Alan Grayson made the news again this week with an e-mail he sent to his supporters in which he spelled out Tea Party with a burning cross for the “T”. To misquote (slightly) Ronald Reagan, “There he goes again!” The mainstream media must love that Grayson was reelected in Florida; he spouts off so many quotable sound bites, the articles just write themselves. Unfortunately, much of what he says is incorrect, particularly the implication of the picture and his comments in the accompanying e-mail.
Is the Tea Party racist? The Democrats would like you to believe it is. They would like you to believe that anyone who does not support Barak Obama’s agenda is racist. After all, all those Tea Partiers must hate that a (half-black) man managed to get himself elected as president; it could not possibly be because they are against the socialist direction he is taking the country. And when one Confederate flag was spotted at the recent rally at the WWII veteran’s memorial march, it was soon reported that “DC protesters wave Confederate flag…” by some alternate media outlets. Those on the left would love for everyone to believe that the Tea Party movement is racist.
However, it just isn’t so. While there may be a few racists in any organization, including the Tea Party, it is not a racist organization. One study of a Tea Party related rally conducted in 2010 “…[revealed] that the vast majority of activists expressed narrow concerns about the government’s economic and spending policies and steered clear of the racially charged anti-Obama messages that have helped define some media coverage of such events.” Could it be that the mainstream media focuses on the lone, rogue racist sign and not on the overall message of the Tea Party? Well, of course. And they are careful not to point out the Black political activists who are part of they movement.
But the left goes even farther than that, with the help of their media lapdogs. Republicans get painted as racist all the time, while Democrats get a pass for some pretty egregious statements. Who can forget Joe Biden’s comment pointing out that Barak Obama was “…the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man.” Imagine that coming from a Republican! But, Biden, he gets the VP nomination!
So the Democrats get a pass when it comes to saying or doing anything remotely racist. It is a good thing for them, because the Democratic Party is the party of racism. The Republican Party is the one that fought to free the slaves and fought long and hard for civil rights in the fifties and sixties. The Democratic Party blocked civil rights legislation at every turn. Even though many like to give John and Robert Kennedy credit for all they did for Blacks in the sixties, they did so reluctantly and under orders from the Supreme Court. Schools were desegregated in the South during the presidency of Richard Nixon, not under any of the Democrats that came before him. And the KKK? That was a creation of the Democrats, not Republicans.
What does the Tea Party stand for? What do they want? As Brit Hume so aptly put it this week, the Tea Party is concerned about the continuous growth of entitlement spending, regulatory state expansion, a huge and growing national debt, and the drift toward “an un-free nation supervised by an overweening and bloated bureaucracy.” That makes them racist, how? Limited government, reduced spending, and greater freedom sounds like something we can all benefit from, unless we see the government as a way to get money from the taxpayers that we did not earn.
So Alan Grayson is just being crazy, old Alan Grayson when he uses an outrageous picture to raise funds. Remember he is the one who said, “Republicans want people to die quickly’; he called his opponent in 2010 “Taliban Dan” by misquoting his view on marriage, and he wanted activist Angie Langley to be fined and imprisoned for five years for the parody website she created called mycongressmanisnuts.com. Crazy or not, however, Grayson is successful at pushing his far left agenda, and he did manage to get elected again after redistricting in Florida.
We can only hope his new district finds him as embarrassing as his old one and sends him packing one more time. Then we can enjoy saying, “There he goes again!”