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Julian Bond “Obama is to the Tea Party as the moon is to werewolves.”


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FAREED ZAKARIA, HOST: But first, here’s my take. I’ve always loved July 4th, one of those special American national holidays that are celebrations not of religion, ethnicity or sect, but rather freedom and of America’s unique national identity that is based on it. But around the world these days, we’re seeing the rise of another kind of national identity, one that can be darker and more troubling.

In the recent elections for the European parliament, nationalist, populist and even xenophobic parties did surprisingly well. The UK Independence Party beat out all the established parties. France’s National Front won handily against the ruling socialist party. In Greece the quasi-fascist Golden Dawn won half a million votes, awarding its seats in the European parliament for the first time.

Many commentators have explained the rise of these parties as a consequence of the deep recession and slow recovery that still afflicts much of Europe, but similar voting patterns can be seen in countries like Austria, Denmark, the Netherlands, Finland and Sweden, which are all doing quite well economically. And the parties that do well center their agenda not on economics, but on immigration and culture, on promoting national identity.

You can see it not just in Europe but around the world. Look at Prime Minister Abe and his plan to reinterpret Japan’s pacifist constitution and remilitarize after 70 years. Or Putin in Russia, Erdogan in Turkey, Xi Jinping in China. In all cases assertive nationalism is a core part of the leader’s appeal.

Why is this happening? Well, one explanation is that as globalization and technological revolutions transform the world, people feel uneasy, uneasy at the pace of change, and they search for something they can hold on to, as a source of sucker and stability. Look around the world and everywhere we see this phenomenon.

People are worried that their country is changing beyond recognition, and that they are being ruled by vast distant forces, whether the European Union in Brussels, the IMF, or the federal government in Washington, forces that are beyond their control, and by people who do not share their values.

The rise of the Tea Party fits this pattern. After exhaustive research, the scholars Vanessa Williamson and Peter Scotchford concluded that immigration was a central issue, perhaps the central issue for Tea Party members, something that has been reinforced by Eric Cantor’s loss in his primary election.

In an age of globalization, elites have discussions that are political ideology, more government, less government, different government, but as Samuel Huntington noted many years ago, the force that seems to be moving the world these days is not political ideology, but political identity. Everyone is asking the question, who are we? And who are we not?

Even in America, even on July 4th.

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The conservative attorney and birther who called for a coup against President Barack Obama earlier this month has scheduled what he’s describing as a “day of reckoning.”

Larry Klayman wrote Monday in Renew America that he’s established Nov. 19 as the date that Obama will be forced to answer for his “criminality” and “Muslim, socialist, anti-Semitic, anti-Christian, anti-white, pro-illegal immigrant, pro-radical gay and lesbian agenda.”

Klayman said he hopes his supporters will “descend on Washington, D.C., en masse, and demand that [Obama] leave town and resign from office if he does not want to face prison time.”

As he did earlier this month when he first floated his coup proposal, Klayman invoked the example of Egyptians toppling President Mohammed Morsi.

“We must act now. Our Founding Fathers pledged their sacred honor, fortunes, and lives to form a new nation under God. They knew that the odds of defeating the British were not great, save for His Divine grace and intervention. Now, 237 years after they signed the Declaration of Independence in my native city of Philadelphia, the nation has come full circle to the tyranny that has been imposed by a new despot, one far more evil than King George III. King George III may have been a greedy “control freak,” but at least he was a Christian. The United States is being run by a Muslim bent on furthering an Islamic caliphate who seeks to destroy our spirituality and the body politic of our Judeo-Christian roots.

Life is not easy. It requires risk and sacrifice. If as a nation we want to restore our freedom, and we are on the verge of being enslaved under Obama’s socialist Muslim inclinations, we must take our fight to a new level. Tea partiers, bikers, construction workers, police officers, school teachers, farmers, truckers, clergy, housewives, husbands, students, doctors, lawyers and all elements of our society who see our nation slipping away into the abyss, must now stand tall and descend on the capital, much like the Egyptians recently did in ousting another radical Muslim, their then president Mohammed Morsi. If the Egyptians can seek to rid their country of the poison of the Muslim Brotherhood without any real history of democracy, then we Americans, who know what democracy is and have practiced it prior to the ascension of the great usurper, can and must succeed.”

