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Galveston Daily News Tea Party Response
By: Todd Kinsey
Saturday, July 10, 2010
My friend TJ Aulds who writes for the Galveston Daily News recently wrote a blog asking if Tea Party
Members are all racist. He goes on to say that surveys show that the demographics show that Tea
Party members are “predominately older, white and men. But about a quarter of those surveyed are
Hispanic, Asian-American or African American.”
While his demographic breakdown on race are fairly accurate, non-white members only make up
about 25% of membership. However, according to a survey by Gallup, who will never be confused
with being a conservative polling entity the members are far from being angry, old, white men.
- 45% are women
- The largest age bracket is 30-49 years of age
- 43% identify themselves as independents
He also quotes local Bay Area Democrat activist and blogger John Cobarruvias, “I keep my distance
because they are angry, white Republicans and many of them are racists.
That's all they are. I have very little respect for them.”
Obviously John drank the Kool Aid that the liberal mainstream media has been serving. What the left
learned in the 60’s and 70’s was from the teachings of Saul Alinsky is that “organization for action will
now and in the decade’s ahead center on America’s white middle class.” Why you ask? Because
according to Alinsky “when more than three fourths of our people from both their economics and their
self identification are middle class, it is obvious that their action or inaction will determine the
direction of change.”
Alinsky also teaches that “all issues must be polarized if action is to follow.” That is why the
administration and their allies in the liberal media have initiated this all out assault against
conservatives and tea party members, calling us racists for supporting Arizona’s immigration law or
denouncing the president’s agenda. By continuing to play the racism card they are trying to
marginalize conservatives and keep the all important independents in their camp. No one wants to be
considered racist and that’s why it’s vital for conservatives to continue to win our battles in the arena
Like most liberals, Cabarruvias results to name calling conservatives WART’s (White, Angry,
Republican, Tea-baggers). Well John, let’s look at the facts about which party is racist and which one
really stands up for equal rights. The Republican Party is the party that ended slavery. The Republican
Party is the party that repealed the Fugitive Slave Act. The Republican Party passed the Civil Rights Act
against strong opposition from the Democratic Party and especially Democratic Senator and former
Klansman John Byrd. Of course President Clinton tried to sugar coat it by saying “Byrd was a good ‘ol
boy just trying to get elected.” Okay, that’s why he held leadership positions within the Klan and
actively recruited more than 150 members. Ironically, Senator Byrd died on the anniversary of the
repeal of the Fugitive Slave Act.
The Administration drops charges against the Black Panthers who clearly were engaged in voter
intimidation and are on video, publicly professing their hate of white people, and calling for the murder
of white people and their babies. Who’s the racist here Mr. Cobarruvias?
He also has to fall back on the tired excuse of blaming Bush for all the problems in America. I've got
news for you Mr. Cabarruvias, this administration is going on two years now and the bulk of the
problems and the unprecedented spending are theirs.
He says the economic crisis was born from Republicans. Wrong! The economic crisis is directly tied
to the Democrats during the Clinton Administration. After being elected, the Bush administration
warned in 2001 and 2003 of impending disaster and attempted to regulate Fannie and Freddie. It
was Democrat Barney Frank who defended Fannie & Freddie who had secured more than $12
TRILLION in mortgages, mostly sub prime. Barney Frank (1:22) said “Fannie May and Freddie Mac
are not in a crisis.” He went on to say they were “financially sound” and said we should be doing more
to get low income people into housing. John McCain introduced legislation in 2006 to regulate the two
institutions, however, it was blocked in a straight party line vote by Democrats. Now because of the
actions of Democrats, Fannie and Freddie have fallen so far that they have been delisted from the
New York Stock Exchange.
We would be better off investigating Senator Barney Frank, Senator Chris Dodd, Jamie Gorelick,
Fannie May CEO’s Franklin Raines, Daniel Mudd, Herbert Allison, and Michael Wilson as well as
Freddie Mac CEO’s Dick Syron and David Moffett. These are the real culprits of the financial meltdown
not unbridled capitalism and companies making their own rules.
I don't recall the left being up in arms over Franklin Raines raking in his $90 million in bonuses while
he ran that company into the ground. How about Jamie Gorelick and her $26 million? Why didn’t the
SEIU thugs show up on her front lawn in protest? Because the left politicizes everything, as their god
Saul Alinsky says “pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Obama and his
administration certainly did they are trying to distract America away from the real culprits of the
financial crisis while blaming Wall Street and the Republicans.
Mr. Cobarruvias talks about Bush’s debt when he left office, which was admittedly atrocious, and
conservatives around the country were railing against this. John says that it’s $1.3 Trillion when Bush
left and I'm actually going to correct it to a higher number of 2.63 trillion. However, in 18 short months,
with the Democrats controlling all three branches of government, the national debt has skyrocketed to
nearly $13.2 trillion. What do we have to show for the bankrupting of our country?
Unemployment rates that compare with those of the great depression and that are being artificially
lowered by the government hiring more than a million temporary census workers. Government control
of auto makers, banks, and soon to be health care. Now the administration is trying to pass
legislation that would allow it to seize even more control of private enterprise.
The administration is also using the Gulf oil spill disaster to try to ram through the American Power
Act also known as Cap and Trade. These policies have failed all over Europe and are being repealed
in France, Britain, and elsewhere. On numerous occasions the President and John Kerry have cited
Spain as the model for this legislation. Well let’s look at what the people in Spain are dealing with:
- 20% unemployment rate.
- Every green job created caused 2.2 people to loose their jobs.
- The housing crisis in Spain is 6 times worse than the US on a per capita basis.
- Spain’s debt to GDP is 270%, Greece was 170% when it received its bailout and is still likely
to require further assistance or total collapse.
- Each green job created cost $855,000.00 per job.
That sure sounds like legislation that’s right for America. The president likes to say that “we consume
more than 20 percent of the world’s oil, but have less than 2 percent of the world’s oil reserves. And
that’s part of the reason oil companies are drilling a mile beneath the surface of the ocean -- because
we’re running out of places to drill on land and in shallow water.”
That is patently untrue. Environmentalists are the reason we're drilling a mile offshore because
regulations prevent them from drilling in shallower water where we have the technology to respond to
this type of disaster. There are massive reserves in ANWR. In fact, estimates put the total at 16 billion
barrels or the equivalent that we import from Saudi Arabia for 30 years.
How about all of the oil off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts? Both Petro China and Petro Bras (Petro
Brazil) are drilling off the coast of our coast between Florida and Cuba yet American companies
cannot drill there. The fact is that there is an estimated 86 billion barrels of oil off our coast.
It is also estimated that there are over 800 billion barrels of oil in shale lying in the Rocky Mountains.
There are also billions of barrels lying in the Dakotas and Montana but strict environmental regulation
prevent us from tapping these massive reserves.
Regardless of how you try to spin it, the Democrats and the Obama administration have been a
disaster but we won’t let facts get in the way.
See you in the trenches…
Todd Kinsey is leading the conservative revolution to defend the Constitution, protect liberty, and
defeat liberalism. He is a proud veteran of the US Army, serves as the President of the Galveston
County Young Republicans, is active in the Republican Network, the Galveston County Republican
Party, and the Clear Lake Republicans. He is also contributing writer to The GOP Journal, The
Examiner.com and The Coastal Conservative. Todd has appeared on several radio talk shows and
publishes his own website: www.toddkinsey.com. Todd is also an active member of the community
where he has coached several championship baseball teams but most importantly, Todd is a
devoted husband and the proud father of two teenage sons.
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