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.