Raw Journolist emails: Do Tea Party members ‘parallel’ Nazis?

Richard Yeselson
Aug 9, 2009, 9:14pm

They want a deficit driven militarist/heterosexist/herrenvolk state. Because remember: They also don’t want to pay any taxes. That’s the limited government part. But they want their grandparents to have Medicare. It’s not exactly a coherent world view.


Michael Tomasky
Aug 10, 2009, 7:37am

I’ll say it for a second time, then I’ll stop: We should split into two. Live and let live. As MacGillis reminded us yesterday, the founders never imagined a country so large anyway.

The only catch I didn’t mention the other day is sports, but I think the two nations would simply have to agree by treaty that all sports, pro and college, will just continue as before.


Michael Kazin
Aug 10, 2009, 9:49am

but all the good music came from the South– surely, you don’t want to leave us with nothing but polka, Gershwin, and A Prairie Home Companion?


Richard Yeselson
Aug 10, 2009, 10:04am

C’mon Mike–we now have Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction. Dixie can keep the fucking museums and tombstones. We’ve got the recordings now….


Michael Kazin
Aug 10, 2009, 10:18am

But it took a lot of suffering (and interracial sex) to create all that great music. We Northerners just ripped it off…


Richard Yeselson
Aug 10, 2009, 10:41am

Ok, we ripped off their music. They repaid us with Jesse Helms, Tom Delay, and George W. Bush, among too many others. How about if we keep the interracial sex and just call it square?


Todd Gitlin
Aug 10, 2009, 11:20am

Hey, is the boy from Hibbing chopped liver?


Michael Kazin
Aug 10, 2009, 11:33am

As he wrote in his HS yearbook: “I want to be in the band of Little Richard.” Just another Dixie wannabee….and his mentor, Woody G, was from OK…


Todd Gitlin
Aug 10, 2009, 12:20pm

OK, OK, you win.

On a related note, check out this winger video:

Note that Harvard, Yale, Princeton are considered eminent. So this isn’t coming from the Palin know-nothings.


Katha Pollitt
Aug 10, 2009, 11:04am

yes, but now there are lots of black people in the north, so we can still have all that great music etc. the south served its cultural purpose and can now be left to go its own way, like they say they want to do. We can check back in fifty years and see who’s better off.

  • tbbo2012

    wow. what a bunch of a-holes. again, teabag, teabag, teabag. here’s the most appropriate response to that:

  • ChickFight

    What a bunch of babbling twits. ‘The dark years of Bush’ HA! What a LOAD! If these losers want to see fascists they need only look in the mirror. Incredible – they’re trying to crush dissent, subvert the truth in a blatant partisan collusion – and they’re calling American citizens protesting the massive size and scope of government, fascists. So, by their definition – people who want LESS government are Nazis. Wow.

  • motionview

    You really have to wonder if the people on JournoList personally know any Tea Party member, or if they are just completely blinded by ideology.

    Katha Pollitt yes, but now there are lots of black people in the north, so we can still have all that great music etc

    Hey Katha, what is the etc? Great dancers, athletes? Are you currently in the Klan or were you just in it to get elected your job?

  • grayzel

    Katha Pollitt
    Aug 7, 2009, 12:20pm

    “Fascism was a historical phenomenon. That’s why I don’t like the way the word is used today. Fascists wanted a big all-powerful state that would both reach down into people’s lives at the most intimate level and support the( racially pure) masses economically through jobs, public works, and so on. That doesn’t have much relation to what american rightwingers want. They want a tiny defunded state that would use its diminished power and authority mostly for war, border patrol, prisons, repression of dirty effing hippies etc. but would leave ordinary citizens to sink or swim. Unlike the German or Italian fascists, today’s US rightwingers have nothing concrete to offer people. Just the pleasures of racism and selfishness and fear.”

    Eliminate (racially pure) and you have the Obama regime. The definition of right wing falls apart with this nonsense “repression of dirty effing hippies etc. but would leave ordinary citizens to sink or swim”…and shows the progressive/Marxist/Maoist bigotry with this, “today’s US rightwingers have nothing concrete to offer people. Just the pleasures of racism and selfishness and fear.” Very tolerant people those lefties.

  • chai

    After reading through these emails, the feeling is these guys are so out of touch with what most ordinary Americans have dreaded about Obama’s government/national takeover that it’s appalling. In what crazy universe do these “journalists” live that they could possibly compare orderly Tea Party gatherings to a truly evil Nazi one? Totally, absolutely mind-boggling. One has to conclude that these guys are completely insane. thank you, Tucker Carlson, for putting these out in public. Should be required reading by all Americans.

  • Kerrvillian

    If it weren’t so sad it would be funny. All these prattling twits trying to avoid the obvious fact that fascism was the nationalist twin to internationalist communism. Both are leftist, top-down economies. Fascism and communism, two sides of the same wooden nickel.

    The only questions is which side of that wooden nickel bear’s Obama’s profile on it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Adam-Wickman/1481172782 Adam Wickman

      Exactly Kerrvillian- There is no intellectually honest way you can call Tea Partiers fascist because FASCISM REQUIRES BIG GOVERNMENT, and tea partiers want small, limited government. There’s no denying that fact.

      If you really want to get down to it, tea partiers are equal rights activists. The reason is because they believe in small government; and small government means maximum liberty and maximum opportunity for EVERYONE.