The venom from the hard left and the mainstream media aimed at folks like those in the Tea Party movement—who are routinely called “racist” and worse—makes Michael Graham’s new book a zeitgeist grabber.
That’s No Angry Mob, That’s My Mom: Team Obama‘s Assault on Tea-Party, Talk-Radio Americans defends those who didn’t think dissent stopped being patriotic on Jan. 20, 2009.
Graham, a popular talk show host based in Boston, weaves his own on-air experiences with tales of people just like his dear ol’ Ma to show how a grass-roots movement has been unfairly attacked.
“These aren’t political radicals. They’re the people of the hot dish. They politely wait their turn to shout out their slogans,” he writes, and that’s before they clean up their trash en route to their modest homes.
It all stars with Mrs. Graham, of course.
“How did this mild-mannered woman from Columbia, S.C., go from ‘happy homemaker’ to ‘hate-mongering radical?’” Graham asks.
The left dubbed women like Mrs. Graham racists as soon as the Tea Party movement began a year ago, and its acolytes are keeping the smears alive. At first, the MSM tried to ignore the movement while continuing to prop up the President. That made the press look foolish, especially as the group’s numbers swelled dramatically as the weeks wore on—and the President‘s popularity sank.
A man who promised to heal the planet had, in one year, only brought the opposition party back from the brink.
Maybe it’s because the kind of anti-American rhetoric that doesn’t seem to bother Obama one bit—witness his 20 years in the Trinity United Church of Christ—actually rubs most Americans the wrong way.
The Tea Party folks probably should have seen this coming. Joe the Plumber dared to ask then-Sen. Obama a simple question during the campaign and found himself hammered by reporters.
Even Democratic primary voters were called racist by the “O-bots,” as Graham calls them, when they dared to choose Sen. Hillary Clinton over The One.
But what about all the irrational language used at Tea Party events that, in theory, could lead to violence, some argue?
The left has been behind more acts of actual violence than the right, even if that’s not the impression the MSM leaves with their audience. And when the right produces a monster, like Timothy McVeigh, its members uniformly renounce him. On the left, however, Graham points out that folks like Bill Ayers get tenure at prestigious universities.
So why would the press and left align to treat people like Mrs. Graham like outlaws? It’s all about political intimidation, Graham argues.
Graham has tried to speak out coherently for his fellow small-government side, appearing on “The Ed Show” on MSNBC to do ideological battle. But it’s hard to respect such chat-fests when they invite people like Janeane Garofalo on to spouse their views.
The actress once called Tea Party members, or rather “Tea-bagging rednecks” in her parlance, “functionally retarded adults.”
People can laugh at another inane celebrity, but what about those in Obama’s inner circle who share some of her beliefs? Consider Van Jones, the green jobs guru who once signed a petition questioning the government’s role in 9/11.
But polls show a large number of Democrats cling to a similar belief regarding those terrorist attacks.
“And these are the people calling us insane?” he asks.
The case of Sarah Palin gets a chapter all its own. Graham, whose political activism began when he sang Ford Administration parodies into a tape recorder at the age of 10, can’t remember a more glaring case of double standards than those connected to the former governor of Alaska.
Graham’s sense of humor comes in handy throughout That’s No Angry Mob. He’s been called a bigot by the left so often he’s lost count, yet the folks marinating in Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s hateful sermons get a pass.
The book takes a tender turn when the author recalls his mother’s efforts to beat back actual racism earlier in his life. She rejected bigoted practices in their local school district and insisted hateful language would never be heard in the Graham home. The Graham family never marched with racists. They mocked them.
Graham wraps up on a sober note, saying his fellow Tea Party members simply want a free society where people can make their own opportunities and don’t have to pay the way for others who are unwilling to do the same.
And they wouldn’t mind doing so without being called a mob.