The political left, most recently in the form of the NAACP, is bashing the libertarian-leaning Tea Party about with a peculiar zest. Some of these groups and their leaders are even attempting to smear all Tea Party activists by associating some members with the KKK. Can you imagine anything more insulting, inciting, not to mention insane?
The political left, including Ben Jealous, the NAACP’s President, continues to publically cite examples of alleged Tea Party racism, for which they offer no proof, and, if anything, evidence to the contrary exists. Regarding the “lynching” signs alleged to exist, why are these allegations not accompanied with any photographs or video? Some cite a billboard depicting President Obama with Hitler and Stalin as an example—of bad taste, yes, but racism, no. And in an act of self-policing, it was taken down.
As for the “spitting and racial epithet” incident allegedly perpetrated against Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), Andrew Breitbart, of www.breitbart.com, has offered $100,000 for video or audio confirming this incident took place as so many on the left have described. Despite the ubiquitous camera phones present at such events, the hundred grand remains in the bank collecting interest.
Anyone who’s been to any of the Seattle-area Tea Party gatherings is immediately aware they’re surrounded by some of the most unthreatening people they’ve ever been among. Bloggers and reporters have often noted that the areas in which the Tea Party gathers are cleaner after the event than before it; this can certainly not be said of leftist demonstrations—particularly ones where shattering windows and overturning police cars is a favored activity.
Doesn’t it seem shameful for civil rights activists to use the cudgel of racism so cavalierly? Now the NAACP’s president admonishes the Tea Party to expel the racists among them, in an effort to smear them with some fabricated associations, without even a mention of the visceral racism expressed by some within their own purview. They say this knowing full well this type of expulsion is impossible even in a typical centralized organization, never mind a decentralized, sociopolitical movement as the Tea Party.
So, when rational Tea Party members balk at the admonition because of its inanity, opponents are only too happy to paint this response as Tea Party resistance to purging any racists from their ranks.
There is one aspect of this issue that should encourage the Tea Party movement: The fact that such highly placed civil rights leaders and groups would descend so deep into the political gutter—slandering ordinary Americans who simply disagree with their political view—means they are near panic, and now, having cried wolf, they may not have any race cards left to play.