Hate Speech is defined as the following:
- a term for speech intended to degrade a person or group of people based on their race, gender, age, ethnicity, nationality
- type of speech which is used to deliberately offend an individual; or racial, ethnic, religious or other group. Such speech generally seeks to condemn or dehumanize the individual or group; or express anger, hatred, violence or contempt toward them.
As the Summer of Rage roars on, the American People are under attack by our own government. We no longer need to wonder what our elected officials really think of us, they have been telling us clearly and concisely.
Janet Napolitano (Director of Homeland Security) kicked the campaign of Hate off in April with the release of a Homeland Security Report, reporting the danger of rightwing extremists:
“Let me be very clear: We monitor the risks of violent extremism taking root here in the United States,” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said in a written statement.
“We don’t have the luxury of focusing our efforts on one group; we must protect the country from terrorism whether foreign or homegrown and regardless of the ideology that motivates its violence.”
The report, “Right-wing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment,” said right-wing extremist groups may be using the recession and the election of the nation’s first African-American president to recruit members.
You can read the full story from CNN HERE
Napolitano set the stage for the rightwing bashing to begin in earnest. On Tax Day, thousands of Americans attended Tea Party rallies to protest Obama’s planned tax increases against middle America. Waving flags and carrying signs and bringing their families, approximately 550,000 American people exercised their First Amendment rights – many for the first time in their lives attending a political protest. The mainstream media was openly derisive – calling us “crazy, racist, ignorant, stupid, rednecks, teabaggers, confused, anti-government, radical”.
We were treated to long rambling speeches of hate from the likes of Janeane Garofalo, as well as all the Liberal pundits on CNN and MSNBC.
“It’s not about bashing Democrats, it’s not about taxes, they have no idea what the Boston tea party was about, they don’t know their history at all,” she told Keith Olbermann. “This is about hating a black man in the White House. This is racism straight up. That is nothing but a bunch of teabagging rednecks.” Garofalo
Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi chimed in her two cents worth:
“…this [tea party] initiative is funded by the high end. We call it AstroTurf. It’s not really a grassroots movement [supported] by some of the wealthiest people in America, to keep the focus on tax cuts for the rich, instead of the great middle class.”
Spurred on by the openly contemptuous position of the Speaker of the House, we were treated to more opinions of our elected officials:
Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) blasted “tea party” protests yesterday (April 15), labeling the activities “despicable” and shameful.”
“The ‘tea parties’ being held today by groups of right-wing activists, and fueled by FOX News Channel, are an effort to mislead the public about the Obama economic plan that cuts taxes for 95 percent of Americans and creates 3.5 million jobs,” Schakowsky said in a statement.
“It’s despicable that right-wing Republicans would attempt to cheapen a significant, honorable moment of American history with a shameful political stunt,” she added. “Not a single American household or business will be taxed at a higher rate this year. Made to look like a grassroots uprising, this is an Obama bashing party promoted by corporate interests, as well as Republican lobbyists and politicians.”
Weighing in the White House stance, Axelrod appeared on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” and Axelrod said: “I think any time you have severe economic conditions there is always an element of disaffection that can mutate into something that’s unhealthy.”
As the snotty and dismissive opinions of the Left emerged, the American People grabbed their boot straps and settled in to make a point. Young housewives with children in tow, suburban Yuppies, out of work tradesmen, cotton-topped Seniors all began to organize. Websites began popping up. Facebook and Twitter began to light up with self-described Conservatives gathering to vent frustration, talk about future tea parties and discuss strategy and their love for this country.
From the ashes of the derision of the Left, our movement picked up speed. We share our Conservative beliefs – whether fiscally or a more broad termed traditional Conservatism but there is one unifying factor: Our Love for the United States of America. People began returning to the roots of America and reading books about the Founding Fathers and discussing the Constitution in earnest.
Feeding the fire of frustration were the outright lies of Obama and his administration. The shovel ready status of the Stimulus Bill was changed from immediate relief to a two year plan. Unemployment continued to climb despite reassurances from Obama that passing the stimulus bill would have a positive effect. Foreclosures continued, Americans could not find work and Congress and the Obama administration spent money like there was no tomorrow and billions became trillions.
Americans took to the streets again on July 4, celebrating our Founding Fathers and Independence Day. Tea Parties were held once again all throughout the country. The Atlanta Tea Party had to be cancelled as the owner of the site decided two days before the event that he did not want a political event held there. Interestingly, the owner, Melvin Simon, is a wealthy contributor to the Democratic Party.
In Rhode Island, the Tea Party group was told to never return to the Bristol July 4th parade. Citing rules that prevent handouts due to public safety, parade reps said that Tea Party members had broken these rules by handing out copies of the Constitution. The matter was resolved and the Tea Party group will be back after proving that they did not indeed break the rules.
Tensions increased further with Gatesgate. Obama who is infamous for his scripted “press conferences” weighed in on the situation in Cambridge and stated that although he did not have all the facts, he believed the police officer had acted “stupidly”. Racial slurs against Conservatives became de rigeur. It was impossible to express an opinion without being a “racist”.
