Thursday, April 22, 2010

Tea Party Freaks

I don't know anything about the Tea Party.  Their website claims three tenets: Fiscal Responsibility, Limited Government, and Free Markets.  As a libertarian, I couldn't be tickled any pinker by the idea that a huge movement has embraced half of my political ideology.

But everything I see in the news and on the net seems to be making fun of them, and some of this criticism is pretty ugly.  I'm looking at you, John Stewart.

When I was involved with protesting Gulf War I, I spent a lot of time around protesters on the left.  Yup, I was one of them.  I was even kind of involved in organizing some of it.  One of the things you could count on with any protest was the Freaks.  We had some freaks.  And it was a little annoying to me, since I wanted to get my freak on, but when a TV camera scans over you and your pals, the marijuana-leaf t-shirts, giant pink afros, conspiracy nuts, and wide-eyed crystal-worshiping space aliens, you can fall a little off message.

To combat this, at one protest (in front of an Orlando TV station, for sponsoring a "bring your kids to visit the Patriot Missile and crew" event...) I even wore a suit jacket and a tie.

I suspect there are a few suit-and-tie folks at the Tea Party protests wishing that the tiny fraction of 'birthers', racists, and red-baiting nutjobs would stop drawing attention away from their main point: that  the government and the tax burden are growing unsustainably, and that a massive expansion in health care smack in the middle of the worst economic crisis in generations might not be the best idea.

Hey, you know how it makes you feel when someone calls you a 'socialist' for supporting health care reform?  Yeah.  That's how the tea party people probably feel when you portray them as illiterate racist rednecks.

1 comment:

  1. I don't understand you. Your country is in debt PRECISELY BECAUSE of the principles of a handful of uber-rich orchestrating the tea party movement. Even if you are not a typical moronic freak of this movement, you are still completely misguided. Your nation is lost--not because someone is after you. There's no boogeyman. The bad values (taught to you by a handful of powerful manipulators over a few decades) have ruined you.

    HELLO USA: THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS FREEDOM. Everything on Earth is interconnected.

    Has there ever been such a large-scale example of collective insanity in world history as the USA? Impossible.

    It's much easier for someone not brainwashed in the US to see what has happened to you. Very scary, very sad. If I wasn't terrified of the destruction your country will continue to wreak globally, I'd slow down and find a way to feel compassion for how awful it must be to be born american. All that fear, hate, poverty, callousness, wealthy overlords, mind control, freakish zealot religions, killing, debt...