Jim Explains Tea Bagging

visceral hatred“May God help you if we ever meet.” This was the message in an email I received this month, from a Law Enforcement officer, named Jim, who lives in Wisconsin. In his next email to me, Jim explained what he meant by “God help you”: “[I] have a permit to carry and am never without my 9mm oh and did I mention I am a licensed peace officer.”

One of the common complaints about the Tea Baggers is that they speak freely about what they hate, what they don’t want, and what they want to do away with, but they don’t articulate much about what they want to do if they ever get into office – other than tearing things down. But Jim has started to give some details about what the Tea Bag political platform really means.

Jim is one of those people dedicated to “restoring the Constitution.” As we can tell from his threat that I will need God’s help if Jim ever tracks me down, for Jim, “restoring the Constitution” means ending First Amendment rights for people who don’t agree with him. He is talking about implementing Sharon Angle’s “2nd Amendment solution” to the ‘problem’ of free speech. For Jim, “peace officer” is apparently the same as “political assassin.”

There are more dimensions to Jim’s work to “restore the Constitution.” He explained to me that as a “white redneck with a mulletI do not nor will I ever tolerate what you call homosexual nor will I ever tolerate those who say they have been oppressed such as blacks and Indians.” This is an interesting concept on a couple of levels. First, he tries to explain his Tea Bagger fears as if they were something characteristic of all white rednecks. Perhaps he seeks the comfort of hiding in a crowd. But he is not being honest about white rednecks, generally.

More importantly, he explains that for the Tea Baggers, there should be no tolerance of disfavored groups. It isn’t that he opposes homosexuals having equal rights. Rather, he won’t tolerate their mere existence. Notice that he says “what you call homosexual.” In other emails, he makes clear that they are not “gay” or “homosexual”. They are “faggots” and “queers.”

But it isn’t only homosexuals that his Tea Bag society won’t tolerate. In a Tea Bag world, toleration will be denied to “people who say they have been oppressed.” His examples are blacks and Indians. Tea Baggers know that those groups haven’t been oppressed! Any lies about oppression of such people are so reprehensible that people who speak them can’t be tolerated – they must succumb to the 9mm solution.

Jim’s explication of these parts of the Tea Bag platform, make crystal clear why the Beck/Palin campaign had its kick-off event at the Lincoln Memorial, on the anniversary date of Dr. King’s “I have a dream” speech. The Beck/Palin – Tea Bag Express campaign will make clear that there is no tolerance in the U.S. for those who look at the facts of U.S. history.

Beck/Palin, with peace officer Jim’s loyal, and 9mm help, will restore the U.S. by denying its history.

My email exchange with Jim started when he sent out an email blast to people he thought might share his racism and kinky sex ideas. His email called the Washington Times “one of the most liberal newspapers in the country.” Jim is no dummy. He is proud of gathering and disseminating a relatively constant stream of racist, pro-corporate, anti-christian bile to his email list. He searches for hate to spread, and in the process he reads and learns things.

The Washington Times is the political rag founded and propped-up by Korea’s industrial billionaire Sun Myung Moon. The Washington Times denies science, denies the Bible, and denies most logic. It regularly complains that Reagan and both Bushes were too liberal. When I commented on this reality to a small part of Jim’s email list, he cravenly pretended not to know anything about the paper that he had called “one of the most liberal in the country.” But, Jim is in lock-step with the Moonie political plan that gays and their conduct must be exterminated.

Jim’s denial that he knew the Washington Times history reflects the single most telling feature of Tea Baggers – their intellectual cowardice. Tea Bag candidate won’t tell us actual bills they plan to introduce. Tea Bag candidate won’t meet with even the conservative press to answer questions. And Tea Baggers like Jim deny what they’ve said, when people ask them about it.

So, I suppose that Jim may deny writing “God help you if we ever meet.” And he may deny writing that he is a peace officer. But reality, and computer records, exist.

