The Tea Party movement was started by Republican Party lobbyists and operatives as a tool to use against President Obama and the Democrats. The Tea Party attracted a large group of angry people, whose resentment was stirred by Republican operatives and Fox News, and by right wing talk show hosts. Many members of the party are just plain ordinary people who are upset with the way things are going in their lives. But some -- probably a few in the whole picture of things -- but a significant number, have engaged in race baiting and hate mongering. The Republicans, as outlined in their infamous 72 page memo
, use fear, falsehoods and hate mongering to score political points against the Democrats. This afternoon, at the Capitol Hill Protest by Tea Party members to stop the Health Reform law, the Republican fear and hate strategy to defeat President Obama and the Democrats, and to return to power in 2011 and 2013, has shown how ugly and poisonous that it is Rep Andre Carson and John Lewis, two African-American lawmakers, on their way to the Capitol Building to vote, were harassed by Tea Party protesters, yelling racial insults.
As reported by Fox News, on their website, " ..some of the protesters targeted a handful of black members of Congress ... as they walked from the House office buildings to the Capitol to vote. Reps. John Lewis (D-GA) and Andre Carson (D-IN), both members of the Congressional Black Caucus, say that a group of protesters hollered at them and called them the N-word. 'They were just shouting. Harassing,' Lewis said. 'People being downright mean." (Fox News)
The vile and bile of the moment reminded John Lewis, who is a hero of the Civil Rights movement, of the days of hate fifty years ago in places like Selma.
News Sources: Fox News