Ken Bode has a column in the Indy Star commenting on deeply anti-Semitic propaganda being distributed at Tea Party gatherings.
Now, if you attend some tea party meetings in Indiana, a different kind of challenge is emerging. On the information tables, along with candidate brochures and handouts from right-wing blogs, is a stack of DVDs, one of them titled “Rothschild’s Choice: Barack Obama and the Hidden Cabal Behind the Plot to Murder America.”
As described in breathless narration over ominous, pounding, suspenseful music, the cabal is made up of Jewish financiers and billionaires, run today by Lord Jacob Rothschild, the 4th Baron. Along with Jewish-run secret societies and globalist organizations, their control of Barack Obama has turned him into a water boy to their causes.
Obama is a Zionist puppet, goes the argument, supported by Timothy Geithner, Ben Bernanke, Barney Frank — all Jews, all part of the banking system, all tools of the conspiracy. “David Axelrod,” says the narrator, “That’s right, he had a Jewish campaign manager.”
Sounds like this is a lot of rehashed crap with some more current names plugged in here or there. I recall being 13 or 14 first seeing this sort of stuff on bulletin board systems I was dialing into with my Commodore 64. And I know it was old then.
Is the Tea Party a racist? I think the “movement” is so incoherent, it’s difficult to ascribe any particular attribute to it. What we know is that it consists of people who are mad. They’re mad about a lot of different things. They seem to make a lot of noises about “taking their country back.” (From whom isn’t usually articulated.) However, the “movement” seems pretty uniformly white. And they seem to be more opposed to government spending that might help people of color than spending that might be used to blow up people of color. In fairness, that might not have a racial component at all; simply the notion that military spending = good & domestic spending = bad.
At the end of the day, I think the Tea Party folks have at the very least a perception problem. Standing up to their own who are pushing this anti-Semite garbage, and doing so in a very visible way, might be a good first step. For those who disagree with it, anyway.