Tea Party Calls Wisconsin Protesters Nazis on Eve of Recall Elections

 

With Wisconsin recall elections tomorrow, conservatives have been going out of their way to whip frenzy and fraud in an effort to push back against the electoral frustrations headed their way. On Saturday the founder of Tea Party Nation went so far as to blame liberal ideology for “a billion” deaths over the past century.

Tea Party Nation CEO Judson Phillips didn’t just stop with that blurb of idiocy. He also compared citizens protesting Gov. Scott Walker to Nazi storm troopers while a local tea party group compared the recall effort to a terrorist attack.

At this point though, nothing from conservatives should really surprise us. They’ve shown a willingness to flaunt election laws, engage in outright fraud and stir racial animosity to suit their political agenda.

And lets reflect for just a moment on the fact that a “grassroots political movement” has, as its figurehead, a CEO. This never was a true grassroots movement and has always, at its core, been a corporate campaign to leverage political power at the expense of those very people whipped into a frenzy by the likes of Phillips.

Thankfully though the opposition remains strong and unified and, despite the actions from the right, committed to protecting the will of the Wisconsin people.

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79 comments

Lika S.
Lika P6 years ago

I am an active voter. I voice my opinions. I often swim upstream because it helps me make a point. I get labeled as going against the grain. I am proud to be vocal and to improve the status quo. If that makes me terrible? Nah, some people need a better self esteem.

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Glenn M.
Glenn Meyer6 years ago

They are just trying to confuse where the Nazis came from. Ever since McCarthy, using the label communism does not work any more.

They can't change the reality that Nazism is a right wing invention.

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Maarja L.
Maarja L6 years ago

I am starting to get very tired about these people calling everyone else names. I am also starting to feel insulted by their comments. I am not US citizen. Maybe Tea Party would say that I have therefore no right to voice my opinion about anything related to America, but I feel like I should. There is the little fact that Nazi Germany invaded my country during WW2. So did Soviet Union (twice). For us, those two countries were very distinct. Yes, both were evil, but they and their ideologies were very distinct.

For the people using this "Nazi Hippie Commie Socialist enemies" rhetoric these nicknames are words. Words to call someone they dislike, because for these people they were kind of like fairy tale villains: brave soldiers went away to fight them and that was all. Those evils never came to their home turf. The names of those evils have no meaning for them.

There are many people in this world, for whom there was a difference. Tea Party would earn a little respect in my eyes if its supporters didn't throw around words they know nothing about.

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Ronald E6 years ago

The Right Reich agenda is to destroy the economy and the middle class as they implement their "new world order" with only the oligarchy (rich and powerful "royalty") and their serfs. They only have interest in THEIR welfare and seek to destroy YOUR freedoms.

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Patrick F.
Patrick f6 years ago

Craig C., Can't, the teabaggers have smoked it all. And Scott Walker and Judson Phillips are douchebags.

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Craig C.
Craig C6 years ago

Hey did I land on a media matters site? Whatever most of you on this site are smoking could you send some my way.

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Marie W.
Marie W6 years ago

GO GO Wisconsin the nation is watching KicK Tea party ASS

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Patrick F.
Patrick f6 years ago

Just means they are getting heard, keep up the good work. Recall all Repigletans!

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John R.
John R6 years ago

The time for rhetoric is coming to an end soon, then there will be action.

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Siusaidh C.
Susan C6 years ago

Reading some comments , it seems to me that there is confusion over two meanings of the term 'socialism'.

One is post-capitalist - eg. for some time following the Russian revolution, Cuba for a while, etc. The other is a kind of capitalism more accurately called 'social democracy' - they had it in Britain after 1945 and to varying degrees at times in the Scandinavian countries.

Although we have had limited benefits of more liberal forms of capitalism such as tax-supported medicare, Canada has never achieved social-democracy.

The Right hates social-democracy and is killing it off as fast as it can. A lot of the hype around austerity is intended to push us back to the levels our ancestors lived at a century ago.

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