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Conservative columnist Herb Denenberg spoke to a camera at the Philadelphia Tea Party protest this July fourth. A video of his rant is posted on Tea Party ProtestorsYouTube. Wearing a hat of The Bulletin (which, it was announced on Saturday, will re-launch on August 2), he says, “We’re tired of the mainstream media which hasn’t told you that Obama is a world class phony, fraud, liar, faker, hypocrite, and he hates America.”

I didn’t attend the Independence Hall rally because I was busy having fun on Saturday. And while I am sure a seemingly researched comment will refute these claims, I believe the Fox News-promoted protests are really just an extension of basic radicalism that has been going on for a while, legitimized at some point in 2007.

Supporters of Texas Congressman Ron Paul claim ownership of the Tea Parties. And they feel they’ve been co-opted by the GOP and Republican media mouthpieces. The original tea party was going to be completely funded and enacted by libertarian supporters of Dr. Paul. Their plan was to ride a blimp that read “Google Ron Paul” over Washington and Boston, dropping tea bags into Boston Harbor.

Clearly, the plan never worked out and Ron Paul didn’t win a primary. But other forms of “Tea Parties” took place for the candidate, some of which were in the form of “money bombs.” These were promoted by 9/11 Truth conspiracy radio host Alex Jones and other Ron Paul supporters. Republican politicians, commentators, websites, and a television station then exploited the idea to lead the battle cry against Barack Obama. They held their first Tea Parties on April 15. The second was this past weekend.

At the April protest, Texas Governor Rick Perry was cheered when he insinuated he was open to the literally anti-American idea that Texas could secede from America and becoming its own country. He later backpedaled on his statements. This time around, in his state’s capital, he was booed. Republican Senator John Cornyn spoke in Austin, as well. He was called a traitor and booed before and after his remarks.

The Anti-Defamation League warned before these protests that “White supremacists and neo-Nazi hate groups plan to take advantage of the anti-tax “Tea Parties”…to disseminate racist fliers and other materials and attempt to recruit others to their cause.”

Conspiracists, at various Tea Parties, spoke of fighting the “New World Order,” the idea that the Constitution is based on Biblical Law, and the conspiracy that Barack Obama was born in Kenya.

In Jacksonville, Florida, 1,000 people showed up to protest. Several protestors held signs comparing President Obama to Adolf Hitler. Photos of these signs were posted on the Duval County Republican Party Facebook page.  Jacksonville Tea party Protest

But these thoughts are right in line with the originator of the Tea Parties, Alex Jones. Jones believes 9/11 was carried out by the American government, that a conference of billionaires called “The Bilderberg Group” runs the world, and that this group plans on murdering 80 percent of humanity so they can take advantage of their secret machines and scientists who will allow them to live forever.

I bring these conspiracies up because if these protests are just a reaction to spending and big government, Fox News would have promoted protests against George W. Bush at least once during the previous eight years, right? He came into office with a surplus, which was quickly eliminated as we were put into debt during his first term. He dug the hole deep and left office in a recession.

There were no protests then. Why now? Yeah, government spending – especially when it comes to earmarks – is out of control. But find me a time in the last 100 years when it wasn’t.

The last thing we need to do is legitimize the voices of those who believe everything from our president hating America, to our president being part of a lizard alien world conspiracy gang. Have your protests, have your free speech, but the world is watching your Hitler comparisons and listening to your New World Order speeches, and when it comes down to it, things like that are only hurting the cause.

 

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Comments


9:00 AM
Tue Jul 7 2009
Try listening to people before demonizing them

Randy, any journalist worth their salt would have jumped at the chance to attend that Tea Party before writing an article about it. Here was a golden opportunity to observe first-hand who was running the event, to speak with the people who were attending, to listen and understand their stories and to write a solid, fact-based article. But by your own admission you were off having too much fun to actually research your subject matter.  Instead, you preferred to rely on stale, second-hand sources and make-up a story that culminates in – surprise, surprise – another unsubstantiated attack on Fox News. Or perhaps you were afraid that the people you would have met at the Tea Party might not all conform to your stereotype of nuts-cases and neo-Nazis but instead include ordinary Philadelphians with genuine concerns, legitimately exercising their right to free speech. Suggestion: try actually engaging with people before demonizing them. You might learn something and your writing would be a lot more original and interesting.