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The undercurrent of racism that drives the Tea Party movement has surfaced, leading to friction with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and within the movement itself. Radio personality Mark Williams, who is apparently the leader of a Tea Party faction called the “Express”, posted a blog entry that was not only critical of the NAACP’s call for the movement to purge racists, but was undeniably racist in its content. As a result another Tea Party faction, called the National Tea Party Federation, has “expelled” the Express from the Federation. In an argument reminiscent of a scene from “Monty Python’s Life of Brian”, the two factions are arguing over who has the most Tea Party cred.

The Tea Party movement is a group of personality cults that are loosely associated, with none appearing to have any standing as an official party governing body. Spats between the various local clubs are frequent, and can be ignited by arguments over ideology or even by what songs to sing at rallies. The vituperative nature of their squabbles is often amusing, and the current dust-up between the Express and the Federation is exceptionally amusing. To quote a quote from the CNN wire staff:

“The Tea Party Express with over 400,000 members is by far larger than the Tea Party Federation’s entire membership,” Wierzbicki said. “Most rank-and-file tea party activists think we’re talking about Star Trek when we try to explain who the ‘Federation’ is. Given the absurdity of the actions by the ‘Federation,’ this is quite fitting, since their conduct is alien to our membership.”

 – Joe Wierzbicki, spokesman for the Tea Party Express

(There is no corroboration of the membership numbers offered by Wierzbicki.)

Most disturbing here is the content of William’s blog entry. Written as a letter to Abraham Lincoln from “Colored People”, it implores the Civil War era president not to proclaim emancipation for slaves, indicating blacks like slavery because “Freedom means having to work for real, think for ourselves, and take consequences along with the rewards. That is just far too much to ask of us Colored People”.

I’ve long felt that the antics of the Tea Party people carry an ugly racist taint, judging by the signs displayed at their rallies and the comments of some of their leaders. Now that taint has become a full-fledged stain, and a disgrace to the country as a whole. It’s impossible to take these people seriously, especially when they engage in shrill slapping contests more appropriate to a sorority pledge committee than a serious political party.

I won’t be surprised if the Tea Party movement collapses and disappears after the Fall elections, although it may take a few more years of these comical and embarrassing episodes for that to happen. I’m sure they have no future beyond 2012. Maybe they are the ones the Mayans were talking about when they predicted doom and destruction.

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