The White Man’s Last Tantrum?

Exclusive: With the U.S. government shutdown and a threatened credit default, Tea Party Republicans are testing out a new system of national governance in which they get their way or else. But is this the beginning of a new Jim Crow era of imposed white supremacy or just the white man’s last tantrum, asks Robert Parry.

By Robert Parry

American pundits are missing the bigger point about the Republican shutdown of the U.S. government and the GOP’s threatened default on America’s credit. The real question is not what policy concessions the Tea Partiers may extract, but rather can a determined right-wing white minority ensure continuation of white supremacy in the United States?

For years, political scientists have been talking about how the demographic changes in the United States are inexorably leading to a Democratic majority, with Hispanics and Asian-Americans joining African-Americans and liberal urban whites to erode the political domains of white conservatives and white racists.

Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Indiana.

But those predictions have always assumed a consistent commitment to the democratic principle of one person, one vote and a readiness of Republicans to operate within the traditional standards of democratic governance. But what should now be crystal clear is that those assumptions are faulty.

Instead of accepting the emergence of this more diverse and multi-cultural America, the Right through the Tea Party-controlled Republicans has decided to alter the constitutional framework of the United States to guarantee the perpetuation of white supremacy and the acceptance of right-wing policies.

In effect, we are seeing the implementation of a principle enunciated by conservative thinker William F. Buckley in 1957: “The white community in the South is entitled to take such measures as are necessary to prevail, politically and culturally, in areas in which it does not predominate numerically.” Except now the Buckley rule is being applied nationally.

A Nationwide Strategy

This reality is hard to deny even though much of the U.S. political elite remains in denial. But the truth is apparent in a host of anti-democratic moves that have emanated from the lily-white Tea Party and that have been implemented by the predominantly white Republican Party at both the state and federal levels.

It’s there in the nationwide campaign to impose “ballot security” by requiring photo IDs for voting to cure the virtually non-existent problem of in-person voting fraud. The well-documented result of requiring photo IDs will be to reduce the number of urban minority voters who are less likely to have driver’s licenses and other approved identification.

It’s there in the reduction of voting hours, which — when combined with disproportionately fewer (and less efficient) voting booths in poor and minority areas — guarantees long lines and further skews the political power to wealthier white areas. In the pivotal election of 2000, we saw how this combination of factors in Florida suppressed the vote for Al Gore and handed the White House to the national vote loser George W. Bush.

It’s there in the sophisticated gerrymandering that Republican statehouses have applied to congressional districts around the country by lumping minorities and other Democratic voters together in one deformed district so other districts have comfortable Republican majorities.

This gerrymandering now aided by computer models to remove any guesswork played an important role in maintaining the current Republican “majority” in the House of Representatives even though congressional Republicans lost the national popular vote in 2012 by about 1½ million votes.

Congressional Tactics

The Right’s anti-democratic strategy is there, too, in the endless use of Republican filibusters in the U.S. Senate. Because of compromises made at the Constitutional Convention in 1787, some of this anti-democratic bias was built into the system (from a deal to assure the small states that they would not be overwhelmed by the large states under the Constitution, which concentrated power in the federal government).

Except for that long-ago compromise, there is no logical reason why the 240,000 registered voters in Wyoming should have the same number of senators as the 18 million registered voters in California. (Or why the 400,000 registered voters in the District of Columbia should have none.)

However, this violation of democracy’s one-person, one-vote principle is exacerbated in the U.S. Senate when Republicans filibuster even minor bills and demand that Democrats muster 60 votes in the 100-seat Senate to proceed. That means that a handful of lightly populated states can block legislative action favored by large majorities of the American people, such as requiring background checks on gun-show purchasers.

Republicans also have found endless excuses to deny congressional voting rights to Washington DC residents. You can probably guess what color skin many DC citizens have and what political party they favor.

The New Jim Crow

If you step back and take a look at this ugly landscape, what you will see is something akin to a new Jim Crow system, a sickening reprise of what happened the last time white supremacists saw their political and cultural dominance threatened in the years after the Civil War.