Tea Baggers complain about “double dipping.” They hate the idea that someone could work in government until retirement, then work a second career while collecting a pension from their first career. The logic here is a little odd. A pension is earned by working a job. So when retirement comes around, the pension is something one gets as a right – not a gift. If the pensioner then takes another job (perhaps because most pension income won’t pay the costs of living, let alone things like health care), there should be no issue about the pension that was earned earlier. But Tea Baggers hate such a process almost as much as they hate Social Security.

Most people who leave government on pensions and then take second jobs are retired military men. Men who served their nation for decades, and then got a pension too small to keep their families fed, go back to work in the Post Office, or as park rangers, or local cops. Jim and his Tea Bag pals think these retired Coast Guard or Secret Service types are malingering deadbeats who shouldn’t accept both the pensions they earned and the pay they are earning now.

What gratitude for decades of service. What great policies to look forward to when the Tea Baggers take over.

But Jim works as a peace officer as a second career. He used to be a truck driver, until he was disabled and retired on a pension that he earned while driving. Now, as a disabled man, he soaks up tax dollars as a peace officer. Perhaps he can’t actually chase down robbers or drive the SWAT tank for his department. But he does use his tax-paid salary to fund his campaign to crowd the internet with racist, intentionally dishonest emails.

Christine O’Donnell is a lot like Jim. She wants to campaign as a political newcomer. Her Tea Bag handlers call her an ‘outsider.’ They don’t mention that she has run for U.S. Senate twice before her current race. They don’t mention that she has held a variety of offices in Republican Party organizations. Will she give up her Republican Party pension, if she gets elected to the Senate? Or, like Jim, will she keep drawing the pension, while she’s got her nose stuck into the new trough?

Jim is a real person, an outspoken man who wants to end “tolerance” of lives and opinions that he does not share. He is typical of millions of scared underachievers who would rather tear down the U.S. than share it with “them” – them being whatever group the Jims are told to hate at any given moment. They can be Catholic, Asian, Irish, Italian, Black, Indian, Latin, commies, Nazis, socialists, Moslems, Jews or even the surrender-monkey French.

They don’t care to actually know anything about the targets of their hate. They pride themselves on denigrating reporters and scientific researchers who rely on facts. They want to be told that their hate is OK. And right now, the corporate money sources are telling them that hate is better than OK, it is necessary. Hate is good. Hate is a “value” for voters in November.

tom_hall_2.jpgAnd what of progressives? As Laura Schlessinger and Sarah Palin preach that it is once again OK for whites to use the “N-word”, and Glenn Beck derides Dr. King as “anti-christian,” I hear that progressives are discouraged and disillusioned that our champion has not yet, single-handedly disrupted the corporate drive to rebuild a white-power Republican Party.

This is still something of a democracy. If discouraged, disillusioned progressives stay home in November, we yield our governance to the cowardly, hate-filled, ignorance-embracing Jims, who will crawl out of their trailers and divert their pick-ups from night riding to drive to the polls. It is still our country, proud, free and diverse, unless we cede it to them.

Tom Hall

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  1. marshall says

    I have reread Tom’s post. If Jim is a real person or if Jim is really someone else, Tom should provide the email, letter, or what ever to the police. Jim needs to be tracked down before some one gets hurt or worse. I know Tom uses words on these posts that I can not use, but still he should not be told that he will be shot if tracked down. If the guy is a cop, he can track you down and maybe even if he is not. Some tracking can be done on the internet addresses in messages so give it a try if you think he is real.

    I doubt he is a tea party person, if they knew of this action, he/she would not be a member long. This type is few and far between in that organization or any other. There are nuts everywhere no matter the group. If something happens to Tom, who is going to call me a liar.

  2. marshall says

    When a policy is spoken of in a hateful manner that is not so bad, but when you speak of groups of people a certain prson with vile hateful words, then we have gone too far. Read the posts and judge them according to the words they use.

  3. Kerry Wolf says

    Progressives are Americans too.

    Atheists are Americans too.

    Blacks are Americans too.

    Gays are Americans too.

    Liberals are Americans too.

