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Official Ku Klux Klan Party Platform IS The GOP And Tea Party Agenda

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This article proves most Progressives and center-right Americans were right about these clowns…

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I have been saying for a long time that the republican and tea parties are just mouthpieces for the American white supremacist movement.  Based on a hunch, I decided to go to the official site of the KKK and read the platform of the “Knight’s Party.” You can verify that this IS the official platform of the Ku Klux Klan by clicking here and visiting the hate group’s official website.

First and foremost, the KKK claims that:

“There is a race war against whites.”

It’s the same as claiming that reverse-racism is a real problem for white people.

And where have we heard this before? It is the exact same propaganda being promoted by Fox News, by right wing pundits like Rush Limbaugh and by right wing politicians like Mo Brooks. It’s also the same propaganda that is being distributed by the “Official Tea Party USA” website.

The official platform of the Knight’s Party (KKK) also includes the following:

1. “The recognition that America was founded as a Christian nation.”

This is the first line from the official platform of the KKK. The underlying idea here is that if you accept the false premise that America was founded as a Christian nation, you will also accept the false (and unchristian) premise that it’s ok to hate, discriminate and segregate everyone who is not a Christian.

Where have heard this Christian nation stuff before? Fox News, Tea Party representatives like Michelle Bachmann, talk show personalities like Rush Limbaugh and everywhere else right wing propaganda is spun. From the Official Tea Party website:

“The Tea Party includes those who possess a strong belief in the foundational Judeo-Christian values embedded in our great founding documents.”

2. “The recognition that America was founded as a white nation.”

As Mitt Romney would say, it’s the ‘Anglo-saxon heritage‘ white people share with the people of Europe, that President Obama just can’t understand.  We can see this as clear as day in this recent article about the situation in Ferguson, which appeared in the Tea Party Tribune on August 20. There’s also the non-stop revisionist history lessons taking place on Fox News.

3. “Abolish all affirmative action programs.”

White people are being discriminated against. It’s totally unfair to white people if other people are given a fair chance. Again, we see this propaganda being disseminated via Fox News,  republican politicians, and of course, republican talk radio personalities.

4. “Put American Troops on the Borders and Stop the Flood of Illegals.”

“America is being over run by illegal immigrants mostly from nonwhite countries who do not share the Christian European values of our nation’s founders.”

Is there any doubt that the republican and tea parties are pushing this part of the KKK agenda?

5. “Abolish all anti-gun laws and encourage every adult to own a weapon.”

This sounds remarkably similar to the position of the GOP and tea party.

6. “Drug testing all welfare recipients.”

Again, a policy strongly promoted by GOP and tea party politicians, pundits and media personalities. It has been struck down by federal courts because the idea behind it is deeply rooted in stereotypes and racist ideas.

7. “Balance the budget.”

Yes this is a part of the official KKK platform.

8. “Privatization of the public school system.”

“We must remove the humanist influence in our schools and teach fact based curriculum to further the students knowledge not someone’s opinion. Parents should have the option of private or home schooling if they prefer and students should be free to practice their Christian faith in the classroom.”

In it’s official platform, the KKK states that the group wants to abolish the National Education Association and children’s protective services, as well.

As Adolph Hitler said “Give me the text books and you give me the country.”

Below is the rest of the KKK agenda. It’s clear that all of these policies mirror those of the republican and tea parties.

9. “Restoring individual freedom to Christian America.”

“People should be allowed to hire who they want, live where they want and practice the Christian faith as they please. Likewise people should be able to sell to whom they want , rent to whom they want and socialize and conduct business with who they want. The government should not interfere with the everyday lives of white Christian Americans.”

10. “Sovereignty of the states.”

“Each state should be able to officially declare that any power of law not directly given to the federal government by the constitution can be nullified by the state congress. We furthermore recognize that the 10th Amendment means that the federal government was created by the states to be an agent of the states instead of the states being an agent of the federal government.”

11. “Everyone who can work, should work.”

12.  “A strong defense department.”

(Women should be excluded from combat.)

