April 14, 2010, - 12:53 pm

Tea Parties Host Open Anti-Semite, Nazi Defender, Israel Hater

By Debbie Schlussel

I’ve told you about anti-Semitic Michigan Tea Party speaker Emily Zanotti, a lunatic stalker who praised Muslim Holocaust denial and anti-Semitic death, rape, and torture threats.  And yesterday, I told you about Michigan Tea Party Express speaker Mike Cox, sleazebag and Islamo-panderer extraordinaire.  He was featured at every Michigan Tea Party event over the weekend, and is wasting hundreds of thousands of tax dollars to aid extremist Muslims. And then there was the Tea Party event at the conservative CPAC conference, of which Islamofascist Grover Norquist was an embraced sponsor.

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Jew-Hating, Nazi-Praising Tea Party Star Jim Traficant

Tomorrow, open anti-Semite, Nazi defender, and Israel hater Jim Traficant (ne Traficante) is a featured, invited speaker at the Tea Party events throughout Ohio, this week–including events in CanfieldSpringboro, and Warren, among others.   (Ironically, Traficant dropped out of the Springboro event because the organizer called Hispanics “Spicks” on Twitter–he approves bigotry against Jews, but not Hispanics).  And he’s been a Tea Party speaker before, in 2009.

Tiny detail:  he’s also a convicted felon.  As an elected official, Traficant accepted bribes and illegally forced his tax-paid Congressional staff to do work on his house, his farm, and his boat.  Moreover, Traficant has spent years defending and enabling Nazi war criminals living in our midst.  Yup, that’s exactly what you want as a featured speaker at Tea Parties . . . a convicted felon who criminally wasted taxpayer dollars on himself, for his own personal benefit.  And bonus:  he hates Jews and say “THE JOOOOS” are to blame for his criminal conviction.  But no worries, Traficant was cheered and welcomed at a 912 Tea Party event in Ohio in September 2009.

On TV and radio appearances, Traficant has repeatedly blamed “the Jews” and Israel for his conviction and sentence in federal prison.  That’s an interesting conspiracy theory.  Uh-huh, THE JOOOOS forced him to accept bribes from non-Jews.  Yeah, THE JOOOS forced him to force his tax-paid Congressional staff to spend their time as his own personal “Extreme Makeover:  Home Edition” crew.  Oh, and by the way, a completely gentile jury convicted this scumbag.  But THE JOOOOS hypnotized them into it, right?

Since the Tea Parties in Ohio openly embrace this known anti-Semite, Israel-hater, bribe-taker, and tax-defrauding criminal, I must come to the conclusion that this is what the Tea Parties stand for.  If they did not, they would reject Traficant and boo him.  Instead, he’s a warmly embraced repeat headliner at their events.

When Tea Partiers claim they are unfairly libeled and slandered for being anti-Semitic, they might try looking at who their speakers are and ask themselves why they continue not just to allow this . . . but to enthusiastically cheer Jew-haters and Islamo-panderers.

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By the way, the following people are scheduled to appear on stage with Traficant.  Apparently, they think Jew-hatred is okay, or they’d have nothing to do with him:

Dan Rivers, a talk-show host for 570 AM WKBN radio, will emcee and speak.

Others scheduled to speak at the event: Donald K. Allen and Bill Johnson, both Republican candidates for the 6th Congressional District; Dan Moadus, a Democratic candidate for the 17th Congressional District; ex-U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr.; grocery store owner Henry Nemenz; Columbiana County Republican Chairman Dave Johnson; and Larry Everly, a tanning-salon owner.

And these people shared the stage with the Jew-hater and convicted felon on Saturday:

Some of the speakers were Judge Colleen Mary O’Toole; Sandra O’Brien who is campaigning for Ohio secretary of state; Jim Graham, who is hoping to run against Rep. Tim Ryan for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 17th District; and ex-U.S. Rep. Jim Traficant.

Tea Party activists and conservatives claim you “can’t define the Tea Parties.” I’m not so sure about that. I think the Tea Parties are easily defined: masses of people with zero backbone, who openly cheer anti-Semites, Israel-haters, and Islamo-panderers.

And that’s damn frightening.

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68 Responses

Hi Debbie,

I used to like Traficant. I would see him on the news making his “beam me up” statements proclaiming how absurd Washington spending levels were. Since then, I have discovered news sources such as your blog that actually dig a little deeper and report reality. Unfortunately, most Americans (Repubs, Dems and others) don’t want to hear about reality. I know, because I used to be one of them.

– David W.

David on April 14, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    Well, you almost had it right. Yes, we detest jews as much as they detest Jesus. No, on the pandering. We want you both out of our Christian country, equally.

