Saturday, January 8, 2011

Sieg Heil! Tea Party Hate Mail!

I got this lovely little message the other day from a Tea Party member in response to my article, Let's All Go to a Rally. Looks like he actually put some thought into this, apart from the blatant disregard for history and political science that is!

Anonymous (i.e. Coward) said...
You're a moron. Totalitarian rule sucks ass no matter whether it be branded as 'right wing' or 'left wing'. So aside from mindless attacks on Tea Party supporters (you know, the ones who actually want to follow the country's founding document?), why not pick up a book instead of sucking off Keith Olbermann, pick up a book and learn something.
I'm actually dumber for having read your ranting.

I'm so sorry to disappoint you, but I've never heard or read anything by Olbermann because I don't like to hear the drivel of a douchebag. Again if you had read this, you'd know that I was a history major, and for the record I did my graduate thesis on the rise of fascism in Italy, Spain and Germany and know damn well what I'm talking about.

If you bothered to read it, you'd also know that I never condoned radical left wing politics. I made that very clear and for someone like you I even included pictures, since words don't seem to be your forte. I am merely stating a fact and providing examples from political science. I didn't make the rules.

The Tea Party has nothing to do with our founding fathers or the Constitution apart from making the former spin in their graves and using the latter for toilet paper. They have no understanding of the history of that pivotal time period, other than what they have rewritten. F
or example, did you know our founding fathers were deists and atheists, or that Ben Franklin was known to have dabbled in Satanism? The Tea Party claims they were all devout Christians and founded this nation on that principle. And yet, Thomas Jefferson (who was written out of Texas schoolbooks!) had this to say:

"I do not find in orthodox Christianity one redeeming feature."

For more on this subject, visit this page.

The Tea Party is a group that condones segregation, the outlawing of the right to vote for single mothers and homosexuals, and uses the same Nazi tactics of scapegoating a minority (Hispanics in this case, as many assume the majority are all illegal immigrants) for the reasons the economy tanked. Now scapegoating is nothing new in America (e.g. McCarthy era), but what concerns me most is the racism and racial profiling backed in this particular instance. Arizona has basically made it legal for police to investigate anyone with brown skin; something decided entirely by genetics can be used as the basis for invading one's privacy. Yes, some people are here illegally, but to target an entire ethnic group because of this is morally and intellectually corrupt.

You have to understand that I am neither left wing nor right wing. I could care less about such petty politics, and frankly I feel that the emphasis on "left vs. right" in the 21st century is backwards, primitive and overall moronic. It has done nothing but divide this country and create the platform needed for radicals on all sides (whether they be the Tea Party or Communists) and as we saw in the 1860s; a good ol' Civil War.

Put down your Glenn Beck, the Bible, and get that shotgun you love so much out of ass, and forget that conservatives and liberals exists for a moment and read a real history book. I've included a list of some to get you started:

The Weimar Republic by Detlev J. Peukert

The Third Reich: A New History by Michael Burleigh

I Will Bear Witness: 1933-1941 by Victor Klemperer

I Will Bear Witness: 1942-1945 by Victor Klemperer

Communism: A History by Richard Pipes

I have read all of these, and this is only a fraction of the sources I used for my thesis (and in some cases, on my own time), and for two graduate classes on Nazi Germany and on Stalin's Soviet Union in addition to a number of scholarly journals and articles that were available through the college. But my list is a good place to start. So next time you tell someone to "pick up a book and learn something", check to make sure they haven't done just that.