When journalists start off their stories talking about “blond, blue-eyed” anything…it’s usually not a good sign for the subject they’re describing. Since the new Captain America movie is on its way I suppose we’ll be seeing that particular word combination pop up more frequently over the coming year, but somehow I don’t think Charlotte Hill had Marvel’s all American boy in mind when describing Stephen Knotts and the rest of his ideological allies:
NEW CASTLE, Delaware (AFP) – Stephen Knotts, a blond, blue-eyed member of the conservative Tea Party movement, is deeply concerned about where he sees the United States heading.
“We are pushing towards European values. Socialism, that’s a European value,” he warns. “Everybody’s kind of zombified over there…”
Paul Lamanna, a member of the shooting club who describes himself as a first generation Italian immigrant, is similarly concerned about what he sees as a turn towards European policies in the United States.
“They have communism, they have fascism, they have socialism, even today. I’m not interested in any of that. I’m interested in democracy,” he says.
In neighboring Newark, Delaware, 31-year-old Kevin Thomas pronounces himself “sick and tired of this big government coming in, taking our money, giving it away basically to people who don’t deserve it.”
“We’re building a nation of slackers,” he warns at a campaign event for O’Donnell.
“What’s wrong with that,” you ask? Let’s fast forward to the end of the article:
The largely white movement also faces accusations of racism from Democrats, including David Tillman, a 67-year-old African-American attending a campaign event for O’Donnell’s opponent Chris Coons.
“Come on, all they did was take off their hoods,” he says in reference to the peaked masks worn by Ku Klux Klan members.
Hill not so surreptitiously throws in enough details to make some of AFP’s gullible readers pay less attention to the completely valid and legitimate concerns of Tea Party members, and more on the red herring race bait their opponents come up with.
Well, he was blond haired and blue eyed. There is a lot of white people there. I suppose that blond-haired, blue-eyed guy and his friends could have been implying that black people are “slackers.” It makes you kind of wonder about that Tea Party movement, you know?
Nice try, Charlotte. Guys like Charles Blow tried to paint the Tea Party as racist already—and it failed. Bill Maher regularly goes with the “Racist, Crazy, Dumb” hat trick, and that hasn’t worked. Kevin Smith (a liberal who made a career out of glamorizing slackers) is making a movie that paints all “Red States” as breeding grounds for religious wackos. It’s pathetic, and since more people are paying attention to what’s going on the con job isn’t going to be as easy this time around. Openly saddling future generations with colon-exploding federal deficits has a way of getting people tuned in to the political process. I highly suggest dealing with the out of control entitlement spending if you want to save face. But you won’t. You’ll probably even start calling disaffected Obama voters racists, and in November the polls will show just how badly you miscalculated the electorate.