I suppose that in every crowd of people there will be the occasional asshat but...
I just wish it was not in the TEA Party. From The Nation:
Health Reform Foes Shout N-Word at Civil Rights Icon As Congressman John Lewis, the civil rights movement veteran, was across from the Capitol Saturday when he heard a word that from his past.
White activists, associated with the so-called "Tea Party" movement, who had come to Capitol Hill to protest the anticipated passage of health-care reform legislation on Sunday, used the ugliest racist epithets to attack the man who marched at the side of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. for daring to disagree with them.
Lewis was leaving the Cannon Office Building Saturday afternoon when a crowd of demonstrators descended on him, shouting obscenities and screaming, "Kill the bill, kill the bill."
Lewis responded, "I'm for the bill, I'm for the bill, I'm voting for the bill."
Then, according to Lewis and others who were present, the Tea Party crowd then started began shouting: "Kill the bill, n-----."
The incident, which took place not far from where King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech, was witnessed by other members of Congress and is being broadly reported by media outlets, including McClatchy Newspapers and Fox News.
Missouri Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, another member of the Congressional Black Caucus, was a few feet away when the white protesters began shouting the N-word.
"It was a chorus," said Cleaver, who was spit on by protesters. "In a way, I feel sorry for those people who are doing this nasty stuff -� they're being whipped up.. I decided I wouldn't be angry with any of them."
"It was a lot of downright hate and anger and people being downright mean," said Lewis, who added that he was surprised and saddened that "people are so mean and we can't engage in a civil dialogue and debate."
That was sooo wrong on so many levels -- the actions of these one or two idiots made null and void the actions of a thousand
The fact that they would go ahead and say this without realizing the impact it would have puts them into a category far below pond scum on the evolutionary scale. My profound apologies to all the wonderful pond scum out there whose name I have tarnished by mentioning them and those idiots in the same sentence.
One thing does come to mind though -- what if those a@@holes were astroturfers from SEIU or other such pro-healthcare organization. After all, it isn't like they have done this before...
From The Blog Prof:
BUSTED!: "Obama As Hitler" Poster Was A Democrat/Union Plant At John Dingell Townhall! UPDATED with video interview! Watering the plants, as Glenn Reynolds would say. Nancy Pelosi, the dimmest bulb in the U.S. House, got things started with this absurd assertion last week:
Once she said this, all of a sudden Obama as Hitler posters started popping up at townhall meetings, particularly this one at John Dingell's townhall last Thursday:
Note the black man holding up the poster. This screenshot was used in reports by the MSM who painted the protesters as Nazis. Here's the thing, though - that black man is a Dingell supporter! Last Friday, Frank Beckmann on his show broadcast on WJR 760 AM interviewed an eyewitness that said not only were union thugs let in through a side door before anyone else was let into the venue, but that he clearly saw from his vantage point that very Obama as Hitler poster in that back hallway after the union thugs took their seats. The interview was around 11:00am, but WJR chose not to post that audio (they only tend to select one or two clips a day to post). I thought it would have been bigger news, and needed more than just that to write a post, albeit an audio clip would have partially sufficed. In any case, I've been scouring YouTube and the web for more info, and have finally found some. Here is one account that was posted Monday over at FreeRepublic:
A couple that were at Dingals TH meeting said there was a black man outside with a sign comparing Obama the Adolf Hitler. After the meeting ended and when everyone was leaving this same man was handing out Dingal campaign flyers.
Sorry no link, I'm on my Palm but maybe someone can download it from Fox and post the link.
If the link is out there, I haven't found it yet (**see update for footage**). The plant poster was used by the liberal media and the Soros-funded [see update#15] national blog the Daily Kos:
Before I had even parked the car, I saw a young African American guy carrying a 5-foot tall picture of President Obama with a Hitler mustache.
As we neared the venue 30 minutes before it was scheduled to start, it was clear that the turnout was HUGE. Before I had even parked the car, we saw a young African American guy carrying a 5-foot tall picture of President Obama with a Hitler mustache.
This was just a foreshadowing of what was to come.
KG One over at RightMichigan had his suspicions regarding the Obama as Hitler poster. Here's one of the observations that KG listed in that post:
Dispatch a small number of your sycophants to intermingle with the crowd in order to provoke a reaction. Giving them conflicting information works to promote the above. This also works best when the local media finally get off of their sorry duff and appear at event.
This is nothing short of liberals watering the plants, albeit it is unclear whether they knew he was a plant at all. The media have been digging into the background of the father with a handicapped son that confronted Dingell at the event and was removed, but haven't, to the best of my knowledge, done a darned thing in regards to the plant! Typical.
More at the website -- it will be interesting to see who actually did what when videos surface as they eventually will...
Posted by DaveH at March 20, 2010 6:35 PM