In the late 1860s and 1870s, the two parties were on the opposite sides of the racial-equality issue. Then, the Republicans pressed for a reconstruction of the South to assure civil rights for blacks. However, the Democrats, the old party of slavery, acted to frustrate, sabotage and ultimately defeat those efforts.

What the United States then got was nearly a century of racial segregation across large swaths of the country although most egregious in the South. It was not until the 1960s when the Democratic Party of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson broke with the old traditions of collaborating with the Old Confederacy. These new Democrats instead supported civil rights legislation pushed by Martin Luther King Jr. and other advocates for racial equality.

However, opportunistic Republicans, such as Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, saw an opening to flip the electoral map by snaking away the South’s resentful white racists from the Democrats and locking them into the Republican Party. The maneuver cloaked in coded messages about states’ rights and hostility toward the federal government proved astoundingly successful.

Still, the white supremacists faced a politically existential problem. They were demographically fading from their historic dominance, steadily replaced in numbers by Hispanics, Asian-Americans and blacks as well as by younger whites who viewed racial bigotry as a disgusting residue from the age-old crimes of slavery and segregation.

Countering Demographics

So what to do? Right-wing billionaires helped by pouring in vast sums to create a powerful right-wing propaganda machine, an ideological media unparalleled in American history.  The loud voices and angry words from the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News whipped up white grievances, but as the election and reelection of African-American Barack Obama showed more was needed.

The votes of non-whites and the young needed to be suppressed via manipulated election rules; the use of scientific gerrymandering had to be expanded to further devalue Democratic votes; obstructionism in Congress had to become the rule, not the exception.

Finally, it became clear that a de facto transformation of the constitutional system was needed to prevent the rule of this emerging and “undeserving” majority. Thus, government by extortion became the ultimate solution.  [See’s “America’s Government by Extortion.”]

By using the Republican House and its gerrymandered “majority” to prevent votes on straightforward bills to pay for the government and raise the debt ceiling, the Tea Party is now testing whether the majority of the nation can be coerced into accepting the demands of a right-wing minority through threats of economic calamity.

Even some Republicans seem confused about their short-term goals. Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Indiana, declared, “we’re not going to be disrespected. We have to get something out of this. And I don’t know what that even is.”

But the message that the Tea Party Republicans are delivering to the nation is that if the American people insist on electing Democratic presidents or enacting federal legislation to “promote the general Welfare,” the Tea Party will respond by making the economy scream. The economic dislocations from a credit default alone could be so severe that millions of people will be thrown out of work and out of their homes.

The implicit warning is that you will suffer that fate — you may be driven into poverty — if you don’t let whites continue to rule. Or as the urbane William Buckley put it, you must let whites “prevail, politically and culturally.”

An Unthinkable Idea?

For those Americans who recoil at this scenario and think it must be unthinkable in the Twenty-First Century they should remember their history. In the 1870s, racist whites especially in the South but also in many parts of the North refused to accept post-Civil War amendments that guaranteed equal rights and voting rights for blacks.

Through connivance and violence, the racist whites prevailed and it took nearly a century and much more bloodshed to reverse their victories. What America is witnessing today is the next phase of that war for white supremacy. Well-meaning people should not be too cavalier about the outcome.

The Tea Party-induced government shutdown and the upcoming extortion demands over the debt ceiling may indeed turn out to be the white man’s last tantrum but this extremist strategy of mayhem and extortion could also be the inauguration of a grim new era of Jim Crow.

Investigative reporter Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for The Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. You can buy his new book, America’s Stolen Narrative, either in print here or as an e-book (from Amazon and For a limited time, you also can order Robert Parry’s trilogy on the Bush Family and its connections to various right-wing operatives for only $34. The trilogy includes America’s Stolen Narrative. For details on this offer, click here.

75 comments for “The White Man’s Last Tantrum?

  1. JimmyG
    October 18, 2013 at 06:45

    Yes, there are some racist Teaparty members. No, they don’t control anything o importance. Can we overlook THE FACT that it was a Democrat, Barack Obama, who proposed cutting Social Security and Medicare in his budget proposal? Can we ignore THE FACT that it was a Democrat, Bill Clinton, who gave us NAFTA and repeal of Glass-Steagall. As long as we let the PTB divide us by color and the false left-right paradigm we will remain stifled.

