All day I’m reading about tea parties like it’s 4 fucking PM in London. Instead of those little bite-sized sandwiches, though, I find the likes of Sean Hannity, Ron Paul and others raving on as if it’s the second-coming of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. And as no one notes the original main point of the Boston tea party, “taxation without representation,” the irony of today’s events becomes clear. Elected representatives speaking at the rallies never once acknowledged their complicity in the sins of which they condemn and the teabaggers absolved themselves of responsibility by even failing to note their votes for budget-breaking public officials if in fact they even voted. All day you heard only that everyone is mad and the government sucks.
I get it: taxes – too high, national deficit – out of control, Jobs – lost. Ok, but revolting against a President (let’s not even pretend these “organic” events are nonpartisan) in office less than 100 days who is trying to undue significant damage to our economy incurred during the two-terms of a Republican President is simply nonsense. Granted, our woes transcend party politics but my God, if this is the Republican response to our national crisis, it only proves President Obama’s point.
I am not even trying to be partisan here. I don’t agree with every piece of the Administration’s plans and I sure as hell don’t want to pay more taxes. I would appreciate constructive feedback from the Republican opposition, however, instead of this. I would think Republicans themselves would want to be more than a protest party.
And can someone please help me understand this from MSNBC:
In Boston, a few hundred protesters gathered on the Boston Common — a short distance from the original Tea Party — some dressed in Revolutionary garb and carrying signs that said “Barney Frank, Bernie Madoff: And the Difference Is?” and “D.C.: District of Communism.”
As far as I can tell, in terms of teabagging at least, the only difference I can figure is that Barney Frank already knows how while Bernie Madoff is just learning.