Do They Make Tea Flavored Kool-Aid?

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I remember the excitement of making a nice big pitcher of Lemon/Lime Kool-Aid at my grandmother’s house.  In retrospect, the cup of sugar probably wasn’t ideal for my health, but at least the flavors were delicious. What I don’t0926 KOOLAID 1938 remember, however, was ever enjoying a nice big glass of tea flavored Kool-Aid. Apparently, they’re making it now, and it’s not just for kids.

Yesterday, African-American Congressman reported being subjected to racial epithets and even spitting from a crowd of worked-up “patriots.” Of course, conservatives can’t take the word of someone like John Lewis, who in his life, has faced down much more serious threats than a bunch of redneck Rush Limbaugh wannabes screaming at him, so in the best tradition of Faux News, they engaged in some “journalism” to prove that all liberals are liars, and they found PROOF:

These radical liars with stop at nothing to ram their socialist agenda down America’s throat. And, the state-run media will report their racist filth without question.

Well, it’s hard to imagine more proof than that: a less than a minute long video in which we can’t see the Congressmen for much of the time and during which we can only hear the inane screams of the people closest to the camera operator. Far from proof that racial epithets weren’t uttered, this video is proof of the crazed atmosphere that the Republicans have worked up in their Tea Party stooges, an atmosphere in which racist speech and even assault seem quite likely.

As for me, I’ll believe John Lewis, a genuine American hero. I’ll leave the Tea Party Kool-Aid to bloggers on the right (who should probably acknowledge the original source of their lame material.)

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a seventeen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

10 Comments

  • That looks like a fairly typical protest crowd. Though for the left, during the anti-war protests of 2003, they wore masks and smashed windows. None of that going on here, though. Nevertheless, I've heard the protesters repeatedly insulted in the most derogatory terms.

  • I'm reasonably sure that the Congressmen didn't insult the protesters here, so mean on the Internet are hardly justification for what these group did.

    The reason I'm inclined to believe the Congressmen is simple: the Tea Party movement has been using racist imagery and language from the outset. That doesn't mean that all Tea Party members are racist, but race has certainly been one of the rhetorical strategies used by a loud part of the movement.

    More to the point, the 'alleged' proof of dishonesty in the video is just embarrassing.

  • It should also be noted that those dreaded anti-war protesters didn't break into Congress and disrupt the lawful process of American governance, like the Teabaggers did today.

  • Whats difficult now is how the systematic look to ones life is not fixed. This may sound out of line? Its almost as if we run through our lives with blinders on, not understanding the true meaning of our own existence.

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