The South Carolina Tea Party Coalition decided to hold its convention on Martin Luther King day, so you knew there would be some seriously idiotic things said about the civil rights leader. Not one to disappoint, some world class dumbass named Wild Bill Finley said that if MLK were alive today, he’d be a Tea Partier.
“And now, those who are most vocal about Martin Luther King being their hero seem to be the most race-driven people in America. The left have mastered the art of turning every issue into a skin-color issue, character be damned,” he said.
“Manufacturing racism for political purposes is a big business in the USA, and manufactured racism has been used to hurt the Tea Party from Day 1. There’s no doubt in my mind that if Martin Luther King Jr. was alive today the liberal left would spit in his face because he would be such a threat to their political agendas.”
“We are the people,” Finley said, “who practice Dr. King’s dream. It is the Tea Party where people are not judged by the color of their skin, and it’s Tea Party Americans who believe that character still counts.”
“So today, I am officially announcing that the Tea Party is taking Martin Luther King away from the liberal left,” he said. “And to you race-baiting promoters of division and hatred, you’re not getting him back until you renounce your shameful skin-color politics and start practicing the politics of character.”
While you’re at it, you might as well “officially announce” that you’re a little teapot, short and stout. Hey, remember when the Tea Party supported a guaranteed income for all Americans? Oh right, they would call that communism. But MLK supported it. Remember when the Tea Party said that America is an imperialist nation that invades other countries without justification and steals their resources? Oh right, they would consider anyone who said such a thing an anti-American traitor. But MLK said that. Oh, but he’d be a tea partier, of course. After all, “Wild Bill” has “officially announced” it and therefore it must be true, right?