“We believe that the defense dept. should consist of volunteers of both men and women with women being excluded from combat positions.”

13. Outlaw abortion.

14. Outlaw homosexuality.

“This is a Christian nation and the Bible condemns homosexual activity and the perversion of our society which it encourages.”

15. Death penalty (and extend it to include rapists and child molesters.)

16. A flat tax rate.

“A flat income tax should be introduced to allow for the funding of community, state and federal projects.

This should be the one and only tax allowed. It is the only fair way to collect revenue and does not discriminate against any economic class.”

On the KKK’s official website, the Klan states the following in relation to its goal of becoming “the leader of the White racialist movement’:

Through a strong organized show of leadership

Through the training and use of qualified media representatives

Through a concerted effort of all Klansmen and Klanswomen to carefully follow instructions, suggestions, and guidelines as set by headquarters and to continually strive to be THE BEST.

In relation to the Klan’s goal of “becoming the representative and driving force behind the White Community,” there’s this:

Through an aggressive use of television, radio, and print advertising

Through huge nationwide literature drives in which millions of people are reached with our literature.

To legally break through the liberal wall that surrounds America’s colleges and universities – to reach and instruct students in the reclaiming of their schools.

Through the effective use of project committees to assist in the re-education of law enforcement agencies and the educational establishment. These two very important groups must be given another side of the story instead of only receiving information from organizations such as the ADL, NAACP, or ACLU.

You can compare the agenda of the KKK with the agenda of the republican and tea parties, to determine for yourself what, if any, differences there are between them.

10 things you need to know today: August 6, 2014

The walls of the military base where U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Harold Greene was shot and killed.

The walls of the military base where U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Harold Greene was shot and killed. | (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

The Week

A U.S. general is killed in Afghanistan, Utah appeals to the Supreme Court to restore its gay marriage ban, and more

1. American general killed in an apparent insider attack in Afghanistan
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Harold Greene was shot and killed in Kabul on Tuesday in an apparent insider attack by a member of the Afghan armed forces. Greene was the highest ranking member of the U.S. military killed in the line of duty since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Greene, 55, was a key figure in the training of Afghan security forces, and he was making a routine visit to a training center when he was shot. [The Washington Post]

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2. Utah takes its defense of its gay marriage ban to the Supreme Court
Utah on Tuesday became the first state to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on its bid to save its same-sex marriage ban. The voter-approved ban was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge andan appeals court. If the Supreme Court declines to hear the appeal, the appeals court ruling will stand and gay marriage will be legal in its jurisdiction, which includes Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah, and Wyoming. [The Salt Lake Tribune]

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3. Russian gang pulls off record heist of internet security data
Security researchers say that a Russian crime ring has pulled off the largest theft ever of internet security information, collecting the user names and passwords of 1.2 billion users. The confidential personal data, along with 500 million email addresses, was stolen from 420,000 websites, including both well-known sites and smaller ones, according to Hold Security, which discovered the credential theft. [The New York Times]

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4. Businessman ousts Tea Party-aligned Rep. Kerry Bentivolio in GOP primary
House establishment Republicans got a lift after former majority leader Eric Cantor’s June primary loss, when businessman Dave Trott beat Tea Party-aligned Rep. Kerry Bentivolio in Michigan’s 11th District on Tuesday. Trott won in an apparent landslide, taking 66 percent of the vote with 60 percent of precincts reporting. In Kansas, Sen. Pat Roberts defeated a Tea Party challenger in what might have been hard-liners’ last chance to oust an incumbent GOP senator this year. [Politico, The New York Times]

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5. Gaza truce holds on its first day
The latest three-day cease-fire between Israel and Hamas held early Wednesday, its second day, as negotiators in Cairo prepared to start indirect talks on ending the month-long Gaza conflict. Both Israel and Hamas claimed victory. Israeli military officials said they had accomplished their mission by destroying tunnels used by Palestinian militants to attack Israel. Hamas said the casualties it inflicted on Israeli forces showed the limits of Israel’s power. [The Associated Press,Los Angeles Times]