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A Texas judge puts the blame squarely on Tea Party Republican rhetoric for his decision to run for re-election as a Democrat in a campaign video he released on Sunday.

“Rational Republican beliefs have given way to ideological character assassination,” Bexar County Judge Carlo Key says in the video, over shots of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and other Republican lawmakers. “Pragmatism and principle have been overtaken by pettiness and bigotry. Make no mistake, I have not left the Republican party. It left me.”

“I will not be a member of a party in which hate speech elevates candidates for higher office, rather than disqualifying them” Key says. “I cannot place my name on the ballot for a political party that is proud to destroy the lives of hundreds of thousands of federal workers over the vain attempt to repeal a law that will provide healthcare to millions of people throughout our country.”

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Bill Maher “But, she’s (Michele Bachmann) not the only person in Washington who would be more comfortable on American Horror Story, in an interview this week, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia says he believes the devil is a real person, who’s running around getting people to not believe in God.  What can I say, I started to blush.  Blush and laugh, because reasonable people, you know them, they usually see Michele Bachmann as a total loon, but Scalia as a serious intellectual, when actually, they’re the exact same idiot.  Scalia says in the interview that he’s puzzled that the Devil is all over the New Testament but we don’t see him around any more.  Oh yea, back in the old days Satan was like Miley Cyrus’ tongue, he was everywhere.  But you know, this Devil not being around any more thing, it’s not something that puzzles me.  In fact, usually when I hear someone talking like this, it’s when I’m dropping change in their cup.  But, somehow the lack of Beelzebub sightings positively mystifies the leading legal mind in conservative America.  Scalia says (October 6, 2013) ‘In the Gospels, the Devil is doing all sorts of things.  He’s making pigs run off cliffs, he’s possessing people and what not.  And that doesn’t happen very much anymore.’  I kept waiting for the transcript to say ha ha, just bleeping with you.  Pigs running off cliffs?  Hey, leave the debt ceiling deniers out of this.  And what is Justice Scalia’s theory as to why we don’t see the Devil any more?  Is it the logical answer, that fictions like the Devil are in the Bible because it was written before the age of science, when humans didn’t know where the sun went at night, and is obviously a reflection of mankind’s thinking in his intellectual infancy?  Of course not, that makes sense.  What Scalia said about the Devil is ‘He used to be all over the New Testament…What happened to him?…He got wilier.’  Of course.  Wilier.  He may be evil, but he’s always looking to improve himself.  Antonin Scalia once said that people like him who adhere to traditional beliefs were quote regarded as simple-minded.  We are, he said, fools for Christ.  You know, whether you’re fools for Christ or cuckoo for Coco Puffs I really don’t care why someone acts like a fool, just that they do, and when they do we keep them away from decision making.  It would be one thing if Mr Scalia sold pizza for a living, but this is a man we go to to interpret our laws.  It’s like smelling a gas leak and calling an exorcist.  Antonin Scalia put George W Bush in the White House and he believes the Devil went down to Georgia.  He gets to decide when life begins and he thinks evil is a person, you know, like a corporation.  Here’s the problem with believing the Devil exists, it means you see the world divided into teams of good and evil and suspect the wiley one may be on the side of them.  And when you start see compromising with your opponents as a compromise with evil, well there’s your tea party.”

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But, first, here my take. It is the defining moment of a democracy when an outgoing leader celebrates the election of a new one, from the opposing party. Think of George H.W. Bush welcoming Bill Clinton, or Jimmy Carter doing the same for Ronald Reagan.

Across the world, this is the acid test of a real democracy. Mexicans will tell you that they knew that they had gotten there when their president, Ernesto Zedillo, after 70 years of one-party rule, allowed free elections and stood with the newly elected successor and affirmed his legitimacy.

The basic and powerful idea behind this ritual is that in a democracy, the process is more important than the outcome. If a genuine democratic process has been followed, we have to accept the results, regardless of how much we may dislike them.

