I was only 2.6 minutes into watching the footage when the word "socialism" dropped out of someone's mouth. Gritting my teeth, I powered on. When someone spoke of Obama not "adhering to the Constitution written for REAL Americans," I threw up in my mouth a little bit. Determined not to stereotype, I plunked down in front of the computer and started researching what the tea bag movement was all about.
Besides having the poor taste to pick a name for their movement that brings to mind a sexual act of the XXX variety, the Tea Bag Movement is supposedly a non-partisan movement protesting in protest of President Obama, the federal budget and, more specifically, the stimulus package, which the protesters perceive as examples of wasteful government spending and unnecessary government growth. They oppose the increase in the national debt as well. The protesters also objected to possible future tax increases, with taxes on capital gains, estate taxes, federal income taxes, and cigarette taxes.
So reading between the lines, the TBs don't want to pay taxes, think the mortgage crisis is due to low-lifes not managing their money and are positive Obama is a Non-American Fascist… seriously? Okey-dokey then, let me ask the TBs a few questions from Matt Taibbi's blog:
- If you're so horrified by debt and spending, where were your tea parties when George Bush was adding $4 trillion to the federal deficit?
- If you're so outraged by the bailouts, where were your tea parties when the bailouts were first instituted by Henry Paulson and George Bush last fall?
- If you're so troubled by pork, where were your tea parties when the number and cost of congressional earmarks rose spectacularly in each year of Republican congressional rule between 1996 and the end of the Republican majority in 2006?
I call BS. I call covert racism. I call hateration on all ya Tea Bag hat-wearing, American Flag waving (whole other topic, see commentary here), Fox News-watching, finger pointers. America is not just for you. You do not get to lead unencumbered lives of entitlement and greed without paying the piper. You don't get to sit silently by while the Frat Boy you stuck us with for eight years ran this country straight into the ground, pissed off world leaders by the dozen, sent our boys off to fight a fake war and made mothers have to choose between a gallon of gas and a gallon of milk. Your protests are too late and are based on bitterness that your candidate did not win and the vocal majority in America is an intangible being. Get over it and get over yourselves. Do what we did, find a candidate that YOU think can change things, get behind and vote. Good luck with that in 2012.
Note to Rick Perry and John Cornyn - Good looking out on turning down the stimulus funds. "Boo, hiss and double boo." Oh, I'm too late, they booed you at your own tea party? 'Nuff said.
What do you think of these Tea Parties? Any answers to the four questions above?