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Sunday, 12 April 2009

Teabagging Nuttiness

A couple of days ago, a friend mentioned that the Republican Party was sending tea bags to the White House. WTF? Teabagging? He then mentioned that there would be a large gathering at the Lancaster, CA courthouse. Here is the Antelope Valley Press coverage of the shindig. When he was telling me about the link, it was all I could do not to break out laughing.

Here is what I was thinking about. The common definition of "teabagging" according to the Urban Dictionary:

teabagging

To have a man insert his scrotum into another person's mouth in the fashion of a teabag into a mug with an up/down (in/out) motion.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! I don't think the word means what they think it means.

Courtesy of the Friendly Atheist, a link to some scary right-wing book-burning advocates at one of these "tea parties". (Book-burning advocated at around the 5 min mark)



According to the Antelope Valley Press, the group wants lower taxes. While this is an admirable goal, they are not going about this in an honorable way by advocating conspiracy theories and secession. They are coming across as whiny crybabies. They seem not to really want lower taxes, they are simply unhappy that taxes are not being spent the way they personally want them spent. The voters approved the spending measures and the legislature has to allocate the money.If voters would not approve some of the unnecessary projects at election time, then perhaps the state would have less obligations to fund.

If they were truly interested in reducing taxes in a legal manner, they could put measures reducing or eliminating some of the pork up for vote at the next election. It's up for all the voters to decide how the state spends its money, not just the Republicans.

Update:
Orcinus has a couple of articles covering the recently leaked Department of Homeland Security report about the rising threat of right-wing extremist sites. In this opinion piece, Shepard Smith blows the 'DHS is picking on the Tea Parties' meme out of the water (Friday, April 17, 2009), Dave Neiwert discusses how conservative television and radio hosts are trying to say that theyand the teabagging movement are being attacked by the DHS. Well unless they are members of right-wing hate groups, I see that their hysteria is just that, hysteria.

Finally, a voice of reason on Fox News:

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I don't understand your objection to protests. All sorts of groups have used public protests to advance causes from anti-war to anti-abortion to anti-gun control. Why should taxpayers be limited or ashamed of protesting?

Most people are not likely aware of the slang meaning of tea-bagging and could care less.

Anna Lemma said...

You really didn't ready what I wrote. I thought the name was humorous, like the "Gasolina" song at the Republican convention. I don't care that they are protesting, but I think they are a bit hypocritical when they called the anti-war protesters "Unamerican."

But as you can see from the video, the protest is turning ugly with conspiracy theories, book burning, and censorship of those they disagree with. This is not honorable.