The ultimate example of this in recent American history might be Al Gore’s elegant acceptance of the process


AL GORE, FORMER VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: While I strongly disagree with the court’s decision, I accept it.


ZAKARIA: Complicated, politicized, but utterly constitutional that put George W. Bush in the White House.

It must also have been very difficult for Richard Nixon to report the results of the 1960 election when John F. Kennedy won by a razor- thin margin and was marred by voter fraud, but he did. However much you dislike the outcome, you respect the democratic process.

That is what is at stake in Washington this week. The debate going on there was not trivial, not transitory and not about Obamacare. Whatever you think about the Affordable Care Act, it is a law that was passed by the House of Representatives, then the Senate, signed by the president, and then validated by the Supreme Court as constitutional.

That doesn’t mean it cannot be repealed. Of course it can be repealed, as can most laws. But to do so, you would need another piece of legislation, one that says quite simply “The Affordable Care Act is hereby repealed in its entirety” and that would have to then pass the House, the Senate and be signed into law by the president.

What you cannot do, what cannot be allowed to stand is the notion that if a group of legislators cannot convince a majority in both houses and the president to agree with them, would then shut down the government or threaten to default until they got their way. That is not democracy. That is extortion.

I would be happy to see President Barack Obama compromise on the budget, taxes, spending, even Obamacare, but he cannot compromise on the principle that the rules of democracy must be respected, whatever the outcome.

If Democrats had threatened to shut down the government or default on the debt to force the repeal of the Bush tax cuts or to defund the Iraq War, I would have hoped that President George Bush would have also been uncompromising.

America’s power and influence abroad derives in large measure from the strength of its democracy. And if politicians here start playing fast and loose with the rules, doing whatever it takes to get the results that they want, what does that say to people in Russia, Egypt, Iran, and Venezuela who get pious lectures on the rules of democracy from Americans?

It tells them that something is deeply rotten with the American system right now.

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From the June 4, 2013, edition of “Viewpoint.”

John Fugelsang:

I’m John Fuglesang and I’d like to appeal to all you kind Americans out there, and ask you to open your hearts and lend a hand to one of the most persecuted, oppressed and voiceless groups in all of America. Of course I’m talking about the tea party.

Recently, we learned that during its time when it was headed by Douglas Shulman, certain mid-level bureaucrats at the IRS office in Cincinnati targeted tea party groups unfairly. Now, I know this is shocking — the idea that something interesting could ever happen in Cincinnati. But tea partyers had to face the worst thing any decent American ever faced, my friends: increased, inconvenient amounts of paperwork to prove that groups holding signs saying “Impeach Obama” shouldn’t pay taxes because they’re obviously not political.

Now, this kerfuffle caused the tea party to experience the worst human-rights abuses since the Stark family went to that wedding on “Game of Thrones.”

Becky Gerritson, my friends, president of the Wetumpka, Alaska, tea party, said, “This is not an accident. This is a willful act of intimidation intended to discourage a point of view.”

Yes, the tea party was intimidated into complete silence to such an extent that the only place she was allowed to say this was before a committee of congressmen in front of millions of viewers on CSPAN, CNN and Fox News.

Now let me ask: How would you like it if the IRS wanted to know if you’d been cheating on your taxes, when all you did was carry around a big sign that said, “Taxes are a crime against humanity”?

It’s not right, and the tea party needs your help. They need 501(c)(4) tax-exempt status so they can hide the identities of their completely non-political donors; they need ink so they can keep on non-politically drawing Hitler mustaches on posters of Obama; and they need funds to buy vintage military outfits that best express the America they believe in — and they need a lot of money for that, because authentic Confederate soldier uniforms can get a little pricey.

But don’t take my word for it. Please listen to Lester Derndack, a tea party member who suffered the oppression of the Obama administration first-hand. Lester?

Frank Conniff as Lester Derndack: I applied for tax-exempt status from the IRS and was subjected to all sorts of abuse. I was given extra paperwork that I was forced to sign and spend the whole better part of an afternoon working on. And look at our Muslim president — he’s allowed to serve in office with only two birth certificates. Have you seen them things? I had a nightmare of copies and triplicates that took up an entire hour. I’m telling you, I do not recognize America anymore. Benghazi!

