AMERICA: Your NEW & IMPROVED Republican Party

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    Mar 21, 2010 9:55 AM GMT
    Tea Party Protests: "Ni**er," "Fa**ot," Shouted at Members of Congress
    By: Sam Stein

    Abusive, derogatory and even racist behavior directed at House Democrats by Tea Party protesters on Saturday left several lawmakers in shock.

    Preceding the president's speech to a gathering of House Democrats, thousands of protesters descended around the Capitol to protest the passage of health care reform. The gathering quickly turned into abusive heckling, as members of Congress passing through Longworth House office building were subjected to epithets and even mild physical abuse.

    A staffer for Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) told reporters that Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) had been spat on by a protestor. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), a hero of the civil rights movement, was called a 'ni--er.' And Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) was called a "faggot," as protestors shouted at him with deliberately lisp-y screams. Frank, approached in the halls after the president's speech, shrugged off the incident.

    But Clyburn was downright incredulous, saying he had not witnessed such treatment since he was leading civil rights protests in South Carolina in the 1960s.

    "It was absolutely shocking to me," Clyburn said, in response to a question from the Huffington Post. "Last Monday, this past Monday, I stayed home to meet on the campus of Claflin University where fifty years ago as of last Monday... I led the first demonstrations in South Carolina, the sit ins... And quite frankly I heard some things today I have not heard since that day. I heard people saying things that I have not heard since March 15, 1960 when I was marching to try and get off the back of the bus."

    "It doesn't make me nervous as all," the congressman said, when asked how the mob-like atmosphere made him feel. "In fact, as I said to one heckler, I am the hardest person in the world to intimidate, so they better go somewhere else."

    Asked if he wanted an apology from the group of Republican lawmakers who had addressed the crowd and, in many ways, played on their worst fears of health care legislation, the Democratic Party, and the president, Clyburn replied: "A lot of us have been saying for a long time that much of this, much of this is not about health care a all. And I think a lot of those people today demonstrated that this is not about health care... it is about trying to extend a basic fundamental right to people who are less powerful."

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    Hurry, get your white hoods and swastikas at the new Republican Party open house - coming soon to a cross burning near you!

    These people and those who support them are vile human beings.

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    Mar 21, 2010 11:51 AM GMT
    But, gosh, they don't speak for ALL repubs or teabaggers and it's not like their republican leaders fire them up with bumper sticker patriotism or anything.
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    Mar 21, 2010 12:09 PM GMT
    They're still making excuses. http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/878259/?forumpage=1
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    Mar 21, 2010 12:31 PM GMT
    coolarmydude saidThey're still making excuses. http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/878259/?forumpage=1


    Wow! The level of hypocrisy in that thread was eye opening. You handled the children well. Nicely played.
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    Mar 21, 2010 12:36 PM GMT
    here we go again
    Round II....FIGHT......limit ur fatalities to 10 seconds after the catfight posts.....mkthanx

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  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Mar 21, 2010 3:01 PM GMT
    reppaT said
    coolarmydude saidThey're still making excuses. http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/878259/?forumpage=1


    Wow! The level of hypocrisy in that thread was eye opening. You handled the children well. Nicely played.



    Actually, the level of intelligence (or lack thereof) in that thread is what is truly eye-popping. Anyone who actually thinks the extreme examples such as pointed out here and in the other thread by some, certainly not all, of the tea-baggers (or any political group for that matter) speak for the group as a whole shows ignorance at the very least.

    There are always a few freaks who turn out at political demonstrations who, unfortunately, get the most attention and taint the efforts of those who are there with good intentions.
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    Mar 21, 2010 3:05 PM GMT
    Well said, CJA! My point exactly.
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    Mar 21, 2010 3:05 PM GMT
    I'd be curious how well these protesters would take the idea of total elimination of social security, medicade and medicare. Just curious.
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    Mar 21, 2010 3:16 PM GMT
    If I may so naively ask...where were all the reasonable people outshouting the red-necks, or castigating them publicly for calling people n**ger and f**got?

    -Doug
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    Mar 21, 2010 3:24 PM GMT
    meninlove said If I may so naively ask...where were all the reasonable people outshouting the red-necks, or castigating them publicly for calling people n**ger and f**got?

    -Doug



    Exactly! The vindication of those with honorable intentions within the TEA Party will be revealed at the moment the TEA Party splits.
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    Mar 21, 2010 3:28 PM GMT
    meninlove said If I may so naively ask...where were all the reasonable people outshouting the red-necks, or castigating them publicly for calling people n**ger and f**got?

