According to CNN’s Political Ticker, the Tea Party convention opened with a speech by Tom Tancredo who immediately displayed xenophobia in the form of a juvenile, ignorant rant. The article gave two examples and I don’t think I even need to dissect this any further, simply reporting them here will do:
1. Nashville, Tennessee (CNN) – Tom Tancredo opened what’s being billed as the first Tea Party Convention with a bang. The former congressman from Colorado and 2008 Republican presidential candidate blasted President Obama, saying “people who could not even spell the word ‘vote’, or say it in English, put a committed socialist ideologue in the White House. His name is Barack Hussein Obama.”
2. Tancredo ended his speech telling the crowd that “this is our country” and urged them “to take it back.”
Granted, there was a spokesman who slightly denounced these comments by saying they do nothing to “further the dialogue,” but overall, this confirms a growing concern with the group’s core believers. I attempted a few days ago to give the Tea Party Nation the benefit of the doubt and withhold judgment until we see where they are taking the discussion in this country. But leading off with a speaker like Tancredo, with this message, is certainly disappointing. Unfortunately, unless I hear otherwise, it doesn’t appear the Tea Party will be getting much more of my attention moving forward. I’m glad to see someone is willing to stand up and publicly state their opinions (misdirected as they may be).
I’m not calling for the end of the Tea Party coverage but I know I’m going to assert my right to ignore them for the time being.