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Tea Party Nation Bolsters Its Extremist Credentials

By Leah Nelson on July 14, 2011 - 2:05 pm, Posted in Anti-Immigrant, Anti-Muslim, Antigovernment

As if worried that it’s getting too mainstream, the Tea Party Nation – one of the most extreme factions of the Tea Party movement – has lashed out lately with a flurry of attacks on immigrants, Muslims, LGBT people, and, of course, President Obama’s birthright eligibility for office.

Tea Party Nation blogger Alan Caruba broke new ground Wednesday with a bizarre attempt to liken Obama to Casey Anthony, the single mother from Florida who was recently acquitted of murdering her 2-year-old daughter after a much-publicized trial. 

In an essay entitled “Casey Anthony, Miss America,” Caruba wrote, “President Obama was the son of a divorced, teen-aged mother, who remarried, divorced again, and abandoned her child to the care of her parents. The President experienced trauma and dislocation throughout all of his formative years. Why should we not conclude that it seriously affected him? Common to both Ms. Anthony and the President is the persistent and blatant telling of lies.”

Never mind that this comparison ignores that Anthony was a single mother, while Obama was raised by one. The point is clear: In the eyes of Tea Party Nation, the president is a liar. Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips reinforced that position just Friday in a column praising Orly Taitz, one of the most tenacious proponents of the thoroughly disproven theory that Obama wasn’t really born in the United States and therefore lied his way into office.

Fantasizing about what it would mean if Obama were booted from office for lying about his place of birth, Phillips wrote, “[E]verything he did [would be] void. … [G]iven the potential reward of undoing everything Obama has done, why any conservative dismisses the eligibility issues as ‘birtherism’ is simply beyond belief.”

That’s not the only counter-historical bit of whimsy the Tea Party Nation has on offer. In her July 4th column on immigration for the group’s site, blogger Eliana Benador praised the racist Immigration Act of 1924, which outlawed all Asian immigration and instituted national origin quotas favoring Northern European immigrants. The act stood until 1965, when the Immigration and Nationality Act finally abolished the national origin quota system that had sharply limited the number of non-white immigrants.

According to Benador, that change “ended up altering the immigration pattern and opening doors to non-European nations, thus forever changing the intrinsic tissue of American society.” In “endlessly increasing numbers,” she complained, these non-European immigrants “are bringing in a whole new texture of culture, 100% foreign to what America’s origins were as its wonderful adventure began in 1776.”

The worst immigrants of all, Benador wrote, are Muslims, who (she claims) are using the First Amendment to invade from within and turn our system against us. “[T]he First Amendment does not stipulate that ‘freedom of religion’ must be upheld even if the followers of a religion have perpetrated an attack on, and massacred, our civilian population in times of peace, and especially if that religion incites to the destruction of our country, our people, and our values.”

Tea Party Nation’s Rich Swier, who beefed up the group’s record of racism with a March 28 blog stating, “The White Anglo-Saxon Protestant [WASP] population in America is headed for extinction,” weighed in last month on threats from another perceived internal enemy, the LGBT community. Proclaiming the campaign against anti-gay bullying a “sham” and comparing LGBT people to drug addicts, Swier wrote, “This is not bullying. It is peer pressure and it is healthy. There are many bad behaviors such as smoking, under age drinking and drug abuse that are behaviors that cannot be condoned. Homosexuality falls into this category. Homosexuality is simply bad behavior that youth see as such and rightly pressure their peers to stop it.”

Tea Party Nation, if nothing else, is consistent. Its 2010 convention featured a parade of divisive figures, include the viciously anti-gay head of Vision America Rick Scarborough, former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore (who was impeached for refusing to remove a 2½-ton statue of the 10 Commandments he’d had installed in the state judicial building without consent and in the dead of night), and hard-line anti-immigration politician Tom Tancredo.

Founder Judson Phillips once said, “I’m not trying [to] attract moderates. Moderates are just those who have no core beliefs.” Based on Tea Party Nation’s past and recent pronouncements, there isn’t much danger of that.

  • Anonymous

    I’m convinced that tea partiers and the like are merely jealous that Obama has his share of color and they don’t. If you look around the world people with color are the norm and it’s whites who are the odd balls. After all, if the modern make and model humans came out of Africa, guess what they had to look like? That’s right, you can be a blond hair blue eye but your great to the n’th grandparents were nice and dark. With good curly dark hair to match.