  2. Quentin Constantine
    October 9, 2013 at 10:58

    When we read of the wickedness of those who follow a certain religion, and read some of the comments above, why do leaders act as if mixing the races and religions more than they already are will actually WORK to improve the world. The diversity myth is leading the democracies to constant ritual murders and bombings.

  3. Don L
    October 8, 2013 at 23:19

    Robert Parry makes a good case for Jim Crow laws and White only voting. There is way too much hatred of White people by the anti-Whites like Parry. Should the White people of America become a minority the anti-Whites will treat them as Hitler treated the Jews.

    Parry would never leave a racist America for a Black ruled country; Haiti is close by I’ll pay for his air fare.

    White people make the best nations. Blacks do not want to leave racist America and go to their homeland ruled by fellow Blacks.

    Find a Black run nation that is better for Blacks than the most racist White run nation and then come back and complain about White supremacy.

  4. Gary Benson
    October 8, 2013 at 14:48

    Horsehit, written by an anti-white ethnomasochist idiot.

  5. badseed78
    October 8, 2013 at 09:47

    Lol investigative reporter did he get this from an Obama speech writer jay carney gave him a copy.Btw we don’t live in a democracy we live in a republic you said it almost everyday in school when you pledged allegiance to the flag.

  6. Amartin
    October 8, 2013 at 02:09

    what a load of trash…. do you think you could have tossed in “tea party” another hundred times to dismiss people any further.

    what made america great? certainly it isnt extremist liberals policies that exist nowadays.

    why is it, that non-whites do NOT seek to secure for themselves what “white racists” want?

    why is it an absolute given that non-whites instantly support leftist policies…that are nothing but destructive to this nation?

    why does the emphasis become for white people to explain….what are clearly racial and racist choices that non-whites are making?

    why is it, that if what made this country great in the first place “prevails”, dont we ALL win? doesnt the fact that the demographic shift thats occuring exist at all because of the abysmall failures of leftist policies that permeate virtually all predominantly non-white majority countries?

    why do white people have to HARM themselves and this country in order to be “non racist”?

    why DONT non-whites do everything possible to secure for themselves what white people HAVE, instead of helping to destroy the potential for it to exist for anyone?

    “white have had it good for too long” is the mantra, but how do non-whites win, when the policies of WHITE LIBERALS they support insures that no one has it good at all? what exactly is “won”?

    its seems to me this utter garbage, is about a white liberal trying to desperately justify HIS own purely racist, self gratifying reasoning and indoctrination.

  7. Truth
    October 8, 2013 at 01:54

    You’re absolutely goddamned right you better let whites “prevail, politically and culturally.”

    Unless you want to live in a country that closely resembles Detroit, Birmingham, Memphis or Baltimore, that is.

    It seems “whites have had it too good for too long” is the official party line of the left. I hope it blows up in your faces.

  8. Dutchie Roedel
    October 7, 2013 at 23:23

    I hate all darkies and their race traitor enablers like the faggot who wrote this drivel.


    October 7, 2013 at 20:36

    Well said. Idiotic, but said very well. :-)

  10. Ronald McDonald
    October 7, 2013 at 20:11

    It sounds to me like you liberal Whites do not want to live in a majority White country ruled by White people. There are over 150 countries on planet Earth that meet your requirements. Why not go live in one of those countries under non White majority rule instead of living here? Just a thought.

  11. kjh964
    October 7, 2013 at 19:17

    This article is full of blatant nonsense about the Tea Party. It contains the usual buzzwords such as “White supremacists”, “racist” and gasp “right-wing extremists” in order to silence or smear any opposition.

    The Tea Party supports constitutional government based on OUR constitution, limited taxes so that hardworking Americans have more of their own money and less government raiding it, a balanced budget, eliminating the debt, enforcing immigration, eliminating Obamacare which most Americans don’t want etc.

    White working and middle class people support the Tea Party because they bear the brunt of socialist policies and it is not in their interests to have the government take their money and dole it back out to hostile anti-White Blacks and Latinos who have more kids than they can afford, more single parent families and need welfare more. That is stealing and unfair. Blacks and Latinos don’t like the Tea Party because they want benefit from White people’s taxes and use guilt etc. to try and do it.