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6. Missouri carries out first execution since prolonged lethal injection in Arizona
Missouri executed inmate Michael Worthington by lethal injection on Wednesday for the 1995 rape and murder of a Lake St. Louis woman. Worthington was the first U.S. inmate put to death since a controversial execution in Arizona last month in which the condemned man was given 15 doses of lethal drugs and was not pronounced dead until two hours after the execution began. [The Associated Press]

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7. Sprint abandons T-Mobile takeover bid
Sprint has given up on taking over T-Mobile, ending the No. 3 mobile phone carrier’s attempt to create a major challenger to Verizon Wireless and AT&T. T-Mobile was reportedly willing to move forward if several sticking points on the financial structure of a deal could be resolved, but both companies doubted regulators would approve the deal because of concerns about competition. [Bloomberg Businessweek]

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8. Tour buses collide in Times Square, injuring 14
Fourteen people were injured in New York City’s Times Square when two double-decker sightseeing buses crashed into each other. Most of the victims were pedestrians with minor injuries — the buses were empty except for the drivers and one tour guide. One of the people injured was a baby in a stroller. Police arrested one of the drivers, charging him with driving while impaired. [CBS News, The Associated Press]

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9. Argentine grandmother finds grandson 36 years after his abduction
A grandmother in Argentina says she has found the grandson who was taken from her daughter shortly before she was executed by the military dictatorship of the 1970s. Estela Barnes de Carlotto, founder of the human rights group Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo, said the now 36-year-old man — identified by Argentine media as pianist and composer Ignacio Hurban — had questions about his identity and came forward to have a DNA test. [The Guardian]

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10. Spurs hire former WNBA star Becky Hammon as assistant coach
The NBA champion San Antonio Spurs announced Tuesday that they had hired six-time WNBA All-Star Becky Hammon as assistant coach. Hammon is not the first woman to join an NBA team’s coaching staff — Lisa Boyer worked for the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2001-2002 — but her high-profile job is still being called historic. Hammon downplayed the significance of her success, saying other women had “trail-blazed the path.” [CNN]

Conservative military charity faces serious allegations

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Soldiers from Fort Hood march during the annual Veterans Day parade outside of Fort Hood in downtown Killeen, Texas, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009. Paul Sakuma/AP

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A Tea Party charity called “Move America Forward” is facing serious allegations of fraud — suggesting it may not be what it appears to be.  Complicating matters, the group has benefited from testimonials from Dick Cheney, Rick Perry, Rush Limbaugh and other high-profile Republicans.

Any time a charity is accused of fraud, it’s alarming, but especially during a war, there’s something even more outrageous about dubious charities that claim to be helping veterans and active-duty military personnel.
Last year, for example, Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s (R) lieutenant governor, Jennifer Carroll, was forced to abruptly resign over her connections to something called Allied Veterans of the World. The Florida-based non-profit was accused of trying to “defraud the public and governmental agencies by misrepresenting how much of its proceeds were donated to charities affiliated with Veterans Administration.”
This year, a Tea Party affiliated group called Move America Forward, is facing allegations every bit as serious. Kim Barker’s piece in The Daily Beast raises serious questions the charity will have to answer quickly.
Move America Forward calls itself the nation’s “largest grassroots pro-troop organization,” and has recruited a bevy of Republican luminaries, including former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush and former Vice President Dick Cheney, to support its efforts.
Yet an examination of its fundraising appeals, tax records and other documents shows that Move America Forward has repeatedly misled donors and inflated its charitable accomplishments, while funneling millions of dollars in revenue to the men behind the group and their political consulting firms.
Barker’s report raises allegations that, if true, may point to illegalities, including the possible use the charity’s funds to subsidize conservative political action committees.
The driving force behind Move America Forward is Sal Russo, 67, the longtime political consultant who is listed on the 10-year-old charity’s tax returns as chief strategist.
Russo is better known for helping to form the Our Country Deserves Better PAC, also known as the Tea Party Express, one of the largest Tea Party groups in the country.  Consultants from his Sacramento-based firm, Russo, Marsh and Associates, also set up two other PACs, the Move America Forward Freedom PAC and the Conservative Campaign Committee, to aid conservative causes and candidates.
According to its tax returns, Move America Forward paid out more than $2.3 million – about 30% of the group’s overall expenditures – to Russo or his firm.
Barker talked to a former Tea Party Express consultant who said, “It was just so shady. With PACs, I know it’s dirty money – it’s politics. But this is a charity that’s supposed to be helping the troops.”
It’s not clear who, if anyone, is handling the day-to-day management of this charity. The organization’s former executive director left in 2012 “and does not seem to have been replaced.”
The same report goes on to detail instances in which Move America Forward falsely claimed to deliver care packages to troops, used photos in fundraising and promotional materials that belonged to other organizations, and even boasted to donors about a partnership with Walter Reed National Military Medical Center that never existed.
And yet, despite all of this, Dave Weigel notes that Move America Forward benefited from testimonials from Dick Cheney, Rick Perry, Rush Limbaugh and other high-profile Republicans.
Obviously, the charges raised in this investigatory piece remain in the realm of unproven allegations. But given the evidence and seriousness of the potential wrongdoing, it’s easy to imagine law enforcement taking a keen interest in Move America Forward’s records, bank accounts, and activities.