That is very brave, Lester. You’re proof that real teabaggers don’t choke. And there are millions more — exactly, completely like him.

So won’t you please help? These tea party members have been silenced and they now have no voice in society, as they’ve said thousands of times on the thousands of radio and cable TV shows they’ve appeared on relentlessly. These loyal patriots who only want to bring down our government and turn the country over to Wall Street oligarchs have been trying to scrimp and scrape by with only a few million-dollar contributions from billionaire, anonymous supporters like the Koch brothers.

Without your help, they might suffer the fate of Emerge America, a liberal group targeted by the IRS for being political, that was actually, really forced to disclose its donors and lose tax-exempt status, which still hasn’t happened to a single one of these tea party groups that shouldn’t pay taxes because they’re so not political.

Are you going to let the IRS get away, my friends, with breaking zero laws and ensuring people pay their taxes?

All of your contributions are tax-deductible. And remember: If you care about the tea party, do everything you can to impeach the president who appointed Douglas Shulman to run the IRS.

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Radio Show 10 Thursday May 2, 2013 9-10pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

I just got home from radio show number 10. It was a bit weird having someone else in the studio, but Caroline O’Connor was great.

Song before: Young Man Blues – The Who



From our small city to the great big world, these are the sounds of Burlington. Tonight I have Caroline O’Connor joining me in the studio. Here is a bit of her playing saxophone on WBKM, Burlington’s Kind of Music

1.) Intro – Caroline O’Connor
2.) Burlington VT (?) hidden song from Good Citizen soundtrack
3.) Hit – Blue Button
4.) I Need A Raise – The Cave Bees

Talked about seeing the Cave Bees do that song at Mardi Gras one year, on the 7 Days float. Talked about the rhythm section being the same for Bees and Blue Button, and said they were playing out, probably right when I was doing my show. Mentioned the Burlington song and set up the interview with Caroline. I have been playing the Vedora album, When Dusk Falls, song by song, week after week, in order. Tonight is show number 10, so it will be the last song. Next week I will start on New Appreciation for Sunshine and play it all the way through, over the next several weeks. I asked Caroline about how Vedora came to be, what they are doing now, and to tell me a bit about the Cush, since she plays on the album a bit. That’s her on sax for Roll Me. OK, it’s time to play the last song…

5.) Solution – Vedora
6.) One More Grave – The Contrarian
7.) Sun Going Down – The Tea Party

Talked about the Tea Party recording their debut album at White Crow Audio near Pine st, and a blisteringly loud show at Metronome. Talked about buying the new Contrarian album, and paying for the last one that I downloaded for free. It’s important to pay for music that moves you. Hmmm, Vedora. Talked about Sarah Sarah Emily Blacker winning the New England Music Awards Female Performer of the Year, and how she would be back in town July 12th for a CD release party.

8.) When I was New – Sarah Blacker
9.) Dark and Quirky – Jen Karson
10.) Jet Pilot High – The Red Telephone
11.) Burning Down the House – Rangers of Danger

Talked about Joe and the band recording live at Nectar’s. Talked about how Jet makes me soar. Talked about loving Dark and Quirky, and how good Arom Bedrosian is. Mentioned Sarah

Let’s do it again next week, shall we?



Song after: Heaven and Hell – The Who

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The organizers of American Crossroads hope to bring electoral victory to the Republican Party by defeating unelectable tea party candidates in GOP primary races. The new super PAC, called the Conservative Victory Project, will be run by American Crossroads president Steven Law and is supported by former Bush political adviser Karl Rove.

“There is a broad concern about having blown a significant number of races because the wrong candidates were selected,” Law told the New York Times on Saturday. “We don’t view ourselves as being in the incumbent protection business, but we want to pick the most conservative candidate who can win.”

The Victory Project plans to oppose candidates like Christine O’Donnell, Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock. Though running in places where Republicans were favored, the tea party-backed candidates lost the general election after defeating moderate Republicans in the primary. Many tea party candidates who were victorious in 2010, such as Allen West and Joe Walsh, also ended up being defeated by Democratic challengers in 2012.