    I propose that each race takes care of its’ own. Blacks should pay for socialist policies for Blacks, Latinos do the same for their own and let Whites pay for socialist policies for Whites.

    Non-Whites look out for their own interests and Whites have every right to do the same. THIS is why multiracial societies do NOT work.

  12. Bereal
    October 7, 2013 at 18:00

    Oh and…spamfree wordpress doesnt like Latin either! Go figure!

  13. Bereal
    October 7, 2013 at 17:59

    Apologies for any mistakes in my previous post. Spmafree wordpress wouldnt let me post unless i spelled things the way it wanted.

  14. Bereal
    October 7, 2013 at 17:56

    These kinds of articles pointing the finger at a racial group only play into the hands of rich white s running the show. Divide and conquer bread and circus es is their game.

    Really now are only Republicans to blame for Wall St.’s looting of the economy? For the predatory speculation on food and oil?

    So who the heel needs another racist rant against racism? in the end it’s just one more way of making the rich richer.

    Et tu Mr. Parry?

  15. JerHag
    October 7, 2013 at 13:29

    Great piece! The Republican party has long been cooperating with its demise. Like Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction, it(she) keeps coming back from certain death for one last gasp. Thankfully, and numbers do not lie, it is almost over. Still it will be a painful death for all.

  16. bobwryley
    October 6, 2013 at 14:45

    The reality is that the far right wing Republican radicals have been planning a take over of that party for decades. In that goal, they have been very successful. The themes of Liberty and Freedom are just a hoax. See

  17. plaid cadillac
    October 6, 2013 at 12:08

    Companion reading:

    – “Better Off Without’Em” by Chuck Thompson

    – “Warmth of Other Suns” by Isabel Wilkerson

  18. Chromex
    October 6, 2013 at 08:55

    All the article says about what is going on and why is true. However , there is an assumption here which history does not support. The assumption is that if minorities and youth etc were allowed to vote unfettered, then the democratic wishes of the people will be advanced. The conservative direction of the democrats, led by Obama, who is to the right of Nixon in most issues that matter, is a good example why people everywhere must question the efficacy of voting.
    What is happening in this country is rule by the oligarchy. What must happen is rule by the people . That may take a revolution, that may take a third party. The democrats have made it clear that it will NOT happen under their watch.

  19. The Oracle
    October 5, 2013 at 15:22

    People keep calling this a “shutdown,” when actually what Republicans are doing is a SHAKEDOWN, a shakedown of the 99 percent by the 1 percent, a shakedown of our democratic process through extortion, blackmailing, hostage-taking and bribery by right-wingers on behalf of their racist corporate paymasters (like the Koch brothers).

  20. Pelu Maad
    October 5, 2013 at 12:26

    Funny thing is….the political right seems to be moving in the opposite direction of popular culture. While “conservatives” are trying to “catapult the propaganda” for continued white dominance…the culture is picking up speed in the opposite direction. If you watch television these days, it’s almost guaranteed that you will see a few commercials featuring integrated families and racial harmony….and not just the ballyhooed Cheerios add. Apparently this is just aggravating the bunker mentality in the gerrymandered districts.

    • Truth
      October 8, 2013 at 02:01

      LOL, you think commercials are reality. Integrated families? White women with black babies shopping at Walmart on your tax dollars more like it.

      • Bablativepate
        October 11, 2013 at 19:19

        People would not need to shop at gangster capitalist walmart if gangster capitalist conservatives reagan, friedman and gangster capitalist liberal economics had not given this country away to the gangster capitalists. Did I mention the gangster capitalism? Right.

        • Bablativepate
          October 11, 2013 at 19:22

          Besides, if “everyday low prices” at walmart are such a good thing, then our tax dollars being spent there is only helping (that’s sarcasm, I think walmart and their low prices are shit for all).

