Evidence Suggests Controversial Non-Libertarian “Brooklyn Tea Party” is an Establishment Trojan Horse
Many of our fellow libertarians and Republicans came to respect the core message of the Tea Party movement.
Granted, it has drawn out some very crazy people and elevated parts of the “fringe” of our party. But, on the whole, my colleagues and I support anti-establishment, pro-reform and low-tax political groups and individuals.
However, it has recently come to my attention that the so-called “Brooklyn Tea Party” group in our county is largely a subsidiary of the Bay Ridge Cabal and the local GOP establishment. Also, they have tied themselves with the group’s controversial leader Dr. John Kenneth Press, who has been alleged to have connections with a white nationalist organization.
It was first brought to my attention that the organization is intimately related to Brooklyn GOP Chairman ______ “The Irrelevant One” ______’s (so irrelevant I try not to refer to him by name) syndicate by a few emailers.
The group is known to have taken the position that all mosques are “barracks” in some kind of war against the West.
I am not making this up.
(I wonder what the numerous Muslim Republicans–quite a few of them, actually–in our city would say if they heard that statement)
And a large number of establishment candidates have been allegedly linked to the “tea party,” including Michael Allegretti, Pete Ciriano, Joseph Hayon, and Clorinda Annarummo, Eaton’s closely allied District Leader. A friend tells us that GOP Vice Chair David Storobian, mysterious
District Leader Elaine Guido and Vincent Bocchino are also
visible on this tea party’s public Facebook page.
Also associated with this controversial group is Republican Senate candidate Jay Townsend–a man backed by the Bay Ridge Cabal–who appeared at a Brooklyn Tea Party event.
Indeed, on the establishment-sponsored “GOP blogtalk radio program” (widely considered to be a joke due to its frequent technical failures), the leader of this so-called “tea party” group, Dr. John Press, was a recent guest.
I looked into this Dr. Press. He is very controversial. The Daily News had this quote about him:
John Kenneth Press, 45, an administrator at an East Side hospital and president of the Brooklyn Tea Party, calls himself a champion of “culturism.”
“It’s the opposite of multi-culturalism,” he explains. “It says we have a Western majority culture in this country – a European Judeo-Christian culture – and the right to protect and promote it.”
This man is libertarian?
I think not. That sounds like wacko far-right social conservative drivel to me. Not libertarian at all.
It gets worse. Some online talking heads have had even more to say about Dr. Press and his crew:
In Brooklyn, New York, R.E.A.L. has…learned that the Brooklyn Tea Party has also gotten involved in protests against mosques there as well as in Manhattan. On June 1, 2010, “culturist” Brooklyn Tea Party’s Dr. John Press announced plans to protest the 45 Park Place mosque in Manhattan, and Madeline Brooks reported on continuing Brooklyn Tea Party protests in Brooklyn regarding the Manhattan mosque…
Brooklyn Tea Party leader Dr. John Press has also been part of the Brooklyn protests against a planned mosque in Brooklyn on Voorhies Avenue, which R.E.A.L. has previously reported about. At a recent protest against a planned Brooklyn mosque, Dr. Press defends the comments by a white American woman protester was being interviewed by a black American reporter, with the protester stating “Those people don’t belong here! They ain’t gonna get along with our kids. Did you ever see a Muslim shake an American’s hand? None of them live here and we don’t want them in our community.” Brooklyn Tea Party leader Dr. John Press defends such views in a July 5, 2010 article that he wrote for the “American Thinker,” entitled “Culturists oppose another mosque in Brooklyn.”
…Brooklyn Tea Party leader Dr. Press has urged readers of the white nationalist American Renaissance group to use the term “culturist,” in his comments to an American Renaissance posted article “Is Black Culture the Problem with Education?.” In his comments, Brooklyn Tea Party leader Dr. Press tells the white nationalists at American Renaissance “We need to employ the word culturist to save our school system. Currently, our school system sees differences in achievement and searches for answers and skips the cultural explanation you highlight.” In another article, Dr. Press complains that “Whiteness studies treats all discrimination against groups as completely arbitrary, irrational and insane,” and states that discrimination against early immigrants of Italians, Catholics, and Jews, had a rational basis for such discriminatory views, which is why Dr. Press argues for “culturism,” which focuses on using our cultural differences to support only some cultures. This same argument for “culturism” by Brooklyn Tea Party Leader Dr. Press is how he justifies protests against mosques.
“Discrimination against early immigrants of Italians, Catholics, and Jews, had a rational basis”?
Is that a joke? Please tell me I am not reading that!
This is a man who comments on white nationalist group websites? This is who Craig Eaton and his gang are associating with?
It makes you wonder if the dwindling number of women and minorities in the GOP is more than just coincidence…
It gets worse. Here’s another Dr. Press gem from a piece he wrote two years ago:
The groups that most worried the Protestant “native stock” of Americans were the Irish, the Italians and the Jews. The Irish Catholicism was seen as a threat to democracy and prosperity. Worldwide, Catholic colonies are less democratic, have lower literacy levels, and lower GDPs than Protestant colonies. Italians were said to lack reverence for education and engage in criminality. Stephan Thernstrom has shown that as late as 1970 Italian economic mobility was not as high as other groups. This month the Gambino family was finally busted in New York. Jews were at the head of labor movements, communist organizations, Civil Rights organizations, and the ACLU. Karl Marx and Freud have not exactly had zero impact on the western world. Is it totally mad to think that Jews have cultural tendencies that did not perfectly meld with the mainstream of American thought?
The only person who is totally mad is Dr. Press, apparently, who justifies and/or engages in hate against ethnic, racial and religious groups on a regular basis.
And the Bay Ridge Cabal loves him… Wow.
Indeed, I believe Warner Brothers is in talks to lampoon the scary relationship between these establishment individuals and this Brooklyn Tea Party. Here’s a demo introduction to their pending work:
All kidding aside, these GOP “leaders” connected with Dr. Press should be ashamed of themselves and held to account for associating with such a controversial set of figures.
Michael Allegretti? Craig Eaton? You should be ashamed.
Make no mistake about it: this “Brooklyn Tea Party” is not a reform-oriented group.
In my opinion, it is a group that has inextricably linked itself to the faltering GOP do-nothings who have harmed our party for so long. It is promoting hate over legitimate criticism of the proposed community center in downtown Manhattan.
This is not the Tea Party envisioned by fellow libertarians and sane Republicans seeking to hold government accountable for their reckless spending and health care plan.
It is a vicious establishment shill.