How truly pathetic it is when House Minority Leader John Boehner of what was once called "The Party of Lincoln" addresses an enraged Tea Bag protest group at our nation's Capitol.
As stated various times about the dangerous roots of the Tea Baggers and their historical antecedents, they showed their true colors in a way that would have caused Abraham Lincoln to feel a sharp wave of revulsion.
Lincoln had the Know Nothings to deal with in his day. The Tea Baggers are the successors of the Know Nothings as well as the Liberty League, the McCarthy-Nixon smear brigade, and the John Birch Society.
At the 1964 Republican Convention in San Francisco the wild-eyed John Birch Society element was so strong that African American delegates were terrorized on the floor of the Cow Palace while one was actually set ablaze.
This was also the convention in which NBC commentator John Chancellor was arrested on the floor, delivering a famous signoff line of "This is John Chancellor somewhere in custody."
There were those signs at Palin rallies as well as subsequent Tea Bag convocations with pictures of Obama bearing a simian look to give the impression that he is a monkey. What is that but blatant racism?
The only thing missing yesterday with the Tea Bag hordes, those extolling the agenda of Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin, was the execution of some nifty goose steps. They otherwise closely resembled storm troopers of thirties' Germany.
Not only were there reported incidents of spitting when Democratic legislators sought to jostle past the angry hordes and into the Capitol.