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I Hate to Be a Tea Party Pooper...

...but I just couldn't get all that excited about the nationwide "tea party" protests that took place on Tax Day. And I couldn't exactly articulate why -- until Jeff Deist summed it up perfectly:
    It seems to me the Tea Parties failed to deliver any coherent or consistent message; therefore, it was easy for the Left and the pro-state media to marginalize and denounce the protestors. Unless and until people renounce and repudiate Bush and the Republican party utterly and entirely, it's easy to dismiss them as kooks, racists, religious zealots, etc.

    After all, what is the protesters' message? We want to go back to Bush? We want less spending but agitate to expand insanely expensive wars? We want a "fair" tax? We're against bailouts of Wall Street, even though the public (correctly) perceives the political right as bought and paid for by Wall Street? We're for states rights and the Constitution? Laughable. We're pro-life? Laughable -- even ignoring the pro-war killing mentality, the GOP has done zero to stop abortion.
Read the rest of his comments here.

Anthony Gregory also weighs in:
    The grassroots spirit at the tea parties was great, but it seems many were hijacked by organized conservatives, Republican partisans, and Fox News-style corporate interests. I hear that at many the speakers were exclusively of the red-state fascist persuasion, thanks to the sectarian organizers.
So, it appears the majority of tea party participants are frauds. If they really believed in reducing spending and shrinking government, they would have spoken up when their own party was in charge.

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Blogger John said...

Very interesting observations, Mr. Shelton. Very interesting, indeed. My intial gut reaction was to flame broil you well done... but now I must take some more time to intellectually digest your words.

Where was I, and the rest of my T.E.A. party friends, when Bush was spending $$$ like a drunken sailor and expanding the federal government like a drunken liberal? Sitting at home in stunned denial that it was happening and wishing it was all a bad dream. Well, as my father used to say, wish in one and s**t in the other and see which one gets filled up faster.

However, rather than beat myself up over my previous inaction and wallow in self-pity and remorse, it's time to start doing something about it. For me, the T.E.A. party was just the start. Stay tuned...

4/30/09, 10:35 PM  
Blogger Lee Shelton IV said...

True. If we beat ourselves up over what we could or should have done, we might miss our opportunity to actually do something now. I certainly hope that this is the start of real change and not just another flash in the pan, a la the GOP "revolution" of 1994.

5/1/09, 8:39 AM  

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