Negative Tea Party talk continues; now branded “the real enemy”

posted at 6:05 pm on August 23, 2011 by Tina Korbe

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) was at it again at a townhall meeting in Florida Monday — but this time she had help from Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.). The meeting in Miami was a part of a five-city tour to draw attention to high unemployment among the black community and featured Democratic members of the Congressional Black Caucus, plus Jesse Jackson and others. The presenters were tripping over themselves to out-attack the Tea Party:

“The real enemy is the Tea Party –- let’s remember that,” said Rep. Frederica Wilson of Miami Gardens, host of the meeting and jobs fair. “The Tea Party holds Congress hostage … They have one goal in mind, and that’s to make President Obama a one-term president.”

She got energetic applause from the crowd of hundreds at Mt. Hermon AME Church in Miami Gardens. So did Rep. Maxine Waters of California, who recently said the tea party should “Go straight to hell.”

“I’m in church. I’m not going to repeat that,” Waters said Monday.

She also said: “We have to stand up and fight. It’s fight time…We’re not afraid of the tea party…In this struggle, we have to define who we are, what the president is doing and not let our voices be overshadowed by the tea party.” …

For his part, the Rev. Jesse Jackson said the Tea Party should be called “the Fort Sumter Tea Party that sought to maintain states’ rights and slavery.”

Truly, it’s tiresome to continue to document these atrociously irresponsible statements on the part of legislators and activists — but, as long as folks continue to say them, I’ll continue to document them because they reveal a blind prejudice where the Tea Party is concerned. Wilson’s comment is especially telling. She thinks the extent of the Tea Party’s ambition is the ousting of Barack Obama. But what the Tea Party envisions is no more and no less than a solution to the nation’s growth-of-government-spending problem. True, based on his past record and his insistence on the passage of a fourth entitlement program that will astronomically increase our debt, Obama doesn’t appear to be the president to make that Tea Party dream come true — so, yes, Tea Partiers will work to vote him out. But the Tea Party’s opposition to Obama doesn’t stand abjectly — it’s driven by actual principles and desired policies.


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