10 things you need to know today: June 25, 2014

The once-and-future senator of Mississippi. 

The once-and-future senator of Mississippi. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The Week

Sen. Cochran fights off a Tea Party challenge, Putin urges an extension of Ukraine’s cease-fire, and more

1. Cochran holds off a Tea Party challenge in Mississippi
Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) narrowly defeated a Tea Party-backed challenge from state Sen. Chris McDaniel in a GOP primary runoff on Tuesday. The race was a critical win for mainstream Republicans and a blow to the Tea Party. McDaniel edged ahead in the first round, but Cochran bounced back by getting African-American Democrats to turn out and help him beat his more hard-line challenger. McDaniel, angry over Cochran’s appeal to Democrats, refused to concede. [The Washington Post]

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2. Putin backs extending Ukraine’s cease-fire
Russian President Vladimir Putin urged pro-Russian separatists and the Ukrainian government to extend a temporary cease-fire on Tuesday, and called on Russian lawmakers to rescind their authorization of the use of force to intervene in Ukraine. Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko, warned he might scrap the fragile truce after separatists shot down a military helicopter late Tuesday, killing nine servicemen. [The New York TimesThe Associated Press]

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3. Insider says Phoenix VA facility altered files of dead patients
Officials at a VA hospital in Phoenix altered records of dead veterans to hide the number of patients who died waiting for care, a whistleblower told CNN. “Deceased” notes were removed from files to improve the facility’s statistics, the source — scheduling clerk Pauline Dewenter — said. The interview marked the first time she had spoken publicly about the scandal. [CNN]

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4. Methodist appeals court overturns defrocking of pastor over gay marriage
United Methodist Bishop Peggy Johnson of Pennsylvania said Tuesday that she would abide by a church appeals court order to restore the credentials of the Rev. Frank Schaefer, who was suspended last year for officiating at his son’s 2007 same-sex wedding. A jury of pastors defrocked Schaefer because he wouldn’t promise not to perform any more gay weddings. The appeals panel overturned the decision Tuesday. [The Associated Press]

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5. A woman is killed as attackers shoot at landing Pakistani plane
Gunmen fired on a Pakistan International Airlines plane landing at Peshawar’s airport Tuesday night, killing a female passenger and wounding three crew members. It was the third violent attack at a Pakistani airport this month. The plane, carrying 178 passengers, was hit by six bullets as it arrived on a flight from Saudi Arabia. One bullet narrowly missed the captain. Another hit the engine. The dead woman’s 9-year-old daughter was seated next to her. [Reuters]

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6. Judge finds no-fly list unconstitutional
A federal judge ruled Tuesday that the federal government’s no-fly list is unconstitutional because blacklisted people have no way to challenge the decision. The challenge came from 13 Muslims in Oregon who were prevented from boarding a 2010 flight. District Court Judge Anna Brown said the freedom to travel was not a luxury but “a necessary aspect of liberties sacred to members of a free society.” Brown ordered the government to devise a way for people to get removed from the list. [Reuters]

