Russell Pearce's "Tea Party Senate" and the Report on Tea Party Nationalism

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Want a preview of Pearce's "Tea Party Senate"? Check out IREHR's report

What are we to make of neo-Nazi-huggin' state Senator Russell Pearce's declaration that under his rule as majority leader, Arizona's upper house will be "the Tea Party Senate"?

Look no further than the August report on "Tea Party Nationalism," produced by the anti-racist Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights, and co-written by that organization's president Leonard Zeskind, author of the seminal work on the modern American racism, Blood and Politics: The History of White Nationalism from the Margins to the Mainstream.

For anyone who's ever attended a Tea Party event (excluding, perhaps, the Tea Partiers themselves), the report's conclusions will not be surprising. The movement is riddled with far-right extremists, militia types, racists, kooks, gun nuts, nativists, John Birchers, and so on. 

The notorious Council of Conservative Citizens, which advocates "cultural, national and racial integrity," and is descended from the pro-segregation White Citizens' Councils of the '50s and '60s, has been a major promoter of the Tea Party movement. 

White supremacists and other extremist elements have used Tea Party rallies as recruiting grounds. And some leaders of the Tea Party movement have been caught making inflammatory, bigoted statements. Moreover, Confederate battle flags, signs depicting President Barack Obama as an African witch doctor, and a plethora of equally racist placards and messages have been commonplace at Tea Party events.

I'm reminded of a tax day Tea Party at the state Capitol I attended in 2009, where one man openly threatened the life of the President of the United States in my presence. In attendance at that rally, along with numerous other wackjobs, was militia-woman Shawna Forde, currently in stir in Pima County for her alleged role in a bloody home-invasion robbery in Arivaca, Arizona that left a nine-year-old girl and her father dead.

Along these lines, the IREHR report states the following,

"The result of this study contravenes many of the Tea Parties' self-invented myths, particularly their supposedly sole concentration on budget deficits, taxes and the power of the federal government. Instead, this report found Tea Party ranks to be permeated with concerns about race and national identity and other so-called social issues. In these ranks, an abiding obsession with Barack Obama's birth certificate is often a stand-in for the belief that the first black president of the United States is not a `real American.' Rather than strict adherence to the Constitution, many Tea Partiers are challenging the provision for birthright citizenship found in the Fourteenth Amendment."

Indeed, as we all know, Pearce's pet project for the new legislature is the unconstitutional effort to deprive American citizen children of their birth certificates in Arizona. 

A frequent speaker and attendee at Tea Party events, Pearce practically embodies many of the report's claims, and support of the Pearce-sponsored breathing-while-brown-law SB 1070, is high amongst the Tea Party folks. Pearce is not mentioned specifically in the report, though militia nut and ex-Graham County Sheriff Richard Mack gets a nod. Still, parts of the study practically offer CliffsNotse to Pearce's brain.

Take, for instance, the report's description of Tea Party nationalism:

"Despite the fact that Tea Partiers sometimes dress in the costumes of 18th century Americans, wave the Gadsden flag and claim that the United States Constitution should be the divining rod of all legislative policies, theirs is an American nationalism that does not always include all Americans. It is a nationalism that excludes those deemed not to be `real Americans;' including the native-born children of undocumented immigrants (often despised as "anchor babies"), socialists, Moslems, and those not deemed to fit within a `Christian nation."' The `common welfare' of the constitution's preamble does not complicate their ideas about individual liberty. This form of nationalism harkens back to the America first ideology of Father Coughlin. As the Confederate battle flags, witch doctor caricatures and demeaning discourse suggest, a bright white line of racism threads through this nationalism.Yet, it is not a full-fledged variety of white nationalism. It is as inchoate as it is super-patriotic. It is possibly an embryo of what it might yet become."

Sure, not all Tea Partiers are racist moon-howlers, and the report itself is quick to point out that some factions of the Tea Party have distanced themselves from others that are obsessed with nativism, racial politics, and social issues. 

But you can be sure that Pearce's vision of the Tea Party is one fueled by hatred, intolerance, and outright bigotry. So when Pearce calls his "Tea Party Senate" to order next year, you can anticipate the wingnut results.


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The Haters Club
The Haters Club

Russell Pearce, you worthless piece of shit, how about we have a little "Tea Party" with you and that hater-whore of a governor. A trip to Massachusetts, where we throw you and Brewer into Boston harbor. But since you're both so full of hot-air, you'd probably just float around, polluting the Atlantic.

chicagonut
chicagonut

This whole article is so full of lies and smears based on a few kooks. Every organization has its kooks but you don't demonize an entire group for a few idiots among them. Why the hell shouldn't birthright citizenship be re-visited and changed? You can't possibly believe the writers of the 14th meant for children of illegal parents to be granted instant citizenship, do you?That scam has gone on long enough.

Funny how the illegal alien apologists think it ok for them to seek changes to our immigration laws but it's a no, no, to re-interpret and amend our Constitution in regards to birthright citizenship. Hypocrites!

