February 1, 2013 § 1 Comment
“I hear you loud and clear, Barack Obama. You don’t represent the country that I grew up with. And your values is [sic] not going to save us. We’re going to take this country back for the Lord. We’re going to try to take this country back for conservatism. And we’re not going to allow minorities to run roughshod over what you people believe in!”
- Jason Rapert, Arkansas State Senator, 2011
- Source: video
- Context: Rapert made these comments at a Tea Party rally in 2011.
August 15, 2012 § Leave a comment
“For years I’ve said, you know, put a damn fence on the border going to Mexico and start shooting. I’m running for Congress and that should be a bad thing to say. But you know what, it’s how I feel…I want my borders protected, I’m very very adamant about that.”
- Samuel Wurzlbacher, also known as “Joe the Plumber” (made famous during the 2008 Presidential campaign by McCain), August 10, 2012
- Source: video
- Context: Wurzlbacher, who is also running for Congress in Ohio as a Republican, made this comment at a fundraiser for Republican Arizona State Senator candidate Lori Klein (also in attendance was Joe Arpaio). He repeated the same stance (includes video) the next day at a “Patriot Rally”, saying:
“I’m running for Congress. How many congressmen or people running for Congress have you heard, put a fence up and start shooting? None? Well you heard it here first. Put troops on the border and start shooting, I bet that solves our immigration problem real quick.”
August 14, 2012 § Leave a comment
Mike Lofgren, a Republican and former Congressional staffer, recently published a book titled The Party Is Over: How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class Got Shafted. In it, he discusses the rise of politicized religious fundamentalism and anti-intellectualism within the Republican Party. The following are two quotes from a longer excerpt that was released online:
“Having observed politics up close and personal for most of my adult lifetime, I have come to the conclusion that the rise of politicized religious fundamentalism may have been the key ingredient in the transformation of the Republican Party. Politicized religion provides a substrate of beliefs that rationalizes—at least in the minds of its followers—all three of the GOP’s main tenets: wealth worship, war worship, and the permanent culture war.”
He also describes the Tea Party as a religiously fundamentalist authoritarian movement:
“The Tea Party, which initially described itself as wholly concerned with debt, deficit, and federal overreach, gradually unmasked itself as being almost as theocratic as the activists from the religious right that Armey had denounced only a few years before. If anything, they were even slightly more disposed than the rest of the Republican Party to inject religious issues into the political realm. According to an academic study of the Tea Party, “[T]hey seek ‘deeply religious’ elected officials, approve of religious leaders’ engaging in politics and want religion brought into political debates.” The Tea Party faithful are not so much libertarian as authoritarian, the furthest thing from a “live free or die” constitutionalist.”
Rick Perry and Michelle Bachmann are two of the several politicians he mentions as adherents of “Christian Dominionism”, the idea that Christians are destined to take over the political process and eventually establish a theocratic state.
The quotes are from page 1 and 4 respectively (of the longer excerpt).
August 5, 2012 § 1 Comment
On August 3rd, Fox News had a segment, featuring host Alisyn Camerota and Tea Party 365 founder David Webb, criticizing America’s Olympic athletes for “not being patriotic enough”, specifically mentioning Gabby Douglas:
July 28, 2012 § Leave a comment
In a 630 page deposition, former Florida Republican Party Chairman Jim Greer has recently come out and described a systematic effort by Republicans to suppress minority votes in Florida. Referring to a December 2009 meeting with party general counsel Jason Gonzalez, political consultant Jim Rimes, and Eric Eikenberg, Crist’s chief of staff, he said:
“I was upset because the political consultants and staff were talking about voter suppression and keeping blacks from voting. It had been one of those days.”
He also stated that another discussion topic was about “how minority outreach programs were not fit for the Republican Party.” He also described a Republican Party in turmoil and embroiled in bitter infighting.
“The wing of the party that does not agree with Charlie Crist considered me a moderate chairman. As was commonly referred to them, the whack-a-dos, the crazies, the right wingers. As Dean Cannon said to me one time, the people that want to destroy our Party are trying to take it over.”
He is also not too fond of the Tea Party movement:
“The tea party came into existence. There was a feeling within the party that the tea party was just a bunch of whack-a-dos.”
Context: Jim Greer recently resigned from his position and is currently facing criminal fraud charges. He is currently suing the Florida Republican Party in an attempt to collect $130,000 he was promised in a written agreement shortly before he resigned. Jim Rimes denies Greers accusation of voter suppression. If true, Greers admissions may be very damaging to the Florida Republican Party.