There are known knowns; there are things we know that we know.
Yawn . . . . . . . :
Earlier this week, tea party activists and GOP lawmakers gathered near the Capitol to rail against an immigration reform bill passed by the Senate.
While the event was linked to a number of controversial figures, including an organizer who has argued for eugenics and called African-Americans a "retrograde species," that didn't deter Republicans like Rep. Steve King (Iowa) and Sens. Jeff Sessions (Ala.) and Ted Cruz (Texas) from showing up to join the chorus against a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
When Ken Crow -- a co-founder of the Tea Party Community -- stepped up to the microphone, however, George Zornick of The Nation said he was taken aback by the talk of "breeding" and racial purity that followed.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/18/gop-anti-immigration_n_3618392.html
The Gadfly is yawning for the simple reason that media reports of the Tea Party having racist elements at the very core of their existence is not news. It is not news in any sense that the word "news" implies. As the inimitable Don Rumsfeld stated in the quote at the top of this post - it is a "known known," something "we know that we know." So for the media to feign outrage at this stuff - it is, at it's most benign ignorance (willful or otherwise) of the world outside of their beltway bubble, and at it's most malignant, it is gross incompetence to the point of their industry being so structurally and ethically compromised that it no longer serves a useful public purpose.
Allow The Gadfly to recount a condensed history of the Tea Party for you dear reader:
- White, male Presidents from the country's inception. No Tea Party.
- The White President from 2000 to 2008 inherited a national surplus from the outgoing White President and promptly gave it away to the wealthiest Americans in the form of the biggest tax cut in history that benefited primarily the top 2% of income earners. He ignored the outgoing President's warning of international terrorism's threats to the country and was on vacation in August, 2001 when his security adviser warned of a fellow named Bin Laden being determined to attack the country on it's own soil. He was then "shocked" a month later on Sept. 11, 2001 when that same fellow's pals flew airliners into American skyscrapers and the Pentagon killing 3000 people. In reactionary response, he then trampled the constitution, looted the national treasury to pay for ill-advised wars of choice, and made America a war crimes accused country by torturing prisoners. He labeled Americans with dissenting views on the decision to invade a country that had nothing to do with the 9/11 attack as being unpatriotic and warned them to keep their mouths shut. Concurrently, he was empowering Wall Street and the banking industry by gutting regulatory oversight, and subsequently presided over the worst economic crisis in America since the Great Depression, bailed out the economic gamblers and swindlers on Wall Street and the banking industry with taxpayer money, and attempted to hand over the Social Security system to these same Wall Street criminals. All of this and yet - still no Tea Party.
- Negro elected President Nov. 4, 2008. Negro officially inaugurated President of The United States on January 20, 2009. Tea Party formed February 2009.
The Gadfly rests his fucking case.