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Black Pols’ Anger at Tea Party Should Be Refocused on Obama

posted at 11:07 am on August 24, 2011 by

It’s a feeling sports fans know well. Your team has just had its head handed to it by its fiercest rival. You leave the stadium or arena tasting bile. If you’re an adult, you turn the page, vowing that your team (and you) will live to fight another day. If you’re not, you irrationally lash out at your opponent for having played a better game and stoop to name calling.

In short, you behave the way Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters has in recent days. Following her team’s drubbing in the budget debate, the congresswoman has been looking for someone to vent her spleen on. Ultimately, she selected the Tea Party:

We have to stand up and fight. It’s fight time…. I’m not afraid of anybody. This is a tough game. You can’t be intimidated. You can’t be frightened. And as far as I’m concerned, the Tea Party can go straight to hell.

Damning a portion of the electorate is decidedly behavior unbecoming a member of Congress, but Waters’ job is secure. In 2010 she was elected to her eleventh term with almost 80 percent of the vote in California’s 35th congressional district, this despite an ongoing investigation by the House Ethics Committee into campaign malfeasance. The district’s makeup is 81 percent minority.

Since Waters’ tantrum, the battle cry has been echoed by other members of the Congressional Black Caucus as well as race huckster Jesse Jackson. Rep. Frederica Wilson accused the Tea Party of holding Congress hostage (an original thought) and claimed the group has “one goal in mind, and that’s to make President Obama a one-term president.”Jackson said the Tea Party should be called “the Fort Sumter Tea Party that Sought to Maintain States’ Rights and Slavery.” (Granted, it comes tripping off the tongue, but you have to wonder whether it’s likely to catch on.)

Psychologists have a name for what Waters and her pals are experiencing: impotent rage. It’s a condition that, unchecked, can lead to rash behavior. The solution to uncorking the welled up anger is to find a constructive release for it—a target deserving of contempt.

Waters seemed on the right track initially, when she told a black audience in Detroit during the president’s “listening” bus tour:

The Congressional Black Caucus loves the president….  We’re supportive of the president, but we’re getting tired, y’all. We’re getting tired…. [O]ur people are hurting. The unemployment is unconscionable. We don’t know what the strategy is. We don’t know why on this trip that he’s in the United States now, he’s not in any black community. We don’t know that.

I believe I do know why the president skipped the black community. It is because he takes their votes for granted—probably with good reason. He received 96 percent of the black vote in 2008. His approval rating among blacks is currently at 88 percent. Why should he waste time canvassing for votes he is almost certain to win when he faces an uphill battle in the swing states this time around?

The situation creates a catch-22 for Waters and other black politicians. They can continue to rail out helplessly at forces they have no control over. Or they can accept the bitter reality that the messiah they thought they were electing is either mythical or yet to come. Is it possible that the calls to primary Obama will come from, of all places, the black community? It would certainly represent a healthy first step toward a post-racial America.

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Well written, even if the intended audience reads this, they will not act on it. Unless it is to follow the lead of Waters et al.

I often wonder how much of the electorate actually share the values of the TEA party, but will never know it because of the people they listen to.

cozmo on August 24, 2011 at 11:42 AM

You’re assuming they don’t like what he’s doing.

The Democrat party has always found its power in keeping people poor and telling them it was the fault of some other group. They kept the whole south poor and told them it was the fault of the north and blacks, until enough blacks had moved north. Now they tell blacks and hispanics that they’re poor because of whites, particularly southern whites.

Spreading hatred and envy and fostering greed is their route to power. They won’t give it up just because it’s wrong.

Crawford on August 24, 2011 at 12:10 PM

Is it possible that the calls to primary Obama will come from, of all places, the black community?

can’t see that happening…they will vote for their guy no matter what….

cmsinaz on August 24, 2011 at 1:00 PM

I often wonder how much of the electorate actually share the values of the TEA party, but will never know it because of the people they listen to.

cozmo on August 24, 2011 at 11:42 AM

good question…

cmsinaz on August 24, 2011 at 1:01 PM

Psychologists have a name for what Waters and her pals are experiencing: impotent rage.

Please consult your campaign manager if your penchant for stupidity lasts more than four hours.

The_Livewire on August 24, 2011 at 2:36 PM

Waters and Wilson are doing the same thing Obama is, just enough to get the vote, otherwise enrich themselves and follow the far-left agenda.

Why would they be upset at him? He’s not threatening the lefty politician’s gravy train, the taxpayers are.

The taxpayers are their real enemy, the TEA Party is (effectively) the lobby for taxpayers now (since the NTU has not been very active).

So, no, not only will they not turn against Obama, they will crank the race rhetoric to 11 to help keep their phoney-baloney jobs.

Merovign on August 24, 2011 at 3:48 PM

Do you notice you don’t see to many Hispanic politicians railing against the tea party? Hispanics have vowed to not end up in the same position blacks are, as far as having their votes taken for granted. To some of us, the tea party and the politicians they elect, are the only thing between us and the Democrats who Rahmed through the Porkulus package, Dodd-Frank, and Obamacare. Those are the people we really need to be protected from and the ones who are way out of the mainstream.

Vote Republican and only be called a racist one more time.

bflat879 on August 25, 2011 at 9:36 AM