Last week Obama gave an interview in which he made it clear that he thinks the tea party movement are made up so-called “birthers”. The birthers believe that President Obama is ineligible to be President as he was not born in the US. They are called “birthers” because they repeatedly call for his birth certificate to be released.
“President Barack Obama says he believes the Tea Party is built around a "core group" of people who question whether he is a U.S. citizen...”
Obama’s charges do not sit well with the tea party movement which has gone to great lengths to distance itself from the issue. They consider a distraction from the core fiscal conservative cause that underlines the tea party movement.
Birthers of all types have been ranting and raving at various tea party organisations for their lack of attention to their cause. There have been hundreds of threads where birther advocates have berated tea party groupings for ignoring “the most important” . Andrew Breitbart made the disconnect as clear as possible. He was speaking for the majority of the tea party movement when he challenged a birther at the so-called “tea party convention” last year.
““It’s self-indulgent, it’s narcissistic, it’s a losing issue,” Breitbart told Schilling. “It’s a losing situation. If you don’t have the frigging evidence — raising the question? You can do that to Republicans all day long. You have to disprove that you’re a racist! Forcing them to disprove something is a nightmare.””
I have come under birther suspicion with members of this grouping demanding to see my birth certificate as they charge me with being a foreign agent. Like the President I have not agreed to publicly posting my proof of birth either. Its become a rather odd new form of protest, decrying someone’s background in this manner.
We should not be surprised to see Obama participating in the insidious black balling of the tea party movement as a political force. From the mainstream media to socialist Congressman, there is a concerted effort to make the movement out to be something its not.
Breitbart has written extensively about this whole trend in a American politics.
Groups that have no link to the tea party movement, and would probably not want to do so, are suddenly being spoken about in the same breath. Newspapers are desperately trying to find a tea party link to groups like this and the more extreme militias.
“Guardians of the Free Republics is a "sovereign citizen" group, which believes that its members do not have to abide by the duties of U.S. citizenship, such as paying taxes. According to the group's website, it seeks to appeal to people who are "tired of being subjected to a corporation posing as a legitimate government that would arrest you for refusing to pray to corporate courts or give up your land or pay taxes to the Rothschilds or exhibit a state-issued confession of subject-class citizenship."
Worried about its power they have resorted to the “when did you stop beating your wife” variety of political discourse. The tea party movement must prove itself not to be racist, while the socialists may make any charge however unsubstantiated. Or as Michael Moynihan put it in Reason recently.
“Those who wondered about the contradicting claims surrounding the Lewis charge were, naturally, themselves derided as racist. But if the country's largest newspapers can accuse those assembled to "kill the bill" of being motivated by racial animus, "eliminationism," Nazism, or old Dixie nostalgia, is it so unfair to ask for verifiable proof?”
In effect, the President’s repeated sneering at the movement shows that it has arrived. His use of Chicago-style slander against an entire group of Americans shows that he has noticed them as a force in politics. First Obama and his socialist followers ignored the movement, then they made fun of it and now they are maligning it.
Obama has been careful so far to not ratchet up the rather aggressive rhetoric from the other side about the motives of protestors or has he. One has to wonder how he would feel about the anarchists left’s threat to disrupt the tea party movement on the 15th of April. Or has he? Are his comments a signal that it is now open season on the tea party movement?
We shall have to see if the rhetoric from the President is toned down after he finishes his Obamacare victory lap. The question is whether his fanatical fans in the media and the wider activist community follow his lead and tone their behaviour.
The events of the last few weeks have more than justified the initial distancing of the tea party movement from the “birther” obsessive. This distance makes the President look all the more foolish for his charges.