    JesusChristTheLord on April 3, 2011 at 12:44 pm

‘Traficante’ means drug dealer in Spanish I believe. LOL

roger on April 14, 2010 at 1:47 pm

I live in Youngstown, and this man is an embarrassment. People here embrace this vile piece of filth, and it makes me sick to live here — it’s a pathetic union enclave … plans are in motion for me to move south.

I think I’ll head to the Canfield tea party with a gigantic “I STAND WITH ISRAEL” sign.

V: Good for you. We need more independent thinkers like you. DS

Vince on April 14, 2010 at 2:12 pm

In other words, the conservative mindless lumpenpoletariat with no principles who will embrace any one and any thing to get back into power. So why should the views of the speakers they hear at “Tea Party” rallies concern them? The details can take care of themselves after they’re back in office. Of course no one asks what a conservative movement devoid of principles and ethics would make the country look like the day after. Count me out for I’m not interested in a right-wing version of the corrupt rule the Democrats have imposed upon the country. Two evils do not make a right – at time when America needs to find the way back to fight evil and to do good. That’s not too much to ask and the Tea Party is not providing the country with the moral compass it so badly needs.

NormanF on April 14, 2010 at 2:14 pm

Debbie,

You’re right its damn frightening. Do we really want that to become a bipartisan consensus in the country? It makes one wonder for the conservative future in the United States. Its bad enough we have Al Qaeda Democrats. The last thing on earth we need is CAIR Republicans who think they’re not doing a good enough job of appeasing America’s enemies.

NormanF on April 14, 2010 at 2:19 pm

I do not like Sarah Palin at all and I am not getting involved with the “tea parties” either. I still get their emails just to see what is going on locally. I am an independent voter and I want nothing to do with ex-con Congressmen of either party and silly “girls” from Alaska who act and speak like they ought to be on a TV sit-com…. WITH CANNED LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE!

Sewsalot on April 14, 2010 at 2:23 pm

Deb, you agree with Janeane Garofalo? Good for you!

NB: I loathe Janeane Garofalo. If she criticized the Tea Parties for hosting anti-Semitic speakers, then she is a hypocrite for not doing the same with the anti-Semites on the left. Unlike her, I am consistent. I criticize Jew-haters on any side of the ideological divide. DS

Norman Blitzer on April 14, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    NB – regarding Janeane Garofalo

    Even a broken clock is right twice a day

    I_AM_ME on April 14, 2010 at 5:50 pm

Sometimes the Tea Party can look look less organized than ObamaCare. Basically a Fluster Cluck – Politics just clawing their way into the hen house. The November vote is going to be a nuke-a-ler meltdown one way or another.

PoserIndex.com on April 14, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    That’s custer fluck.

    Bill on April 14, 2010 at 4:38 pm

You continue to be a lone voice of inspiration on the right. On Twitter, I’ve been consistently asking why aren’t more of the Palin/Beck/TeaParty worshiping crowd speaking out and strongly condemning this. Most of them seem to be rationalizing and excusing this by saying there’s antisemites in every crowd. I guess their group-think mob mentality collectivist mindset is more important to them than having any sort of real principles in which to stand.

D: Their absurd excuses and attempts to ignore this are the same we heard from the left and the Obama camp about Rev. Wright. Yes, there are anti-Semites in every crowd. And some crowds are welcoming them with warm embraces. That says they are not just on the fringes, but representative of the crowd. DS

David on April 14, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Yup – and the worst thing about a crowd is there’s no conscience and no sense of responsibility. They are swayed solely by emotion. If there’s one on either side of the political divide that has denounced anti-Semitism, intolerance and hatred – its not in evidence. Mere numbers do not in and of themselves produce reason, let alone moral goodness. What’s needed are individuals to take a stand. But when people palm it off to others, no one does anything and the cancer grows and spreads. And that’s not good news.

    NormanF on April 16, 2010 at 4:58 am

Some are taking you post to mean all tea parties members support Anti-Semite ideas. Nor do all support pro Nazi defenders, nor are we Israel haters.

DB: Wow, where were all of these excuses when it was Obama and the other congregants of Rev. Wright? Sorry, but they should be less worried about what I say than about their silence on this. Remember, only 20% of Germans supported the Nazis. DS

David Brown on April 14, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    What excuses..have I made on behalf of Obama and Rev. Wright?

    You have no idea what I think or have done. Another example of lumping everyone together.

