meeting held by Congressman Dan Lipinski to thank him for his early support of the healthcare legislation then in the House of Representatives, she got up to tell a tragic story of losing her 7 month pregnant daughter-in-law Jenny, and her unborn grandchild due to a lack of health insurance, which effectively blocked adequate access to the primary and critical care she needed when she contracted pneumonia. It was then that she was heckled and derided by the Tea Party Patriots, a group led by a woman named Catherina Wojtowicz. The event was written about in the local newspaper, the Southtown Star and captured on a video that went viral on YouTube:

What followed was a chorus of condemnation of the Tea Party and it’s doctrine of hate and vitriol, as the attack was read about or seen by literally millions of Americans who, for the first time, saw the truly dark side of the Tea Party Movement. The leader of the Tea Party group responsible, Ms. Wojtowicz, was condemned by Keith Olbermann as a ‘Worst Person in the World,’ and the story was a featured segment on The Ed Show on MSNBC called ‘No Shame Tea Party.’

Amidst the recent primary euphoria of Tea Party candidates around the country, Ms. Hough decided to march on October 2nd to not only fight for the healthcare legislation that Republicans and their Tea Party cohorts want to take away from millions of Americans, which will result in a whole new generation of Jenny’s, but to also remind Americans of what is at risk if they remain complacent and allow the Tea Party and their extremist candidates to succeed in November.

While they would have you believe their governance will be about spending and big government, the reality is that the Tea Party manifesto is one that attacks any and all who do not follow in lock step with their beliefs and their goals, something we have seen all to clearly in recent days in Kentucky as supporters of Tea Party candidate Paul Rand attacked one lone female protestor with a different point of view. That recent episode in Kentucky only reinforces Midge Hough’s experience from last year, as well as many other cases of of Tea Party extremism and intimidation since the movement burst on the political scene such as the man with Parkinsons Disease demonstrating for healthcare reform who was attacked by Tea Party supporters, having dollar bills thrown at him as he sat on the ground because he could not stand. Then there are the many instances of vile and ugly signs and symbols proudly held by demonstrators at Tea Party events. And of course, who could forget the shocking Tea Party Convention in Nashville where speakers like Tom Tancredo set race relations back 50 years by calling for a return to Jim Crow America.

This is why the march on October 2nd in Washington DC was so important. America needed to be reminded about the little mentioned, and ugly aspects of the real Tea Party Movement and the threat they represent to all Americans who believe in an inclusive Democracy where all are equal, and all have a voice. It is also why November 2, 2010 now represents a critical juncture in the history of our Republic, when all Americans must stand up to be heard in order to protect that which our Founding Fathers intended; a country that embraces diversity, welcomes those of good intent who want to live among us, promotes equality for all, and allows for the free and civil expression of differing points of view.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. Robert permalink
    May 24, 2011 1:27 am

    From the Tea Party supporters who attended political rallies with their handguns and assault rifles displayed for all to see, to Sarah Palin’s cross hairs on Democratic districts, to Sharron Angle’s “second amendment remedy” and Joyce Kaufman’s “Where ballots won’t work, bullets will” comments; it sounds like the Tea Party is eagerly willing to place anyone who votes contrary to their agenda in front of a firing squad. No thank you.

  2. Lone permalink
    September 27, 2010 4:33 am

    Some people are only capable of short grunting type responses. We know those people to be Obama voters

  3. Jose permalink
    September 26, 2010 8:07 pm

    The Tea Party is a manufactured astroturf group that was assembled by billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch through Koch Industries. They are also being funded by the Scaife Family and WalMart. They are the climate deniers in the face of fool proof science. (emphasis on the fool). Koch Industries was passed the torch by Du Pont family who used American Justice League to try to overthrow the government of FDR. They have been trying to get rid of all social programs since they were created. They are the billionaires who believe selfishness is a good moral characteristic of the highest order. They use Ayn Rand literature to perpetuate their arch libertarianism which basically strips away all the social obligations of the rich and leaves the middle and lower class without any help – even though it is from the middle and lower classes that the billionaires BECOME billionaires. They want to get rid of the 14th amendment and bring back slavery (read states’ rights and objectivism) so they can take advantage of the overpopulation that is stripping the earth bare of resources. The Koch Brothers are close to death. They are ramping up their government take over. They already own the GOP via TEA Party. They created Cato Institute, Heritage Foundation, Americans for Prosperity, and FreedomWorks. Also, it is believed that they are the sole backers of American Crossroads. They are now our rulers. Welcome to the Oligarchy of America.

