Why I couldn’t succeed as a politician

Updated Monday, July 19, 2010

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White supremacist and “Minuteman” Jason (“J.T.”) Ready attends a “tea party” event in Phoenix a year ago. (Story here.)

Vice President Joe Biden has pronounced that neither he nor President Barack Obama believes that the “tea party,” as a whole, is racist.

Wow.

This is just one of many possible examples of why I am not a fan of the Democratic Party. (I am a registered Green Party member; many people just assume that you’re a Democrat if you hate the Repugnican Party and all that it stands for.)

So loathe are the spineless, establishment Democrats to — gasp! offend even those who never would vote for a Democrat anyway that they won’t even call a spade-hater a spade-hater.

The self-serving Democrats won’t fucking stand up for us historically oppressed minorities, but they fully expect our campaign contributions and our votes nonetheless. They take us for granted and they treat us like ATMs. (And, for the most part, we just let them.)

The “tea-party” set isn’t racist?

Take Jason Ready. (Really, please take him!) Whether he’s a member of a “tea-party” group or not, he sure fits their demographic.

Ready, a 37-year-old white ex-Marine, is a leader of the “Minutemen,” self-appointed “guardians” of the nation’s border with Mexico.

The “Minutemen” have an awful lot in common with the “tea-party” crowd, such as the fact that their ranks are entirely white or nearly so, the fact that they have co-opted the Revolutionary War-era motif to justify their beliefs and actions of today, and they just love Arizona’s new racial-profiling plan that would keep brown-skinned people out of the nation. 

Here is what The Associated Press reports of Ready:

Phoenix — Minutemen groups, a surge in Border Patrol agents and a tough new immigration law are not enough for a reputed neo-Nazi who is now leading a militia in the Arizona desert.

Jason Ready is taking matters into his own hands, declaring war on what he calls “narco-terrorists” and keeping an eye out for illegal immigrants. So far, he said, his patrols have found only a few border crossers, who were given water and handed over to the Border Patrol. Once, they found a decaying body in a wash, and alerted the authorities.

But local law enforcement officials are worried, given that Mr. Ready’s group is heavily armed and identifies with the National Socialist Movement, an organization that believes that only non-Jewish, white heterosexual people should be American citizens and that everyone who is not white should leave the country — “peacefully or by force.”

“We’re not going to sit around and wait for the government anymore,” Mr. Ready said. “This is what our founding fathers did.”

An escalation of civilian border watches has taken root in Arizona in recent years. Various groups patrol the desert and report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol, and generally they have not caused problems.

But Mr. Ready, a 37-year-old ex-Marine, is different. He and his friends are outfitted with military fatigues, body armor and assault rifles. Mr. Ready takes offense at the term “neo-Nazi,” but admits he identifies with the National Socialist Movement.

“These are explicit Nazis,” said Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project. “These are people who wear swastikas on their sleeves.”

Mr. Ready is a reflection of the anger over illegal immigration in Arizona. Gov. Jan Brewer signed a new immigration law in April that requires police officers, while enforcing other laws, to question a person’s immigration status if officers have a reasonable suspicion that the person is in the country illegally.

Sheriff Paul Babeu of Pinal County said there had not been any episodes with the group in his jurisdiction. But he said he was concerned because an untrained group acting without the authority of the law could cause “extreme problems” and put itself and others in danger.

“I’m not inviting them. And in fact, I’d rather they not come,” Sheriff Babeu said. “Especially those who espouse hatred or bigotry such as his,” he said of Mr. Ready.

Mr. Ready said he is planning patrols throughout the summer.

“If they don’t want my people out there, then there’s an easy way to send us home: secure the border,” he said. “We’ll put our guns back on the shelf, and that’ll be the end of that.”

Oh, would it really? What about Ready’s apparent neo-Nazi belief that Jews, non-whites and non-heterosexuals should be stripped of their citizenship and/or expelled from the country — by physical force, if necessary?

How does the “tea-party” set as whole feel about non-whites, Jews and other non-Christians, and non-heterosexuals? Do they believe that those of us who fall into those categories aren’t real Americans?

I believe that the majority of them do.

I believe that Jason Ready is not an anomaly. I believe that his mindset dominates the “tea party.” True, he might be an outlier in his willingness to be so candid about the fact that he’s a neo-Nazi. But the majority of the “tea-party” set, in my estimation, agree with him — that is, they hate the same groups of people whom he hates, and they agree with his assertion that these groups of Americans aren’t really Americans.

Which on one hand is OK, since I don’t consider Jason Ready and his ilk to be real Americans, either. They are neo-Nazis, and, contrary to their sick and twisted attempts to rewrite American history, the “founding fathers” were not neo-Nazis. (They were slaveholders, true, but neo-Nazis they were not.)

On the other hand, beliefs often manifest as actions, and therefore, for the likes of veep Joe Biden — who, I imagine, is pretty safe from ever being the target of a hate crime himself and overall is pretty comfortable himself (as is President Obama) — to downplay the danger that the “tea-party” set poses to those of us they don’t consider to be real Americans (indeed, they don’t even consider us to be real human beings, as the Nazis didn’t consider their Jewish victims to be real human beings) not only is slovenly and cowardly politically expedient, but is criminally negligent.

I couldn’t be like Joe Biden. I have a conscience. I never could think that it’ s OK to put my own political good above the safety and well-being of millions of others.

I can’t tell soothing but dangerous lies. I can’t finesse. I can’t ass-lick.

Therefore, I couldn’t make it in politics.

Well, not the way that politics is played today.

But then again, I don’t believe in playing the game.

I believe in changing the game.

Which is what we real Americans need to do — with or without the obstructionist Democratic Party that gladly takes our money (indeed, that even takes our dollars and our support for granted) but doesn’t stand up for our interests.

Update (Monday, July 19, 2010):

For those who think that I have unfairly and/or inaccurately linked Jason Ready with the “tea party,” the Phoenix newspaper New Times reports that Ready (who goes by “J.T.”) spoke at a “tea party” event in Phoenix a year ago.

I just looked this up, but I didn’t have to. I, for one, can connect the dots — a critical skill to have in these times, methinks.

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