    DB: Clearly you have reading comprehension and premature articulation problems. RIF-Reading is Fundamental. Where did I say you made excuses on behalf of Obama and Wright? I asked you why you didn’t, since you are doing the same with Traficant, the Tea Parties’ Rev. Wright. I haven’t seen a single thing you’ve done against the Tea Party embrace of Traficant. What have you done exactly, other than tolerate it and make excuses? Please tell us. I doubt you’ve done anything other than express your faux-indignation on this site. But I know what you think, since you’ve expressed it on this site. You’ve made excuses for the Tea Parties and tolerate their embrace of Traficant. You deserve to be lumped as you continue to blindly defend the Tea Party movement and tolerate its promotion of Traficant. Like I said, same with the Germans. It’s why the Third Reich came to power. DS

    David Brown on April 14, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Debbie is right. I don’t like what I’m hearing.

    What Debbie doesn’t say is all the “good” Germans who knew what the Nazis were and what they represented but could never find in themselves to unite against them and make it clear such views had no place in German society. In other words, silence is an implicit form of agreement to, if not consent to the speakers’ views. So why not exclude types like Traficant from the Tea Parties, if you do find his views abhorrent. And if not silence, then the warm welcome for folks like him is a sign that you no longer find such views extreme, that they are in fact completely acceptable on the Right. So when it comes to anti-Semitism, bigotry and intolerance, I’m against it no natter what quarter it puts in an appearance. And the excuses for it hold no truck with me.

    NormanF on April 16, 2010 at 5:06 am

Last year many of us booed Congressman Gresham Barrett and turned our backs toward him as he addressed the crowd in Greenville, South Carolina. For those who have to put up with Traficant in Ohio I suggest doing the same to him.

Steve Haynie on April 14, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    I live in Greenville, SC and that one went over my head! Please inform me what did he do to get you to turn your back on him. I ask because I know people who love him and I’d like to be able to discourage them if he is anti-Israel.

    Zippy on April 14, 2010 at 7:54 pm

“I think the Tea Parties are easily defined: masses of people with zero backbone, who openly cheer anti-Semites, Israel-haters, and Islamo-panderers.”

You couldn’t be more wrong. You are painting with an awfully broad brush. I think it is fairer to say that THESE particular Ohio Tea Parties have a problem. I live in Florida and have been to two and I saw no Jew-bashing nor anti-Israel speech, signs, posters, etc. I can only speak for the two I attended and I can tell you the participants were fed-up with the anti-Semite in the White House. We want our country back and don’t want to see it turned into a Socialist third world country. I find your generalization offensive. Were there voters back in Nov 2008 who did not vote for BO solely because he was Black? By your logic, the US is a racist country. I expected better of you Debbie.

M: Ah, another apologist for the Tea Parties’ Rev. Wright. By your logic, I should have looked the other way on Rev. Wright and his association with Obama. Thanks for letting us know you will embrace anyone and anything to overcome Obama. Wanna find offensive, look in the mirror . . . and on stage at the Tea Parties in Ohio. Instead of attacking me, you should be speaking out against him and the Tea Parties’ embrace of him. But you refuse to do so. DS

Marianne on April 14, 2010 at 3:26 pm

There is no doubt that the Conservatives have the better ideas these days, so it is very important to weed the Conservatives out that fuse good ideas with hate. We can not be a one issue political force that is oblivious to other issues. Understanding economics does not mean Mob Anarchy. Understanding economics means a free market, a free lifestyle and enough common sense and backbone to call those on our side out when they are wrong. Freedom without accountability for abuse is what put Obama in office to start with. for certain the changes were what got us here in the end, but we need to get our tent in order so when we return to prudent ideas the crazies are not given a foundation to grab absolute power.

Noah David Simon on April 14, 2010 at 3:46 pm

Tea Party – turning into a Sheep Party where they will all vote Republican when told to do so by their masters. Just take a look at their speakers, there are way too many faux-conservatives. Palin (R) for example supported McCain wholeheartedly, which makes her appearance at Tea Party events very strange because she seems to be the antithesis of this new movement.

An aside about Palin. It has been hard for me to listen to her speak, and I finally figured out why. Just compare Palin’s voice to Shrillary’s and you will see what I mean. Ouch, they are both grating and hard on the ears. Send them both to Gitmo to get the muzzies to talk (lol).

Jarhead on April 14, 2010 at 3:59 pm

The odds of Palin and Beck speaking out against anti-Semites at the Tea Parties are nil. They are in the business of making money for themselves.

And don’t expect Fox News to do the same. Their Saudi prince won’t allow them too.

Neo-Nazis symphathizers are in the Tea Party movement. Just listen to the crowd cheer and clap when a speaker makes anti-Semitic remarks.

The true colors of the Tea Party movement has reared its ugly head.

Antoinette on April 14, 2010 at 4:03 pm

I am a Tea Party Patriot, and I condemn and denounce this man and those who support him. I think, if you took a poll, you’d find that the vast majority of this movement agrees with me.

