Monday, July 6, 2009

Why Tea Parties And Negroes Don't Mix.

Not that you woulda noticed, but there were more Tea Parties over the weekend. Unlike the Tax Day Tea Parties of a few months ago, these were considerably less well attended. Seems folks would rather eat Oscar Meyers and chug Milwaukee's Best than protest the oppressive tyranny of The Beige One. Heck, Fox News didn't even bother essentially promoting the thing by turning it into a self-made media event sending out cameras this time. Priorities and whatnot.

Preach Black Man!!! Massive turnout in B'More. There were prolly more people standing in line at The Fudgery.[1]

Anyways, wouldn't you know it, there just had to be a handful of bad apples that ruined the nonpartisan, all-American assembly. Witness this outbreak of Caucasian Craziness in Jacksonville, FL.
The Republican Party of Duval County is backing away from their promotion of an event that featured numerous controversial comparisons of President Barack Obama with German Dictator Adolf Hitler. The event, a Tea Party held at the Jacksonville Landing on July 2, was organized by the First Coast Tea Party. However, the Duval County Republican Party promoted the event with e-mails that stated “Paid by Republican Party of Duval County.” Duval Republican Party Chairman Lenny Curry also broadcasted live from the event on the party’s weekly radio broadcast hosted by AM 1320.

The event, which was attended by Florida State Representatives Lake Ray, Charles McBurney and Mike Weinstein and Florida State Senator Stephen Wise, drew about 1,000 people to the Jacksonville Landing. Local party officials were on stage, along with numerous members of the Jacksonville business community.

While partisan rhetoric at any rally is expected, controversy has arisen over numerous signs that were prominently displayed at the gathering, including two that featured Barack Obama in Nazi garb. One sign, in fact, had altered Obama’s appearance to resemble Hitler. Other signs compared ACORN, the community organizing group accused of voter registration irregularities, with the SS—the Nazi organization responsible for enacting the Holocaust and the group responsible for most of the crimes against humanity committed by the Third Reich.

Several local GOP activists privately expressed shock that elected officials would be seen at any event that featured comparisons of Obama with Hitler. What surprised some of them the most; however, was the fact that the Duval County Republican Party would feature pictures from the event—complete with Obama/Hitler comparisons—on their Facebook fan page.

While the party has stated that they did not officially “plan” the event, the fact that they heavily promoted it and featured the controversial pictures on their website, has left them open to the ensuing controversy.
The obligatory "Action News" report.

And of course, another of the inflammatory images.

Seriously, folks, we get it. You don't like the President. You wanted your guy to win, even though who exactly "your guy" is is still a bit puzzling. But at some point, doesn't all the anti-Semitic imagery get a bit played out? How do you take this photoshopped image to Kinkos with a straight face?

I suppose people are certainly entitled to their opinions, and signs invoking the Holocaust are certainly protected by free speech. But c'mon, is Obama really trying to establish a program of systematic state-sponsored extermination?

It's called "hyperbole". Google it sometime.

Question: Is all the Obama = Hitler imagery a bit much, or do the TeaBaggers have a valid point about the oppressive regime of The Beige One?!?

Duval GOP In Controversy Over Obama/Hitler Comparisons At Tea Party [JaxPoliticsOnline]

[1] Name the semi-popular late 90's R&B group that got discovered here.

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