    Muslims are Americans too.

    Feminists are Americans too.

    Hispanics are Americans too.

    “Intellectuals” are Americans too (thankfully).

    We are not a bunch of scumbag vermin to be picked off by the rifle of some gun totin’ white rednecked “mullet wearing” so called “peace officer” because we don’t share Beck’s “nine principles”.

    And Yes, I DO see quite a bit of hate in those principles–I would point out exactly where, but Tom beat me to it. I have never seen so much unadulterated hate in my life as I have from the Tea Party in these past few months–flat out blatant frothing at the mouth H-A-T-E. A congregation of the denomination I attend (Unitarian Universalist) was attacked not too long ago by a gun toting acolyte of Beck and Limbaugh and Hannity, who shot at children in a church building in order to get rid of that horrid “disease” of liberalism.

    What’s going on in the Tea Party is the rise of those that have carefully tried to hide their socially unacceptable hate, while enraged that they had to do so, for years now, and who are ecstatic that they can finally let their inner Archie Bunker fly free! It’s ok to use the “n” word! It’s ok to sneer at Blacks and Hispanics! It’s ok to lampoon the poor! It’s ok to segregate! It’s ok to hurt people that aren’t like us! It’s ok to say that white males are the inheritors of the earth! It’s ok to tell the lil’ woman to get back in that there kitchen and rustle up some grub, and slap her on the butt as you do it! God–and Beck–said so! Why, it’s even ok to make up charts showing how supposedly “ugly” liberal women are, and how sweet and purty and submissive those nice Tea Party gals are, with their sexy lil’ giggles and the adorable way they get all tongue tied when asked a serious question by the “lamestream media”.

    It’s ok to be a colossal JERK again! Whoopeeee!

  4. says

    Our Tea Party friends have some ringing lines, but then, so did the Nazis.

    “America is Good”? “Germany is Good”? Tell me about the logic of that.

    What about this “May God help you if we ever meet”? Meaning as a uniformed peace officer, if I just shoot you, I will never be brought to account, apparently. Any reasonable person would have to interpret that as a threat, and a threat with criminal intent.

    The Brown Shirts ran around between 1925 and 1933 or so imposing their self-evident truths on decent Germans, until opposition was intimidated and silenced.

    You aren’t going to force your religion on me, however deeply you believe it. You aren’t going to get a license to do anything “you know in your heart is Right”, without regard to law and democratic process.

    Fortunately our democratic tradition is the USA is a lot stronger than it was in Weimar Germany. We will fight: at the polls, in the courts, and in the streets if it comes to that. And I refuse to believe that we will not prevail in the end, unless of course, the millions of educated intelligent people in the US allow themselves to be discouraged by foolish talk.

    It is up to progressives to do their utmost to see that the issues are settled peacefully and legally, and the time to do that is now. Then we will see the Tea Party multitudes wander out into the Desert of Foolish Causes, dry up, and die. If we fail in that, we will have no one to blame but ourselves.

    Alas, sometimes it is hard to “be nice”! I apologize if I have failed in that. Even stupid people are not evil, and we are all ignorant to a greater or lesser extent. But people who know cannot yield to people who merely scream. So we will do what we need to do, as kindly and as “nicely” as possible, but as firmly as is necessary.

    • marshall says

      If you look at the actions of the WWI winners as pertains to Grmany, you will see a different plan that the one we used at the end of WWII. In the later, we helped Europe heal and build back an economy, we did not do this at the end of WWI. Germany could not pay France for the damage caused by the war so the French took some German factories to France as payment. Revenge was the watch word after WWI. The Weimar Republic, the first in Germany, had no ecomony, they printed money to give France, which caused inflation, Germany did not have enough jobs, food, cars, houses, and you wonder how a nut who told them he could change all that if they would only vote him as leader of the Republic. They did, and he slowly took over the Republic until it was no longer there and only he remained. He wished Viel Gluck to all and the results are well known. I lived in Berlin,spoke the language, knew the history, a fine place now.