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7. Brooks acquitted, Coulson found guilty in U.K. phone-hacking case
Rebekah Brooks, former head of Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World, was acquitted in London on Tuesday of conspiring to hack the phones of royalty, celebrities, and crime victims in search of scoops, a scandal that has rocked Murdoch’s media empire. A jury found former editor Andy Coulson, Prime Minister David Cameron’s ex-communications chief, guilty, however. The jury returns Wednesday to continue considering whether Coulson approved bribes for exclusives. [CNN]

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8. Official testifies that IRS failed to follow the law and report lost emails
U.S. Archivist David Ferriero told members of Congress on Tuesday that the Internal Revenue Service “did not follow the law” when it failed to report that two years’ worth of then Exempt Organizations unit director Lois Lerner’s emails had been lost in a computer outage. The testimony came in the third hearing in the two weeks since the IRS revealed the glitch. Lerner was a key figure in the division’s targeting of conservative groups for special scrutiny. [Politico]

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9. Dylan lyrics sell for a record $2 million
A handwritten manuscript of Bob Dylan’s hit song “Like a Rolling Stone” sold for $2 million Tuesday in a Sotheby’s auction in New York. The purchase set a record for an original set of lyrics, beating the $1.2 million paid for John Lennon’s “A Day in the Life” from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Dylan wrote the words for his classic on stationery from the Roger Smith Hotel in Washington. [Los Angeles Times]

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10. Uruguay’s World Cup win marred when player appears to bite opponent
Uruguay’s 1-0 World Cup victory over Italy was overshadowed by an incident shortly before the game-winning goal when Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez appeared to bite Italian Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder. The match’s outcome sent Uruguay to the next round, and eliminated Italy. The controversy was intensified by the fact that Suarez served a seven-game suspension in 2010 for biting a player in Holland and a 10-game one for a bite in England last year. [ABC News]

Oklahoma Tea Party Candidate Supports Stoning Gay People to Death

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Would Scott Esk stone with a smile on his face? |

You can’t make this crap up.  The Tea Party faction of American politics is primarily batshit crazy.  They are often called the “American Taliban“.  The term seems quite appropos…

Slate

Given how savagely anti-gay the mainstream Oklahoma Republican party is, it’s no surprise that the state’s Tea Partiers are so rabidly hateful that they come across more as dark satire than as serious bigots. To wit: This week, an Oklahoma magazinediscovered that last summer, Tea Party state house candidate Scott Esk endorsed stoning gay people to death: “I think we would be totally in the right to do it,” he said in a Facebook post. Esk went on to add nuance to his position:

That [stoning gay people to death] goes against some parts of libertarianism, I realize, and I’m largely libertarian, but ignoring as a nation things that are worthy of death is very remiss.

When a Facebook user messaged Esk to clarify further, he responded:

I never said I would author legislation to put homosexuals to death, but I didn’t have a problem with it.

Understandably unnerved, the magazine called up Esk for clarification. Although Esk claimed he didn’t remember the comments, he fleshed out his views:

That was done in the Old Testament under a law that came directly from God and in that time there it was totally just. It came directly from God. I have no plans to reinstitute that in Oklahoma law. I do have some very huge moral misgivings about those kinds of sins.

Pressed one final time about his position on stoning gay human beings to death, Esk dug in his heels:

I know what was done in the Old Testament and what was done back then was what’s just. … And I do stand for Biblical morality.

I am impressed that Esk has some understanding of the concept of morality. But I am not quite certain that his views square with modern notions of the concept. I do suspect, however, that Esk’s beliefs aren’t all that far from the other state-level Republicans in the region, who recently attempted to push through the most extreme piece of anti-gay legislation America has ever witnessed. Perhaps our criticism of Esk, then, is really misguided: Rather than chastising him for his seemingly extremist views, we should be thanking him for saying what so many of his political associates are likely thinking.

