NAACP considers resolution decrying racist elements in tea-party movement


By JUDY L. THOMAS


The Kansas City Star


 


Read more: http://www.kansascity.com/2010/07/11/2076909/naacp-takes-critical-l...


 


 


The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will propose a resolution this week condemning racism within the tea
party movement.


 


The resolution, scheduled for a vote as early as Tuesday by delegates attending the annual NAACP convention in Kansas City, calls upon “all
people of good will to repudiate the racism of the Tea Parties, and to
stand in
opposition to its drive to push our country back to the pre-civil rights era.”


 


NAACP leaders said the resolution was necessary to make people aware of what they believe is a racist element within the tea party
movement.


 


“I think a lot of people are not taking the tea party movement seriously, and we need to take it seriously,” said Anita Russell, head
of the Kansas City chapter of the NAACP. “We need to realize it’s
really not
about limited government.”


 


Russell said she was “pretty certain” the resolution would pass.


 


Tea party leaders deny that the movement is racist and said the resolution is unfair.


 


“I just don’t see racism in the tea party movement,” said Brendan Steinhauser, director of campaigns for FreedomWorks, which organizes
tea party groups. “Racism is something we’re absolutely opposed to.”


 


“The NAACP has more of a political agenda now, but I would hope that they would appreciate the fact that the tea party movement has a lot
in common with the civil rights movement. I’m personally inspired by
what the
civil rights movement did, and I want them to know that.”


 


Among the charges lodged against the tea party in the resolution:


 


•Tea party supporters have engaged in “explicitly racist behavior” and “displayed signs and posters intended to degrade people of color
generally and President Barack Obama specifically.”


 


•Tea party activists have used racial epithets, have verbally and physically abused black members of Congress and others, and have
been charged with threatening public officials.


 


Tea party supporters also have a distorted view of race relations, the resolution says, citing poll data that found that 25 percent
believe that the Obama administration’s policies favor blacks over
whites, and
52 percent believe that “too much” has been made of the problems facing black
people, compared with 28 percent of the general population.


 


To reach Judy L. Thomas, call 816-234-4334 or send e-mail to jthomas@kcstar.com.


This was also covered in a few other papers around
the country. They say that Tea Party members have a 'distorted view of
race relations"? This is so off the charts that it defies understanding!

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Horrible: Democrats Set The Constitution On Fire With Fraudulent Impeachment

House Democrats unveiled two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Tuesday morning after an investigation that violated fundamental provisions of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

The investigation of the president began with the complaint of a so-called “whistleblower” who turned out to be a rogue Central Intelligence Agency employee, protected by a lawyer who had called for a “coup” against Trump in early 2017.

Democrats first demanded that the “whistleblower” be allowed to testify. But after House Intelligence Committee chair Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) was found to have lied about his committee’s contact with the “whistleblower,” and after details of the “whistleblower’s” bias began to leak, Democrats reversed course. In violation of the President Trump’s Sixth Amendment right to confront his accuser, Democrats refused to allow the “whistleblower” to testify. They argue the president’s procedural rights, even if they existed, would not apply until he was tried in the Senate — but they also invented a fraudulent “right to anonymity” that, they hope, might conceal the whistleblower even then.

Schiff began the “impeachment inquiry” in secret, behind the closed doors of the Sensitive Compartmentalized Information Facility (SCIF) in the basement of the U.S. Capitol, even though none of the testimony was deemed classified. Few members of Congress were allowed access. Schiff allowed selective bits of testimony to leak to friendly media, while withholding transcripts of testimony.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), having allowed the secret process to unfold, legitimized it with a party-line vote authorizing the inquiry. The House resolution denied President Trump the procedural rights enjoyed by Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton, and denied the minority party the traditional right to object to witnesses called by the majority.

Rather than the House Judiciary Committee, which traditionally handles impeachment, Pelosi also deputized the House Intelligence Committee to conduct fact-finding; the Judiciary Committee was turned into a rubber stamp. Schiff held a few public hearings, but often failed to release transcripts containing exculpatory evidence until after they had passed.

In the course of the Intelligence Committee’s investigation, Schiff quietly spied on the telephone records of his Republican counterpart, Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-CA). He also snooped on the phone records of a journalist, John Solomon; and on the phone records of former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, acting as President Trump’s personal lawyer.

Schiff’s eavesdropping violated both the First Amendment right to press freedom and the Sixth Amendment right to counsel. Yet he proceeded undeterred by constitutional rights, publishing the phone logs in his committee’s report without warning, confirmation, or explanation, alleging that Nunes and the others were part of a conspiracy to assist the president’s allegedly impeachable conduct. When Republicans on the Judiciary Committee asked the Intelligence Committee’s majority counsel, Daniel Goldman, to explain the phone logs, he refused to answer,

Ironically, Schiff had done exactly what Democrats accuse Trump of doing: abused his power to dig up dirt on political opponents, then obstructed a congressional investigation into his party’s and his committee’s misconduct.

Democrats’ articles of impeachment include one for the dubious charge of “abuse of power,” which is not mentioned in the Constitution; and one for “obstruction of Congress,” which in this case is an abuse of power in itself.

Alexander Hamilton, writing about impeachment in Federalist 65, warned that “there will always be the greatest danger that the decision will be regulated more by the comparative strength of parties, than by the real demonstrations of innocence or guilt.” Democrats have fulfilled Hamilton’s worst fears.

The Trump impeachment will soon replace the 1868 impeachment of President Andrew Johnson — which the House Judiciary Committee staff actually cited as a positive precedent — as the worst in American history.

In service of their “coup,” Democrats have trampled the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The Republic has never been in greater danger.

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