I was listening to our local hero, Michael Berry, today.  I often agree with his opinions on tough subjects and I believe his humorous and passionate take on issues is refreshing.  One specific area that I appreciate about his show is his constant push against Sheila Jackson Lee.  There are certain people in life that I am amazed are able to hold a job, let alone power.  Jackson Lee is one of those people.

Berry uncovered a neat speech that Lee produced earlier this week regarding her opinion of the Tea Party.  I was able to find a transcript of the speech on Show Me Progress.  Her speech to the NAACP in Kansas City meanders-  but I wanted to jump in on her opening statements:

“And I thank you professor very much. I’m going to be engaging you with those very powerful numbers that you have offered on what the tea party recognizes, uh, or is recognized as. Might I add my own P.S.? All those who wore sheets a long time ago have now lifted them off and started wearing [applause], uh, clothing, uh, with a name, say, I am part of the tea party.”

Let’s stop right there.  This is sweet!  She is calling people in the tea party- Klansmen!  In case some people in the audience didn’t catch her point…  she then repeats her statement! Check it out…

“Don’t you be fooled.  [voices: “That’s right.”, applause] Those who used to wear sheets are now being able to walk down the aisle and speak as a patriot because you will not speak loudly about the lack of integrity of this movement. ”

YES!  Tea party members are now being called racists and are no longer considered patriots by incumbent Democrats.  According to Lee their movement does not have “integrity”.  Really?  Integrity is defined as: adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.

I would like Lee to consider at least one thing before throwing stones, however inaccurate her accusations may be.  Was there integrity in her making an ass of herself and Houston at Michael Jackson’s funeral?  KPRC in Houston reported on her spending habits in 2009 regarding the trip to the LA funeral.  Here is an excerpt from the interview:

“Who paid for that trip for you to go to that memorial service?” asked KPRC Local 2 anchor Joel Eisenbaum.

“Well uh … that um … those resources are … resources that I have and therefore … they are in a way that does not interfere with anything that has to do with serving the United States Congress,” replied Jackson Lee in a live interview last July.

“Understood,” said Eisenbaum. “So, public funds?”

“Those resources are resources that I have,” answered Jackson Lee.

INTEGRITY!  Seriously-  that is nice.  Nothing like someone who cannot explain how they are spending OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY calling Americans who are exercising their most fundamental freedom, racist hate-mongers.

Does anybody actually remember that Klan members lynched people? That they killed people for being different.  How is that the same as an old lady telling her local congressman that she does not want Obama-care?  How is burning crosses the same as people who rally in a square for Arizona as it tries to defend its own citizens because the federal government will not enforce the LAW?!?

Back to the show…

“Don’t let anybody tell you that those who spit on us as we were walking to vote on a health care bill for all of America or those who said Congresswoman Jackson-Lee’s braids were too tight in her hair had anything to do with justice and equality and empowerment of the American people. Don’t let them fool you on that [applause]….”

I will skip the braid comment..  not sure about that… Let’s focus on the spitting part. Emanuel Cleaver was supposedly spat on during his walk to the halls of congress to vote a massive entitlement program into law known as Healthcare Reform.  After his office made a public statement that he was spit on by members of the Tea Party, he was drilled by a local Fox affiliate about the incident and stated:

“I never, I never reported anything, never a single thing in Washington, not one thing. People assume I went somewhere, never done press conference, never done an interview on it and I’m not going to do it.

Here is that integrity thing again…  nice!  Must be good to have a job where you can publicly say dumb things and not get fired for years at a time.

So..  According to Lee: Tea Party members do not deserve to be heard because they are racist hate-mongers and empowerment of the American people should not be extended to average Americans unless they are members of a minority group.

It is so sad to see that every few decades America goes on a hunt.  It started in Salem progressed to Eugenics moved to Communism and has now become- Racism.   Our desire to overcome our past has turned into weapon and now people with Microphones are using that weapon.  My theater teacher in high school used to call microphones “Idiot Magnets”. How right he was!