During the sparring session last night between Rev. Al Sharpton and Bill O’Reilly on “The Factor,” Sharpton claimed that he saw the much bally-hooed tape of Tea Party protesters outside the Capitol building hurling the “n” word at black congressmen. The only problem is that such a tape most likely does not exist. Nor are there any credible witnesses whom have come forward to substantiate the charge. When confronted by O’Reilly, Sharpton started to back away from his claim that he actually saw a tape of the alleged incident.
Reminiscent perhaps of Sharpton’s trumpeting of the infamous Tawana Brawley rape allegations, which turned out to be a hoax?
The Left and its allies in the mainstream media are using the race card in an effort to de-legitimize the opposition to President Obama, particularly as that opposition is reflected in the Tea Party movement. The main issues animating this movement have nothing to do with race. They revolve around fiscal responsibility, limited government and reliance on private enterprise. Tea party activists are united by opposition to a mammoth federal government engaged in run-away spending.
There may be a few bigots who attach themselves to the fringe of the Tea Party movement (as there are nuts attaching themselves to other movements on the Left and the Right), but a lunatic fringe does not define the Tea Party movement’s core beliefs nor the attitudes of the majority of its members. The conservative leaders whom the Left charges with inciting violence – for example, Glenn Beck – have repeatedly urged precisely the opposite. Beck has called for protest on the model of Ghandi and Martin Luther King. His hero is George Washington.
The Left, of course, has its own violence-prone sympathizers such as the man, said to be a donor to the Obama campaign, who threatened to kill House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and his family. And how about the Service International Employees Union thugs who viciously attacked a black Tea Party activist for handing out flags to other conservatives last year outside a town hall meeting. One of the union goons used the “n” word in a tirade against the black conservative for daring to deviate from the Left’s party line.
As the proverb says:
He that lives in a glass house must not throw stones.