The “grassroots” Tea Party event (sponsored by Murray Energy) at the St. Clairsville, Ohio courthouse on Tuesday was pretty much what we expected. Nevertheless, we threw on our best wading boots and delved into the sh*tstorm of dumbf*ckery that was a “grassroots” event sponsored by an extreme right-wing energy corporation who totally has the common man’s best interests at heart.
Shortly after we were spotted by We The People Ohio Valley, the same group that released AATTP owner Jason Troyan’s personal information among their online groups — including where his son attends school — an announcement was made that those assembled were not to speak to us.
Rather than express an openness to an exchange of ideas, a speaker informed the crowd, “I would like to tell you something. If anyone wants to take your picture or ask you a question, walk away from them.” He added, “There are people here who are trying to disturb things.”
He explained to the huddled masses of mindless faux patriots, “Yes, we have enemies. Yes we do. OK? So don’t give nobody an interview please — unless it’s right here.”
He pointed at the two representatives of AATTP in the crowd. “They’re over in that corner, according to my friends.”
This fear of allowing Tea Partiers to speak to people with cameras is unsurprising, given the stunning display of ignorance captured last year at an Overpasses for Obama’s Impeachment event in St. Clairsville, the bizarre claims of psychic abilities on the part of the head honcho of We the People Ohio Valley in Elm Grove, WV, or the embarrassing display of ignorance we caught in nearby Bridgeport, Ohio.
Late in the evening, David Daubenmire, a coach whose indoctrination of high school football players into the Christian religion led to a successful ACLU lawsuit, pointed at us and said, “Let me tell you something. You see, they’re trying to convince you, lie to you, tell you that Muslims and Christians serve the same god.”
He claimed, “That can only float if you don’t know anything about Christianity. If you’re just kind of a cultural Christian and you don’t know anything about Christianity, you might buy that line. Folks, that’s just not true.”
“But I’d like to tell people — I hope those media cameras are rolling — Here’s the difference: The closer you get to Jesus, the more peaceful you become. The more loving you become”
[Author’s Note: This concept was clearly demonstrated earlier in the evening when a Tea Partier began to get physical with me as I was filming Ted Cruz’s daddy’s hateful rant. While he attempted to ask police to deprive me of my First Amendment rights, he earned himself an escort for the rest of the night after threatening to shove my camera up my rear. But I digress…]
“The closer you get to Muhammad,” Daubenmire, who once claimed he was “sodomized by the Left,” continued, “The more violent you become. Now, you can argue with me if you want to. It just happens to be the truth.”
He explained that the viewpoint that we can take “two directly opposing viewpoints, or four opposing viewpoints, or a multitude of different viewpoints and somehow try to make a team out of that” is an asinine idea. “How stupid can we be,” he asked rather ironically.
“If it won’t work on the football field,” he said, “it won’t work in the country.”
Daubenmire claimed that the Ten Commandments quite literally were posted everywhere — in schools, in government buildings, and in every single home.
He said that because Christians do not engage in his vision of a cultural holy war, they are cowards who have allowed “the Muslim crowd” to “roll right over top of us.”
He openly wished that the founding fathers had based our nation’s laws on the Ten Commandments. Daubenmire asserted that you can be any religion you wish in his delusional fantasy — but you must follow his religion’s rules. “You be whatever you want to,” he said, “These are our rules.”
“You want to live like a Pagan in the privacy of your own home,” he said,” OK. But these are our rules. You don’t break these rules.”
“We put our kids in public schools, and we train them all the same way” and teach them “Biblical values,” Daubenmire suggested — because institutionalized brainwashing by a theocratic government in state schools is definitely the way to go.
Daubenmire then complained that in Dearborn, Michigan, “you might as well be in a foreign country in the middle of the United States — IN THE MIDDLE OF THE UNITED STATES!” Last year, right-wingers were fooled by a satirical National Report article that claimed Dearborn had fully implemented Sharia Law, but it actually just has a moderate Muslim population.
He told the crows that “when they flew the planes into the towers on 9-1-1, all I knew about Islam was Raiders of the Lost Ark. Harrison Ford.” He said that Islam is not a religion of peace because “they” kill Christians.
He said that liberals ” use that politically correct crap” and will “tell you lies and make you think that they’re real.”
Daubenmire once again pointed in our direction and said, “You boys over here, you boys should go out after work and have a beer — YOU KNOW I’M SPEAKING YOUR LANGUAGE FELLAS! I’M SPEAKING YOUR LANGUAGE!”
He said that even Ted Cruz can’t change America, and that they — the everyday people attending an event sponsored by a giant energy corporation — should demand that their local governments be Christian governments — that public schools “teach Christian values.” He yelled, “You pay for them! Why do they teach what you don’t believe?”
Watch this unbelievably stupid rant, below: