Friday, April 10, 2009

Tea Bagging

Here's how the wingnut teabagging stunts resemble the Boston Tea Party:

Both involved tea.

Here are some of the ways that they differ:

The Tea Party was a protest of a tax on tea, so dumping tea was pretty much right on point, whereas the tea baggers don't seem to have much of an idea of what they're protesting.

The Tea Partiers were subject to the tax on tea, whereas the tea baggers are probably going to get tax cuts. They seem to be protesting tax increases for their betters who make more than $250K.

The Tea Partiers had a legitimate beef in that the tea tax was imposed upon them without their having any representation in Parliament, whereas the tea baggers all had a chance to elect Congresscritters and are represented.

The Tea Partiers were committing a crime and exposing themselves to prosecution for their political convictions, whereas the tea partiers are just out on a lark.

If your ancestor was a Tea Partier you might brag about it, whereas if your idiot brother in law is a tea bagger you'd be ashamed.

The Tea Partiers would be mortified if they knew that their protest was being demeaned in this way by its association with wingnuttery.

3 comments:

James Leroy Wilson said...

I totally understand your anger towards the Republican National Committee for the Bush years. And make fun of yahoos and rubes all you want.

It's another thing to wish "payback" on everyone guilty of being dumber or more socially conservative than you.

The heart of this new movement seems to be anti-tax, anti-Fed, pro-liberty people, outside the GOP Establishment. Here is one take on it.

Of course, I'm a "nut" myself so perceptions may vary.

Vache Folle said...

Hi, James. I don't wish payback on anyone. I love folks who are dumber than me, and social conservatives can socially conserve all they like as long as they don't impose it on everyone else.

Where were the teabaggers the last 8 years if they're pro liberty?

James Leroy Wilson said...

I'm saying the heart of this is probably among the 1.1 million people who voted for Ron Paul. Even if that's not the case, any movement that would take down the Fed is worth endorsing. Just like it is worth opposing the war even though there are anti-liberty people who also oppose war.