Palin was the best part of the Tea Party convention, the audience the worst

Sarah Palin gave a rousing speech at the Tea Party convention, raking and mocking President Obama with zingers like “How’s that hope-y, change-y stuff workin’ out for ya?” The crowd enthused, having paid $350 to hear the speech live, and the left’s commentators tut-tutted over Palin’s writing notes on her hand to help her remember her key points. All in good fun.

But there was a truly ugly side of the convention. Tea Partiers can no longer pass off the birthers as a tiny group of nuts that aren’t representative of true Tea Partiers. Not after the crowd’s wild enthusiasm for Tom Tancredo’s keynote speech. Ex-congressman Tancredo (R-CO) explained that “Barack Hussein Obama” was only elected because “we do not have a civics, literacy test before people can vote.” [Wild cheers]

“People who could not even spell the word ‘vote’ or say it in English put a committed socialist ideologue in the White House.” [More wild cheers]

I’m not sure who he was referring to. Perhaps it was Latinos and African-Americans who couldn’t have voted had there been a literacy test—like in the good old days when blacks were turned away from polls all over the South, no matter how literate they were, because the point of the tests was to turn them away.

I’m pretty sure, however, what the crowd was cheering. It was that Obama voters were others, a different species, not even entitled to be part of the American system. The crowd responded to hate speech with cheers.

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One Response to “Palin was the best part of the Tea Party convention, the audience the worst”

  1. James Says:

    I am certainly glad someone else noticed that Sarah was the most enlightened moment of the tea party meeting. The remainder was purely devoted to bashing the administration for bashing’s sake. Can’t they just get over the fact that they lost the election. It is not the end of the world. I have no problems with Sarah using her hand, but she has been giving the same speech for two years now, come on. Even high school debate teams learn that it is alright to use index cards.

    Ethical standards are difficult to find today.

    Ethics are absent from discussions, especially political ones. No one really wants to be ethical. People want to win. Even if it means compromising the standards of civil discourse.

    Do not misunderstand me. I have reservations about medical care I wonder how many tea party attenders have ever been denied care from insurance companies. I also wonder how some insurance executives can sleep at night. Insurance policy is to deny long enough to exhaust the claimant by paperwork or civil suits. Those with deep pockets can afford to hire $600 an hour lawyers.

    Insurance coverage, coverage you paid for, should be honored. That would be the ethical thing. It all comes down to money.

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