    -Doug


    Probably doing something productive and not wanting ANYTHING whatsoever to do with those idiots. Like I said, there are clueless extreme-type at every political demonstration who, unfortunately, get most of the attention. What would be naive is to think that these extreme-types belong only to the tea party.
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    Mar 21, 2010 3:31 PM GMT
    Well CuriousjockAZ, the problem with that is then the loudmouth rednecks become your major public representation, which makes the 'reasonable people' rather silly for letting that happen, and shows others just who will be calling the shots...certainly not the reasonable people that don't speak out.
  • coolarmydude

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    Mar 21, 2010 3:32 PM GMT
    But don't you see the escalation taking place? First it was rhetoric, then it became references to violence, now it's involving spitting. Next will be physical violence followed by intentions to kill.
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    Mar 21, 2010 3:35 PM GMT
    meninlove said Well CuriousjockAZ, the problem with that is then the loudmouth rednecks become your major public representation


    Only to idiots who don't have the sense to know any better.
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    Mar 21, 2010 3:37 PM GMT
    lol, that's too easy, and quite frankly, when we see Parties of any stripe allowing demonstrations of public bigotry, that tells us everything we need to know.
    Have there been any statements issued by the R party or the Tea Bag party since this event?

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    Mar 21, 2010 3:38 PM GMT
    coolarmydude saidBut don't you see the escalation taking place? First it was rhetoric, then it became references to violence, now it's involving spitting. Next will be physical violence followed by intentions to kill.


    I agree, it is very sad to see some people who are so filled with hate and bigotry that they become enraged and act so outrageously. That said, this is not uncommon. We've seen this sort of behavior from extreme groups throughout our history. This is nothing new or unusual.
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    Mar 21, 2010 3:39 PM GMT
    Since last year, people like Rachel Maddow have brought into question the rhetorical attack machine, like Glenn Beck, that gets people wound up and asks the question about how much culpability do those who "stir the pot" have should someone resort to violence.


    I have no doubt that there are people behind the scenes tempting these idiots to act violently.

    CULPABILITY.
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    Mar 21, 2010 3:40 PM GMT
    AC said "We've seen this sort of behavior from extreme groups throughout our history."

    hmmmmm.....perhaps this excusing is why little progress is made down there...
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    Mar 21, 2010 3:44 PM GMT
    meninlove said lol, that's too easy, and quite frankly, when we see Parties of any stripe allowing demonstrations of public bigotry, that tells us everything we need to know.
    Have there been any statements issued by the R party or the Tea Bag party since this event?




    It's not that the R party, or Tea Party, allowed (or disallowed) these demonstrations. It was clearly some extreme individuals acting up and expressing their own hate and bigotry. Sadly, as much as most normal people would disagree with that sentiment, those who acted that way have the right to do that. The vast majority of the demonstrators at these rallies were were well-behaved and respectful. Of course, you don't see those sorts of videos posted here or on news outlets like MSNBC.
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    Mar 21, 2010 3:46 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidOf course, you don't see those sorts of videos posted here or on news outlets like MSNBC.



    Oh we see them too...with signs of contempt...They may not act violently, but they wish it to happen at the tree of liberty...as guns and ammo sales skyrocket...
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    Mar 21, 2010 3:50 PM GMT
    meninlove said
    Have there been any statements issued by the R party or the Tea Bag party since this event?



    I actually saw Michael Steele (Chairman of the GOP) denounce quite soundly this morning the actions by a very small minority of the demonstrators yesterday. Regardless, an entire party or group cannot be held accountable for the actions of an extreme few.
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    Mar 21, 2010 3:52 PM GMT
    coolarmydude said
    Oh we see them too...with signs of contempt...They may not act violently, but they wish it to happen at the tree of liberty...as guns and ammo sales skyrocket...



    This is you injecting your own opinion, but it's not necessarily fact. Most tea partyers are normal everyday Americans just expressing their contempt for our government and the way things are being run. You may not agree with their message, but it doesn't make YOUR message any more right or valid than theirs.
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    Mar 21, 2010 3:57 PM GMT
    CuriousjockAZ said, "It was clearly some extreme individuals acting up and expressing their own hate and bigotry. Sadly, as much as most normal people would disagree with that sentiment, those who acted that way have the right to do that."


    Then you guys have a huge problem down there....
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    Mar 21, 2010 4:07 PM GMT
    meninlove said CuriousjockAZ said, "It was clearly some extreme individuals acting up and expressing their own hate and bigotry. Sadly, as much as most normal people would disagree with that sentiment, those who acted that way have the right to do that."


    Then you guys have a huge problem down there....



    Not really. The majority of people don't act this way or operate from that kind of mindset. Again, don't take the actions of a few to mean that they speak for the whole group. They don't.
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    Mar 21, 2010 4:14 PM GMT
    erm...well...that's nice but if we're wrong, then why does fear-mongering work so well down there? Public perceptions perhaps? If everyone is so reasonable and doesn't pay attention to the freaks who's god given right is apparently to stir up bigotry and hate, then where are your rights? They keep getting slapped into next year with public votes, of which the voters are made up of (going by your reasoning here) obviously none of the reasonable. So why aren't the majority (all the reasonable people) voting your rights into law?