D: Not the majority in Ohio who invited Traficant and cheered him on at every stop. What is unique and different about Ohio Tea Partiers from other states? Nothing. DS

Dan on April 14, 2010 at 4:04 pm

Just in case anybody wonders where the aptly-named Traficante got his campaign money in the old days before they shipped him off to the slammer, I saw him on some TV cable program decades ago sitting at the blab table of a Q&A session somewhere in front of a roomful of his Dearbornistan campaign donors along with two fellow congressmen who were also recipients of the same largesse. The questions, put one after the other by either Arabs or gringo lefties, were really rants about how soon the U.S. was going to turn on Israel. Traficante and cohort tried to suck up to the crowd and sound forceful about it being time for justice in the Middle East and all that claptrap, but that only got the crowd mad when one of the others said that he wouldn’t outrightly advocate the annihilation of Israel. What finally shut Traficante up and the session down was when some old guy with a heavy accent, obviously Palestinian or Syrian, shouted, “I want to know when we’re gonna get something for all the money I’ve been giving you guys?!” His sin was not to ask the question, but to put the 3 sleazes on the spot by asking it in front of the cameras for all the world to see. The sleazoids stopped breathing for a spell after that one, and then only one of the other guys, not Traficante, stiffly replied to the effect that it would never be American policy to dump Israel. The room went impotently wild over that one, which was a pleasure to see, but it was also fun to watch Traficante squirm over the indirect revelation that he was getting serious “campaign money” from this ilk.

WRF: You are correct. Traficant got a ton of money from Arab Muslims. Would love to see that video! Sounds familiar. DS

W.R. Fawn on April 14, 2010 at 4:31 pm

At this point Tea Party is equal to Republican Party.

I don’t see a lot of difference, if any between the two groups.

Bill on April 14, 2010 at 4:41 pm

If Grover Nordquist was such an anti-semite. why does an orthodox Jew like Michael Medved, interview him on his radio show? I don’t tell me Medved is ignorant or doesn’t care or not much of a Jew. I know Michael Medved because I went to Israel on one of his trips. He’s very Jewish.

FK: Wow, you are incredibly gullible. Medved is a liberal who supports illegal alien amnesty, hates “right wing talk radio,” says conservatives are “angry,” and called me “despicable” for being the first to write about Obama’s Muslim family back in 2006. Medved was in bed with criminal Jack Abramoff and his friend, Grover Norquist, for many years. He knows all about who they are, but doesn’t care, because he’s a fraud and whore just like they are. The same goes for Medved’s partner in crime and Grover enabler, Rabbi Daniel Lapin, also in bed with Jack Abramoff’s scams. Lapin and Medved were kicked out of their California synagogue, after they repeatedly ripped off the congregants, and got sued by them. WAKE. THE. HECK. UP. DS

FrenchKiss on April 14, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    CHABAD Rabbis are “very Jewish,” too, but they post an AP propaganda piece prominently on one of their websites.
    http://chabadworld.net/page.asp?pageID=5FDEBEC1-3FA2-4D13-BEA4-1B26DFD511F1

    Your argument that just because someone believes one thing, they can’t be fooled by someone who believes the opposite, is a very silly argument.

    yonason on April 14, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    It is a major disappointment to me that I have to be out of town on May 16 when Medved will be onstage debating with Daniel Pipes & John Podhoretz at the Dallas JCC. I will have to miss seeing his loathsome, bass-ackwards claque among the local Jews tut-tut the other two guys, who will wipe the floor with him, I’m sure.

    WRF: Pipes who believes that Muslims are moderate and that Islam is not radical, just these fictional “Islamists”? Pipes who promotes fraud and Israel hater, Mohammed Zuhdi Jasser as a moderate Muslim? No thanks. Sounds like a debate between a-holes, where you wish both sides would lose. DS

    W.R. Fawn on April 16, 2010 at 1:12 pm

DS:

You are mistaken about “only 20% of Germans supported the Nazis.” In the last two parliamentary elections under the Weimar Republic, the Nazis received 35%-38% of the popular vote and gained the largest party representation in the Reichstag.

It was these showings combined with the refusal of the Communist Party, acting under direction from the USSR, to engage in a coalition government with the centrist parties that led to the accession of Hitler to power.

Contrary to what you want to believe, Hitler and his guys were pretty popular by the time of the Nazi accession to power.

CR: Thanks for the incorrect correction, but the fact is that at the beginning, only 20% of Germans supported them. Then, later on they gained power and support. DS

Charles Rector on April 14, 2010 at 4:43 pm

WTF is going on in Ohio? Why would they put Traficant on a stage? Is the organizer his wigmaker? Congrats Ohio you may have given the left the ammo they need to break this party apart. I urge all Ohioans to protest him being there. He isn’t one of us, he’s the type of corruption we’re protesting about! Thank you Debbie for bringing this to light. I only hope it doesn’t derail the conservative movement.

flinnie on April 14, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Agreeing with Flinnie here…who didn’t do their homework in Ohio?

