In the United States, the Democratic/progressives are using a revised version of this age-old strategy, except instead of demonizing the Jews, they are demonizing the Tea Party.
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Yesterday’s Labor Day rally in Detroit set off shock waves throughout the Conservative and Tea Party communities. Teamster’s President Jimmy Hoffa Jr spoke just before Barack Obama and used violent rhetoric about Tea Party patriots by urging America’s unions to take these “sons of bitches out.” If there is any doubt whether Hoffa knew what he was saying, don’t forget that his father was “taken out” and is believed by some to be buried under one of the end zones of the old Giant’s Stadium.
People were even more surprised that when he took over the stage a few moments later, President Obama didn’t refute Hoffa’s statement and indeed praised the union leader for his service. Later when asked to comment, the White House press office declined to comment on the Hoffa comment.
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It’s hard to understand why people are surprised, in fact people should prepare for more because it is very obvious that the Democratic Party’s 2012 strategy is to run against the tea party. This provides them with a way of attacking the GOP without attacking the GOP. It is also a way to avoid running on his record or the issues. “Boehner wanted to cooperate but he was forced to be stubborn by the tea party which puts ideology before country.”
If you haven’t heard that yet, trust me you will hear it much much more. Even though the tea party is a movement of grass roots Americans arguing for nothing more than smaller government and fiscal responsibility, they have and will be dehumanized by this progressive campaign that’s why the president didn’t blink at the violence of the Hoffa statement or when SCHMOTUS, Joe Biden doubled-down by calling their political rivals “Barbarians at the Gates.”
This anti-Tea Party strategy was kicked off the weekend of August 20 and 21 when President Obama, political adviser David Axelrod and former Press Secretary Robert Gibbs all criticized that “stubborn group of grass roots Americans.”
After the TV appearances the baton was picked up by the Congressional Black Caucus, their rhetoric was even worse. The Tea Party was no longer just stubborn; they were racist demons and the enemy. Maxine Waters told the Tea Party to go to hell, Frederica Wilson declared the Tea Party was the enemy, CBC Whip Andre’ Carson’s statement that the Tea Party programs are the efforts of Jim Crow who would like to see Black American’s “hanging from a tree,” and former Civil Rights Icon, Jesse Jackson’s outrageous charge that the Tea Partiers were the ones opposing the civil rights movement led by Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. The Tea Party opposing Obama, Jackson said, should be called the “Fort Sumter Tea Party that sought to maintain states’ rights and slavery.”
No follow that up with what we heard from Hoffa Jr, and the Vice President, the Democratic party attacks do not only seek to position the Tea Party as the reason the Obama Presidency has failed, no it is more nefarious than that. They are trying to dehumanize the Tea Party as Devils, who should be in Hell, Sons of Bitches that should be taken out, Barbarians, Jim Crow racists who want to lynch black people, and/or simply the enemy.
This dehumanization has/will serve many ends. Firstly it has deteriorated the tea party in the standing of the general public. Even though most Americans agree with the Tea Party goals, those same polls have shown that progressives have succeeded in tarnishing the Tea Party movement as radical.
The dehumanization of the Tea Party has provided the progressives with a common enemy which they can use to unite their base and even to attract independents. In Germany, it wasn’t Mr. Schwartz that was the enemy it was those Jews. In the US they can’t label Mrs. Jones who goes to a Tea Party rally bringing a lawn chair as the enemy, but it is very easy to aggregate all the Mrs. Jones and brand them as barbarians and Jim Crow racists.
Once the dehumanization is complete it all becomes easy. You see the public hates nasty discord and political name calling. But it doesn’t matter when the name calling isn’t directed at people, only against sons of bitches and racists who lynch black people the same way at first Jews were evil people who caused the economic collapse of Germany.
Some of you will read this and ask whether I am going too far, or maybe I need to switch to decaf. First of all I do not believe that the progressives are going to start rounding up all of the Tea Party Patriots, nor am I comparing what the progressives are doing to the Holocaust, noting fits into that category. What I believe is the demonization of the Tea Party will be a key component in the effort to re-elect Obama.
There is no other explanation. The same people that were blaming the tragic shooting of Gabrielle Giffords on supposed violent rhetoric are supporting the use of violent rhetoric against the Tea Party. Take DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Ms Gifford’s friend who was very vocal about the use of violent rhetoric. On Fox she practically tripped over her underwear trying to avoid saying anything bad about Hoffa’s violent words.
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This all could be chalked up to typical political hypocrisy, but I don’t think so, it is too coordinated, too pre-planned, to graduated–it seems rolled out, and for this Jew it seems all too familiar. Under the direction of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, the Tea Party is being demonized so the President can be re-elected by climbing atop their bodies.
This is the ultimate cynicism of the progressives who are desperately trying to hold on to the reins of power. For the first time in ages, the American people have stood up and gotten involved with their own political future, but the progressive reaction is to brand them as something less than human.