There were those ugly evocations of the N-word. Congressman John Lewis, an Atlanta foot soldier in the ranks of Martin Luther King, stated sadly that the frightening exhibition harkened back to an earlier period of bigotry.
When Barney Frank moved past the throng to enter the Capitol a flurry of homophobic epithets were unleashed at him.
We know what the Glenn Becks and other apologists say when this type of behavior is criticized as sick bigotry. The point is made that this is just a tiny element of a much larger picture, people concerned about the fact that government has failed them that seeks answers.
Walk down the street of any major American city, be it Washington, D.C., New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, or Seattle and what does one see? The diversity of the culture is seen with individuals who are Anglo, African American, Hispanic and Asian.
What does one see at Tea Bag demonstrations? Angry white faces. The signs in evidence so often represent what these same individuals classified as treason in the face of so much less from those protesting the policies of Republicans such as George W. Bush.
When President Obama sat in his limousine that took him from the White House to the Capitol yesterday those same individuals so quick to shout "traitor" at anyone opposing Bush delivered angry and hateful gestures toward him.
Remember when it was impermissible to oppose George W. Bush on anything in the aftermath of 9/11? When his irresponsible tax cut legislation was opposed the apologists exclaimed, "You cannot oppose Bush! We are at war!"
There is a cultural war occurring right now between the forces of tolerance and those of bigotry. That bigotry has been notably manifested in the Tea Bag movement. Demagogic commentators like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck are delighted to continue stirring up a fuming kettle of hate.
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