  21. Maria OConnor
    October 4, 2013 at 23:27

    The problem with white America (Tea Party) is that they believe in certain myths, like for example, races are just skin deep, but when white America (Tea Party) when they refer to race, in a way, they seems to confuse race with species. In the rest of the world, there are only three main races, but white America (Tea Party), believe in the existence of several races.

    White America (Tea Party), confuses socialism with marxism; so somebody have to let them know that affordable medicine will not take them to a communism system.

    The best way to help White America (Tea Party), is to educate them. Liberal media, should start helping them to understand certain concepts, so they stop being afraid of others.

    Americans should pay less attention to race, and pay more attention to clasism, so working class & middle class unites, like in other multi-racial countries (Brazil, Argentina & others); so the racist groups will loose its grip over white working class. A white working class person has to understand, that he or she, has the same needs (job, education, health) as a black working class person.
    For example, pictures of welfare recipient, are always of black and latino persons. The pictures of welfare recipients, should also show white people, bi-racial people, multi-racial people and asian people. Same thing with people in need of food stamp, medical, obama care, college credits, etc.

    When showing pictures of public school, will be important to show the same number of pictures of bi-racial, multi-racial, blacks, asians and white children.

    All of the above, may think unimportant details, but not, they are very important to make every body feel part of the same group. Those little detalils will help to build a more integrated and just society.

    I am foreing, so pardon for my English. (I am an Argentinean of Irish Ancestry, which it is not uncommon)

    • kjh964
      October 7, 2013 at 18:47

      You are from Argentina. As such, you cannot claim to know anything about race

      in America. You know nothing about the Tea Party except the lies you read. You also have very few Blacks in Argentina so no experience or understanding in that area either. So you need to stick to commenting on Argentina’s politics. You know nothing about ours.

      • kjh964
        October 7, 2013 at 18:57

        This article is full of such typical blatant lies. The Tea Party believes in the original constitutional form of government. This means less government involvement in a person’s paycheck, in other words, the government doesn’t excessively raid your paycheck and take your money and dole it out to the undeserving. The Tea Party stands for eliminating our debt, no excessive and wasteful government spend

        • TrollBlow
          October 11, 2013 at 19:11

          Tea Party? Race? That is all a load of rubbish. You, me, all the rest of the “citizens” are peasants and pawns to the rich owners of this land who give you all your goofy ideas about what you think you think. Shut up and keep consuming, you fox litter. In the meantime, we all fight each other for fewer and fewer scraps of the civilization that was once possible. Good luck.

  22. Maria OConnor
    October 4, 2013 at 23:22

    I am foreing, so pardon for my English. (I am an Argentinean of Irish Ancestry, and it is not uncommon)

    The problem with white America (Tea Party) is that they believe in certain myths, like for example, races are just skin deep, but when white America (Tea Party) when they refer to race, in a way, they seems to confuse race with species. In the rest of the world, there are only three main races, but white America (Tea Party), believe in the existence of several races.

    White America (Tea Party), confuses socialism with marxism; so somebody have to let them know that affordable medicine will not take them to a communism system.

    The best way to help White America (Tea Party), is to educate them. Liberal media, should start helping them to understand certain concepts, so they stop being afraid of others.

    • Pelu Maad
      October 5, 2013 at 12:21

      “Race” is a racist concept with no scientific validity. Increasingly, humans have multi-ethnic backgrounds and fall between the “races”.

    • kjh964
      October 7, 2013 at 18:47

      You are from Argentina. As such, you cannot claim to know anything about race
      in America. You know nothing about the Tea Party except the lies you read. You also have very few Blacks in Argentina so no experience or understanding in that area either. So you need to stick to commenting on Argentina’s politics. You know nothing about ours.

    • Ryan
      October 7, 2013 at 20:30

      Race is a biological fact. The races are different breeds of humans who evolved in different parts of the world. Fact

  23. Maria OConnor
    October 4, 2013 at 23:09

    Americans should pay less attention to race, and pay more attention to clasism, so working class & middle class unites, like in other multi-racial countries (Brazil, Argentina & others); so the racist groups will loose its grip over white working class. A white working class person has to understand, that he or she, has the same needs (job, education, health) as a black working class person.
    For example, pictures of welfare recipient, are always black and latino persons. The pictures of welfare recipients should also show white people, bi-racial people, multi-racial people and asian people. Same with people in need of food stamp , medical, obama care, etc.
    Same number of pictures of bi-racial, multi-racial, blacks, asians and white children, when showing a public school.
    All of those, little detalils will help to build a more integrated and just society.

