Tea Party with Tom Tancredo

By the time the Tea Party convention began on Thursday, its credibility had already been hobbled by reports of tickets costing $549 and by criticism from other tea partiers who accused its organizers of engaging in “profiteering and exploitation of the grass-roots movement.”

All that was before the first speaker even took the stage. Then Tom Tancredo – a former Republican representative famous for opposing immigration – used the occasion to lament the lack of a “civics literacy test” in American elections, which he says helped put a “committed Socialist ideologue in the White House.” Before the Civil Rights legislation of the 1960s, literacy tests were selectively applied to deny African-Americans the right to vote.

Instead of chasing him out, the audience applauded Tancredo for this comment. And for this one:

Some things we can deal with just in a political way, by the votes we cast. Other things will require a commitment to passing on our culture. And we really do have one, you know. It is based on Judeo-Christian principles, whether people like it or they don’t. That’s who we are. That is who we are. And if you don’t like it, don’t come here. And if you’re here and you don’t like it, go home.

And that’s why we worry.

One Comment

  1. Ian

    I’m so confused. I’m from here and I don’t like it. Where do I go?