  • skinnyminny

    LOL! Looks like Natius Maximus got spanked by Ruslan. LMAO.

    Oh, and the teas are worried about racial identity again, huh! Wow! I think they should be worried as I noted in comments here last year, they are worried about ‘Muslims,’ my comments were, the day will come when the Saudi Prince just may get into a proxy battle with Murdochs and take over since he is the 2nd largest shareholder of Newscorp. LMAO, this is too funny. I think it’s time for the teas to think of a name that really suits them, I don’t think any tea is suitable.

  • Hatewatch

    You are correct Jonas. Kaylee Anthony died when she was 2. This has been corrected in the post.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    About the 1965 act: “In 1965, the Hart-Cellar Act abolished the national origins quota system that had structured America’s immigration policy since the 1920′s, replacing it with a preference system that emphasized immigrants’ skills and family relationships with citizens or residents of the United States. ”

    Do you see anything there giving preference to non-Europeans? Even then, if you look at the actual process for legally immigrating and naturalization, it is a nightmarish process which in the best case scenario(being the spouse or immediate blood relative of a citizen), takes at least 7 years.

    Moron WNs make it seem like the US is rounding up non-European immigrants in trucks and sendthing them to the States. It shows how delusional they are.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    As usual, the vanguard of the white race cannot read. Case and point:

    “The 1965 immigration act was racist as it was anti-European. Extremist bigots want to turn Whites into a minority in the USA.”

    The 1965 act was not “Anti-European”. What happened was that the countries in Europe from which immigrants came in the past were either behind the Iron Curtain or experiencing positive economic growth. The 1924 act was the anti-European one since it cut off immigration from the European countries which provided the most immigrants.

    @Herc Pierce’s pen-name for his crappy Mary Sue novels was Andrew MacDonald. Kevin MacDonald is the nutty professor who can’t be bothered to do some basic historical research.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    I marvel at the boundless stupidity and ignorance of these people:

    ““[T]he First Amendment does not stipulate that ‘freedom of religion’ must be upheld even if the followers of a religion have perpetrated an attack on, and massacred, our civilian population in times of peace, and especially if that religion incites to the destruction of our country, our people, and our values.”

    By this logic, Catholics could be deported.

    “This is not bullying. It is peer pressure and it is healthy. There are many bad behaviors such as smoking, under age drinking and drug abuse that are behaviors that cannot be condoned.”

    LOL WUT

    Peer pressure is what is usually cited as the CAUSE of smoking, underage drinking, and drug abuse. Kids who bully gay kids are just as likely to either look the other way or enthusiastically condone and partake in those other behaviors.

  • Sam Molloy

    As I understand it our Constitution guarantees freedom FROM religion and I pray we can keep it that way.

  • Herc

    You are exactly Right! And that dead dinosaur Willam Pierce, the one that wrote all those Vanguard press novels, like “Hunter” and “The Turner Diaries”, under the name “Kevin McDonald, was one warped and racist individual parading around under the pseudo banner of being a “intellectial”, and best of his “race”[laugh]. He and others, always twist facts and events and write about them to suit themselves and their “facts”, as they know if someone were look deeper, they would see their own arguments and points melt like ice cream in the day sun…

  • Jonas Rand

    Allow me to point out a couple of facts as well:

    Caylee Anthony did not die when she was three years old. She died when she was 2.

    Obama did lie: he promised to close Guantanámo Bay torture chamber by February 2010. This proved to be false.

  • Naughtius Maximus

    The 1965 immigration act was racist as it was anti-European. Extremist bigots want to turn Whites into a minority in the USA.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    This might be a good time to point out a few facts which even those “intellectual” racists like Kevin MacDonald don’t even understand.

    The 1924 Immigration Act did indeed cut off immigration from Southern and Eastern Europe. You know- where most European immigrants were coming from at the time. But the Act did not ban immigration from Africa(it just typically didn’t happen, mainly because many African countries were colonies), and it also didn’t affect Latino immigration. So one could make the argument that it hit Europeans the hardest.

    Now why did immigration figures change after 1965. Well let’s see, around 1924 most immigrants from Europe were either from Southern or Eastern Europe. Check. Now, what was the situation in Southern and Eastern Europe around 1965…oh…right…THAT whole “Iron Curtain” thing. That sure cuts off immigration. Even people from nations which weren’t behind the Iron Curtain had little reason to emigrate to America with all the strong social welfare systems their countries were building at the time.