That`s a popular sign at Tea Party rallies. But it`s a firm sentiment among those who understand The National Question and have experienced its truth when discussing, no matter how innocently, any issue involving race or ethnicity.
If you`re white, and refuse to accept President Barack Hussein Obama`s rhetorical usurpation of your country, you`re a racist. If you`re white, and you refuse to accept Mexican immigration`s destruction of your neighborhood, you`re a racist. If you`re white, and you oppose the Islamification of America because you believe the United States is at least historically a nation built upon the foundation of Christianity, you are, again, a racist.
So the "Conservative" Establishment, which ought to oppose this, has long learned to shut up and keep to their talking points about "fiscal responsibility," "constitutionally limited government" and "free markets." Now the national Tea Party movement has followed suit. Those slogans, along with a fierce-looking Paul Revere in silhouette, emblazon the internet banderole of the National Tea Party Federation, which has recently, amid much publicity, banished talk show host Mark Williams, leader of the based Tea Party Express, to the outer darkness.
Williams, you see, dared ridicule the NAACP—that group of black professional shakedown artists who see a racist under every bed.
That Mark Williams has been purged suggests that he understands what is at stake in this country. It isn`t just about free enterprise and our constitutional freedoms, or whether Ben Stein gets a great reception at a college campus. In short, Williams gets it.
After the NAACP passed its now infamous resolution calling on the Tea Party to expel its racist members, Williams unbosomed himself of a piece of satire poking fun at "colored people" It was a letter to the Great Emancipator, Father Abraham himself.
"Dear Mr. Lincoln:
"We Coloreds have taken a vote and decided that we don`t cotton to that whole emancipation thing. …
"In fact we held a big meeting and took a vote in Kansas City this week. We voted to condemn a political revival of that old abolitionist spirit called the `tea party movement.`
"The tea party position to `end the bailouts` for example is just silly. Bailouts are just big money welfare and isn`t that what we want all Coloreds to strive for? What kind of racist would want to end big money welfare? …
"And the ridiculous idea of `reduce[ing] the size and intrusiveness of government.` What kind of massa would ever not want to control my life? As Coloreds we must have somebody care for us otherwise we would be on our own, have to think for ourselves and make decisions!
"The racist tea parties also demand that the government `stop the out of control spending.` Again, they directly target coloreds. That means we Coloreds would have to compete for jobs like everybody else and that is just not right.
"Perhaps the most racist point of all in the tea parties is their demand that government `stop raising our taxes.` That is outrageous! How will we coloreds ever get a wide screen TV in every room if non-coloreds get to keep what they earn? Totally racist! "
And so went the satirical letter from "Precious Ben Jealous, Tom`s Nephew" and "NAACP Head Colored Person."
Juvenile, of course—although the idea that welfare has become a form of slavery has long been a standard conceit among house-broken conservatives like Jack Kemp. But a firing offense? Do we believe in free speech or what?
Nevertheless, the National Tea Party Federation reacted as quickly as the colonial American pictured on its home page: "The Racists Are Coming! The Racists Are Coming!" It demanded that the Tea Party Express "publicly rebuke" Williams. Said rebuke must "take the following form"—or else:
"1. Mark Williams must be officially removed from the ranks of the Tea Party Express.
"2. Notice of Mark Williams` removal must be placed prominently on the official Tea Party Express website.
3. Tea Party Express must issue a press release articulating points 1 and 2 above."
The Tea Party Express, greatly to its credit, refused—whereupon the Federation expelled Williams and his organization.
Williams has published something of an apology at his Web site, but for all intents and purposes, he stuck to his guns. Good for him.
Of course, Williams uttered the usual platitudes in his apology. Conceding that he went too far, he wrote, "I reiterate what I and every tea partier have said repeatedly: We denounce racists of any color and all those who seek to divide the American People along any lines."
(In a late-breaking development, the NAACP`s Jealous may be reaching out to Williams in the wake of Obama Administration official Shirley Sherrod`s forced resignation after the revelation of her speech to an NAACP group apparently gloating about denying aid to a white farmer).
Despite the obligatory cant, Williams knows very well who "seek[s] to divide the American People", and it isn`t the whites who opposes or in many cases voted for the son of an alcoholic Kenyan bigamist and radical white mother as president of the United States.