XSoldier
XSoldier

I keep telling you this. You just don't get it, do you?

Russell Pearce is a stupid sick old man whose primary agenda is to benefit the MCSO shurf. That's why he associates with our neo-Nazi associating shurf.

Norice how the laws he designs are used more by our greasy-haired, balloon-headed shurf than anyone. That's because Pearce is deep in Joe's pocket. Joe calls Russell up and says:

Joe: Hey Russell, Joe. Hey I need another anti-brown law cuz my sweeps ain't gettin' rid of those pesty illegals.

Russell: You got it, Joe. I got 1070 passed. I'm working on gettin a new law denyin birth certificates to illegals, as well. You can bet that'll get Arizona sued by the feds.

Joe: (Laughing) Yup. Those idiots we call Arizonans keep electing us so that we can continue to waste their money on bullshit like 1070, my sweeps, and all my lawsuits.

Russell: Yup. Gotta go. I'm needed on the Senate floor to press our agenda. TTYL.

Joe: Bye.

I wonder what'll happen to Pearce's alliance with the Flaccid Fool once he's indicted and perp-walked?

Frances Perkins
Frances Perkins

Welcome to the one party State of Hugo Pearce. Everything will be perfect now. No one to blame, for the inevitible moronic laws. Democrats will no power whatsoever. But when failure comes, a blame will be attached to someone, somewhere, except for Hugo Pearce.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

I have always considered myself to be a U.S. Citizen. However, I can't prove that my ancestors immigrated to the U.S. legally. How would someone even go about doing so? maybe I will be deported if Russell has his way. But wait! Can I get a white person's exemption?

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

I'm guessing that within a month of the start of the session, Pearce will show himself to be even a more flaming ass that he has in the past, and many of the more normal GOP will start treating him like the old mumbling guy that sleeps in dumpsters. They be seeing that "Choo choo Russell" and left the station on a direct trip to Loonyville, and they don't want to take that ride.

Theoldman
Theoldman

Questions to ask Sen. Pearce on impacts of his proposal to deny birth certificates to children of illegal immigrants.

1.How many generations would be impacted by the denial of birth certificates to children of illegal immigrants?

If a child born to illegal immigrants is denied a birth certificate and thus making them illegal also, and assuming that this child of illegal immigrants stays in the US, would the children of the illegal child also be illegal?How many generations could this apply to?

2.If the answer to Q#1 is multiple generations, then how many US citizens are really illegal?

3.Why is the Florida proposal, which is supposedly patterned after your SB1070, contain an exemption for illegal Canadians?

4.How would you propose to determine who is an legal immigrant?

david saint
david saint

Chad:Im not sure how many know, but its time to full court press this thing...We need to get out the info so people who otherwise wouldnt pay attention realize who is in charge of the state senate, and if we really want to earn the name Nazizona...

ChadSnow
ChadSnow

I'm going to show up on Day One of the Tea Party Senate wearing an "I Love Russell" wifebeater tank top as an homage to the Dean of Domestic Abuse himself, Russell Pearce. Mary Peters and I will also be handing out Get Out of DUI Free cards and fake I.D.'s provided by his son.

Wonder how many of his Senate colleagues know of Russell's dirty past.

pressguy
pressguy

We should call Russell's bet an raise him by introducing an amendment that would deny automatic citizenship to ANYONE. Everyone needs to take a test, learn something about our history, and contribute something to society. Russell doesn't want a hard-working son of "illegals" to be a citizenship, but he has no problem with Charles Manson being one. What a sick and twisted goober.

Rob
Rob

Hmmmm, hopefully....but as Senate President they'll be looking to him for approval/backing on their legislation...and thinking about their #1 goal...re-election and you can bet he'll promise them the keys to that kingdom.

chicagonut
chicagonut

Ending birthright citizenship would not affect those who already have it. It would only affect any new births AFTER the law has been changed. Geez, get a grip.

Chem Trail Karen
Chem Trail Karen

Snowball,I see you are poking fun at the Furor. STOP NOW!!!!Have you no respect? Senate Head, Chief, General, Gang Boss and TP President Pearce claims he's proud of his service as director of DMV (in the tea party letter) so he must have done a fine job. The Pearce family has a solid reputation with the DMV of not giving any licenses to Illegal Aliens. The State Budget wont allow for LE to waste money. Fake ID's aren't really a problem unless illegals use them to steal our jobs at McDonalds with.

Sure. Pearce slapped his old lady around but she had it coming. I mean who hasn't right? She got over it and now she's very well behaved.

All us Tea Baggers need is Russell's word. Don't confuse us facts or the BIG LIES DODOBURD WRITES. HE MAKES IT ALL UP!

It's best we always say only nice agreeable things about Mr. Pearce. He is in charge of us now.

He's our leader and as he said last week to those dangerous criminals that attacked him "I don't make the laws, I enforce them." Thats right! You know why its right? Because Russell Pearce said it!

So whenever I think bad thoughts about Mr. Pearce I just take his advice and blame my father.

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