Washington Tea Party Protests: This Shouldn't Happen in America
When the health care reform bill was signed today by President Obama, it marked the beginning of a process intended to make changes to the current health care system, structured to transform the system over the next four years.
The historic moment recalls Republican Senator Jim DeMint July 2009 declaration to Republican activists that if President Obama and the Democratic Party could be stopped on health care reform, the defeat would be the President’s Waterloo, crippling the administration’s ability to succeed on any and all other efforts.
Tea Party Tactics March 20, 2010
Waterloo was averted but damage has been done. The health care reform Tea Party protest on Saturday, March 20, 2010 gave right wing pundits Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck an excuse to say health care reform was a form of reparation for Black people.
At the Tea Party protest Representative Emanuel Cleaver was spit upon and he and Representative John Lewis were taunted with calls of ni**er and Representative Barney Frank was called a fa**ot at the U.S. Capitol.
Tea Party Targets People of Colour, Gays
They said the same of legal immigrants and undocumented workers, or ‘illegal aliens,’ and prompted a call for a return of literacy tests, declared unconstitutional 45 years ago.
The Tea Party tried to muster support by launching a vigorous campaign against the gay community and activists deemed to be promoting a gay agenda, with the Right opposing an end to the U.S. military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy believed to destroy America and its values.
This Shouldn’t Happen in America, written August 2009, is not only the story of Americans who cannot access health care, it is what many observers can't help but say in response to such underhanded political strategies, win or no win.
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