In Fit of Hysteria, Crazed Brooklyn Tea Party Skipper John Press Embraces… Well… Himself
Our favorite fake Tea Partier Dr. John Kenneth Press has been making videos of himself, and the results are…well…scary:
Oh my God. Did Dr. Press just do his best Howard Dean impression?
As you know, at a recent conclave, our blog writers came to the conclusion that Dr. Press was not seeking to advance the national objectives of the Tea Party Movement and encouraged all Republicans and libertarians to distance themselves from him.
And when you see videos such as the one above, it’s easy to understand our reasons for doing so. After all, last time I checked ,”conservativism” is not a word (perhaps he meant “conservatism”?). But then again, Dr. Press seems to like making things up.
In the video, Dr. Press comes off less as a libertarian activist (which he clearly is not) and more like some giddy, self-obsessed muppet, hawking his name as though it matters. My God, at least Elmo is beloved by millions of children:
Notice how Dr. Press seemingly shares the same pathology as Elmo: egomania and self-pleasing ignorance.
Of course, I do not wish to offend our readers who are fans of Sesame Street. At least Elmo and his gang seek to entertain and teach children positive messages. Dr. Press claims to be a teacher, but I frankly wouldn’t want him anywhere near a classroom.
All kidding aside, this man has maintained a presence on alleged White Nationalist websites and has taken positions that are far outside the mainstream of libertarian thought. Indeed, in the above video, he even admits that he is not operating or sharing merely the core values of the Tea Party movement (lower taxes, health care reform, reducing the national debt, smaller government).
He has included his own views, such as an open declaration that the United States is at war with Islam. This is his motivation for challenging various local mosques planned for construction in the city, including in Brooklyn.
Now, there are legitimate concerns (as well as a slew of foolish, xenophobic concerns) regarding the judgment or motives of those who build these mosques or any religious space. But these reasons will always fly in the face of the unassailable right of people of faith to construct places of worship. Therefore, we must ask ourselves how we can balance these two priorities in a way that does not offend the inviolate provisions of the constitution we hold so dear.
Dr. Press, however, does not seek to balance them or be reasonable.
He sees things in terms of “us versus them” and a “war with Islam.”
That’s plain crazy. Fearing terrorists and fundamentalist religious groups funding American projects is one thing. Casting this as a cultural war is something totally different. In my opinion, Dr. Press has merely substituted his own made-up word–“culturalism”–for a word we already know: racism. While I do not know what he personally believes, the man has defended racist comments and people making ethnic slurs in the past (please refer to our previous pieces regarding Dr. Press for examples). That is enough for me to want to distance myself from what he represents.
Now, granted, Dr. Press is largely irrelevant to those of us who recognize him to be a self-serving nutcase. However, he is “dangerous” in that he is driving local Brooklynites into a frenzy while casting the Tea Party in a very bad light. For that reason, while we may mock him from afar for his egotistical mania, we must always remember that he does host an organization that has duped others into joining him (most likely unsuspectingly).
And lest we forget all of the GOP establishment figures who were cavorting with Dr. Press, essentially turning the “Brooklyn Tea Party” into a GOP establishment proxy. Brooklyn GOP Chairman Craig Eaton and his so-called organization should be held to account for giving any credence and weight to this Dr. Press and his “Brooklyn Tea Party.” They are proving more and more that they are not interested in growing the party but in letting the crazy fringe dominate the discource of their insipid cabal.
I liked Craig Eaton better when failure was his primary goal. Now, his goal is apparently letting the inmates take over the insane asylum.
But, in the end, seeing Dr. Press willingly portray himself as a caricature of…well…himself, it is clear to me that he is just another shameless faux Tea Party huckster desperate to be relevant.
Nevertheless, we must speak out against him if we don’t want to let his scary worldview to taint our reform movement in Brooklyn.
That is why we are taking a stand against him.