S.C. Tea Party Mayhem: Racism, Sedition, Paranoia and Homophobia

April 19, 2010

(ChattahBox)—- Tea party activists in South Carolina apparently didn’t receive the memo to tone down their incendiary rhetoric, in the wake of death threats and violent acts waged against U.S. lawmakers. A tea party rally held in Greenville over the weekend provided the few thousand in attendance a cornucopia of racism, hate, paranoia, seditious calls to take up arms against the government and anti-gay rhetoric. And the offensive remarks receiving the most attention were those made by the event’s keynote speaker, race-baiting nativist and former U.S. congressman Tom Tancredo. He took to the podium and whipped up the crowd with an anti-Obama racist birther rant: “If his wife says Kenya is his homeland, why don’t we just send him back?”

The rally was organized by the Upcountry Conservative Coalition. The group’s mission statement: “We the People…are coalescing to reclaim our God given rights by restoring our Constitutional Republic.”

South Carolina’s The State newspaper, reported on the vitriolic tone of the Greenville tea party rally on Saturday:

“Anger and indignation were served up in giant helpings outside the Bi-Lo Center on Saturday as several thousand Tea Party activists cheered speakers who attacked President Barack Obama as a lying, taxing, foreign-born, anti-American socialist. Waving signs and flags with slogans including, “It’s the Constitution, stupid” and “Vote them all out…”

Tancredo’s call for President Obama to go back to Kenya drew applause. And he also sounded an ominous note, by saying Americans are “going to have to pray that we can hold on to this country.”

Racist birtherism, check. Fearmongering, check. What’s left? Oh, yes a call to arms against the federal government. Pastor Stan Craig, of the Choice Hills Baptist Church was on hand to provide the sedition rhetoric, saying he “was trained to defend the liberties of this nation.” He shouted that he was ready to “suit up, get my gun, go to Washington, and do what they trained me to do.”

And Dan Gonzales, chair of the Florida Constitution Party, provided the paranoia and new world order conspiracy theories, ranting about the Rockefellers controlling the Republican Party. Gonzales also was prepared for an armed battle against the federal government. “[T]his is the end of America right here,” and if the Tea Partiers “don’t get to work we’re going to be fighting in the streets,” he declared.

To top off the incendiary rhetoric, another speaker accused Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) of being a traitor and a danger to America, because he may be gay:

“I’m a tolerant person. I don’t care about your private life, Lindsey, but as our U.S. Senator I need to figure out why you’re trying to sell out your own countrymen, and I need to make sure you being gay isn’t it.”

On this 15th anniversary of the bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City, leaving 168 dead and hundreds more injured, former President Bill Clinton penned a NY Times Op-Ed warning of the danger of current toxic climate and irresponsible incendiary rhetoric by lawmakers fueling an act of domestic terrorism:

“Fifteen years ago, the line was crossed in Oklahoma City. In the current climate, with so many threats against the president, members of Congress and other public servants, we owe it to the victims of Oklahoma City, and those who survived and responded so bravely, not to cross it again,” wrote Clinton.

On Saturday in Greenville, South Carolina the boundary was crossed between spirited criticism of the government and incendiary hate and seditious rhetoric.


Photo Source: Upcountry Conservative Coalition


7 Responses to “S.C. Tea Party Mayhem: Racism, Sedition, Paranoia and Homophobia”

  1. Rob on April 19th, 2010 7:47 pm

    Here is your memo… [edited for profanity] YOU!


  2. Kalynda on April 21st, 2010 11:25 am

    Wow, it is amazing how someone who was not there can twist things so badly! It’s also hilarious that Dan Gonzales, a Mexican, Native-American, is “paranoid” and part of a “racist” gathering! I don’t see him saying anything racist at all! Actually, if you listen to his speech, he said that more minorities and Americans in general need to come out and get involved because this is their country also. Secondly, saying that Obama needs to go back to Kenya is not racist. If he was not born in this country, then how can he serve as our President….it is unconstitutional! That has nothing to do with race at all.

    Please, we ask that you stop twisting words and making things seem like more of a conspiracy than they really are……seems that when people feel extremely threatened about things they do not understand, this is exactly how they respond. Remember, this is America where free speech is SUPPOSED to be allowed……no matter if we like it or not. Just the same as you are allowed to write/publish this extremely biased article.

  3. Obamamited on April 22nd, 2010 1:06 am

    They need to arrest the Tea Party leaders for trying to incite rioting. If this had been a group of black people out doing such we would be jail ans some would certainly be killed.

    what is eating at them is Obama is Black there has been other Presidents who have been elected into office that were not choosen from the party whom voted for them and never had ther been such protests.

    I feel this is getting out of hand it is the same protest of the Klu Klux Klan it is the same mob that fought to keep their JIM CROW LAWS they see a system malfuction being dismantled.

    They fear that Blacks will have more reason to try to suceed upon the priviledges vested to them which are equal rights and justice. They fear that one day slavery will return to haunt them making them slaves surly they dont believe in God and it would be a reason to believe such nonsense.

    What they fear is CHANGE they are afraid of what changes will come if a Black Man becomes knowledgable of the top secret lies and coverup that America has put upon the black race what will happen to them now.

    America has changed in front of their eye’s not because Obama is President, but the fact that white people voted for him and made him President they are in utter shock. This is the animus behind the Tea Party.


  4. MY-VIEWS on April 24th, 2010 9:22 am

    Why is it that these people hate President Obama so much? Is it because of his race? Do they feel that they can bring the entire country down to their level of hate?
    America will not allow seditious groups to unfold and not do any thing about it. Violence and hate is not the answer to reform.

  5. Brenda Martin on May 23rd, 2010 9:29 am

    Sorry, but this piece has nothing to back it up. The pictures and video clip associated with it show no racism, sedition, paranoia or homophobia. These people are exercising their constitutional right to free speech. Why is it so different from any other rally, just because you don’t like what their saying? From what I heard in the video clip the gentleman was wondering why there weren’t more blacks and hispanics. Doesn’t sound too racist to me. As far as the lock and load comment, please get a grip, that has nothing to do with a call to arms. He clearly stated that he didn’t want any violence. I realize that this is just an editorial piece and based on the views of the writer, but it looks more to me like this piece was more inciting then the Tea Party Rally.

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  7. brian on September 3rd, 2010 8:07 pm

    Hey Obamamited its not because your dictators is a black man its because he’s a fascist

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