  5. Joshua says

    Where is the hate?

    Core Values
    •Fiscal Responsibility
    •Constitutionally Limited Government
    •Free Markets

    Hmmm. not there , sounds alot like our countries founding principals.

    1. Limited Government
    2. Fiscal Responsibility
    3. Personal Responsibility
    4. The Rule of Law
    5. National Sovereignty

    Nope still no Hate, still sound remarkable like something our Founders would have said.

    The 9 Principles
    1. America Is Good.

    2. I believe in God and He is the Center of my Life.
    God “The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained.” from George Washington’s first Inaugural address.

    3. I must always try to be a more honest person than I was yesterday.
    Honesty “I hope that I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider to be the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.” George Washington

    4. The family is sacred. My spouse and I are the ultimate authority, not the government.
    Marriage/Family “It is in the love of one’s family only that heartfelt happiness is known. By a law of our nature, we cannot be happy without the endearing connections of a family.” Thomas Jefferson

    5. If you break the law you pay the penalty. Justice is blind and no one is above it.
    Justice “I deem one of the essential principles of our government… equal and exact justice to all men of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political.” Thomas Jefferson

    6. I have a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, but there is no guarantee of equal results.
    Life, Liberty, & The Pursuit of Happiness “Everyone has a natural right to choose that vocation in life which he thinks most likely to give him comfortable subsistence.” Thomas Jefferson

    7. I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.
    Charity “It is not everyone who asketh that deserveth charity; all however, are worth of the inquiry or the deserving may suffer.” George Washington

    8. It is not un-American for me to disagree with authority or to share my personal opinion.
    On your right to disagree “In a free and republican government, you cannot restrain the voice of the multitude; every man will speak as he thinks, or more properly without thinking.” George Washington

    9. The government works for me. I do not answer to them, they answer to me.
    Who works for whom? “I consider the people who constitute a society or a nation as the source of all authority in that nation.” Thomas Jefferson

    Nope still no “HATE”, hmm where is the hate? I wonder…

    http://principles-of-progressive-politics.blogspot.com/

    Bingo!

    Nice attept to “Poison the well” but one whack Job doesn’t define a Movement or the Multitudes who it represents. Even you and your ever shrinking circle of O-bots should know that one.

    • Tom says

      Joshua,

      You have a fine list of principles. But why do you not allow them to apply to everyone?

      1. America is good – In my mind, the only place to be!

      2. You believe in God? The Christian saviour said, “My kingdom is not of this world.” But you Republicans want to force your beliefs on everyone else. That’s not faith in the Christian God. What God do you believe in?

      3. Honesty? Death Panels? Birthers? When anyone points out lies told by Rush, Glenn or Sarah, we are told that they are being scapegoated. When is honesty supposed to apply to the right?

      4. The family is sacred and superior in authority to the government? Except that you want the government to deny “family” status to people who want to be families but don’t share your beliefs.

      5. Lawbreakers should pay the penalty? Rand Paul says that it is wrong to penalize BP for causing an oil catastrophe by refusing to follow safety laws. “Pro-lifers” want no penalties for men who back-shoot women’s health care workers. Republicans are unified in opposing any measure to give consumers relief against Wall St. fraud. WHO should pay any penalty – only the poor?

      6. A right to life and liberty? Not if you’re gay. Not if you’re a poor latino child, born in this country but with the wrong color parents.

      7. Charity? Government here has never tried to force you to be charitable. For those who, unlike you, choose to give, the government provide tax breaks. But WAIT! Didn’t you say something about believing in God? Can you name any religion on earth that doesn’t COMMAND charity? How will you explain yourself to your god on judgment day?

      8. Disagree; share your opinion? Didn’t you support Reagan in his effort to take the Fairness Doctrine out of the PUBLIC airwaves? Don’t you applaud Limbaugh and O’Reilly each time they silence a dissenter on their pogroms?

      9. The government works for you? How about letting it work for the rest of us as well? Oh, that’s right, honesty about government is one of your “relative” positions.

