Tea Party Commentary

This week in Nashville, a “Tea Party Convention” was kicked off with a riveting and impassioned speech by Tom Tancredo, former Congressman from Colorado, in which he chastised the selection of our new president and the political views that he believes Pres. Obama espouses.

Specifically, he said that “people who could not even spell the word ‘vote’, or say it in English, put a committed socialist ideologue in the White House. His name is Barack Hussein Obama.”

Asked later if he agreed with Mr. Tancredo’s comments, convention organizer Judson Phillips had this to say:

The word ‘socialist’ is a word you don’t want to be labeled with in the American political system. It’s got a lot of negative connotations, but it also has a very specific political meaning. It refers to a specific political ideology. I think it is very clear that that is the political ideology of Barack Obama.

And if that wasn’t enough, he added this: “Tancredo doesn’t feel like a lot of people who supported Barack Obama understand the basics of this country.”

Of course I was righteously indignant when I first read about this, but to be fair, these comments aren’t too far off from the dismissive comments many liberals (including myself) had to say about the people that voted George W. Bush into his second term in office.

And yes, I read the statements above and think “racist bastard!” because I assume he’s talking about black people, but maybe that’s just because Obama is black and I’m attributing negative motivations to Tancredo and Phillips.

Just like they probably would’ve taken my snide thoughts about uneducated redneck hillbillies voting Bush back into office as me being an elitist snob.

And the scary thing is, I wonder if we might both be right about each other.

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