The TEA Party’s Ohio contingent better boot this Trafficant.

P. Aaron on April 14, 2010 at 5:04 pm

This is not good. What has happened is that the anti-Obama forces have taken their eyes off the ball and are positioning themselves to be led by whoever unsavory character charms them the best. If this continues, the conservative portion of the electorate risks an implosion. If the Tea Party is going to be a real voice, then it better define itself and rid the quacks. It has already knocked out the RINOs. Now it needs to say no to the Islamo and anti-Semitic scumbags.

Not Ovenready on April 14, 2010 at 5:11 pm

You are doing the right thing by criticizing the tea parties as you have. The anti-Semitic speakers, and the others’ tolerance of them is indefensible.

At the same time, I am disappointed at the way things have developed. There is certainly a need for a grass-roots movement that protests against the financial excesses of the Government, and it is unfortunate that this co-option has taken place as you have described, by these creeps, and the other opportunists, and it is unfortunate that the followers and grass-roots people have so little ability to critically evaluate politicians in their totality.

The tragedy is that there is a need for a tea-party movement without the opportunists, anti-Semites and unthinking followers. If circumstances such as those we face in our country today can’t give rise to such a movement, I am more and more pessimistic about the chances of such a movement arising in the near future, and would have to lean more and more towards a pessimistic forecast for the turn of events in the US.

The Republicans are worthless as you’ve pointed out; it will be beyond imagination if they actually help Obama pass the nuclear surrender agreement, but it looks as though that may happen.

Little Al on April 14, 2010 at 6:23 pm

Debbie,

I’m not a Tea Party member,but if half of what your saying is true,then I think that the Tea Parties might have a problem. While they raise legitimate issues,they won’t taken seriously by anyone unless they get rid of those like Traficant who make them look bad. They’d be fools not to.

Ghostwriter on April 14, 2010 at 6:28 pm

The tea-parties are full of nuts. Glen Beck being one of them, and Sara Palin who loves to spout one liners to listeners who cannot understand an educated dialog. I am surprised that Glen Beck has not tried to educate all Jews in the religion of Latter Day Saints who believe they need to convert all Jews to Mormonism and in proxy baptize them into the Church. UGG!!!!!!!
It’s hard to listen to these so called Conservatives. Every Jew including me needs to stand up and make our voices heard, that we will not put up in any way anti-Semitic remarks from anyone, not just the nuts on the far right.

Susan Fuentes on April 14, 2010 at 6:30 pm

Over here in Pennsylvania the anti-semites, racists, and other loons are NOT welcome. If you’re one of them, stay home. If you express those types of sentiments you WILL be asked to leave.

Jennifer on April 14, 2010 at 8:32 pm

I’ve seen it all before. A grass roots effort arises to “throw the bums out” and next thing you know the bums are running the show. Professional politicians eat amateurs for breakfast.

Brian on April 14, 2010 at 8:42 pm

CHABAD Rabbis are “very Jewish,” too, but they post an AP propaganda piece prominently on one of their websites.
http://chabadworld.net/page.asp?pageID=5FDEBEC1-3FA2-4D13-BEA4-1B26DFD511F1

Your argument that just because someone believes one thing, they can’t be fooled by someone who believes the opposite, is a very silly argument.

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WTF? That article has nothing to do with anti-semitism. Care to post another non-sequitor?

Really, why would a observantly Jewish well-educated man like Medved associate with Nordquist? You think Medved is being fooled by Nordquist, I seriously doubt it. Your argument that a Jew of Medved’s caliber can be fooled by an anti-semite doesn’t hold water. Try again.

FK: Wow, you are incredibly gullible. Medved is a liberal who supports illegal alien amnesty, hates “right wing talk radio,” says conservatives are “angry,” and called me “despicable” for being the first to write about Obama’s Muslim family back in 2006. Medved was in bed with criminal Jack Abramoff and his friend, Grover Norquist, for many years. He knows all about who they are, but doesn’t care, because he’s a fraud and whore just like they are. The same goes for Medved’s partner in crime and Grover enabler, Rabbi Daniel Lapin, also in bed with Jack Abramoff’s scams. Lapin and Medved were kicked out of their California synagogue, after they repeatedly ripped off the congregants, and got sued by them. WAKE. THE. HECK. UP. DS

FrenchKiss on April 14, 2010 at 9:04 pm

Obama is the biggest Hater of Jews in America

M: What the heck does that have to do with the Tea Parties featuring an open Jew Hater as their speaker? Sorry, but only an idiot or a fraud would excuse that by citing Obama. You clearly don’t give a damn about Obama’s feelings toward the Jews, since you clearly don’t have a problem with Traficant’s open hatred of Jews. Wake the heck up. DS

michelleann on April 14, 2010 at 9:43 pm

Obama will be the killer of the jews they are f**ked!