      • marshall says

        Tom, did you look at the site he listed. If the whites are holding back the blacks how come some of my black friends make less that I do and some make more? I think they are holding themselves back and if they had one person who would give some good advise, they too can advance, I know some that have come from three generations in the projects to have a college degree and a good life. They can be helped if they will try. It is time to be responsible for ourselves.

  6. -Nate says

    Oh boy ~

    The Progressive comes out swinging .

    I know both these fine men and neither one is a bad person .

    IMO , this article distorts the facts a bit as do limbough and beck , not a proud thing to do .

    Fanaticisim on either extreme does none any good .

    FWIW , I consider myself a Conservative .

    -Nate

  7. Elaine says

    Mr. Hall – I am not associated with Tea Partys but I do agree with them. Please, do not call them Teabaggers. This guy Jim from Wisconsin may affiliate himself with a Tea Party but is really just a wanna be. He probably does show up at Tea Party Events but let me assure you the real Tea Party people do not agree with his opinions.
    The Tea Party people are not idiots as you seem to want to insinuate that they all drive pickups and live in trailers which makes them all trailer trash? and they all have little if no education. You could never be so wrong about these people and you do have a lot of baby boomers in them that have never protested and would love to go back to their homes and just vote and not have to worry about us loosing our rights, our democracy, our Constitution, our Bill of Rights and all the things that our Fathers and Mothers fought for in WWll.Have you watched any of the Frank Luntz Focus Groups. If not maybe you should, I think you would enjoy them. We have been a sovereign government even though Woodrow Wilson started trying to change all of us into Progressives and he hated black people. He gave no credit to our Black Founding Fathers and you would know this if you had watched Glen Beck on Fridays where he had so many groups and books and authors that he tried to help those who did not know all of our history until he started every Friday Founding Fathers Day. How can you insult a man that his books hit #1 as fast as he puts them out. The books he recommends reading get sold out usually by the next day. So don’t tell me that he and Palin are for white power republicans. Beck is not part of the Tea Partys. The Tea Partys have no one leader. There are black people in the Tea Partys and there are some that have set up there own Tea Partys. Just because you do not see many in them you have got to realize that only 12% of the population here in America. I think the Hispanic population is higher then the blacks now but I am not sure. That comment alone proves you have no idea what you are talking about. I will admit that Schillinger was wrong in using the N word. I was watching the View when Whoopi explained that word was owned by black people only and no white person should ever use the word. Elizabeth thinks no one should ever use the word. But I could care less if they want to call each other that. They should not do it in front of white People. Your misconceptions about the Tea Partys makes you a very narrow minded person. They do align with the Republicans but not the moderate Republicans as the one in Delaware that lost out to O’Donnell. I am not particularly fond of O’Donnell but if Coons is a Marxist as he said he was sometime in his life he called himself a bearded Marxist then I definitely not for him. But Obama has to go. He is trying to force us into a Global One World Order and most people do not agree. We want to be as before with less government, and let states take the responsibility for the way they want things handled. Federal Stimulus for Jobs is nothing but a waste of money. In fact any Stimulus is a waste of money. There are people working for the federal government that make twice the salary of an individual out here doing the same job. Big Government is destroying our country. So we need the Tea Partys to work with the Republicans and the Conservatives to help to try to take it back. And please believe me the Tea Partys are going to watch each and everyone that gets elected in office.

    • Me says

      Wow, what a disjointed collection of thoughts!

      I invite to you provide citations for the “facts” you present. Obama is trying to force us into a Global World Order? Hmmm, I thought Bush Senior held that claim to fame. You’ve been reading too much Alex Jones, my friend. Federal government employees make TWICE the salary of a non-governmental worker? Gee, where do I sign?

      (Oh, and BTW, I worked for Barnes & Noble while I was in college and I can assure you from personal experience that a book becoming a best seller is usually more of an indicator of how much it truly sucks than anything else!)