Eric Cantor succumbs to tea party challenger Tuesday

Mark Wilson/Getty Images – House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) participates in a news conference at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday.

The Washington Post

In a stunning upset propelled by tea party activists, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) was defeated in Tuesday’s congressional primary, with insurgent David Brat delivering an unpredicted and devastating loss to the second most powerful Republican in the House who has widely been touted as a future speaker.

The race called shortly after 8 p.m. Eastern by the Associated Press.

Brat’s victory gives the GOP a volatile outlook for the rest of the campaign season, with the party establishment struggling late Tuesday to grapple with the news and tea party conservatives relishing a surprising win.

“This is an earthquake,” said former Minnesota congressman Vin Weber, a friend of Cantor’s. “No one thought he’d lose.” But Brat, tapping into conservative anger over Cantor’s role in supporting efforts to reform federal immigration laws, found a way to combat Cantor’s significant financial edge.

Brat, an economics professor, simply failed to show up to D.C. meetings with powerful conservative agitators last month, citing upcoming finals. He only had $40,000 in the bank at the end of March, according to first quarter filings. Cantor had $2 million.

Despite those shortcomings, Brat has exposed discontent with Cantor in the solidly Republican, suburban Richmond 7th Congressional District by attacking the lawmaker on his votes to raise the debt ceiling and end the government shutdown, as well as his support for some immigration reforms. At a May meeting of Republican activists in the district,Cantor was booed, and an ally he campaigned for was ousted as the local party chairman in favor of a tea party favorite.

A similar revolt in the state Republican committee last year determined that the party would hold a two-day convention rather than an open primary to elect candidates in 2013. That decision helped gubernatorial contender Ken Cuccinelli II, a conservative hero who lost to Democrat Terry McAuliffe. Many establishment Republicans in the state believe Cuccinelli’s nomination cost them the governorship. The 7th District fight is a sign that the factions in the party have yet to unite.

Since his days in the Virginia legislature, Cantor has been on the side of the pro-business, establishment. But he began to forge ties with the tea party in 2010, positioning himself as a conservative counterweight to House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) after the movement helped sweep Republicans into power. Yet tea party activists in his own district have never embraced him.

Cantor has taken the primary threat seriously, attacking Brat in television ads and boasting in mailers that he blocked “amnesty” for illegal immigrants on Capitol Hill.

The winner of the GOP primary will face Democratic Party nominee Jack Trammell — a professor at Randolph-Macon College, the same school where Brat works — in the general election this fall.

THAT’S IT. I AM COMING HOME.

Ethan Miller/Getty Images News | Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers embrace near a Wal-Mart in Las Vegas, Nevada. Two colleagues were shot and killed by two assailants at a pizza restaurant nearby

Esquire

By Lt. Col. Robert Bateman 

The NRA has made mass killings normal in this country. I’m coming home from years of serving my country overseas to help stop it.

This is too much. We have Tea Party political activists shooting cops from behind, in the head, then covering their dead bodies with the Tea Party “Gadsden” flag and shouting, “The Revolution begins now!”

No. I am coming home. I need to be there and be part of the solution.Moms Demand Action is getting some traction, but they can use the lean-in of a few U.S. Army Airborne Infantry Rangers. I am only sorry that I did not stand up to this threat to our nation before. I am sorry. I was busy.

I have been overseas in Afghanistan and in NATO nations for half a decade while the insanity of the National Rifle Association expanded and exploded, and the NRA became, essentially, the tool of death in the United States. They made mass killings normal.

Well done, NRA. But this shit is too much.

Constant cop-killing, by people who echo the NRA talking points and the conspiracy theories of the Internet wackos.

So I will come home, and perhaps some of those 3,000 nutjobs who sent me hatemail might want to meet up, because I am more than fricking willing, you whining, little boy-toys who need guns. So many of you have threatened me that I am literally booked, but any of you who feel you have been left out, go ahead. Book a date. You bring your gun to try and convince me that you are not a complete and total idiot, and if you bring a gun, let us see which tool works best.