E: Foul-mouthed idiot, I had to edit your comment. Clearly, you Tea Partiers don’t have sentiments any different from what you pawn off on Obama, since you endorse Traficant and feature him as a speaker at Tea Parties all over Ohio. Sorry, but your two wrongs make a right BS is ridiculous. And watch your mouth. You stay classy. DS

ehehe on April 14, 2010 at 10:23 pm

Excellent post, Debbie.

Right-wing anti-Semites are no better than are the Left-wing ones. In order for a Tea Party movement to be legitimate, it must not feature anyone who is anti-Semitic in one form or another–which includes being anti-Israel and pro-its enemies as well as openly hating the Jewish people. If a Tea Party movement features even one such person, let alone more, then it is illegitimate and is no better than Obama and Co. and his/their anti-Semitism. Unfortunately, as Debbie has shown both in this and other posts, more than one Tea Party movement has featured such people as a part of their movement, and it is therefore illegitimate, and will continue to be so unless/until they stop doing it.

JeffE on April 14, 2010 at 11:05 pm

@ Henry at 11:49pm.

Would it be okay to be loyal to G-d?

How about reading Genesis 12:1-5 and Zechariah 12:9?

JeffE on April 14, 2010 at 11:58 pm

What you dont understand is that most right wing people hate everyone who is not like them. Jews most certainly included. Even Michael Steele is viewed with scorn.

Aussie Craig on April 15, 2010 at 1:00 am

    @ Aussie Craig – if you are an Aussie, how could you possibly know what conservative America is all about? Conservatives here consist of all kinds of Americans, which include people from diverse religious backgrounds. I don’t think there are more than a handful of muslims, fortunately. We also include and have people from every habitable continent on earth.

    AC – I think one of the major differences between conservatives and liberals (also known as commies, socialists, morons, …) in the U.S. is that conservatives don’t hate themselves for who they are. They celebrate their achievements and victories. Liberals hate themselves for who they are and want to make everyone else feal guilty about themselves. This probably comes from their white guilt associated with the Democrat Party’s support of slavery during the Civil War, among other bigoted ideals they have.

    Jarhead on April 15, 2010 at 11:18 am

[@ Henry at 11:49pm.

Would it be okay to be loyal to G-d?

How about reading Genesis 12:1-5 and Zechariah 12:9?

JeffE on April 14, 2010 at 11:58 pm]

1)America is not a theocracy.

2)Read the NT and you’ll see that those beliefs in Genesis and Zechariah no longer apply.

Norman Blitzer on April 15, 2010 at 2:08 am

Actually Mr. Blitzer you are wrong. As a Christian, I listen and obey God first then civil authority. Those OT verses are still applicable today. Those promises concern Israel and Gods promises to them that they are His people. It is still true today!

holly on April 15, 2010 at 3:49 am

    @ Holly at 3:49 am:

    Thank you for your answer to Norman Blitzer. You are exactly correct in what you said.

    @ Norman Blitzer at 2:08 am:

    I would like to know: did you read Henry’s posts before Debbie deleted them? He made the dual loyalty canard against those Jewish Americans who dare speak out on behalf of Israel. I was responding to that. As for the part about Theocaracy and the NT, see Holly’s post below yours.

    In any event, and returning back to the topic of this post, I will make my own dual loyalty charge against those that deserve it:

    People like James Traficant, Grover Norquist, and other like-minded people on either the right or the left cannot be loyal to either the Neo-Nazis or the forces of Islamofascism on the one hand, and still on the other hand be loyal Americans. So they need to make a choice: either they are loyal to Neo-Nazis/Islamofascists, or they are loyal to America.

    JeffE on April 15, 2010 at 8:30 pm

Having a convicted criminal and anti-Semite as an honored quest and speaker really does undercut any credibility that the Tea Party Movement might have had. Mr. Traficant is a convicted felon and a notorious anti-Semite(longstanding)who Democrats rightly shunned. Now, this noxious weed is attempting a a political comeback as a born again populist. This act is about as credible as a prostitute impersonating a Carmelite Nun. The Tea Party is self-destrucing before our eyes, and it is of their own doing. It might have done postive things, but chose the gutter instead.

I hope that legitimate participants who are not Islamist leaning or anti-Semitic leave that organization. But, that does not mean that they should exit politics. Instead, hopefully the Tea Party fiasco will lead them to organize a less compromised coalition.