Healthcare exploded onto the scene on the heels of Gatesgate and the partisan divide split the country. Town Halls have turned into battle zones and the well oiled machine of Left Spin has moved into high gear.
From White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs during a Washington Times interview on August 4:
Q: Robert, if these town halls are even being influenced by, whatever, a cabal or individuals, how problematic is that for you guys to try to your message out? Even if the premise that it is unfair is correct, it’s still going to shape the way these town halls are viewed throughout the country.
GIBBS: Well, you know, look, I hope people will take a jaundiced eye to what is clearly the Astro Turf nature of so-called grassroots lobbying …
Q: The grassroots what?
GIBBS: The Astro Turf nature of grassroots lobbying, which is largely the term for, you know, this is manufactured anger.
Gibbs continues to disperse conspiracy theories by then accusing Tea Parties of being organized by a CEO of a health insurance company and reinforcing the manufactured anger.
Amidst all the accusations of Astroturf and angry mobs with manufactured anger, the true Astroturf movement kicked in with Organize for America, moveon.org, SEIU and ACORN all sending letters to their members asking them to come out or donate to combat the militant rightwing extremists that are attempting to derail Obama’s healthcare plan.
The White House sets up a Snitch Line to report health care misinformation. Elected officials were hiding from their constituents and we have seen Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals in action being used against Patriots everywhere. Violence breaks out in St. Louis with SEIO Union thugs beating a man who was selling flags outside the town hall meeting. Americans with real anger and frustration a questions are locked out of many of the town halls that are being held.
Obama asks us to not believe everything he has ever said out universal healthcare and believe him now that this healthcare bill is really what he means. Meanwhile, Congresspeople are admitting that public option is a back door to a single payer system.
The Left seems particularly obsessed with what we wear, according to Sen. Barbara Boxer we are well-dressed extremists “storming town halls”:
Nancy Pelosi claims protesters are “carrying swastikas and symbols like that to a town meeting on healthcare.” Conservatives are called brown shirts, a Nazi reference, repeatedly in the blogosphere and throughout twitter. Recent tweet: “Eis4everything RT @RayLevesque: Dressing conservative is tough: last week conservatives wore brown shirts; today: white klan robes. So hard 2keep up. #tcot”
Dingell (D-MI) weighs in with his assessment of the healthcare protests on MSNBC:
Well, the last time I had to confront something like this was when I voted for the civil rights bill and my opponent voted against it. At that time, we had a lot of Ku Klux Klan folks and white supremacists and folks in white sheets and other things running around causing trouble.
We assume he is not referring to Sen. Byrd. Obots pick this up and we begin to see more references on twitterverse about “white hoods”, again insinuating that if you disagree with the government, you are racist and now even a member of the KKK.
MSNBC continues to fan the flames by exclaiming that Socialism is the new code word for nigger, again reinforcing that dissent is nothing more than racism:
From Indiana Congressman Baron Hill telling the Washington Post’s Peter Slevin, “What I don’t want to do is create an opportunity for the people who are political terrorists to blow up the meeting and not try to answer thoughtful questions.”
Throughout all of this, the White House keeps pressing their message that this is Astroturf. According to them, we are being bused in to protest. Lobbyists are paying us to express our Manufactured Anger.
Rep. George Scott of Georgia gets caught in the trap of when you repeat a lie often enough it becomes the truth and he explodes at a physician who came to ask him about healthcare:
Dr. Hill asked Mr. Scott why he was going to vote for a health care plan similar to that implemented in Massachusetts “that is shown not to work” and if he supported a government-provided health care insurance option.
The congressman replied by accusing the doctor of “hijacking” his event.
“I’m listening to my constituents, OK?” Scott said, “These are people who live in the 13th Congressional district, who vote in this district. That’s who I’ve got to respond to … So what you’ve got to understand, those of you who are here, who have taken and came and hijacked this event we dealing with here, this is not a health care event.”
“You chose to come and to do it on your own,” he yelled. “Not a single one of you had the decency to call my office and set up for a meeting.” He went on, in a threatening voice, “You want a meeting with me on health care, I’ll give it to you!
“I did not go to a meeting to create any problems, I went to the meeting to literally ask a question that I thought was very, very important for my patients,” he said. Mr. Scott’s public tirade against the doctor was filmed by WXIA-TV News, a local NBC affiliate that confirmed the doctor lived in the congressman’s district in a follow-up interview.
The doctor told WXIA he wasn’t working for any outside causes and had called Mr. Scott’s office repeatedly, asking to speak with the congressman.
These comments & others culminated in an OpEd piece in USA Today this past Sunday by Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer: “These disruptions are occurring because opponents are afraid not just of differing views — but of the facts themselves. Drowning out opposing views is simply un-American. Drowning out the facts is how we failed at this task for decades.”
Lady Libertas could continue on and on but I really believe that this begs the question: Does our government hate the American People? Has our Culture of Apathy resulted in the loss of our First Amendment rights? Does losing an election to a President that we did not vote for mean that our opinions don’t count? And is the Left on such shifty ground that they cannot afford dissent?
Perhaps Nancy Pelosi and other members of Congress should refer back to the words of Supreme Court Justice William Douglas:
Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us.