From the California Progress Report:
Posted on 02 December 2010
By Dean Preston
Judson Phillips, President of “Tea Party Nation,” recently stated that restricting voting to property owners “makes a lot of sense.” Phillips’ comments about disenfranchising tenants were shocking, even coming from the Tea Party.
Phillips made the comment in his weekly Tea Party radio program on November 16, 2010:
“The Founding Fathers originally said, they put certain restrictions on who got the right to vote. It wasn’t you were just a citizen and you automatically got to vote. Some of the restrictions, you know, you obviously would not think about today. But one of them was you had to be a property owner. And that makes a lot of sense, because if you’re a property owner you actually have a vested stake in the community. And if you’re not a property owner, you know, I’m sorry but property owners have a little bit more of a vested stake in the community than non-property owners do.”
Over 95 million Americans rent their homes. Renters are one third of the U.S. population. In the 18th Century, states restricted voting to property owners, but these restrictions were phased out in the early 19th Century.
Phillips owes tenants an apology, both in writing and on his radio program. His support for the disenfranchisement of tenants is appalling. We are increasingly witnessing an era in which right-wing extremists will say anything to spark division and controversy.
Adele M. Stan – Tea Party Inc.: The Big Money and Powerful Elites Behind the Right Wing’s Latest Uprising
The Tea Parties are billed as a people’s movement. But they wouldn’t exist without the help of deep-pocketed billionaires.
October 24, 2010
Photo Credit: YieldMedia.org/The Nation Institute
This article was reported in collaboration with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute.
Win or lose, the Tea Party movement will come away from next week’s elections triumphant, having injected into the Republican Party a group of candidates pledged to the dismantling of government and wed to the religious right. Of the movement’s dozen favored candidates for U.S. Senate, all are anti-abortion, and five oppose it even in cases of rape and incest. Among their number are Colorado’s Ken Buck, who has compared homosexuality to alcoholism, and Nevada’s Sharron Angle, who wants to demolish both the Department of Education and the Environmental Protection Agency. Major GOP players, from political strategist Karl Rove to former Bush speechwriter David Frum, have fretted publicly over Tea Party extremism, with Frum complaining of the movement’s “paranoid delusions.”
AlterNet – Corporate Cash Secretly Funneled to Extremist Tea Party Candidates Who Want to Outlaw Abortion — Even Contraception
Thanks to the disastrous Citizens United decision, corporate interests are funding candidates that support ultra-right wing causes without having to disclose.
October 16, 2010
What’s the connection between the personhood of a fertilized egg and the personhood of corporations?
Both can and will undermine the fundamental rights of women.
On January 21st of this year, perhaps in some cosmically ironic sense a day before the 37th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court handed down a decision on the Citizens United case.
In the 5 to 4 opinion, the Court held that:
Political spending is a form of protected speech under the First Amendment, and the government may not keep corporations or unions from spending money to support or denounce individual candidates in elections. While corporations or unions may not give money directly to campaigns, they may seek to persuade the voting public through other means, including ads, especially where these ads were not broadcast.
Corporations can take money, funnel money, and use money to their political advantage in campaigns for U.S. elected offices and…they do not have to disclose a dime.
From Democracy NOW!:
Less than two weeks before the midterms elections, the NAACP has published a new report that exposes what is calls links between various Tea Party organizations and racist hate groups in the United States. The report, Tea Party Nationalism, analyzes each of the six most active Tea Party organizations in the country and describes links between Tea Party factions and various white supremacist groups, anti-immigrant organizations and militias. We speak with Benjamin Todd Jealous, the president and CEO of the NAACP; and one of the authors of the report, Leonard Zeskind, the president of the Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights.