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Happy Teabagging Day!

15 April, 2009

In honour of all the anti-tax zealots who think, thanks to the Republican Party and ‘news’ organizations such as Faux News, that they can get all government services without having to, you know, actually pay for them, I give you this (somewhat) disturbing image:

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Were I really, really, really, cruel, I could have superimposed Beck on top of O’Reilly doing a real teabagging.  But, in deference to possible keyboard damage, I decided against it.

Guess what, conservatives?  Gutting the government leads to less efficiency and more cost down the road.  Borrowing money for tax cuts is like taking out a third mortgage on your house to go to Tahiti.  Borrowing money to get the economy working again through investments in infrastructure is like taking out a second mortgage to put a good roof on your house and replacing your windows. 

And the original Boston Tea Party?  They were protesting taxation without representation.  Today, we have taxation with representation.  And we tried it your way (tax cuts for the rich and screw everyone else) for the last 30 years.  It didn’t work.  You lost the election, and you lost the battle (and, hopefully, the war).  Quit whining and do something constructive!

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19 comments

  1. I think Jon Stewart handled this pretty well when he was addressing their claims of tyranny and fascism. He said something like, “this is how democracy works. We voted and you lost. It’s supposed to taste like a shit taco.”

    Where’s that freaky drag queen Coulter labeling all this talk against the President and Congress “treason”?


  2. Philly: It’s only treason if the President is Republican. If the President is a Democrat, it is saving America from socialism. Or fascism. Or tyranny. Or whatever-the-meme-of-the-week is. Didn’t you get the memo?

    And,yeah, Jon Stewart does it better. That’s why he’s making lots of money, and I’m a lower-level beaurocrat.


  3. This whole teabag party phenomenon (Read conservative power backing) is both encouraging and disheartening. It is encouraging because this is the best the conservatives can muster in defense of their lame policies that destroyed the government so thoroughly within the past thirty years. On the other hand, it is disheartening because the use of the symbolism of the Boston Tea Party by these groups shows that they have absolutely no understanding of the actual history of this country or they willingly ignore it for their own gains and wave this around as patriotism.


  4. Cerus: Thanks for stopping by. The unfortunate thing is, Faux News (as well as portions of the mildly rightist media (almost all of it, in other words)) will flog this thing until it looks like it involved 2/3 of the country. The 40 who will show up this evening in Wilkes-Barre, PA, will claim it was 10,000, but the ‘librul media’ is covering it up.

    The desperation of the right is encouraging. It also scares me. The dreck from Beck, the lies from O’Reilly, the feeding of the violent beast which lurks in the right wing will, probably, before Obama’s term is over, result in another bombing like Oklahoma City.


  5. From what I have seen, there has been a fairly small turnout and, personally, I think a major part of the low turnout is the unfortunate (or fortunate in my opinion) selection of teabagger for the title of their “revolutionary” attendees.

    The conservative media is already attempting to flog this to death, but, from the media I have seen, they’re having trouble selling the idea that support was actually drummed up and I do not believe that any amount of verbal gymnastics on the subject will make these quaint little gatherings seem like they garnished any substantial following.

    While the right is desperate and the conservative talking heads have come dangerously close to seditious and treasonous statements, the Dept of Homeland Security has also put the right wing extremist groups on watch (much to the distaste of the conservatives) and I don’t believe they will be stupid enough to act out. Some people will surely make stupid statements and get arrested but, following the aforementioned Oklahoma City Bombing, the extreme right militia movement lost a large part of its power scaring away the more moderate adherents. It is unlikely these moderate members will swing back into a position to give the extreme right a power bloc once again, especially with the rise of reported gun violence in the media.


  6. Hey, don’t insult drag queens. Ann Coulter fits in a category all her own, and of her own design. If there were a devil, she’d be his master.


  7. Cerus: Optimistic, aren’t we?

    Craig: I try not to mention the Coultergeist. I really do not want anything like that infesting my computer. It is free speech zone, so if that is what Philly dreams about, well . . . .


  8. Yes, I am. As cynical as I am about the intentions of idiots like these, I still hope to see it come out alright in the end. Even if I know better at times.