  4. Tryan permalink
    September 26, 2010 3:35 pm

    Title IX Revenue Provisions-Subtitle
    A: Revenue Offset >”(Sec. 9002) Requires employers to include in the W-2
    form of each employee the >aggregate cost of applicable
    employer-sponsored group health coverage that is excludable >from the
    employee’s gross income (excluding the value of contributions to flexible
    >spending arrangements).” > >Starting in 2011-next
    year-the W-2 tax form sent by your employer will be increased >to show
    the value of whatever health insurance you are provided. It doesn’t
    >matter if you’re retired. Your gross income WILL go up by the amount of
    insurance >your employer paid for. So you’ll be required to pay taxes on
    a larger sum of >money that you actually received. Take the tax form you
    just finished for 2009 and >see what $15,000.00 or $20,000.00 additional
    gross income does to > Your tax debt. That’s what you’ll pay next year.
    For many it puts you >into a much higher bracket. This is how the
    government is going to buy insurance >for fifteen (15) percent that don’t
    have insurance and it’s only part of >the tax increases, but it’s not
    really a “tax increase” as such, it >a redefinition of your taxable
    income. Also, go to Kiplinger’s and read about >the thirteen (13) tax
    changes for 2010 that could affect you. > >Why am I sending you
    this? The same reason I hope you forward this to every single >person in
    your address book. People have the right to know the truth because an
    >election is coming in November. So vote intelligently, based on your
    values. But >also adjust your tax withholding, or increase your savings,
    so that you aren’t surprised >and put in a jam when your federal income
    taxes are due on April 15, 2012. > >Fight organized crime
    ! Re-elect no one .

    • Jerry Wayne Borchardt permalink
      October 1, 2010 7:43 pm

      Tryan, you aren’t really tryan!

      If you google and then enter in the search box “2011 W-2 Forms and HR3590” you will find the claims you posted are FALSE and an explanation as to why they are determined so.

  5. Kate Hess permalink
    September 24, 2010 9:06 am

    Why does EVERYTHING have to be so rancorous? The IDEAL of lower taxes and more efficient governmental practices resonates with EVERYONE on either side of the political spectrum; however, the dark sides appear to be more interested in acrimonious vitriolic name-calling and labeling which only lead to less harmony and more division and worst of all, take us further away from our ideal. So we have to decide what is really more important: getting to the ideal or destroying lives and careers to prove that the perceived opposition is not interested in the same objective?

  6. Lone permalink
    September 23, 2010 9:12 am

    The people a rising up and demanding the government become responsive to our wishes. Some want the government to run health care, Tea Partiers do not. There are things that could be done to improve health care for everyone including tort reform and deregulating certain parts of the industry, such as selling insurance across state lines. But if the government takes over costs will soar and service will dwindle. It’s already happening in other countries that Obama is modeling his plan after.
    Don’t be fooled, it’s not about getting health care to people, it’s about government controlling more of our lives.

    • Tryan permalink
      September 26, 2010 9:03 am

      So true…

      “…Tea Party and their extremist candidates to succeed in November.”

      Got to love how these propaganda groups try to show the tea party as extremist…. It actually represents mainstream America… which is what scares the heck out of the ruling class democrats and republicans.

      “…when all Americans must stand up to be heard in order to protect that which our Founding Fathers intended; a country that embraces diversity, welcomes those of good intent who want to live among us, promotes equality for all, and allows for the free and civil expression of differing points of view.”

      Which is exactly what the average tea party person supports…

    • September 29, 2010 10:38 am

      our founding fathers “intended”
      that slavery was legal (even though they Knew it was immoral)
      and only white, protestant men of property could vote…
      and African-Americans were only 3/4 a person…among other archaic standards

      If you’re anywhere below say the top 10% socio-economically
      and we were still operating under the “good old days”, You would
      have No political voice at all…

      It was the Progressives that insisted “all men” meant All Men,
      first all white, then all black and eventually that “men” meant people
      and that women should vote.

      The fact that we have “amendments” to the constitution
      proves the “Founders” understood
      that the constitution was not The Bible…
      it was a guideline created by
      Imperfect Human Beings…who had a concept..but knew their own limits..

      They were striving to “create a more perfect union”
      They NEVER said that The Constitution achieved this
      (see ammendments)
      …it was part of a process…

  7. Eric Sabo permalink
    September 23, 2010 2:29 am

    YEAHHHH RIGHT. You are so full of shit it ain’t even funny. Why do you think you have to lie about these PATRIOTS? Your video there showed hardly a mob. And so what, a guy was smiling… you idiots could have snapped that photo at any point. The video did not show people being mean or rude. SIT DOWN YOU IMBICILE! MR. or MRS. GRAY, YOU ARE MISSING SOMETHING HERE CALLED oh, uhhhhh, HONESTY

    • TEABAGGERS = Ignorant Traitors permalink
      September 26, 2010 4:38 am

      Tea bagger scum alert!

      • Eric permalink
        September 26, 2010 1:05 pm

        Takes one to know one

      • Tryan permalink
        September 26, 2010 3:40 pm

        LOL! You’d think this kind of “reply” would be deleted as it in no way addresses any issue. Teabaggers+ignorant traitors…. says a lot about the poster.

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