Headlines on local tea party patriots new website

The county tea party patriots have redesigned their website, presumably with money from the anonymous $1 million national donor, based on their previous comments.

Here are the headlines:

•”The Black Man: Progressive’s Trojan Horse”
•”The American People Can’t Afford to Lose Wisconsin Union Showdown”
•”In Wisconsin, Democracy is on the line”
•”You can make the difference in local politics”

This isn’t your mother’s Republican party anymore. The people in our “quaint” community better get prepared for it.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

20 thoughts on “Headlines on local tea party patriots new website”

  1. I encourage all readers to go to the Tea People web site and read the article titled The Black Man:Progressives Trojan Horse

    I’ll say it again, loud and proud, the TeaParty is an intentionally dog whistle racist organization, and we must fight these guys to our last breath.

  2. Well, right off the bat, those cartoons! A psychologist would have a field day with these drawings.

    The one of the black hand shoving a rather phallic looking object down a white man’s throat has serious homophobic hysteria overtones.

    Racist white men have historically been intimidated by the thought of the black man’s allegedly superior penis.
    Often these expressions often indicate a degree of fascination inconsistent with pure heterosexuality.

    Mr. Marcus has me wondering.

    1. Yup. And it’s right at the top of our very own local tea party’s webpage as “recommended reading.” This, plus the perceived racist comments by tea party advocate George Rebane (“Dark Continent” and “ragheads”) that we’ve discussed here, that are swept under the rug by KVMR and The Union. In fact, they have given him a platform. Yuck and double yuck.

  3. Wow!
    Mobs of angry white folks with swords and blood all over the place too.
    However, I just realized that I’m getting a little concerned over your continued use of the “perceived racism” phrase, Jeff.
    Don’t get me wrong, I do think Rebane is a racist, though my guess is that he doesn’t think he is, but I’m not so sure that somebody’s “perception” of a statement should be the sole and only test of what that statement may mean.
    I realize that, this may sound like I’m trying to defend Rebane, which I’m absolutely NOT doing!
    I guess what I am trying to say is that “perception” is pretty subjective and can be used and/or cited for any number things, both good and bad.
    Maybe, if you really believe that Rebane’s statements are racist, you should just say that and drop the “perceived” part.
    Just a thought….

    1. Well Mike, sadly, I’m figuring that people like KMVR have concluded the comments only might be perceived as racist rather than being racist — or otherwise they would have apologized to the community or fired him as a news commentator for violating the KVMR mission statement. I would have broadcast an apology, just as NPR did, and reminded listeners of KVMR’s mission statement: “Promotes positive social values including equality, diversity, non-violence, a sustainable environment, and social and economic justice.”


      Rebane’s remarks in The Union column this weekend — downplaying the whole incident — also should not have gone unanswered. It’s disappointing on both counts.

      I have yet to see any elected, civic or business leader stand up and condemn it, however. So it will continue.

      Over on the right-wing blogs Todd Juvinall (a former elected supervisor) and Russ Steele are just laughing it off. That’s a place John Spencer, another former elected supervisor, also goes to comment regularly.

  4. Hey, let’s not forget that this is the home county page of national Tea Party Patriots founder Mark Meckler; that members of his family are intimately involved in the county organization; that KVMR commentator and The Union columnist George Rebane is intimately involved in the organization; and that what happens in Nevada County should have national implications.

    The Tea Party has attacked the NAACP for questioning the acceptence of open racism in it’s midst; national Tea Party leaders only occasionally tried to distance themselves from this sort of race baiting behavior; and many conservative Republicans are embarrassed by Tea elements like this.

    This sort of ugly, racially charged rhetoric has been part of the Tea Party communications all along. The Tea Party has countered that criticism by claiming that they are a national, grassroots, and largely disorganized movement, with no centralized control and little organization. That is nonsense. The Tea Party is not grassroots, it is grasstops, a creation of right wing Republican and libertarian leaning special interest groups, many of whom have vested business interests in deregulating their industries.

