As the mainstream media echo, without their own independent investigation and with dewy-eyed credulity, claims of African-American Democratic Congressmen that tea party activists hurled racial epithets at them as they marched to Congress to vote on the Democrats’ health care overhaul, it only makes sense that Barney Frank would join the victim crowd. Parading his sexuality as a way to win media attention, Barney too wants to be the victim of discrimination.
“Me too, me too, I’m suffering too, now put me in front of a camera so I can whine before a large audience and try to discredit the Tea Parties.”
But, Barney, you know, I have hard time believing you. You, who are so ready to lash out at Republicans, calling them racists, “homophobes” or just plain deluded men suffering from an unnamed psychological disorder. It fits your narrative to discredit the Tea Parties as harboring racists and gay-baiters. You need to see conservatives as hateful troglodytes so you can more readily dismiss our concerns. And ignore our arguments.
Yeah, we do have one corroborated report of someone yelling “faggot.” And that is indeed an ugly thing. But, when you grandstand on this, Barney, you only downplay the seriousness of anti-gay bigotry.
You’re not making an issue of it to show that such hate still exists, but for partisan purposes. Your allegations are a distraction to prevent people from looking at the statist provisions of the health care bill and to see instead the (supposed) bigotry of the opposition. Barney, as reader Rob Lorinov put it in a comment to a recent post, “just can’t deal with” criticism.
So, if you were subject to multiple anti-gay epithets, show us the video. That you find Tea Party protesters engaging in such activity fits too neatly with the narrative you want to peddle that we need evidence to substantiate your accusations. Alas that I don’t have the $10,000 Andrew Breitbart has to offer as a prize for proving that Tea Party protesters hurled this ugly epithets at you. If I did, I’d put it on the table.
As some of our readers may know, noting the superabundance of video cameras at the Tea Party protest outside the Capitol, including two men in the Democrats’ procession “carrying video cameras and holding them above the crowd“, has offered to donate $10,000 to the United Negro College Fund if someone can provide evidence that Tea Party protesters hurled racial slurs at African-American Congressmen. He doubts they’ll come forward:
It’s time for the allegedly pristine character of Rep. John Lewis to put up or shut up. Therefore, I am offering $10,000 of my own money to provide hard evidence that the N- word was hurled at him not 15 times, as his colleague reported, but just once. Surely one of those two cameras wielded by members of his entourage will prove his point.
And surely if those cameras did not capture such abhorrence, then someone from the mainstream media — those who printed and broadcast his assertions without any reasonable questioning or investigation — must themselves surely have it on camera. Of course we already know they don’t. If they did, you’d have seen it by now.
And we’d have seen it by now if there were video of protesters hurling anti-gay epithets at the unhappy Barney Frank who believes only Democrats have the right to toss mean-spirited barbs at their ideological adversaries. After all, that is, his stock in trade.
Simply put, Barney Frank and his fellow Democrats (as well as their allies in the MSM) wish to discredit the Tea Party movement as filled with angry bigots. But, let me tell you something, as a gay man who has attended four such protests, self-identifying as gay each time, I haven’t had any problem there. The protesters there are concerned with big government and favor individual freedom. They don’t bear any particular animus against gay people. As our readers can attest. I’m not the only gay man — or lesbian — who has been so welcomed at the Tea Parties.
It’s time for Barney Frank to let go of his prejudices about activist conservatives, stop whining and to take his ideological adversaries’ arguments more seriously. But, I doubt he’ll do that. It’s easier to call them names–and level baseless accusations.