Keith Olbermann vs. Dallas Tea Partiers: Both Wrong, One American

[See
also:
Yes,
It Is About Race. Quite Right Too.
By
Peter Brimelow]

The current snarlfest between
the

Dallas Tea Party Patriots
and MSNBC`s

Keith Olbermann
demonstrates the hypocrisy of the
Left–and the cluelessness of the Right.

Olbermann is well known for
throwing around accusations of racism even more
baselessly than most leftists. He went so far as to call

Scott Brown,
upset winner of the recent

Massachusetts Senate race,
a

racist
solely because he campaigned in a

pickup truck
.

The self righteousness and
vitriol of Olbermann`s rants, coupled with his Chicken
Little apocalyptic pronunciations whenever the liberal
agenda faces the smallest threat, is mocked even by
liberals like

Ben Affleck
and

Jon Stewart.

Needless to say, Olbermann is
not particularly fond of the Tea Party Movement. He
often accuses it of racism with absolutely no evidence.
Last week, he

explained
why the Tea Parties were so bad in his
nightly Special Comment.

Olbermann began with the usual
liberal platitudes about how much progress we`ve made
since the

Civil War
on race relations so that now the
“older, brutal
prejudice with impunity world”
is “no
longer fashionable, indeed no longer acceptable”
, so that “it has become
fashionable, sometimes psychologically necessary that
when some of us express it, we have to put it in

code
or dress it up or provide a rationalization to
ourselves for it.”

It is worth noting that his
examples of
“brutal prejudice”
were

Both Mayer and Reid are liberal
Obama supporters. Imus is a moderate who

initially supported Obama
. So you can only imagine
how widely Olbermann casts his net in search of racism
“in code.”

Olbermann tells us,

[T]he

president is black
, but you can`t come out and say
that`s why you`re scared. Say that and in all but the
lifeless fringes of our society, you are an
outcast.
So this is where the euphemisms come in. Your taxes
haven`t gone up. The budget deficit is from the last
administration`s

adventurous war.
Grandma is much more likely to be

death paneled
by your insurance company. And a

socialist
president would
be the one
who tried to buy as many voters as
possible with stupid tax cuts…”

Olbermann acknowledges how
extreme his attacks on the Tea Party movement are. E
actually says “I
know phrases like

Tea Klux Klan
are incendiary, and I know I use them
in part because I`m angry.”

But he defends these use words,
asking the Tea Partiers

“[H]ow many black faces do you see at these events? How many Hispanics,
Asians, gays? Where are these people? Surely there must
be blacks who think they`re being bled by taxation?
Surely there must be Hispanics who think the government
should have let the auto industry fail? Surely there
must be people of all colors and creeds who believe in
cultural literacy tests and speaking English?

“Where are they? Where are they? Do you suppose they agree with you, but
they`ve just chosen to attend their own separate
meetings, that they`re not at your Tea Party because
they have a Tea Party of their own to go to?

“…And if it really is only a president`s policy and not his skin, ask
yourself one final question. Why are you surrounded by
the largest crowd you will ever again see in your life
that consists of nothing but people who look exactly
like you. Good night and good luck.”

The Dallas Tea Party Patriots

responded
in a YouTube video entitled
Dallas Tea Party
Invites Olbermann look-a-likes
at MSNBC that has
attracted over 200,000 views to date.

The well produced video points out
that “we have
more diversity

on our three-person steering committee than your entire
TV network line-up”
. It then splices Olbermann`s
statement “Surely
there must be blacks who think they`re being bled by
taxation?”
followed by an African American Tea
Partier saying
“oh you got that right.”
After the
“Surely there
must be Hispanics who think the government should have
let the

auto industry
fail”
statement, a Hispanic lady
says "Que
eres Keith Olbermann,

estúpido
?"
which even after my two semesters
of Spanish I know means
“Keith Olbermann, What are you stupid?” but is oddly subtitled
"of course
Hispanics are upset about the auto industry takeover."

The video goes on to show a few
more diverse faces. Four of the seven speakers the video
showcases are black. Then a black woman who is on the
Steering Committee says
“Something tells me you`ve never been to a Tea Party”

and invites Olbermann to come to a

rally
the Dallas Tea Party is hosting this Saturday,
presumably he can bask in their diversity.

The Dallas Tea Party video was of
course right to point out the hypocrisy of Olbermann

ranting about diversity
when he works for a network
led exclusively by whites. But trying to justify the Tea
Party cause by pretending they are diverse is a losing
cause.

The conservative website
Newsbusters gleefully

points
to a

poll
that shows that
only 95% of
the Tea Party Movement is white. These polls, however,
have a huge margin of error because they are only
dealing with a sub-sample size. Based on my own
observations at three Tea Parties—including the 9/12
March—I`d guess they are at least 99% white. If this
seems high, search

“Tea Party Protest”
into Google Images and count
the faces yourself.

Even if Newsbusters` 95% figure is
accurate, that is much higher than 67% of the US
population that`s white.

There`s a reason for this.
Blacks and Hispanics are much more likely than whites to
be

employed by the government
, not have health
insurance, be on

welfare
, and

not pay income tax.

And while Whites rarely see
politics through racial lenses, the plain fact is that

Blacks
and

Hispanics
do. They simply do not want to be in a
party or movement that is mainly white, even if they
support its principles.

No amount of pandering or
“outreach” will change either of these factors.

The Tea Party movement is, and
should be, open to all people for all races.

But the fact that minorities
choose not to attend the Tea Parties should be a warning
of how the defining American principles of limited
government will fare if the country`s demographics
continue to be shifted by government policies of
omission and commission..

It`s time for the Tea Partiers
to start agitating for an immigration moratorium.

Ellison Lodge (email
him) works on Capitol
Hill.