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March 19th, 2009 By | News | Posted In: Bailout, News, Media

A Rally's Mean Streak

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An actual tea party is supposed to be a cordial, civilized affair but as more details emerge about Sunday’s “Cincinnati Tea Party,” it’s clear that some attendees need a lesson in manners.

Instead of the political protest remaining focused on substantive policy issues, many in the crowd at Fountain Square revealed their true colors through their obnoxious behavior. One such incident involved the racially tinged mistreatment of a black woman who supported President Obama.

Here’s how The Cincinnati Enquirer described the incident in a single, sanitized sentence from a front page article on the event published Monday: “A lone Obama supporter made her way through the edge of the gated area, shouting ‘O-bam-a’ to jeers from the crowd.”

What really happened, however, was much uglier and crystallizes why more and more American voters are turned off by the divisive, “me first” attitude of many conservative Republicans.

Among a predominantly white crowd that carried signs displaying slogans of aggrieved privilege like, “Honk if I’m paying your mortgage,” was a middle-aged African-American woman waving an Obama flag. As expected, many attendees began heckling her but what was surprising was the openly racist nature of their comments, according to several people who witnessed the encounter.

A crowd formed around the woman, yelling in unison the word, “sucks,” each time she chanted Obama’s name. No biggie. But when that didn’t discourage her, a white woman in her 40s began following along behind her shouting “Wel-fare mom! Wel-fare mom!”

The ugliness didn’t end there. A young white man held up a poster depicting the U.S. presidents except Obama, as he gleefully noted to the sole dissenter. He then told her, “Let me borrow your flag for a minute. I want to wipe my ass with it.”

Others in the crowd chanted, “get a job,” as the black woman began to leave.

Cincinnati Police who were on hand to provide security did nothing. Enquirer readers wouldn’t know about any of this because the incident was whitewashed by the city’s newspaper of record.

The shameful behavior was in addition to parts of the crowd who physically threatened TV news crews on hand to cover the event, an incident also not mentioned by The Enquirer. The crews scurried toward police for protection.

Regardless of all the hate, the rally’s very premise was built on lies.

Part of a nationwide effort, the rally was designed to protest the $787 billion economic stimulus plan and Obama’s $75 billion mortgage relief program. Participants were galvanized by news that AIG handed out millions of dollars in employee bonuses after getting a multibillion-dollar bailout from the government.

Congressional Democrats wanted to include limits on executive compensation in the stimulus bill, but Republicans — led by Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky — insisted it be removed.

Also, the economic meltdown largely occurred because of the GOP’s dislike of any regulation on the private sector. As then-presidential candidate John McCain said in a March 2008 speech, ““Our financial market approach should include encouraging increased capital in financial institutions by removing regulatory, accounting and tax impediments.”

Yeah, how did that work out for you so far?

McClatchy Newspapers recently reported the National Republican Congressional Committee is sending out video “trackers” to ask provocative questions of Democratic members of Congress, for use in campaign ads. Instead of wasting time and money on “gotcha” campaigning, the party should focus on developing a coherent, positive agenda for the future.

 
 
03.19.2009 at 05:13 Reply
The Cincinnati Post did mention the local TV crew being driven away: "<.i>Unfortunately a small isolated group of angry people, many of whom who said they were frustrated with the media, caused WCPO's crew to leave the event early." http://www.kypost.com/content/wcposhared/story/Cincinnati-Tea-Party-Demonstrates-Downtown/QjyeJF5u3Emp_dJSU9HiYw.cspx Other sources may not have picked up on that.

 

03.19.2009 at 07:11 Reply
I would expect these people to act in this way. I think the Enquirer decided to not report about this incident in detail because the people at this rally are their clientele. They probably don't want to negatively impact business by insulting their customers!

 

03.19.2009 at 08:44 Reply
"Congressional Democrats wanted to include limits on executive compensation in the stimulus bill, but Republicans — led by Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky — insisted it be removed." Total fabrication but fits nicely with your fantasy: From CNN: U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd, already reeling in public opinion polls, suffered another political blow Wednesday with the admission that he had been involved in key legislative changes that helped pave the way for AIG to pay controversial bonuses to its employees. In a retreat from earlier statements, Dodd said Wednesday that U.S. Treasury Department officials had approached him last month, urging him to modify an amendment to the federal stimulus bill that capped bonuses for executives at companies receiving aid. On Tuesday, Dodd said that he was not a member of the conference committee that crafted the final compromise bill and said that the exception had not been in the bill as he drafted it. But late Wednesday, Dodd admitted in an interview with CNN that he had been involved in the change." Last time I checked Dodd was a Democrat who is actually the Head of you House Banking Comitte, but don't let that stop you in trying to blame everyone except those who really deserve it: Legislators who told us they didn't have the time to read the bailout bill and are now feigning outrage. Legislators who are stealing taxpayer money to bailout greed financial and credit card companies who after receiving your money are now screwing you by raising interest rates and lowering your available credit, ruining your credit score. Nothing left but to bend over and take up rear........ to paraphrase G.K. Chesterton "The problem with politicians (Republican and Democrats) is that far to few are actually hanged"

 

03.19.2009 at 09:44
In Ferro, Dodd did do that, based on the request of Tim Geithner, a Wall Street type who never should've been appointed to his job. But ya gotta know (and just don't wanna admit) that your beloved Republicans fought against any limits on compensation for bankers, calling it "socialism." If you want proof, there are plenty of clips out there showing McConnell and his sorry lot spouting off about it.

 

03.19.2009 at 10:52
"Your beloved Republicans fought against any limits on compensation for bankers, calling it "socialism." I beg to differ they all suck, they aren't my Republicans I hate all politicians, and if I had my way they would all be out of a job. You keep on drinking that Kool-Aid that allows you to below there is a dimes worth of difference between the Dems and Repubs. I don't believe there exists a single person Washington that gives a rat's ass about anything except making money and grabbing and holding onto power.

 

03.20.2009 at 07:00 Reply
"An actual tea party is supposed to be a cordial, civilized affair" Have you no sense of history, sir? The first tea party violated private property to destroy valuable property in support of a wealthy smuggler, John Hancock. You could have called Hancock a "tea lord."

 

03.21.2009 at 01:08 Reply
"Also, the economic meltdown largely occurred because of the GOP’s dislike of any regulation on the private sector." Kevin, you keep repeating this, but the reality is that the deregulation that caused the market meltdown happened under Clinton. It was Larry Summers and Rob Rubin that drove it through. It did have bipartisan support, but to place the blame soley on Republicans is rewriting history. The Enquirer didn't cover up this event. There was a large crowd and their reporter was on the other side of the square.

 

 
 
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