Will You Just Leave Obama Alone Sheesh

A friend alerted me to a post over at Ephphatha Poetry on the politics of the Tea Party — and what might be the response if the protesters were black.  It’s a nice thought experiment, for sure, but even more valuable than that, I thought, was the documentation of several recent actions and statements by Tea Partiers and their supporters that I had missed.

And if you haven’t heard yet, this just happened:

[An armed man] was arrested Sunday near the runway around the time President Barack Obama’s flight was leaving Asheville Regional Airport.

 Airport police arrested 23-year-old Joseph Sean McVey, of Coshocton, who was carrying a handgun and listening to police radio frequencies near the runway around the time President Barack Obama’s flight was leaving Asheville Regional Airport, according to investigators.

McVey parked his car near a gate at the end of the terminal that leads to the runway just before 2 p.m. as Air Force One was taxiing, according to a case summary by police filed at the Buncombe County Magistrate’s Office.

[…]

When the officer asked what he was doing, McVey stated “he heard the president was in town. He stated he wanted to see the president,” according to the summary.

I don’t know if this guy is connected to the Tea Party at all, but rest assured: he shares their aims.  There is simply no way to say this movement is not full of dangerous rhetoric and people.  None.

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2 comments on “Will You Just Leave Obama Alone Sheesh

  1. post-Hoke says:

    I only meant to post that last part; I copied from my e-mail. Whoops.

  2. post-Hoke says:

    I was talking to someone who pointed out something really insightful about the tea party movement: what would the reaction be if all these people were not white? A huge group of white people gathered in a public place with all their guns is a “tea party.” But a huge group of anyone else with guns is a “dangerous riot.”

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