Is Bridget Melson bad for Pleasanton? State, National, International, posted by Arthur Y., a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Apr 30, 2010 at 9:57 am
Perhaps no one person has done more to make Pleasanton look like a haven for right-wing bigotry and intolerance than Bridget Melson. As the organizer of the April 15 Tax Day Tea Party, she brought white nationalists from around California to Pleasanton for a rally based on fear and hatred under the guise of being an anti-tax rally. The rally, like the Tea Party movement itself, is nothing more than a temper tantrum for those who fear a multicultural country and would instead like to preserve homogeneous culture that fears people who might be perceived as “different”. They can claim that their movement is all about “fighting big government” and “taxes”, but at its core it’s a movement based on the preservation of the white race with the intent of turning this country into a Christian theocracy.
Now Bridget Melson is double-downing on her bigotry, with her new boycott of San Francisco after several city officials called for a boycott of Arizona following a new anti-immigration measure that was signed into law in the state last week. Web Link
So she basically wants to boycott San Francisco because officials object to a blatantly racist law which targets Hispanics regardless of whether they are legal or illegal.
Not surprisingly, Melson is a hardcore evangelical whose bigotry doesn’t stop at race, she is also an anti-gay activist who is quoted as saying “if gays and lesbians can get married, who's going to teach the children of the future how to change the oil.” If fact, you can watch her make this quote in this Prop. 8 propaganda video (she is featured about 35 seconds into the video): Web Link
So I ask you Pleasanton, is Bridget Melson the type of person you want shaping the image of our city? Is a racist homophobe like Melson a good representative of Pleasanton in her constant quest for media attention (see Sarah Palin)? As Pleasanton has become an increasingly diverse community, I do not feel Melson speaks for the majority of people in this city and she will only serve to divide this community further. While I agree that Melson has the right to say whatever she wants, she must realize her action have a negative impact on our community. I hope that more Pleasanton residents find the courage to speak out against the racism and homophobia spread by the likes of Melson.
Posted by LLRD, a resident of the California Reflections neighborhood, on Apr 30, 2010 at 11:08 am
Thank You Bridget Melson, for organizing a respectful protest event. As a 30 year registered democrat I have attended both Pleasanton Tea Parties and saw nothing that Pleasanton should be ashamed of. I support gay and human rights but I am anti-overtaxation and anti-illegal immigration.
Posted by Arthur Y, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Apr 30, 2010 at 1:51 pm
"Lawful contact" could mean just about anything, from saying "hello" on a street corner to a police officer responding to a bicycle crash. Republican House majority's Homeland Security research analyst Rene Guillen said "lawful contact" is:
"...lawful contact is essentially any interaction a police officer may have with an individual through the normal legal, lawful course of the performance of their duties. So it wouldn't just be those suspected of crimes. It could be victims, witnesses or just people who are lawfully interacting with the police officer where through the course of that contact they are able to build reasonable suspicion and therefore inquire."
So the initial contact could be anything. From there, it's all up to the totally subjective view of the police officer as to whether the person is an illegal immigrant. And for the record, illegal immigrants don't wear special hats or t-shirts indicating their illegal status.
Posted by Rat Turd, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on May 1, 2010 at 8:12 am
DOCTOR Melson is more educated than most of you, so you should just listen to her and not argue! Her doctorate gives her the right to express her educated opinion. What are YOUR qualifications?
And just because the Tea Party now also supports keeping Mexicans out of America does not mean that it's a racist movement, just as our opposition to Obama's financial policies that have led this country to ruin are not racist rationalization of our distaste for having a black man in office. People keep saying, "oh, look at that group of white people taking a stand against anything non-white," which is not true!
Posted by Q, a member of the Amador Valley High School community, on May 1, 2010 at 4:15 pm
Reminds ME of when I travel to Mexico and have to carry papers showing that I'm there legally. If I don't have "papers" (it's called a passport) ... I expect that I'm going to get arrested until it's sorted out.
That turns out to be the case for almost any other country in the world, too.
Posted by L, a member of the Amador Valley High School community, on May 1, 2010 at 10:18 pm
Amy, what is wrong with paying into the health care system? There was some opposition to the 1935 Social Security Act (sponsored by the "deplorable democrats") when it was enacted. Then came unemployment benefits (again sponsored by "deplorable" democrats). I think most people that lose their jobs or have no other source of income (when they retire) are very grateful for these benefits today. One day, people will look back and wonder how people survived without health benefits. If you don't like these "social" type of benefits, I would say just refuse them when it's time to collect. Do I think that illegals should benefit from these type benefits, no way. I just don't want to see legal Americans treated like second hand citizens.
Posted by Real Republican, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Dec 2, 2011 at 4:33 pm
Melson does have a tendency to 'speak out' on topics on which she has little historical knowledge or understanding. And, she does seem to be quite visible and vocal. She does not speak for the Republican Party. And, being a Republican myself, I can definitely say she does not speak for all republicans either !
Don't forget some in the tea party delight in tearing down fellow republicans, and even run candidates against REELECTABLE, INCUMBENT Republicans, which is why we still have Dem Harry Reid as Senate LEADER...every seat DOES matter for majority rule. Many, more ignorant newbie tea party type republicans, think you must LIKE a candiate, and that they must be platform PURISTS...'100 percenters', none of Reagan's 80% principle which they openly trash. Helping 'republicans' win is not a tp goal. Which is why Obama is safe, and senate and house are not.