Al. Teapartier for Congress Talks to Dead Presidents AGAIN (Video)
June 28, 2010
(ChattahBox)– The state of Alabama continues to lead the pack in the contest for the most comical right-wing campaign ads. Dale Peterson’s kooky campaign rants against “thugs and criminals” and “illegals” who “bust in by the thousands,” while riding a horse, armed with a Winchester rifle, are still in first place, but Rick Barber’s ads are a close second. A tea party candidate facing a runoff election to become the GOP candidate for Congress, Barber previously advocated Obama’s impeachment and a violent overthrow of our government, with the phrase “Gather your armies,” uttered by a George Washington look-alike. Now, Barber is using Abraham Lincoln to equate taxes and social welfare programs to “slavery,” as he flashes an image of a Nazi concentration camp to make his point.
Yes, taxes are just like the Holocaust. Good grief!
Barber’s new slavery ad also brings back George Washington for a repeat performance, to make the point that Washington’s whiskey tax, was a “legitimate function of government,” unlike the “tyrannical healthcare bill.”
The Southern right-wing Barber then ironically turns to his Lincoln look-alike to support his historically-challenged argument that taxes and social welfare programs are the same as slavery:
“Hey Abe. If someone is forced to work for months to pay taxes so that a total stranger can get a free meal, medical procedure or a bailout, what’s that called? What’s it called when one man is forced to work for another?”
Lincoln answers “slavery,” after which images of slavery in America, Communist Gulags and Nazi concentration camps are shown.
Barber ends his race-baiting ad, by bizarrely declaring that Southerners fought against slavery.
“We shed a lot of blood to stop that in the past, didn’t we?” Barber says. “Now look at us. We are all becoming slaves to our government.”
And, as noted by Talking Points Memo, using the likeness of Lincoln to equate taxes with slavery is even more ludicrous, considering that Lincoln imposed our nation’s first income tax to pay for the Civil War—against the Southern states that battled for the right to keep slaves.
A crazy Orwellian concept on so many levels. But it plays well to the resentful tea party crowd of malcontents.
Barber faces a runoff on July 13, against the GOP establishment candidate Martha Roby. She received 49 percent of the vote in the crowded primary, against Barber’s 29 percent. Roby is expected to win easily, despite Barber’s entertaining extremist right-wing ads.
Watch at the end of the ad when a **Dale Peterson look-alike appears next to Barber.
**(Update: The Dale Peterson “look-alike” is actually the “thugs and criminals” star live and in person.