Tea Party brews dangerous vandalism

A sign at a recent Tea Party Rally. A promise or a threat?

Tea Party activist Mike Troxel of Lynchburg decided it would be cute to post what he thought was Democratic Rep. Tom Perriello‘s home address on his blog after the Congressman had the gall to vote for the health care reform bill that passed the House of Representatives Sunday night.

But Troxel got it wrong. The address was that of Perriello’s brother, not the Congressman and his actions resulted in vandalism of Bo Perriello’s home in Ivy, including a cut gas line from a propane tank along with an anonymous, threatening note.

Tea Party officials quickly tried to distance themselves from Troxel, the Lynchburg Chapter’s Media Chairman, claiming his actions were his own and not sanctioned by the party but the incident is just the latest example of excess by the self-proclaimed, but phony, “grassroots” operation that grew out of a sham organization backed by a major petroleum and energy company.

Troxel, a 2005 graduate of Liberty University, the right-wing religious school founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell, admitted to Politco he posted the address and said he would not remove it, even though it was wrong.

Wrote Troxel:

Just in case any of his friends and neighbors want to drop by and say hi and express their thanks regarding his vote for health care, I personally believe it’s so important for representatives to remain fully grounded and to remember exactly what it is their constituents are saying and how they are telling them to vote. Nothing quite does that like a good face-to-face chat. It has a much more personal touch to it.

The FBI is investigating the matter along with a growing number of threats and actions against Democratic Congressmen who voted for the bill. After bragging about his action to Politico, Troxel has gone underground and no longer responds to phone calls or requests for comment. His blog went offline Wednesday, returning a notice saying it has “exceeded” its bandwidth.

Sadly, Troxel’s actions are not atypical of Tea Party shenanigans. Participants in the Tea Party-organized protest over the weekend in Washington hurled racial epithets at African-American members of Congress and shouted homophobic insults at gay Congressman Barney Frank. Others have waved threatening and derogatory signs at Tea Party gatherings.

Posters who identify themselves with labels like “proud members of the Tea Party” or “American Tea Party Patriots” have flooded Internet forums and bulletin boards with threats towards members of Congress who voted for the bill.

The Tea Party proudly proclaims itself a product of what it calls growing voter “anger” in America and there is always a fine line between anger and hate. The movement, which grew out of a sham grassroots organization called Citizens for a Sound Economy, funded by right-wing Kansas petroleum and energy magnates David and Charles Koch, has crossed that line more than once.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. One of the things that I’ve noticed about these “TeaBag” events is that whether you think Obama is a Nazi, Communist, Socialist, Elitist, Kenyan OR the messiah you’re “opinion” will be tolerated/validated by everybody from the “leadership” on down to that goofball in the Nixon mask.

    It’s a shame that the obvious common denominators are fear and ignorance, it’d be a much more valuable movement if those were replaced by love and understanding.

    • I have an unqualified theory on that: with the shameless support and encouragement of prominent political leaders, they no longer feel the need to hide their identities. Why ruin the family’s perfectly good sheets if you don’t have to?

  2. Yes, it would be interesting to know how many members of the Tea Party are also members of the KKK. Certainly not all of them…several Floyd bloggers and/or blog commenters, in their naivete, have attended Tea Party rallys, and I know they are not members of the KKK. But too many actions and statements of Tea Party fit right in with the philosophy of the KKK. Any decent, law-abiding citizen, even if they are conservative Republicans, would seemingly want to distance themselves from this offensive, uncivilized group.

  3. Please allow me to correct my previus post…the KKK are certainly not philosphers! The correction would be the “agenda” of the KKK,

  4. A casual observation:
    Have you noticed that people who ARE NOT racists rarely feel compelled to deny it, even when clowns like Glenn Beck try to label them as such (repeatedly) yet those who ARE racists apparently find it necessary to deny the fact frequently. I find that interesting.

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