You see, a few weeks ago, some Teabaggers screamed some racial slurs at some black congressmen. One of them was John Lewis, who’s kind of a big deal, and the other two were black, which was relevant. Now, there were two ways to respond to this from the Breitbart/Tea Party perspective. The first was to blow it off, use it as yet another in the long list of bizarre and often inscrutable outrages that makes up the Tea Party Gospel, and go thumb through Liberal Fascism again. The other was to go completely apeshit and offer up a massive reward for video proof of the racial slurs, proof which almost certainly resides only in the sweaty hands of some Tea Partier who’s been spending the past month learning iMovie so that they can make a totally awesome music video using Josh Groban’s version of On Eagle’s Wings.
Guess which option Breitbart chose.
When I offered a reward of $100,000 to be donated to the United Negro College Fund if anyone produced video and audio evidence that this occurred, I was accused of a publicity stunt (because everyone knows that the best way to get publicity in America is to accuse a civil rights icon of lying about racism). Rep. Carson himself suggested that my challenge was “a veiled attempt to justify actions that are simply unjustifiable.” Get it? He calls protesters racist and if you ask him to prove it, you’re a racist, too.
Needless to say, no one has claimed the $100,000.
Well, when your entire persona is dependent on people who feel victimized by haircuts because some communist scissor-whore took the hair they’d worked so hard to grow…yes, the best way to get publicity is to accuse famous and powerful black people of brandishing their race against innocent, God-fearing white people.
I’m not here to argue (yet again) against Andrew Breitbart. It’s like arguing against a brick wall. A brick wall with borderline personality disorder.
Instead, I want to use this as an opportunity to point out something to, well, everyone. The Tea Party, such as it is, is an ever-growing collecting of submorons and malcontents who protest fantasies because they’re too caught up in their anger as a protective shield to face reality. There are people out there, shockingly, who are protesting actual things that are happening to actual people: the groups protesting Arizona’s new anti-immigration laws. Thousands of people have already protested across the country, and it’s going to build.
Unlike the Tea Parties, this is a.) about an issue that actually exists and b.) composed of people who don’t worship blubbery, self-obsessed demagogues with chalkboards. It’s an actual example of vast government overreach that is going to affect thousands of Americans and provoke numerous birth certificate-related Constitutional violations that don’t involve the President having four fathers and being born in three countries simultaneously.
It would sure be nice if it got half the coverage. I won’t hold my breath, though.