Thursday, April 09, 2009

Tea Party follies

Media Matters has more today on Fox *News* going all out to promote the Tea Baggers, going so far as to run screens behind the anchors calling them "FNC Tax Day Tea Parties." I guess it's a good thing that the Foxsters are defining the mission for them because clearly, the participants don't have a clue what they're mad about, they just know they're mad.

They're learning how to get into protest mode though. An NYT editorial reports on a recent party and finds they have slogans now.
“Liberty, yes! Tyranny, no!”
“Keep your socialistic dance! We don’t want to live in France!”
And it notes the obvious irony.
Before you could say “Marquis de Lafayette,” it was time to hurl tea. A man with a megaphone gave a warning about littering. Then a bagpiper led the crowd through the harbor town’s loveliest taxpayer-supported amenities, from the municipal gazebo in the municipal park, across the municipal parking lot and down the municipal dock.
They cheered raucously for the symbolic tea toss and in a great show of commitment to the cause, immediately left for Skipper’s Pub before the ceremony was over. Apparently to show their support for the drink specials.

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Blogger Brian Krenz said...

the participants don't have a clue what they're mad about, they just know they're mad.

Isn't that the Republican way?


Someone commented recently (I can't remember who or where) on what a shit storm there would be if MSNBC made this kind of showing for a war protest. And Fox sill thinks they're a real news channel?

2:08:00 PM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

It's amazing how far out Fox has become. I suppose that's what it would take to make them unpalatable to the viewers, but it's scary. I'm of the opinion that the US would have gone Fascist had not Hitler declared war on us and there's really no bottom to the angry barrel of "Conservatives."

I keep looking at the graph of top tax rates for the last 100 years and if the Bush bonanza is allowed to run out, it will still be much lower than it was under the most conservative of our presidents. If any of this tripe made any of the slightest sense, Eisenhower would be another Mao Zedong.

2:53:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Near as I tell, the whole point, of just about everything the far right does is to piss off liberals. There doesn't seem to be much else except making hating on poor people and minorities.

And Brian, I made that point at DetNews today. And here earlier. IT's so true.

3:23:00 PM  
Blogger Joe "Truth 101" Kelly said...

I love the irony of the tea parties. We had one here in Quincy at our beutiful taxpayer funded riverfront park. When it was over, many of the partyers went to several nearby establishments in out tax increment finance district. The next day taxpayer paid park district employees had to clean up.

And I'm still waiting for one of the partyers or disgruntled republican office seekers that worked to organize this thing to actually identify the "waste" they keep saying permeates government spending.

3:27:00 PM  
Blogger Joe "Truth 101" Kelly said...

"Near as I tell, the whole point, of just about everything the far right does is to piss off liberals"

Sorry Libby. Enlightening, entertaining and pissing off right wingers has been my mission since 2005. I hope that doesn't diminish me in your eyes.

Besides, you're pretty good at those three worthy goals yourself.

3:31:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

LOL Truth. The irony escapes no one except the attendees apparently. As for pissing off wingers. I've noticed you consider it a sport. I tend to do it inadvertently. It's not at all what drives me.

But that's okay. Everyone should have a hobby.

3:41:00 PM  
Blogger danps said...

Hi Libby. Wouldn't it be amusing if gay marriage advocates decided to hold pro-same sex marriage rallies next week at the time and location of the tea parties? Call them Rainbow Rallies. "Which one are you here for?"

8:50:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

LOL Dan. That would be amusing but the potential for violent confrontation would be pretty large.

10:12:00 AM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

"Which one are you here for?"

Tea parties, tea bagging. they're all just having a ball.

12:05:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Ha. It strains the imagination.

9:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Kevin McKague said...

Seriously though, should somebody send them a link to an on-line resource for urban or slang English with the modern definition of "tea bagging", or should we just continue to laugh when a FAUX news announcer proudly state that people are "tea-bagging the White House"?

It sounds downright painful to me.

11:03:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

You would think the Foxsters probably know what it means, although I doubt their core audience does.

It might be interesting to go to the tea parties and politely inform a few old ladies, or mothers that give their kids teabagging signs to hold, what it really means.

1:59:00 PM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Too bad the schools don't seem to be teaching what the destruction of tea at Boston Harbor was actually about and in context of the British economic policies and the privatization of the empire using the British East India Company. These idiots are just usurping pastel colored Currier and Ives mythology with idiot grins on their smug faces.

The idea had much to do with the fact that a foreign power was taxing them and controlling their commerce, not their own representative government: not a government they had any say in. It wasn't a tax revolt, it was an independence movement and the tea was destroyed to prevent it from being returned to England.

And no, they didn't use tea bags in the 18th century. We're reaping the crop sown by the "history doesn't matter" movement from the 60's and I think the ignorance has gone too far to be remedied. I say dump the whole GOP in Boston harbor and call it a cement shoe party..

2:51:00 PM  

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