      Pretty funny to see somebody protesting being smeared as uneducated while crying about Tea “Partys” and “Schillinger.”

  8. says

    Never mind the article’s long would-be-precise characterization of typical Tea-Baggers. The operative bottom lines for us are in the last two paragraphs, starting with: “I hear that progressives are discouraged and disillusioned that our champion has not yet, single-handedly disrupted the corporate drive to rebuild a white-power Republican Party.”

    Who is this ‘champion’? Certainly not Pres. Barack Obama – no matter how adept he may be at the use of eloquent rhetorical hints and teases of progressive principle in the service of masking his lack of leadership and his continuing policy flip-flops and sell-outs – for more war in Afghanistan, for more genocide in Sudan, for more slaughter of US and oceanic wildlife, for more oil drilling and burning to produce both more climate change and polluted oceans, etc.

    But anyhow the presidency is NOT in contest this November. The Congress IS. So, should we act (or not) out of ‘disillusionment’ with Congress?

    In my opinion, NO. Only rarely does or can Congress produce its own ‘champion’. If the Pres. doesn’t have a passion and drive for action, it is usually unreasonable to expect more of the Congress.

    Based on the track record to date, in 2012 Obama should NOT be renominated. However in 2010 there’s no point punishing relatively reasonable Congress Dems for Obama’s failures.

  9. Jay Levenberg,Esq. says

    Is it really easier to just deamonize the tea party than to analyze why they emerged in the first place? I guess so judging from those writing articles on the liberal end of the spectrum. In the Summer of last year I was discussing with one of my liberal Democratic friends those town hall meetings. We both had the same reaction. Watch out! It is almost impossible (those of us in politics understand this well) to get people to go to a political meeting on any subject even if that person feels strongly about the issue. When people come pouring out to all these town meetings, we both knew instinctively trouble was on the way. It seemed the White House and Democrats just dismissed the whole thing as a bunch of lunatics. Then came the results from VA and NJ Governorships. They were similarly dismissed as the usual off year reactions in those two states. Then came the special election in Mass. A Republican won in a liberal bastion, Senator Kennedy’s seat no less. Another election noted by Speaker Pelosi but just dismissed in it’s importance.Now the election is upon us for the midterms. I continue to read the same nonsense by Democrats and progressives trying to marginalize these people. Instead of getting to the root cause of their frustration, it is just easier to say they are nuts. Wouldn’t it have been better to deal with the issues that upset them all so much in the first place– ie: Deficit spending, the healthcare bill, and massive government programs to help the economy? Had there been an adequate explanation by Democrats as to the need for these programs the Republicans would have been put on the defensive. It is now 5 weeks before the election and we are still calling them crazy. It has only angered these people to greater action. It was the wrong approach and I hope we don’t suffer for it on election day but the signs are there for a disaster which could have easily been avoided. After election day it will be too late to call them crazy- they will now be in office.

    • Tom says

      Mr. Levenberg,

      It’s nice to see that LAprogressive is now holding the attention of even the Pennsylvania Republican Party. The website must be doing something right to earn the attention of a Party polemicist.

      Yes, those meetings in the summer of last year. You forgot to mention the marching Orders from Freedomworks, Dick Armey’s Party operation. Remember how they gave “participants” instructions to shout down any real discussion? Remember how Dick Armey explained to you Party operatives that there were no REAL points in opposition to health care reform, so it had to be attacked with mob disruptions of meetings?

      And your mention of deficit spending – wasn’t it YOUR Party that took a budget surplus and gave it all away to Haliburton and other war contractors (remember the $5 cans of coke for our troops in Iraq)?

      Let me ruminate about history. OH Yeah. There was a recession after the Nixon administration. And then again after the Reagan/Bush I administration. Then again after the Bush II administration.

      Republican administrations cause increased deficits and recessions. Democrats fix the problems. The Republicans come in and repeat the process.

      Instead of using words like “deamonize” (did you mean demonize?) and “lunatics” and “nuts,” why not spend some space telling us what the Republicans would actually do if they get in again?

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