    • Pelu Maad
      October 5, 2013 at 12:18

      Argentina is a multi-racial country? Who are the largest minority…..ex Nazis?

    • 1stworlder
      October 7, 2013 at 19:54

      It turns out that blacks from families earning over $200,000 a year only beat whites from families earning under $20,000 per year on avg SAT tests. Yet in DC an engineer with a PHD lost a promotion to an illiterate black man.

  24. Katherine the Lesser
    October 4, 2013 at 18:53

    So the response of rational human beings should be to indict several of these folks on charges of treason, yes? It does look as if this is what is being perpetrated on our government and our citizens. What say you?

    • F. G. Sanford
      October 5, 2013 at 04:18

      I’d say the ball is in Eric Holder’s court. Ergo, what should happen probably won’t. But that’s what it looks like to me as well.

  25. Teddy Rosevelts Ghost.
    October 4, 2013 at 18:18

    I hate to say this but I told you all that this was a plot by some really nasty types to keep “you” down. Oh; and “Boooooooo Boooooooooo..”


  26. F. G. Sanford
    October 4, 2013 at 18:17

    I can only loosely quote historian Michael Parenti here, but I’m sure anyone so motivated could find the video. Regarding conspiracy theories, he said people ask, “You mean these wealthy, powerful men sit around in rooms and plot how they’re going to manipulate the course of events?” He answers, the question, “Well, where else would they do it? Of course they sit around in rooms.”

    You can agree with the thrust of this article, which I do. But keep in mind, that makes you a “conspiracy theorist”. After all, it means you believe that a bunch of rich white racists are conspiring to subvert democracy…which appears to be a valid conclusion. That notion warrants many conceptual corollaries most of us are willfully reluctant to consider.

  27. M.Willard Romney
    October 4, 2013 at 18:08

    Bologna! We’re not angry at all. We just don’t want to pay taxes and these Dumbocrats keep trying to make us pay taxes. So if we have to catch a few vote-fish with race bait, then so be it. Either way, no taxes. Write what you want but we don’t give two squirts about what color the poor are. This is about money. “This hyeah id a BIDNESS” and you 47%’er’s better recognize the bottom line and who is in charge in this scenario. Don’t you think the people in the poorest states know that we ride around in limo’s wearing thousand dollar suits all day long? Don’t you think they understand that every one of us except for Rubio is a Millionaire? They do, and therefore, if they are so racist, sexist, supremecist “ist” et al; that they will vote for us anyway, even when we hurt them the most, then that’s what they deserve. Why in the heck do you think we shut down the educational system in those states? Because the ignorant are easier to bait and they give up real easy, no problems there. We can keep the jails stocked to get close to the same labor rates we have always been paying, the government pays us nice “incentives” to be “job creators” and they subsidize our “employee payroll” on top of it all. Then our “employee’s” who are too dirt poor to “consume” anywhere else but with us, give us any money we were forced to pay them, right back. We write it off, hide it and ship it to the bank. Done deal. No Taxes. Sorry for telling you how it is but you forced me to let you in on the secret. We have been running a profitable enterprise for a long time and if we have to manipulate a bunch of people to get what we want then, oh well. We are rich, it’s great, wouldn’t trade it for the world. Be glad I didn’t make it because I would have harvested all your sorry butts by now. You see, you are not, “Boss”. We, Boss! Been like it, gonna be like it. Naw get off my porch fer I puts ya in yer place!!

    “G650 Bitches!”

    • Troll above^
      October 7, 2013 at 01:31

      if we have no taxes how do we pay for the troops (insert GOP sex fantasy here)

    • Joe Blow
      October 9, 2013 at 09:34

      Troll below ..