  9. She wouldn’t have lasted very long on RuPaul’s drag race, that’s for sure, although it would have been amusing to see her lip-synch for her life.

    Coulter isn’t a very good drag queen because she doesn’t do anything to minimize her Adam’s Apple.


  10. Cerus: Some call it cynicism. I call it being reality based.

    Philly: What is your fascination with Coulter? You worry me.


  11. Use a condom!


  12. < Some call it cynicism. I call it being reality based.

    I have that discussion with Cerus alot. I’m with you.


  13. Somebody fill me in here – as a Brit who, frankly, can’t be arsed hunting through an infinite pile of porn sites to find the current (political)definition of “teabagging”, I’m at a loss as to what all these teabaggers clogging up the intertubes are actually protesting about. Something to do with taxes? Can somebody please explain to me what “teabagging” is (I know enough slang to realise that it’s a very unfortunate choice of moniker, but I’m not entirely sure what the Republicans mean by it)?

    Cheers in advance, clued-up Americans!


  14. Yunshui: Basically, the right has their panties in a knot over the idea that millionaires and billionaires may have to pay just a little bit more in taxes to help clean up the mess that conservatism has created. Apparently, jumping the top tax rate up to a level that is still lower than during the reign of Saint Ronald will destroy their version of America. And cutting taxes for virtually the entire middle class is also unacceptable.

    Of course, conservatives aren’t real good at actual grass-roots protesting (can’t you just picture mobs of students marching down Pennsylvania Avenue holding up signs saying, “Save the Millionaires”?). So Fox News and some really rich families decided that they can tap into the fear created by the economic chaos (created, in large part, by the policies of the past 8 years) and generate anti-Obama protests.

    In order to make the protests look legitimate, and since they concern taxation, the right looked to America’s revolutionary past. They seized upon a moment about 3 years before the Declaration of Independence, the Boston Tea Party (colonials were protesting the fact that England was imposing taxes and the colonists had no say in the taxation (how different do you suppose the world would be if George and the parliament had just said, “Okay, you want representation? You got it”?))

    Of course, we no longer buy our tea in large chests. Now it (usually) comes in tea bags (another British invention (Twinings, I believe)). The right seems to think that if thousands of tea bags are sent to Democratic leaders (who were democratically elected) they will suddenly forget who won the last election and vote for the same policies which created this chaos over the last 8 years.

    It has morphed beyond a tax protest. The birthers have gotten involved. As has the militia movement, the gun nuts, anti-sex nuts, anti-woman anti-choicers, and even the Birchers. It has gotten so weird that, among the right, the Libertarians are sounding sane.

    That, dear Yunshui, is as close as I can get to making sense out of this whole thing. Does that help?


  15. I don’t think the term is an “unfortunate choice of moniker”. Let’s face it, what kind of people get caught up in this crap? The ignorant and/or stupid. So making an appeal to them to demonstrate in a way which may harken back to our Revolutionary days would go over about as well as asking everyone to wear powdered wigs and knee britches. Buuuut, if you can somehow invoke the idea of dangling your balls on the faces of politicians, well, these numbnuts can get behind that.

    They’re appealing to the folk who more than likely have these on their cars and trucks.


  16. Philly: Good point about the car and truck balls. It does explain the mentality of teabaggers quite well.


  17. Thanks for clearing that up, (((Billy)))!

    Thinking about it, sending teabags to the White House will help cut down on Obama’s catering bills. If anyone wants to protest to me, I’m currently low on English Breakfast, Darjeeling and Peppermint.


  18. Yunshui: The group in Washington, DC, got into trouble because their National Park Service protest permit did not include dumping the tea bags. These idiots can’t organize a protest, what makes them think they can run the country?

    Can’t stand English Breakfast tea. Or Earl Grey. Peppermint is okay. Right now I’m partial to a peach/ginger brown tea (still fermented, but not as fermented as black tea).


  19. I so freekin love you billy, been reading your syndication elsewhere, and this thread is full of awesome.

    This image came up from the stranger’s reporting of the seattle t-bagging thing, and i immediately thought of you and this thread.

    keep up the great stuff, youve a fan in Sweden.



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