Some things cannot exist and thrive independently unless they feed off of something else. Plant a beautiful garden, and it will give life to a gang of weeds. Without the pernicious, blood-curdling, ganglike hatred for President Obama to prop up the Tea Party’s putrefied-smelling tent, the dastardly outfit would collapse into nothingness, much like the conclusion of a freak show carnival.

Had Sen. John McClain or Sarah “Crosshairs” Palin won the 2008 presidential election, the Tea Party would not even exist.

Obama’s very existence provides meaning for many Tea Party members’ lives. He fills the cavernous hole in their collective soul and provides a readily available target for which to regurgitate blame, blow off life’s frustration and vent the accumulated energy that comes from their personal problems. Though they have lived many years – some as abject failures – many are alive and full of purpose suddenly. This is how many have arrived at new prominence so raw, so unpolished and so uncouth in utterance.

Southern California Republican official Marilyn Davenport epitomizes this in totality. She is completely flippant about her email because she exemplifies a great degree of political ignorance about what is acceptable, and she lacks the sophistication to discern that her actions are objectionable. To a person like Davenport, she is America, and the non-American [Obama] was the target of her wayward email. Therefore, she feels she has done nothing wrong because she didn’t attack a real citizen. When folks of her ilk speak ill of blacks and Hispanics, as an example, they feel they are only talking bad about minorities, not Americans. Conversely, when minorities like Minister Louis Farrakhan talk “bad” about white people, those whites quickly accuse Farrakhan of being anti-American because, to them, white people and America are synonymous.

But I digress. Back to that “nothingness,” for it describes the preponderance of Tea Party malevolent platform: nothing positive, nothing constructive, nothing to build upon. They bring only venom on their tongues and poisonous placards in their hands to these rallies, leaving the white sheets in their historical closets. And after they’ve expended their energy on hatred and their homogenous view of America, they return to their ideological dungeons. And there is no place for Obama or minorities in their dungeon.

They say the president makes them sick. Well, perhaps if they vomited enough, they could get all of that rancid tea out of their systems. But if Obama loses his bid for reelection, the Tea Party will celebrate that they’ve “taken their country back” (translation: returned it to Caucasian occupancy and total control). Then, they would dissolve quietly like the morning mist.

terry shrosphire

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