Media: Tea Parties are like the confederates or something

The Sunday August 28 issue of The Kansas City Star, a McClatchy newspaper, devoted several pages of section A to the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Among the stories was “The Civil War at 150: The past in the present?” by David W. Blight, a professor of history at Yale. Mr. Blight begins his essay asking: “Why can’t we just get over the Civil War in America?”

[I]deologically, many of the issues of 2011 are much the same as in 1861. Given the hold the tea party seems to have on the base of the Republican Party, we should take notice when some in the group invoke the Confederate constitution as a model for anti-tax, anti-centralization libertarianism.

One can easily find scoundrels and wacko nut jobs in any group, including the Democrat Party and, especially, university faculty lounges. But what animates the vast majority of the Tea Party is its allegiance to the U.S. Constitution, not the Confederate one. But Blight is not satisfied; he goes on to compare his ideological foes to slaveholders:

Indeed, yesterday’s…

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Obama Snubbed the VFW, But Not These Groups

While Barack Obama is the first president not to personally address or assign a top-tier representative to the Veterans of Foreign Wars‘ annual convention, not every organization has received the same shabby treatment as the military. White House spokesman Adam Abramsclaimed Obama snubbed the VFW because he “receives many speaking requests throughout the year, but he is unable to meet them all.” Apparently, if you wish to receive a visit from the president or one of his top cabinet members, it helps to be dedicated to the interests of homosexuals, illegal immigrants, Muslims, or union bosses.

La Raza, Si! VFW, No!

Obama avoided those who protected our homeland, but he had no trouble speaking to those who invaded it. He spoke before the National Council of La Raza’s national convention in June. La Raza (“the Race”) is infamous for its support of open borders, drivers licenses for illegals, in-state tuition for non-citizens, and its undying hostility to border enforcement. Obama’s Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, Cecilia Munoz, was vice president of La Raza and is now the administration’s top cheerleader for amnesty. Obama told NCLR that “the idea of doing things on my own is very tempting.” On August 18, Obama continued his strategy of ruling via executive fiat by announcing illegal immigrants would be deported based on “priority.” The new policy effectively granted amnesty to a wider swath of illegal aliens that those covered bythe DREAM Act, which Congress has repeatedly voted down.

He had his bitter-half address the NAACP’s convention this year. The NAACP behaved itself better during the first lady’s speech than it did in 2006 when…

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Congressman West: “I am reconsidering my membership of the CBC”

Congressman Allen West (R – Florida) shares his reaction to the recent militant statements made by fellow members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Switch: Sarah Palin confirms weekend Tea Party rally

After hours of conflicting reports, organizers confirmed potential presidential candidate Sarah Palin will speak at a Tea Party rally in Iowa.

Consultants from Palin’s team threatened to withdraw her from the rally if former Delaware Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell were present at the event, Politico reported.

O’Donnell was uninvited from the rally, scheduled for Saturday in Indianola, Iowa, late Wednesday at the request of Palin’s people, the report said

“Palin has confirmed,” Tea Party of America organizer Charlie Gruschow told Politico. “O’Donnell will not speak or be present.”

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Boehner v. Obama: The House Always Wins

Hollywood frets about paparazzi trying to break into Kim Kardashian’s wedding.

And Washington is beset by President Obama trying to crash the House chamber.

It’s likely that such a maneuver would have failed to impress Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson.

The Salahis may have scoffed for its sheer lack of audacity.But worst of all, Emily Post and Judith Martin would have shaken their heads.

After all, most believe it’s a social faux pas to invite yourself over.

“I respectfully request the opportunity to address a Joint Session of Congress on September 7, 2011, at 8:00 pm,” wrote President Obama to House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) around noontime Wednesday.

The president’s entreaty to speak to Congress in prime-time, State of the Union-style, triggered a strange, “only inside the Beltway” kerfuffle which focused on the rules of etiquette and decorum.

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Issa: Still Many Questions About ‘Fast and Furious,’ Fears of Scandal Sequel

This is a huge scandal with many facets which still need to be explained. Watch as Greta Van Susteren, FOX News Host and Rep. Darrell Issa, Chairman, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee discuss the matter.

Buffett Widens Rift With Republicans by Faulting Tea Party

Warren Buffett, the self-made billionaire and son of a former Republican congressman, has widened the rift with his father’s party by pressing for tax increases on the wealthy and reinforcing ties with President Barack Obama.

Buffett endured scorn from Republicans this month after he called the Tea Party approach to budget talks “insane” and proposed raising $500 billion by taxing the richest Americans. Buffett, chief executive officer of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., was cited as an exemplar by Obama at least three times since July.

“Whenever Buffett says something, you can almost put money on the fact that within the next 48 hours, Obama’s going to use the phrase, ‘My good friend Warren Buffett says blah, blah, blah,’” said David Rolfe, chief investment officer of Berkshire shareholder Wedgewood Partners Inc. “If you’re going to tread into those waters, you need to expect the brickbats.”

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Andre Carson: Tea party wants blacks ‘hanging on a tree’

A top lawmaker in the Congressional Black Caucus says tea partiers on Capitol Hill would like to see African-Americans hanging from trees and accuses the movement of wishing for a return to the Jim Crow era.

Rep. Andre Carson, a Democrat from Indiana who serves as the CBC’s chief vote counter, said at a CBC event in Miami that some in Congress would “love to see us as second-class citizens” and “some of them in Congress right now of this tea party movement would love to see you and me … hanging on a tree.”

Carson also said the tea party is stopping change in Congress, likening it to “the effort that we’re seeing of Jim Crow.”

The explosive comments, caught on tape, were uploaded on the Internet Tuesday, and Carson’s office stood by the remarks. Jason Tomcsi, Carson’s spokesman, said the comment was “in response to frustration voiced by many in Miami and in his home district in Indianapolis regarding Congress’s inability to bolster the economy.”

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Sarah Palin Appearance at Tea Party Rally in Iowa ‘No Longer Confirmed’

Sarah Palin’s Saturday appearance at a tea party rally in Indianola, Iowa, is on hold, a person close the former Alaska governor told The Wall Street Journal.

The person said Ms. Palin’s appearance was “no longer confirmed” and cited “continual lying” from event organizers at Tea Party of America, including a recent mixup over whether former U.S. Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell of Delaware would also speak.

Ms. Palin is known for last-minute schedule changes that whipsaw supporters and media across the country. But the latest decision is puzzling. Ms. Palin’s speech at the rally was viewed as her most high-profile appearance of the summer, fueling  speculation she was indeed plotting to run for the Republican presidential nomination.

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White House: Only ‘Fervent Partisan’ Would Suggest Obama To Blame For Job Losses

When asked questions about the president’s upcoming speech on jobs and economic growth yesterday, White House Spokesperson Jay Carney claimed that only the most ‘fervent partisan’ would suggest the 8 million plus jobs lost in this recession were lost because of actions Barack Obama took.

The question was asked by CBS reporter Norah O’Donnell. The exchange appears in the official White House transcript of the press briefing:

Q — Jay, the question is what is different in this new speech? What is going to be different?

MR. CARNEY: Well, you will see what the President proposes…

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