Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Tea Party Prayer

Haven't seen it yet on the blogs (so far), but the following is going viral on the email network of the tea party community and has now burst into the Facebook scene.

This isn't fiction. The truth hurts.

Dear Lord,

This year you took my favorite actor, Patrick Swayzie. You took my favorite actress, Farah Fawcett. You took my favorite singer, Michael Jackson. I just wanted to let you know, my favorite president is Barack Obama.




Blogger Liza said...

I grew up surrounded by this kind of hatred and ignorance, so I suppose nothing that this so called "Tea Party" does or says will ever shock or surprise me.

The ignorance and the hatred will always be with us, apparently, despite all that has happened in the last half of the 20th century. All I can say is that we hoped for much better, those of us who came of age during the civil rights era. In 1970, I can assure you that I could not have envisioned this kind of political and social landscape for the 21st century.

As for the "prayer," this is what I always call the dark side of technology. With the internet, these people are able to find each other and create human networks, and people who band together can do what an individual cannot do or is afraid of doing. That is all this is.

Yes, of course many of them would like for the president to die somehow (and they don't care how.) I've said this before and it is worth repeating. If this were 1920 or 1930 instead of 2010, these are the kind of people who would get their family all dressed up to attend a lynching and get their picture taken with black men hanging from trees.

Let that sink in for a moment. Make no mistake, that is who these people are.

"Oh, government is too big blah blah blah."

"Oh, we are on the road to socialism blah blah."

"Oh, no one is listening to the people blah blah."

Is that about it? Have I missed anything? Most of these fools (including their iconic Sarah Palin) couldn't define an "ism" if their lives depended on it.

Individually, they are mostly harmless. Semi-organized and able to communicate, they exacerbate the kind of hatred that often leads to acts of domestic terrorism large and small.

And they know it. And many of them seem to want it.

4/21/2010 7:37 AM  
Blogger The Navigator said...

Liza and x4mr have seen this filth coming for well over a year now. Liza has first hand experience being around this white trash in the racist south.

I hope this country can get its head straight, realize what's going on, and stomp the tea candidates like the cockroaches they are. I hope tea party people do usurp a bunch of Republican primaries, as they clearly are in Florida and did in NY district 23.

I hope we see dozens of NY district 23 scenarios unfold this fall. Imagine the nut jobs if Democrats lose no seats, or even gain seats?

4/21/2010 1:02 PM  
Anonymous Frank A said...


This is a prayer that was actually given as a joke by the head of the New Jersey teacher's union and it didn't have Barack Obama's name, it had the name of the new, New Jersey governor.

Nice bait and switch.

No Tea Party movement has ever adopted such a prayer and you know it. This idea came from the left, not the right.

Here's the link:

This is pretty low for a guy like you that has generally shown fairness and integrity in your posts.

While you and I may disagree politically, I have generally given you credit for keeping your analysis and commentaries accurate and factually based.


(Your ol' pal from AZ)

4/22/2010 9:45 AM  
Anonymous Observer said...


I saw the prayer myself exactly as published here on my Facebook News Feed. I know others have also seen it in this form. x4mr's post is accurate in simply stating that it went viral on Facebook. It did.

Now if you want to argue that his claim it was viral among the tea party population, I suppose you have a point that this cannot be proven, but if I were a betting man...

The prayer caused enough of a ruckus to catch CNN's attention.

4/22/2010 10:04 AM  
Blogger x4mr said...

I imagine Frank is reacting to the title of the post, which in retrospect does tie it directly to tea, which is a little stronger than I intended.

Not only have we spoken, but I have seen you speak and interact on several occasions (I was in the audience at the Democrat CD-8 debate in Wilcox, where you joined in as the sole Republican), so I am clear you are not anything like what was discussed in the "Truth about Tea" post.

You are the exception, and of course not the only exception. I haven't met Framer, but I would guess he is also of the sound minded conservative ilk. You and Framer were voicing the same general ideas in 2006 that you are saying now.

This duly noted, I stand by the assertion that the speaking of some top leaders (Tancredo, Bachman, etc.) as well as pro-tea media figures (Fox, etc.) as well as the various signs being waived more clearly reflect the dominant sentiments of the tea party, which are racist, xenophobic, and hateful of the US Government and especially the POTUS.

This prayer is entirely consistent with the death threats and other references to violence we have witnessed in the last month.

4/22/2010 10:34 AM  
Blogger Liza said...

I saw the "prayer" on Facebook as well and also read a few of the comments attached. Some of the comments were actually chastising the supporters. The supporters, of course, were just repeating much of the same vitriol that you hear and see coming out of the "Tea Party" protest events.

However, Frank A's objection brings up a good point.

Perhaps this "prayer" didn't originate with a "Tea Party" person. The fact is, it doesn't matter how it started. When some random person starts a group on Facebook or anywhere else, and the group adopts the same hate speech that is spewed by "Tea Party" attendees and sign carriers, then they become identified with the "Tea Party."

That's just the way it is. The "Tea Party" is getting a lot of publicity. When someone mimics them and does basically the same thing (in this case expressing anti-Obama sentiment in a hateful manner), the "Tea Party" then becomes guilty by association in the minds of the observers. To many people, "Tea Party" means hatred of Obama with a hatefful, dishonest, vitriolic, and racist manner of expression.

Too bad. Publicity is a two edged sword, isn't it?

If anyone wants to present a conservative alternative to the Obama administration, they better find a better vehicle than the "Tea Party."

Perception is everything.

4/22/2010 11:40 AM  
Anonymous Another Anon said...

Well, I guess when Frank A. is reading and replying, he's not up to more mischief on West Washington Street.

4/22/2010 1:07 PM  
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