Wimps need guns. Come and get me.

Oh, and if you try to go lethal, to convince me that your rhetoric is more intellectually compelling than my own written words, I am going to be giggling at the Las Vegas odds on you, with your guns, and me.

So there is that. Bring it on, little boys.

Bateman, pictured, is an infantryman and a Military Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

The opinions here are only those of somebody that thinks a “Patriot Movement”—one which executes police officers—is not working in the service of the nation. They are only the opinions of someone who believes that “Tea Party members” who shoot policemen in the head— executing them at point blank range and then declaring that the “revolution” is starting before placing a Don’t Tread on Me flag atop the dead bodies of the police officers you just killed in cold blood—are not good.

You may believe otherwise. If you do, screw you.

10 things you need to know today: May 21, 2014

The Senate minority leader easily bested his Tea Party opponent on Tuesday.

The Senate minority leader easily bested his Tea Party opponent on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

The Week

Mitch McConnell defeats a Tea Party-backed challenger, a judge overturns Pennsylvania’s gay-marriage ban, and more

1. Mitch McConnell brushes off Tea-Party-favored primary challenger
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) easily defeated a Tea-Party-backed challenger, Matt Bevin, in Tuesday’s primary. Establishment Republicans also beat more conservative candidates in Oregon, Georgia, and Idaho. “My party is knitting itself back together,” said Rep. Tom Cole (R- Okla.). Democrats said mainstream Republicans were only winning because they were shifting to the right and running like Tea Partiers. [CNNThe Wall Street Journal]

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2. Judge rules Pennsylvania’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional
A federal judge on Tuesday threw out Pennsylvania’s gay-marriage ban and declined to put the ruling on hold pending a possible appeal by the state, giving same-sex couples time to rush to apply for marriage licenses. Gay marriage is now legal throughout the Northeast. “We are a better people than what these laws represent,” U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III wrote, “and it is time to discard them into the ash heap of history.” [The Associated Press]

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3. Russia clinches crucial gas deal with China
China on Wednesday signed a deal to buy natural gas from Russia. The long-awaited deal gives China, the world’s biggest energy user, a source of clean-burning fuel. It also gives Russia a place to sell its gas at a moment when Europeans, angered by Moscow’s ties to separatists in Ukraine, are trying to find other sources of gas. The 30-year deal is estimated to be worth more than $400 billion, and is said to reflect the two countries growing ties. [Reuters]

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4. U.S. to disclose memo justifying killing American terror suspects abroad
The Obama administration said Tuesday it would release a classified memo justifying the use of drones in the targeted killing of American terrorism suspects overseas. The document was written by appeals court nominee David Barron, whose nomination faces a vote Wednesday. Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. decided to disclose the memo rather than appeal a court order to release it under the Freedom of Information Act. [The New York Times]

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5. Twin blasts kill dozens in Nigeria
Two explosions killed at least 118 people at a market in the central Nigerian city of Jos on Tuesday afternoon. Nobody claimed responsibility, but suspicion immediately fell on the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, which has been blamed for the abduction of more than 270 high-school girls last month. “It’s a wake-up call,” said activist Shamaki Gad Peter. “They are trying to make the country ungovernable.” [The New York TimesVoice of America]

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6. Court halts Missouri execution over condemned man’s medical condition
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito late Tuesday halted a Missouri execution to allow doctors to determine whether the condemned inmate, Russell Bucklew, would suffer extreme pain during his lethal injection due to a birth defect that affects his veins. He would have been the first person put to death in the U.S. since a botched execution in Oklahoma in April. [USA Today]

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7. GM recalls another 2.4 million vehicles
General Motors announced the recall of another 2.4 million vehicles on Tuesday, bringing to 13 million the total number of cars and trucks it has recalled since January. The latest recalls covered some Chevrolet Malibus, Cadillac Escalades, and other models. Just last week, GM recalled another 2.9 million vehicles. GM on Friday agreed to pay $35 million over delayed recalls on 2.6 million cars with faulty ignition switches. [CBS News]

