Two days ago, in likening ACORN to an invasive weed, I brushed against the idea of herbicide to complete the metaphor. I rejected it as coarse, hateful, and mean.
Others have no such qualms:
ACORN chief organizer Bertha Lewis praised socialism and said the Tea Party was a “bowel movement” filled with racists in a speech to a left-wing youth group, a new video shows.
The edited two-minute video surfaced on the Verum Serum blog Wednesday as a federal appeals court reversed a lower court ruling and temporarily upheld a congressional ban on funding the faltering community activist group.
The comments by Lewis came during a March 25 speech to the winter conference of the Young Democratic Socialists, which is the youth arm of the radical Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). DSA is closely tied to the Congressional Progressive Caucus, an 80-plus member group of left-wing Democratic lawmakers.
President Obama worked for ACORN’s Project Vote affiliate, trained ACORN organizers and represented ACORN as a lawyer.
Although ACORN leaders typically refuse to be labeled as socialists because they realize the term carries with it a negative connotation in American culture, Lewis openly embraced socialism.
“First of all let me just say any group that says, ‘I’m young, I’m democratic, and I’m a socialist,’ is alright with me,” Lewis said.
Lewis then seemed to predict that America would soon enter a period of possibly violent upheaval.
“Right now we are living in a time which is going to dwarf the McCarthy era,” she said. “It is going to dwarf the internments during World War II. We are right now in a time that is going to dwarf the era of Jim Crow and segregation.”
Let’s look at those charges.
An African American sits in the Oval Office, two have served as Secretary of State, one as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, one sits on the Supreme Court, another is chairman of a national political party (all thanks to Republicans). So much for Jim Crow and segregation.
And the African American president not only worked for a self-proclaimed socialist organization like ACORN, he spoke warmly of it during the campaign. His spread-the-wealth rhetoric and his take-the-wealth actions are drawn straight from Das Kapital. His political mentors were avowed revolutionaries and Marxists. And did I mention he’s president?
So much for McCarthyism. McCarthy ruined people on suspicion and innuendo. He wouldn’t have known what to do with someone who wrapped himself in the red flag, singing the Internationale out of one side of his mouth while denigrating the Constitution out of the other. (I might suggest impeachment.)
So, we’re “bowel movements”, huh? Oh, for the good old days when they called us snakes:
First there was Sarah Palin. Now we can add another Republican reptile from the past trying to help the GOP win House races this year – former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum.
Ever since all those fire-breathing tea party nut jobs scored their upset win in the Massachusetts Senate election, they’ve been looking for a new race to target. Santorum and his fellow nut jobs on the right-wing lunatic fringe…
And we’re the ones spreading the hate.