Wednesday, April 15, 2009

A New Twist on "Teabagging"


I only have to wonder how many Republicans felt the need to drive home their historically- and intellectually-bankrupt tea parties today by dressing up like Native Americans.

Well, until the results come dribbling in from Wingnuttia, we won't know but we know this: From the Lone Star state, Gov. Rick "My Hair Isn't as Good as Blago's But I'm Getting There" Perry is threatening to have Texas secede from the Union.

Number one, it's a delicious proposition but ultimately unworkable in theory. Contrary to popular belief, Texas cannot secede from the union. So, sadly, we will be stuck with this most brutal, barbaric and embarrassing in a We-Lock-Up-Our-Idiot-Child-In-The-Attic kind of way of our 50 states for the foreseeable future.

But that's not the thrust of this post. What's truly breathtaking is how willfully ignorant and stupid these Republicans are in inappropriately seizing the Boston Tea Party, which was about tea tariffs imposed by a largely absent British empire (taxation without representation, remember?).

This ain't about tea, our taxes are certainly represented by a central and visible government and didn't President Obama promise on the campaign trail to raise taxes only on those individuals and business who earn more than $250,000 a year?

I daresay most of the poor rednecks who partook of this teabagging ritual that was ignored by all but two members of Congress fall far short of the quarter million dollar threshhold.

But abolishing taxes entirely has long been a wet dream for Republicans and wingnut base for decades. These are people who praise with full throats and considerable emptier minds the odious likes of Grover Norquist, who'd love nothing more than to shrink government so that you could drag it into the bathroom and drown it in a bathtub, regardless of the fact that, under his proposal, we would no longer be able to fund certain things that are near and dear to the black truffle of the Republican heart.

Like the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Like a DoD that, at its peak during the years of George II, approached a trillion dollars a year. Like faith-based programs and abstinence initiatives, Wall St. bailouts, seemingly unlimited supplies of cash for war profiteers and a whole host of other things for which having a government, for a change, would be handy.

And, in the end, they, unlike their forebears in Boston, changed nothing. Which is only appropriate.

6 Comments:

At April 15, 2009 at 8:44 PM, Blogger D. said...

"during the years of George II,"Um, sorry; Bush II or George III (I know this is not immediately or possibly ever fixable, but I had to note it).

 
At April 16, 2009 at 12:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Porky, some bloggers have found considerably more than two congresscritters that have publicly supported the tea baggers. Fox apparently couldn't deny that there was Congressional support so they made it as minimal as possible.

 
At April 16, 2009 at 9:07 AM, Blogger Pryme said...

Add this to the *wink-wink/nudge-nudge* backing of certain prominent GOP/conservative groups (who swear this was spontaneous), and fact that there is always some anti-tax group protesting on April 15th, yesterday made for an interesting day in hypocrisy, stupidity and contradiction.

 
At April 16, 2009 at 5:03 PM, Anonymous Artnoize said...

What America saw on April 15, 2009:

Misspelled signs, openly racist or anti-government & anti-Obama comments, monotone hue of the crowd, general organizational ineptness and cultural cluelessness.

This is a desperate group of ugly, selfish, ignorant and potentially dangerous people.

I hope most Americans see it that way.

 
At April 18, 2009 at 12:33 PM, Blogger Firestarter5 said...

The last Republican to get teabagged went by the name of Bristol Palin.

 
At April 19, 2009 at 2:44 PM, Blogger Fran said...

These people are mad as hell & are not going to take Bush's policies anymore!

Doh!

 

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