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8. D’Souza pleads guilty to illegal campaign contributions
Conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza pleaded guilty on Tuesday to making illegal campaign contributions. D’Souza, author of 2010’s The Roots of Obama’s Rage and co-director of the 2012 documentary 2016: Obama’s America, had claimed he was being persecuted for criticizing Obama. Under a plea deal, he admitted making illegal contributions, but a charge of making false statements was dropped. “I deeply regret my conduct,” he said. [New York Daily News]

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9. Ex-players sue the NFL over painkillers
Eight retired National Football League players filed a lawsuit on Tuesday accusing the league of illegally giving them painkillers — without prescriptions, and without warning them of potential side-effects — so they could return to the field despite injuries. Attorney Steven Silverman said the league put profits ahead of the players’ health. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he couldn’t comment because he had not seen the suit. [The Washington Post]

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10. Golfer Lucy Li becomes youngest Women’s Open qualifier at age 11
Lucy Li, 11, became the youngest golfer ever to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open this week. The previous record holder, Lexi Thompson, was 12 when she qualified in 2007. Li shot rounds of 74 and 68 on a par-72 course, beating her nearest rival by seven strokes in a sectional qualifier. The tournament begins June 19. One player, Beverly Kass, competed at age 10 in 1967, but that was before the qualification process began. [ESPN]

The Weakness of the Tea-Party Movement

A woman at a May 2013 tea-party rally in Cherry Hill, N.J. Associated Press

This conservative author makes some valid points…

The Wall Street Journal – Think Tank

There’s been a fair amount of commentary, including on this site, about the tea party and its effect on the GOP. As someone who has written both sympathetically and critically of the tea party, I’d like to note a weakness of the movement.

The issue is not that the tea party embraces conservative policies. (I do as well.) It’s that some elements within the tea party seem almost completely uninterested in the details of policy. Calling for the dismantling of the modern state is easier than offering a serious governing agenda.

More fundamentally, some tea-party advocates misunderstand the Constitution. They can come across more like the anti-Federalists who opposed the Constitution than the Federalists who created it. (See this essay I co-authored with Michael Gerson for more.)

In addition, much of their criticism of the “establishment” isn’t because of where Republicans such as Sen. Mitch McConnell (Ky.) stand on the issues or their voting records, which are indisputably conservative. It’s that members of the GOP “ruling class” aren’t angry and apocalyptic enough. They don’t frame every debate as an existential choice between liberty and tyranny. They aren’t eager to lead any more charges into fixed bayonets.

The differences between many tea-party groups and the GOP establishment, then, is more stylistic than substantive, more temperamental than policy-specific. The former tend to see politics through the prism of theater rather than through the prism of governing.  Which explains why the tea party is a diminishing force in American politics.

Peter Wehner

Progressive MSNBC Guest: We ‘Made the Mistake of Laughing’ at the Tea Party

Guilty…

Mediaite

With five years having passed since the first tea party rally in 2009, MSNBC host Ronan Farrowinvited two liberal guests on his program to discuss the impact the tea party has had on American politics and its potential to continue to shape events. Tara Dowdell, a political strategist and self-described progressive, warned her fellow liberals that it would be a mistake to write off the tea party because they are likely to have an outsize impact on the coming midterm elections.

Farrow began by briefly recapping the history of the tea party. Afterword, he asked University of Lehigh professor James Peterson what power the tea party has retained to shape American politics. Peterson said that the tea party’s “legislative impact may be waning or may have peaked.”

“The shutdown seemed to be a real moment where they stumbled out of the gate, shot themselves in the foot, pushed the country to the brink, and people started to say, ‘What’s happening here?’” Farrow agreed.

“I think that the tea party should not be underestimated,” Dowdell insisted. “I think that progressives, like myself, have made the mistake of laughing at them and being very dismissive of them.”

“That’s very dangerous,” she added.

Dowdell insisted that, while the tea party has been a “double-edged sword” for the GOP, the upcoming midterm elections provide the tea party with a good environment to drive up turnout and have a major impact on electoral outcomes.

Watch the clip  via Mediaite