Frustrated with their inability directly attack the recently deceased South African social justice icon, Nelson Mandela, TeaParty.org has taken a fresh, albeit hardly new approach to pointless hostility, this time using an article borrowed from discount conspiracy theory wholesaler, Infowars and a clearly un-vetted source.
In their latest attempt to paint the Mandela-Obama-Castro-Hitler-Satan chain of communism-on-the-march, TeaParty.org (yes, the official website for the Tea Party,) has looked to Alex Jones and his army of paranoid tin foil fashion designers for their latest hit piece, and as one might expect, they did not disappoint.
While most of the mainstream right wing is presently assuming a stately handshake with Cuban President Raul Castro is tantamount to a retroactive surrender of the cold war, The Tea Party seems keen to harp on the presumed costs of President Obama’s recent trip to South Africa.
According to Henri Le Riche, a man most notable for his staunch pro-white nationalist rhetoric (not to be confused with racism according to his website) the speech President Obama delivered last week, honoring Mandela, cost American tax payers $500,000 a minute. That’s right, a half a million dollars a minute to honor a man who changed the world.
There have been numerous instances where the right has thumped their chests and stomped on the terra over what are often made up numbers regarding Presidential travel expenses. What is striking is that after looking to a website famous for seeing secret and impossible plots in everything, they ran with a story derived from a report by a man who believes race wars are just around the corner and that European colonists and white capitalists maintain native claims to Africa.
Our rejection is based the US’s arrogant, selfish and oppressive foreign policies, treatment of workers and international trade relations that are rooted in war-mongering, neo-liberal super-exploitation, colonial racism and the disregard and destruction of the environment, thus making the realization of a just and peaceful world impossible,” the statement declares.
In a nutshell, the Tea Party has now in this one article;
- Publicly embraced a website that once claimed Republican President George Bush intended on exterminating or enslaving the US population,
- Cited a race baiting and unhinged right wing blogger, who like them, rails against communist union propaganda,
- Published and promoted communist and union propaganda in support of their bewildering thesis,
- Praised a bygone Congress, claiming they were instrumental in ending apartheid,
- Condemned the President for traveling to South Africa to speak in honor of the man who lead the charge to do so,
- And managed to deliver what some might consider an honest message about neo-liberal exploitation of Africa as a whole.
Let that all sink in for a minute.