Worry01 on April 15, 2010 at 6:43 am

Hi Debbie, this is why tea parties are not ok – I saw this coming last year. if hannity, beck, palin, traficant and that MI lady on doing this. we should all take a good look at local talk show hosts ( like mine in the ohio valley ) who are pushing every listener to attend these silly and I mean silly “rallies”.

Are they anti semitic or not is the issue!

Guys, tea parties are not going to solve a thing. voting might…it seems like our votes are pointless, but, we still VOTE. forget these dumb-ss tea parties! forget them! do not attend. if and when violence is done at a tea party who gets blamed? everyone there!

Tea Parties are FOR SERFS!

LP on April 15, 2010 at 9:16 am

    my edit: “if hannity, beck, palin, traficant and that MI lady on doing this, then you know all should know its not something to get involved with”!

    its HUGE NO-GO!

    LP on April 15, 2010 at 9:20 am

(an outsider’s view here). I never heard of Jim Traficant before (I’m an American citizen living abroad, in Canada). According to a Wiki article, this obvious antisemite is a Democrat. But, I guess that’s not a problem for the Tea Party people (?). The whole idea of the “Tea Party” (even the name of this “movement”) makes me cringe. It’s like some populist movement which collects all sorts of political extremists, hangers-on, radical antisemites (whether right-wing, left-wing or Islamic), and it doesn’t seem to have ANY coherent “policies” (other than “let’s get the hate-on!”).

J.S. on April 15, 2010 at 11:34 am

    I would be interested to know how many Tea Party gatherings you have been to? It sounds like you are are making your claims by listening to the alphabet networks and their agenda tainted ‘reporting’. Don’t link what happened in Ohio to all Tea Party gatherings as most of them are true blue American as you can get and if you have a problem with that, then I would suggest you change your country of residence to N. Korea or China.

    D Lars on April 26, 2011 at 2:20 am

Traficants hair looks like he’s wearing a gray Star Wars helmet from the movie “Spaceballs”. Not trying to ignore his hater views, but his 1970’s haircut is hilarious.

Truth on April 15, 2010 at 12:15 pm

This reminds me of Little Green Footballs & Pam Geller.
Tea Partiers include such people & you have to decide if they are your party.
Are you prepared to cosy up to Ziotropic Christers who have Jews slated for conversion or death because they support Israel NOW?

Shit attracts flies.

dizzy on April 15, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Within the last year or so Traficant was released from the minimum security prison here in Rochester, Minnesota. Not one friend or supporter was there to meet him and Traficant had to take the Greyhound Bus home. I wouldn’t take this piece of bad hair too seriously.

A: So what? He now has many friends in the tea party movement. What happened months ago is irrelevant. DS

abobinmn on April 15, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Just returned from a Tea Party in Wisconsin, the rally itself of course dealt first with big goverment and constitutional issues, no politicians spoke, attendees were encouraged to make changes in their own political parties at the local level, modern socialism was denounced particularly the Nazis and Hiltler specifically, so as a passionate supporter of Israel, it is very odd to read this report regarding Ohio.

Felsen Stark on April 15, 2010 at 11:06 pm

Debbie

I’m glad to see somebody call out frauds like Michael Medved, Mark Levin, Michelle Malkin et al for being the frauds they are. Medved masquerades as someone who has things right on Muslims, but only when Robert Spencer is his guest; otherwise, he’s a champ dhimmi when it comes to excusing what Muslims do, particularly the people who run Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States, et al. On the Seattle jihadi Naveed Latif some years ago, Medved made it a point to mention that this Paki thug was Christian, which he wasn’t. And by being such a fervent supporter of Mel Gibson, he demonstrated that there can be Judeophobic Jews on the GOP side as well. Illegal immigration is not his worst sin – his worst sin is being a blind supporter of everything done by either Bush or the GOP part of the Congress.

I wouldn’t normally have a problems w/ that if it were just his views, but he also has that infuriating habit of condemning those who vote for third parties on principle, rather than hold their noses and vote for a GOP that they strongly disagree w/. He calls Libertarians Losertarians, but has never managed to explain how ‘Losertarians’ are better off by supporting GOP candidates who stand for everything they oppose.

I am unaware of Rabbi Lapin and what he’s done wrt these issues. Last time I heard him, he was urging that the only reason for US troops to be in Iraq would be to kill people & destroy property, which indeed is the only job of the military, not nation-building. Actually, for my support, it’s essential that any public figure explicitly names Muslims the enemy, and make it a point not to interfere in internecine Muslim conflicts, except maybe for the sake of prolonging them.

Infidel Pride on April 16, 2010 at 2:21 am

Also, just for the record, I support the Loyalist Party, not the Libertarians.