    The Tea Parties are centrally controlled and funded by a loose network of funders including Freedom Works, Koch Industries, The Olin Foundation, Richard Mellon Scaife, Exxon-Mobile, Walmart and others. The message is repeated again and again through local and regional Tea Party organizations, then supported and provided with fake research by The Heritage Foundation, the National Rifle Association, the US Chamber of Commerce, the Cato Institute, Focus on the Family, the Hudson Institute, and the Manhattan Institute. Then the message is internalized by a bunch of mushy headed lost souls who feel like their privilege is slipping away, and it becomes “fact”.

    First sow discontent…….then provide the solution….

    1. And don’t forget the active involvement of Barry Pruett, Treasurer of the county’s Republican Central Committee, with the county tea party. His wife is the local liaison to Tom McClintock. I wonder if Tom condones this?

    2. Steve, if you create sufficient noise, diversion, and division, the middle and lower classes forget who is truly culpable because they’re too busy at odds with each other. I think that you, I, and others have seen this firsthand over the last 30 to 40 years. This isn’t some new right wing strategy but in its current version it is reaching new heights and coming through multiple channels in all flavors of hard and soft.

      If you repeat a lie enough times, not only will others believe it’s the truth but you, the spinner, will too. If that’s true, then the lie becomes even more deceptive and powerful because it’s done with greater sincerity and belief. But it’s still a lie.

      1. “if you create sufficient noise, diversion, and division, the middle and lower classes forget who is truly culpable because they’re too busy at odds with each other”

        The dozen cookies (link)
        (A union worker, a member of the Tea Party, and a CEO are sitting at a table. In the middle of the table there is a plate with a dozen cookies on it. The CEO reaches across the table, takes 11 cookies, looks at the Tea Partier and says:
        “Look out for that union guy, he wants a piece of your cookie.” )

  5. This guy is full of it. Info given for him is “singer, songwriter, author…” Does that qualify him as a person who is qualified to editorialize on the political scene in the U S? Do the keepers of the local T P website really think Marcus is a fitting opponent to set up as a counterpart to our Harvard educated President? Can they be serious? The good thing is that in this rant going out to other Tea Party supporters he is preaching to the choir, perhaps trying to sooth any egos ruffled by the many “racist ” accusations leveled at Tea Party (fully justifiec, my opinion). Seems to me he is trying to make a name for himself, get attention by putting himself in a position, as a rare Tea Party member who does not fit the typical Tea Party model of older, male, white, gun-toting macho man, as some one special and worth listening to. Guess he has never heard the “Uncle Tom” monicker generally applied to those of his ilk. Don’t think Marcus would find himself very popular in any largely African American community in the U S, or in multi-racial Hawaii, which gave President a 74 % vote in 2008. Marcus’ constant referral to our President as “black” rather than the more common term used now, and certainly more appropriate in Obama’s case, African-American, indicates that Marcus is pre-occuppied with his own self-designated racial identity of “black.”

    Thanks for bringing this up, Jeff. Can’t say I would bother with the Tea Party website on my own, though I know they are influential enough that we should know what they are up to, even though I consider the movement to have little importance in the long run for the political scene in the U S, but they should be exposed and opposed.

  6. I don’t know–I think I saw Mr. Marcus’ “Obamacare Phallus” in a gay porn magazine–or maybe it was “The Advocate”…it was definitely a racially mixed male couple though and a rather large marital aid. Maybe that’s where he got his “bright idea”…maybe he and tea partier Chris Lee get off on the same reading material. Oh, well…ce’ la vie Mr. Marquis…p.s. Does he write in Craigslist, too ya think? You hypocrites…

  7. Thank you Jeff for this forum! A voice of sanity in the motherlode! I just had a talk with a young man who just graduated from High School in Arnold and he told me how sad things were getting to be there. The Tea Parties cut, cut, cut, and no funding for schools strategy is having an deleterious effect. I have pledged to confront any TEA party member that ever says that he is a patriot (and they all do) with the fact that what they are doing is ruining the US government and since government is implementation of rule of the people, by the people ,for the people, they are removing the ablity of the people to exercise their free will. The end result of the Tea Party philosophy is corporate ANARCHY. And I for one do not wish to be ruled by a corporation!

  8. Hear Hear David! Stand up to these petty tyrants. That is the only way to respond at this point since they are he’ll bent on destroying all progress made in our society in the last 100 years.

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