      • TrollBlow
        October 11, 2013 at 19:02

        You are the typical american, the kind that gives us all a bad name. Please, stop. Please, go clean your gun, listen to the wealthy conservatives who give you all your ideas, salute the flag of this chimera-america, put on your baseball cap and sing “Proud To Be An American”, you consumerist caveman.
        P.S. Shove it up your ass.

  28. Joe
    October 4, 2013 at 17:51

    republicans need to do america a favor and DIE OFF ALREADY

    • 1stworlder
      October 7, 2013 at 19:52

      New republicans are created every day when leftists get mugged, usually by their pets. If gay marriage passes gays will not want to belong to the party that wants them to pay more in taxes for Ladasha’s 14 illegitimate kids.

  29. xenubarbb
    October 4, 2013 at 17:45

    I am wondering how this will play out; this side of the wealthy and the ignorant vs. people with perhaps less gold and more intelligence.

    They hurled great wads of money around the last election to elect Mr. Whitebread Moroni Pants and it didn’t work. Obama won anyway, and vast sums were wasted, or at least shuttled from one right wing pocket to another.

    So I am wondering; yes, there is a small group of ridiculously wealthy people willing to funnel nearly unlimited funds to convince American society to let them have their way.

    Money couldn’t make that ungodly travesty of a human being, Mitt Romney and his absurd wife palatable. So it remains to be seen if these wealthy powermongers have the wealth required to convince us that pipelines and fracking and Arctic drilling are Good Things. I don’t think so. We know we need clean air, water and land to thrive. These people would deny us that, and compensate our loss with little bits of paper with pictures of dead presidents on them.

    • Joe Blow
      October 9, 2013 at 09:33

      Oh how tolerant you leftist are of other peoples opinions and beliefs well of course if they “agree” with YOUR beliefs that is .. Otherwise they should just shut up and die, eh ?
      A loser is what YOU are.. I bet you think you’re a bright liberal ..

  30. Morton Kurzweil
    October 4, 2013 at 17:01

    It is no coincidence that the percentage of pathologic homophobes in the tea party is he same as those in the general population who represent 80% or more of the most violent prison populations.
    This is the same percent as social psychopaths with autistic personalities.
    Such people feel little or no empathy for others and think of people as objects, the way religious fanatics believe they have dominion over all who are different in ethnicity, race, religion or gender. There is no sense of guilt or compassion for others.
    The increase in such a population in a democratic government is natural when the vast majority cannot imagine that a small group who care nothing for the welfare of others act without conscience or remorse to gain authority for the purpose of control and domination.
    these pathologic degenerates are no different than the suicide bombers among Muslim sects who interpret a faith of service as a belief in violent control.
    Do not expect to deal with such mental defectives as if they had normal social feelings or desires.

  31. Kevin Schmidt
    October 4, 2013 at 16:27

    Why do you have to say “white man”?

    I’m a white man and I had nothing to do with this.

    Why don’t you say wealthy, hypocritical, racist, elitist white men instead?

    • hammersmith
      October 6, 2013 at 00:59

      it is an argument tactic of course. if u question dem-lib politics, u r a racist.

  32. Eugene Dykstra
    October 4, 2013 at 16:11

    Well, as someone once famously said; “Democracy is the worst of all governmental systems except every other one.”

    • hammersmith
      October 6, 2013 at 00:58

      adolph hitler

    • Anthony Sir
      October 7, 2013 at 14:20

      That someone you’ve paraphrased is Winston Churchill. Nevertheless, Aristotle said it much BETTER. In effect Aristotle said…Democracy will never work because you will never be able to have all of the best people leading it.

      • Joe Blow
        October 9, 2013 at 09:31

        You white ,eh ? Liberal too ? Take it because that’s what they think of all whites .. You should know that .
        If you’re white you’re automatically racist, no ifs ands or buts ..
        Take it like a man.. I mean after all, that is your lovely tolerant party we’re talking about ..

        • NaughtyParty
          October 11, 2013 at 18:52

          “Take it like a man”? You “take it like a man”, you fairy.