Indeed, when necessary, Williams jettisons the tea party line that touts the virtues of a race-blind society governed by men (and women, of course), who understand the rule of law, free markets, limited government, and the Constitution, etc.
That might be one reason he denounced the Ground Zero mosque. The Cordoba Initiative`s principal backer is an imam who supported the unsuccessful and Hamas-backed Gaza flotilla and seeks to impose Sharia law in the United States. He wants to build The Cordoba House at the site of the now missing World Trade Center towers, which are missing precisely because that imam`s co-religionists (even if incensed by America`s misguided imperial policies in the Middle East) knocked them down with two passenger jets on Sept. 11, 2001.
The Cordoba Initiative, Williams wrote at his blog, "would consist of a Mosque for the worship of the terrorists` monkey-god".
Naturally, the spokesmen for Islam demanded an apology, and they got one — sort of: "I was wrong and that was offensive. I owe an apology to millions of Hindus who worship Lord Hanuman, an actual Monkey God."
Indeed. As conservative and former Capitol Hill staffer Jim Jatras observed in an article in 1989, Muslims actually worship "the former chief deity of the polytheistic Arab pantheon — a variation on the moon god common throughout the ancient Middle East, among the Babylonians known as Sin (the Sinai peninsula is probably named after him) and among the Sumerians as Nanna — stripped of his consorts and offspring. … In short, Islam is a self-evident outgrowth not of the Old and New Covenants but of the darkness of heathen Araby.")
That article sent Muslims into a rage. They demanded, unsuccessfully, Jatras` ouster as a key Republican staffer. (He`s now in the private sector.) To paraphrase H.L. Mencken, it isn`t lies that hurt; it`s the truth.
Williams may have misspoken about the Muslim deity. But he was right to puncture the myth, widely accepted by gullible dim bulbs, including some tea party Americans no doubt, that Islam is merely an amalgam of Judaism and Christianity. That said, Williams was likely as incensed about this as Americans would have been in 1946 if the government had allowed the Japanese to build a shrine at Pearl Harbor.
Anyhow, Williams` "expulsion" as a leader within the Federation—if one can be expelled from a movement that has no real membership list or list of officers, shows just what is at stake in the debate over President Obama`s policies and what they mean for the future of this country.
Conservatives and even liberals, including Geraldine Ferraro, have rightly complained that any criticism of Obama brings on the accusation of "racism". The inevitable result of Williams` ouster is that Obama`s supporters will now utter that charge even more frequently.
Undoubtedly, the tea party movement contains a contingent of such people, just as Obama`s movement contains Communists, murderers and child molesters. Yet most Tea Partiers clearly aren`t "racists," at least in the sense the Southern Poverty Law Center and NAACP use that hackneyed term. Anyway, the question is how long it will be before any criticism of Obama or any other black person is simply not allowed.
Williams understands this. And he clearly knows that the United States of America is more than an "idea"—that the liberties Americans enjoy depend more upon what kind people live here and govern, pace the National Tea Party Federation, than upon merely defending abstract libertarian ideological tenets traveling under the names of "fiscal responsibility", "constitutionally limited government" and "free markets".
Indeed, because these ideas, particularly the latter two — and let`s include the rule of and respect for the law — are rooted in the Christian conception of human nature and political liberty, they depend upon citizens imbued with and educated in a Christian cultural milieu.
Asian, African and Mexican or Central American (Aztec or Mesoamerican) immigrants don`t understand them because they come from cultures in which raw power, corruption and superstition control their lives.
That zoning ordinance limits a single-family dwelling to one family, meaning parents and children? Ignore it. Pack in the in-laws and cousins, too!
Williams gets all this—and so do many if not most tea-party Americans, despite brainwashing by the media and government schools.
Problem is, the tea-party leaders either don`t get it or don`t care to get it.
And as long they speak for "conservatives" and other real Americans, Obama and his janissaries have nothing to stop them from dispossessing those upon whom this country`s prosperity and political liberty ultimately depend: people who look like Mark Williams.
A.W. Morgan [Email him] is fully recovered from prolonged contact with the Beltway Right. He now lives in America.