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Published:April 17th, 2009 12:16 EST
Tea Parties Despicable Display Of Right-Wing Paranoia

Tea Parties Despicable Display Of Right-Wing Paranoia

By Robert Paul Reyes

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) blasted `tea party` protests yesterday, labeling the activities `despicable` and shameful.`

`The `tea parties` being held today by groups of right-wing activists, and fueled by FOX News Channel, are an effort to mislead the public about the Obama economic plan that cuts taxes for 95 percent of Americans and creates 3.5 million jobs,`Schakowsky said in a statement.

`It`s despicable that right-wing Republicans would attempt to cheapen a significant, honorable moment of American history with a shameful political stunt,`she added. `Not a single American household or business will be taxed at a higher rate this year. Made to look like a grassroots uprising, this is an Obama bashing party promoted by corporate interests, as well as Republican lobbyists and politicians.`"

Right-wing commentators and pundits depicted the Tax Day "tea parties" as a bipartisan and grassroots uprising against high taxes. Nothing could be further from the truth, the so-called tea parties were a Fox News created phenomenon to garner high ratings and to bash Obama. Fox News gave the tea parties saturation coverage, and Murdoch dispatched his top guns to tea parties throughout the country. His gambit succeeded wildly, Fox News blew away the completion on Tax Day.

I agree with Rep Schakowsky, the tea parties were a despicable exhibition of right-wing paranoia and hatred of all things Obama. Most of the tea day parties were lily white, I saw very few brown and black faces in the mobs.

I hope the right-wing crazies have got teabagging out of their system, and will move on to more worthwhile endeavors.