“Uncle Jesse Comes To Town”

August-September 2012 Newsletter

As a Fourth of July sun baked down on hundreds gathered at Coarsegold’s Historic Village for the Central Valley Tea Party’s Third Annual “Family Freedom Fest”, the hottest rhetoric of the day was provided by Keynote Speaker Jesse Lee Peterson, author, radio host and founder of the South Central Los Angeles Tea Party.

His topic?

“Conservatives Fight Back Against False Racial Accusations!”

At this “family” event, staged in the presence of numerous small children and similarly impressionable adults, Mr. Peterson disavowed being referenced as an “African-American”, insisting that color and race should be set-aside in political discussion. He stated his conviction that “blacks are the only true racists”, having been duped into dependence upon and subservience to the Federal government from Lyndon B. Johnson and The Civil Rights Act of 1964 onward.

Peterson has also gone on record as being against women being given the right to vote, defining Islam as “an evil religion”, characterizing affirmative action as “racism in reverse” and believing that most blacks should be “sent back to the Plantation for a good hard education on what it is to work.”

Using the “N-word” in full at least a half dozen times to the delight of the crowd, Peterson’s most definitive statement described “Barack Hussein Obama” as a “far-left,” “liberal”, “white-hating”, “black liberation theology believing”, “wealth redistributing”, ”lying”, “weak”, “poor excuse of a man” — words greeted with sustained and thunderous applause. I have it all on tape.

Juxtaposed in stark contrast to a large American flag gently waving in the background — venomous hatred filled the air. And a Congressman was there.

Tom McClintock currently represents California’s 4th District, which now includes Oakhurst and much of Eastern Madera County.

Speaking immediately before Peterson and providing appropriate theme introduction, Representative McClintock addressed the audience on “The Principles of Freedom”, specifically citing “SEIU Thugs” as “a threat to free enterprise” and characterizing Chief Justice John Roberts’ ruling on The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as “an abomination” and “utterly catastrophic.” Droning from prepared notes, Congressman McClintock endorsed without qualification espoused goals of the national Tea Party movement.

At the last reporting period, Tom McClintock lists “Cash on Hand” for his fall campaign at $346,534 against our own Jack Uppal’s more modest $12,902. Adding a double digit Republican over Democratic registration edge into the mix makes odds for victory seem utterly impossible, except for the fact that McClintock provides us with a perfect contrast between chains and change — a critical comparison of selfish robotic control by puppets of established wealth against the sharing forces of true social justice.

Congressman McClintock remains an enthusiastic supporter of the Paul Ryan Budget Plan. Fox-enthralled Yosemite seniors should be reminded that this bill would end Medicare as we know it, replacing it with a voucher system to buy health insurance coverage on the profit driven open market. Actuaries say the fiscally conservative amount of the vouchers would not be nearly enough to replace coverage lost with the end of Medicare.

Given the obvious demographics of our District, I suggest this single issue can carry the day for Jack Uppal — if we can summon the will to back him with time and commitment and help define this moment in history.

As Henry Kissinger once said to President Nixon — ”Our position in this matter has the added benefit of being true!”

8 Responses to ““Uncle Jesse Comes To Town””

  1. Charles Walker Says:

    Finally!!!! The true is out!!!! Only Coswervatives can be racists. Proglibacrats are just “telling it like it is.”

  2. Charles Walker Says:

    Ah, Peter C…I love ya, man…

  3. C.R. Says:

    Safeguard a copy of that tape, stat.

    Good going. No, make that Very Good 🙂

    This Jesse Lee Peterson fellow was not an accidental selection or an anomaly for this particular speech adjacent to McClintock’s, and he has ties to political friends of – are you ready for this – Jack Abramoff, via right wing political operative Amy Ridenour and her National Center for Public Policy Research (NCPPR) and their “Project 21.”

    link on the NCPPR:
    http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/ref/ncppr.php

    Jesse Lee Peterson has also done appearances with white supremist groups such as Barbara Coe’s California Coalition for Immigration Reform, aka CCIR, designated a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center, and shared the stage with the Minutemen’s Chris Simcox.
    http://www.thenation.com/article/minister-minstrelsy?page=0,1

    Tom McClintock did campaign appearances with Chris Simcox of the Minutement Civil Defense Corps in 2008, in the northern part of the CA-04 district, and was endorsed by that group.

    Read this by Dave Neiwert, about how Chris Simcox was subsequently linked to the murder of a child:
    http://www.alternet.org/immigration/156128/how_the_brutal_murders_of_a_little_girl_and_her_father_doomed_the_xenophobic_minuteman_movement

    The “Minutemen” aren’t dead as an organization, they are just recasting themselves as modern day “Tea Partiers.”

  4. Jon Huey Says:

    I was at the event – McClintock wasn’t even there when Peterson spoke and had no contact with him whatsoever. Is that the best the Democrats have – guilt by association (even when there was no association)? (And by the way, don’t accuse others of racism when you are posting a racially offensive picture). If you want to know McClintock’s views on race, check out his tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen last month. http://mcclintock.house.gov/2012/07/the-tuskegee-airmen.shtml

    • petercavanaugh Says:

      As far as I’m concerned, McClintock endorsed Peterson by his enthusiastic presence and participation at the event, addressing the crowd immediately before Peterson with much of the same hateful rhetoric. And I DO consider Jesse Peterson an “Uncle Tom”, dancin’ for the man like Steppin’ Fetchit, Hollywood’s first black millionaire, whose picture I intentionally incorporated as an accurate depiction of Peterson’s persona.

      From Webster —

      “Uncle Tom” — noun \-ˈtäm\

      Definition of UNCLE TOM

      1: a black who is overeager to win the approval of whites (as by obsequious behavior or uncritical acceptance of white values and goals)
      2: a member of a low-status group who is overly subservient to or cooperative with authority

      But your sensitivity to associating McClintock with Peterson is noted and will be the subject of further reflection.

      Meanwhile, Jon — What did YOU think of Peterson’s words?

  5. petercavanaugh Says:

    Noting Mr. Huey’s lack of response to my question as to what he thought “of Peterson’s words”, a review of some Internet material proves instructive — http://twicsy.com/i/xLVgY

  6. Chuck Castle Says:

    Complexity eventually collapses the structure. The simple structure of politics in the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s is being replaced by the complex structure of multiple ‘Tribes’ all trying to get their piece of the action and the old guard trying to hang on to what is left of the America they loved. Congress is the perfect example of this collapse phenomenon. Stalemate and stagnation is the result. Soon the whole system will be replaced by The Great DataBase In The Sky which will make all of our decisions for us!!!

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