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LAMas
04-26-2010, 11:39 PM
http://townhall.com/columnists/DennisPra...l&comments=true (http://townhall.com/columnists/DennisPrager/2010/04/27/why_left_talks_about_white_tea_parties?page=full&comments=true)


Why Left Talks about "White" Tea Parties
by Dennis Prager
Democrats Warn Americans: The Tea Party's Becoming Terroristic

Opponents of the popular expression of conservative opposition to big government, the tea party, regularly note that tea partiers are overwhelmingly white. This is intended to disqualify the tea parties from serious moral consideration.

But there are two other facts that are far more troubling:

The first is the observation itself. The fact that the Left believes that the preponderance of whites among tea partiers invalidates the tea party movement tells us much more about the Left than it does about the tea partiers.

It confirms that the Left really does see the world through the prism of race, gender and class rather than through the moral prism of right and wrong.

One of the more dangerous features of the Left has been its replacement of moral categories of right and wrong, and good and evil with three other categories: black and white (race), male and female (gender) and rich and poor (class).

Therefore the Left pays attention to the skin color -- and gender (not just "whites" but "white males") -- of the tea partiers rather than to their ideas.

One would hope that all people would assess ideas by their moral rightness or wrongness, not by the race, gender or class of those who hold them. But in the world of the Left, people are taught not to assess ideas but to identify the race, class and gender of those who espouse those ideas. This helps explain the widespread use of ad hominem attacks by the Left: Rather than argue against their opponents' ideas, the Left usually dismisses those making the argument disagreed with as "racist," "intolerant," "bigoted," "sexist," "homophobic" and/or "xenophobic."

You're against race-based affirmative action? No need to argue the issue because you're a racist. You're a tea partier against ever-expanding government? No need to argue the issue because you're a racist.

As a Leftist rule of thumb -- once again rendering intellectual debate unnecessary and impossible -- white is wrong or bad, and non-white is right and good; male is wrong and bad, and female is right and good; and the rich are wrong and bad, and the poor right and good. For the record, there is one additional division on the Left -- strong and weak -- to which the same rule applies: The strong are wrong and bad, and the weak are right and good. That is a major reason for Leftist support of the Palestinians (weak) against the Israelis (strong), for example.

This is why, to cite another example, men are dismissed when they oppose abortion. The idea is far less significant than the sex of the advocate. As for women who oppose abortion on demand, they are either not authentically female or simply traitors to their sex. Just as the Left depicts blacks who oppose race-based affirmative action as not authentic blacks or are traitors to their race.

In this morally inverted world, the virtual absence of blacks from tea party rallies cannot possibly reflect anything negative on the black and minority absence, only on the white tea partiers.

But in a more rational and morally clear world, where people judge ideas by their legitimacy rather than by the race of those who held them, people would be as likely to ask why blacks and ethnic minorities are virtually absent at tea parties just as they now ask why whites predominate. They would want to know if this racial imbalance said anything about black and minority views or necessarily reflected negatively on the whites attending those rallies.

And if they did ask such un-PC questions, they might draw rather different conclusions than the Left's. First, they would know that the near-absence of blacks and Hispanics no more implied racism on the part of tea partiers than the near-absence of blacks and Hispanics in the New York Philharmonic implies racism on the art of that orchestra.

Second, they might even, Heaven forbid, conclude that it does not reflect well on the political outlook of blacks and Hispanics that they so overwhelmingly identify with ever-larger government. Leftist big-government policies have been disastrous for black America just as they were in the countries that most Hispanics emigrated from. But like the gambling addict who keeps gambling the more he loses, those addicted to government entitlements keep increasing the size of the government even as their situation worsens.

Finally, if one eschews the "racism" explanation and asks real questions, one might also conclude that America generally, and conservatives specifically, have failed to communicate America's distinct values -- E Pluribus Unum, In God We Trust, and Liberty (which includes small government) -- to blacks and Hispanics.

Unfortunately, however, no real exploration of almost any important issue in American life is possible as long as the Left focuses on the race, gender and class of those who hold differing positions. And that will not happen. For when the Left stops attacking people and starts arguing positions, we will see what the Left most fears: blacks and Hispanics at tea parties.

LWW
04-27-2010, 04:01 AM
That was so insightful and spot on accurate.

Thanks for sharing.

LWW

Sev
04-27-2010, 06:32 PM
Very nice.

LAMas
04-27-2010, 08:17 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: LWW</div><div class="ubbcode-body">That was so insightful and spot on accurate.

Thanks for sharing.

LWW </div></div>

LWW and Sev,

This fine piece was lifted from Bamadog's thread on AZB NPR -kudos for him for his usual quality and informative find.

Qtec
04-28-2010, 01:50 AM
No. Its a load of BS.

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Opponents of the popular expression of conservative opposition to big government, the tea party, regularly note that tea partiers are overwhelmingly white.</div></div>

Its just a fact.

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">This is intended to disqualify the tea parties from serious moral consideration. </div></div>

No it isn't. This is a straw man.

