KPBS, the local NPR affiliate, titles a discussion on Tea Parties "Are Tea Partiers Hate Groups?"
The panel included Richard Rider, who eloquently explained the Tea Party movement, a Poway Tea Party woman who was sincere but a bit confused and garbled, a "peace" professor and a Southern Poverty Law Center representative. Rider had to single-handedly calmly explain what the Tea Party was about as the hysterical leftist panelists and NPR listeners speculated about racist motives and terrorist offshoots. Our friend Sarah Bond also phoned in and had a couple minutes and did a great job enlightening the paranoid.
The callers had the typical naive NPR-listener viewpoints and comments. A sampling (paraphrased):
- Where were these people when Bush was running up deficits? (Answer: we were screaming about Bush deficits, but Obama's spending makes Bush's look frugal by comparison.)
- The Fire Deparment and Police Department are government, so how can you be against the government? (Answer: the fact that some services may be effectively provided by government does not justify the Federal Leviathan or infinite government expansion and intrusion into every aspect of our lives. They ought to make you liberals take a logic class before giving you your government jobs.)
- The Tea Party had a racist vibe because while I went with my Asian neighbors and there were people of all races there including African-American speakers like Damon Dunn and Mason Weaver, I'm still an NPR listener and see racism everywhere I look. (Answer: While the Tea Party movement has people of all races who are concerned about reckless spending and runaway government, we'd always like to have more. It's a shame that NPR and other big media organizations try to portray the Tea Parties as racist to scare minorities away from this movement so vital to the future of children of all races.)
- The Tea Party had a racist vibe because some guy had a sign with Obama as Heath Ledger's Joker and I'm an NPR listener and see racism everywhere I look. (Answer: What's racist about Heath Ledger? Was it racist to depict Bush as the same Heath Ledger Joker?)
If you are still unclear on this, don't believe what you hear on NPR, CNN, or MSNBC. Go to your next local Tea Party. Tuesday's nationwide protest against ObamaCare would be a good start. More info about the San Diego event here.