Infidel Pride on April 16, 2010 at 2:24 am

The Republican Party has a long history with Nazi war criminals, from smuggling them out of Europe after WWII, helping to bring them back into Europe when the furor died down after the feuhrer died down, to Nixon and his cronies bringing them into America illegally to help swing the vote in his favor, under the guise of “Heritage Groups.”
By granting these groups a means of entry and economic viability here, the Nixonites insured that the Heritage Groups (EuroFascists) would vote Republican, just as the Dems are doing with their amnesty approach toward Mexican illegal immigrants and pandering to Muslims:
It’s all about winning elections.

It is true that there are some distasteful elements about the Tea Party rallies, including the abject attempt of the Republican NeoCon (NeoLib PseudoCon) attempt to claim it as their own, but, please, dear Constitutional attorney, please tell me who else in America is even mentioning the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, much less insisting upon a return to it?

There are “white separatist” groups all across America, including the disgusting “White Aryan Resistance” Jew-haters, who are right about one thing:
If we concede the Constitution as being dead, then we have conceded power to the enemy, and we have absolutely no right to piss and moan about government tyranny, whether it come from PseudoCon Republicans or Bolshevik Democrats.

Enough with the nit-picking:
It’s the Constitution, Stupid.

efffrem on April 16, 2010 at 12:19 pm

I just discovered opened up a secret government archive where I found out the following factoids about Traficant’s wig:

1. It is cleverly shaped that way in order to hide the fact that he is actually a mutant conehead who escaped from the brig of an alien spacecraft during the early afternoon of February 29, 1977 somewhere in Dearbornistan; and

2. The intensity of the “I like Arab money” zeta waves emanating from his constricted, pointy braincase has caused his eyes to bulge and cross slightly over time; and

3. He has to wear such a noticeable hairpiece in order to divert attention from the way his politics have herpes.

NEED I SAY MORE???!!!

W.R. Fawn on April 16, 2010 at 1:01 pm

As a proud American Jewish,pro-Zionist woman who has attended several Tea Parties and has been a member of the Minutemen border security movement for 5 years, I can tell you firsthand that I have heard no anti-semitism, no anti-black and no anti-hispanic feelings among my fellow patriots. I am a former NYer who now lives in Wa State. I have lived in both urban and now rural America.What I have heard in rural America is some people asking me about the Jewish tendency to vote liberal. I have been asked this many times and it is something I ask myself as well. When asked this by others, it is asked in an honest and curious manner.The questioner frequently informs me that they support Israel and that they truly don’t understand why the majority of Jews would vote for Obama. As in all walks of life, I am sure there are some among the Minutemen and the Tea Party patriots who are anti-semitic, rascist, etc. but this is in no way prevalent among these groups. Please don’t bastardize these movements that work(volunteer) hard to bring rule of law and the Constitution back to America. In fact, it would do us(America/Israel/Jews) good to have many more Jews walk side by side with other patriotic Americans in defense of America and Israel. I can guarantee that if you carry an American and Israeli flag, you will receive positive feedback and support. It saddened me recently to see an anti-illegal immigration rally organized by neo-nazi’s. We cannot and should not allow these monsters to be the face of the border security movement! As with the Tea Partiers, the vast majority of Minutemen I’ve met are very well educated, hardworking and law abiding citizens. They only want an end to political corruption, cronyism, big government and want to uphold the Constitution and rule of law regarding immigration. Debbie, I so enjoy your website but I ask you to please refrain from painting the Tea Party movement as anti-semitic. You are so knowledgeable about certain entities which are obviously trying to infiltrate the movement and it’s great to bring this to our attention so that we can combat this. This is an amazing grassroots movement which certainly needs to weed out the corrupt among us. We can only do that if people with your knowledge keep us informed and help us to do that. Rather than scare folks away from the Tea Party movement or reinforce their incorrect perceptions, please attend a rally. Bring the American and Israeli flag and you may well be pleasantly surprised.

M: Traficant is not an infiltrator. He was an invited speaker to almost every Tea Party in Ohio. DS

Mimi on April 18, 2010 at 7:58 pm

Traficant loves the Israeli supreme court. Seriously, he regularly compliments them on their impartiality. Really he does. Isn’t that nice?

BFD on April 24, 2010 at 10:09 am

Anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism are completely DIFFERENT!!!Traficante is a supporter of Isreal, but hates Jews…just like most right wing Christian evangelists…even though he’s a Catholic and a Democrat…he’s a right wing Democrat.

People on the Left that are critical of the racist, apartheid state of Isreal and Zionism are not anti-Semitic…get your facts straight, you blind supporters of anti-Arab racism and Islamophobia!!!! Islamophobes and anti-Semites are one in the same!!! Death to Nazis and Islamophobes…Jimbo is no exception!!!!

Milosevic on May 16, 2010 at 10:51 pm

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