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> moral consideration. </div></div> ??? WTF does that mean anyway? [I thought it was a political movement.]

There are many reasons not to take the TP serious,the main one is that they haven't a clue what they are protesting about.

TP guy/nutjob (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jbc064Uwax4&feature=player_embedded)
Q

The Economy Almost Always Does Better Under Democrats.

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">As the spent Tea Baggers wipe the spittle from their lips at they trudge home from Washington, they would do well to remember one final truth. The words of Harry Truman, <span style='font-size: 14pt'>the man Sarah Palin cited as her model,</span> are as true today as when he uttered them generations ago:

<span style='font-size: 20pt'>"If you want to live like a Republican, vote Democratic."</span> </div></div>

LWW
04-28-2010, 05:00 AM
I don't know how to break this to you Q ... but blacks are a minority in America.

In addition, after having the black family decimated by the leftist welfare state for 2 generations ... after it's schools being savaged by the Dept of Ed and NEA ... after the Jackson/Sharpton/Farakhan/Wright cabal preaching a message of hate and faux victimization ... it shouldn't be surprising that large numbers of blacks haven't yet realized what has been done to them.

Following the US Civil War most slaves remained on the plantations as sharecroppers under largely unchanged conditions.

People fear the unknown.

Also, Truman would beotch slap the demokook leadership of today if he saw what has been done.

LWW

Sev
04-28-2010, 06:16 AM
One thing to note.

If you watch football, baseball, ,basketball, hockey, tennis, wrestling, eating out at restaurants, Democrat conventions, Republican conventions and many other various places you will notice that the dominate race is Caucasian.

Why would anybody expect it to be any different for the Tea Party??

I would hazard to guess that there are more Asians, Cubans and recent legal immigrants at the Tea Party events as well as those listed above than Blacks and Hispanics.

However a few notable blacks in the Tea Party are Doctor King and Clarance Thomas's wife amongst others.

LWW
04-28-2010, 08:41 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Sev</div><div class="ubbcode-body">One thing to note.

If you watch football, baseball, ,basketball, hockey, tennis, wrestling, eating out at restaurants, Democrat conventions, Republican conventions and many other various places you will notice that the <span style='font-size: 14pt'>PRE</span>dominate race is Caucasian.

Why would anybody expect it to be any different for the Tea Party??

I would hazard to guess that there are more Asians, Cubans and recent legal immigrants at the Tea Party events as well as those listed above than Blacks and Hispanics.

However a few notable blacks in the Tea Party are Doctor King and Clarance Thomas's wife amongst others. </div></div>

I'm pretty sure that's what you meant to say ... and I'm not trying to be a grammar Nazi so much as I'm trying to preemptively not give anyone a chance to claim the meaning was otherwise.

LWW

pooltchr
04-28-2010, 09:04 AM
To answer the original question, it's not a matter of the left focusing on the Tea Party so much as the fact that, in general, the left seems to be far more preoccupied with race as a whole.

Steve

LWW
04-28-2010, 10:50 AM
Another reason which doesn't get much play is that the left's leadership is terrified if what the folks in the hood might do if they ever had a leader who explained how bad they had been abused.

LWW

Qtec
04-29-2010, 01:03 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">I don't know how to break this to you Q ... but blacks are a minority in America. </div></div>

Blacks make up <u>12.4% of the pop. and 1% of the Tea Party!</u>
Like I said before, this is a straw man.

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Following the US Civil War most slaves remained on the plantations as sharecroppers under largely unchanged conditions.

People fear the unknown. </div></div>

Only you could make such a comment and think that it is pertinent. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/crazy.gif

Q.........unbelievable.

LWW
04-29-2010, 06:06 AM
Well, the only reason I thought it was, is because it is.

LWW

LAMas
04-29-2010, 12:46 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: LWW</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Another reason which doesn't get much play is that the left's leadership is terrified if what the folks in the hood might do if they ever had a leader who explained how bad they had been abused.

LWW </div></div>

"...Participants included professors Michael Eric Dyson and Cornel West, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Bennett College President Julianne Malveaux. Most were very clear that they believe Obama needs to do more for the African-American community, but as Michael Fauntroy, an assistant professor at George Mason University, stated, "Too many of us are just happy to have a black president." ..."


http://www.politicsdaily.com/2010/04/14/tavis-smileys-anti-obama-rants-largely-ignored-in-anacostia/

"..But J is more forgiving of Obama.

When asked if Obama has neglected African-American concerns, she giggled, pushing back wisps of electric pink hair from her forehead. "Being the president is like having a lot of kids," she said. "You can't just focus on one kid the black community. You've got to spend time with everyone.".."

pooltchr
04-29-2010, 01:13 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: LAMas</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> Michael Fauntroy, an assistant professor at George Mason University, stated, "Too many of us are just happy to have a black president." ..."


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More proof of the racism of the left. If someone on the right suggests that Obama was elected because of his race, we are labled racist. Yet the left can admit that their issue was electing a black president!

Steve

LWW
04-29-2010, 01:40 PM
I keep telling you ... with doublethink everything becomes possible.

LWW