  33. rosemerry
    October 4, 2013 at 14:39

    All of this is true, but WHY do the people of the USA continue to allow this complete lack of representation? Gerrymandering should not be likely if partisan officials are kept from this task. Those arranging boundaries must not be the political partisans but specified public servants. The US system of partisan changes of alleged public sector workers every time there is an election makes good choices almost impossible. Why would Supreme Court JUDGES, for example, be chosen by a POTUS rather than by their peers,(eg for competence, of all things?) Why are judges in other jurisdictions voted for on Party lines, not for their competence or fairness? Adding to this the financial input by lobbies and corporations, how can anyone as an individual voter, be represented by someone with his/her interests at heart?

    • HoiPolloi
      October 4, 2013 at 16:48

      Ergo, the U.S. as we now know it.

      • Joe Blow
        October 9, 2013 at 09:27

        You should NEVER talk about your mother like that .. It’s just not right ..

        • Joe Blow
          October 9, 2013 at 09:28

          You should NEVER talk about your mother like that .. It’s just not right you loser ..

    • Anthony Sir
      October 7, 2013 at 14:13

      Hello, WHY?, is gerrymandering allowed? Mainly because at least half of Americans are not smart enough to even understand what gerrymandering is! Instead, for example, they spend their time thinking about what kind of guns to buy and/or what kind of ice cream, donuts, or pizza to eat while they’re watching “Dancing With the Stars” or football games.

      • IntellectualConservative
        October 10, 2013 at 10:53

        See this one “JoeBlow”? (If it is not too long for you to read) Now this guy is thinking, while you are just a childish caveman.

  34. UnwashedMass
    October 4, 2013 at 14:28

    To whatever extent we really know what the original “Tea Party” group action was about, this current lot sure gives it a bad name. They make me wish this place was still British: bad food, bad teeth, Thatcher, BNP, Bucks Fizz, Muslim clerics, and all that.

    • Pelu Maad
      October 5, 2013 at 12:05

      Muslim clerics?…….Huh????

      • Joe Blow
        October 9, 2013 at 09:26

        Yeah ok, letting in millions of illegal aliens is ok because they all vote democrat, right ? That’s ok, but gerrymandering ? Not so much ..
        All of you libtards are total losers ..

        • IntellectualConservative
          October 10, 2013 at 10:50

          You are a Kock-sucker.

          • IntellectualConservative
            October 10, 2013 at 11:44

            A Kock brothers sucker.

  35. Steve Ruis
    October 4, 2013 at 13:32

    Sadly accurate.

  36. bfearn
    October 4, 2013 at 13:26

    Right on Robert!!

    • jim
      October 5, 2013 at 02:50

      LMFAO What a load of chit…Robert, I cannot believe I wasted 5 mins of my life on this.

      Clearly your well versed in far fetched speculative fantasy..

      • Pelu Maad
        October 5, 2013 at 12:04

        Which part of the HISTORY he recounted struck you as “far fetched speculative fantasy”?

        • 1stworlder
          October 7, 2013 at 19:50

          I still have never heard any argument against voter ID that wasn’t , “non Asian minorities are too stupid and lazy to get ID” Since welfare requires ID and whites and Asians are the only ones underrepresented that should prove them wrong. I guess he missed when the guy from project VERITAS was handed Eric “fast&furious” Holder’s ballot with only knowing his address like the busses of homeless acorn takes around.

      • Anthony Sir
        October 7, 2013 at 13:59

        “speculative fantasy”? Although I don’t know what your IQ is, because you only spent “5 mins” reading this accurate and excellent historical piece of journalism simply shows that you weren’t able to fully and correctly comprehend its meaning. So, reread it. And read it close next time. That way you may be better able to absorb it.

    • Michael McBryde
      October 8, 2013 at 13:14

      I noticed how people are you Jim are quick to write off something that they-most likely- have never researched before. I guess you never heard of how racist behaviour almost always has a habit of resurfacing and repeating themselves whenever bad economic situations arise.We’re witnessing this right now- just before and during the Presidency of Barack Obama. So, how was Robert living in a well versed fantasy world? It would be good for you to study the history of racial history here in America.It’s only a waste of time when you haven’t done any research yourself.

    • Joe Blow
      October 9, 2013 at 09:24

      Robert Parry You’re a total loser .. Hate the color of your own skin, do ya ?

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