If anyone thinks the crazies are limited to one political party, think again. Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida sent a campaign email yesterday to supporters with the following image: a burning cross acting as a “T” with the letters “ea Party” next to it – spelling Tea Party. He then proceeded to explicitly compare the Tea Party to the KKK.
Alan Grayson’s email is both shocking and instructive. After weeks of pure insanity from Tea Party republicans, resulting in the government shutdown and debt ceiling crisis, Grayson has come out of the woodwork as if to say “not so fast, we have crazies here on the democratic side too.”
See an image of the email below, via Dave Levinthal:
If you read the email, amazingly enough, Grayson actually makes some valid observations:
- “It is clear to people that the Republican party is on its way out . . . they simply won’t do anything useful for ordinary people.”
- Ordinary Americans are “appalled by the Tea Party’s tactics.”
- Ordinary Americans are “appalled by the enormous expense – that fact that this shutdown cost America $24 billion.”
Whether you agree with those statements or not, they are valid and perhaps sensible observations.
But Grayson goes on to say “the Tea Party is no more popular than the Klan” (directly below the picture of a burning cross). He further adds that the Tea Party “simply wants to bring about the End of Days, as quickly as possible.” All this in an email decrying the Tea Party for being extremists – go figure.
These types of statements are an appalling example of how both parties can attract people that are simply off the reservation.
The men and women we elect to lead our nation should be the best and brightest of our communities. But because of the petty and personal nature of politics today, all too often we wind up with the least worst alternative. And sometimes, pure crazies like Rep. Alan Grayson.
The state of American politics today is sad. Just. Plain. Sad.
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