Tuesday, April 14, 2009

A Tea Bag In Every Pot

Fox News has been unashamed in it's reporting promotion of the so-called grassroots Taxed Enough Already (TEA) party movement.

Check out the first three in list of items on the main site under the "Are you fed up with a Congress and a president who:" heading. It almost makes you think you've gone back in time six or seven years, doesn't it? Down the list there's one that says "want to force doctors and other medical workers to perform abortions against their will?" I'll need some clarification on that one. Will we use guns or torture to force them?

The very first TEA party web site, www.chicagoteaparty.com, was registered in August of 2008. While President Bush was in office. Three months before Barack Obama was elected. You can check the domain registry information if you like. Apparently the site had nothing on it until last February after CNBC commentator Rick Santelli raised the possibility of a Chicago Tea Party. So did somebody start a few months too soon or has everyone else started years too late?

In case you're interested in attending, Spokane has it's own tea party. It's an outdoor event being held by the convention center near Riverfront Park. Our own Cathy McMorris Rodgers--a member of the abortion-forcing Congress held in disdain by the main tea party site--is scheduled to speak. Maybe she can clear up exactly which members of Congress refuse to stop the flow of millions of illegal immigrants into our country? Or admit to using the financial hurt of millions as an opportunity to push their political agenda? Or punish those who practice responsible financial behavior and reward those who do not? I'd like some names so I can write some strongly worded letters. And while we're at it, maybe we could ask her if she's thankful that so many people across the country support the cause she is speaking at. (Hopefully, Congresswoman McMorris is just as concerned as other people are.)

From the Spokane tea party site:

"This is not a protest about the 2nd amendment, it is not a protest against abortion all more than worthy causes. It is a protest against the socialist left trying to destroy our constitution and place our children is so much debt they will never be able to absorb."

Okay...I think I know what you're trying to say...um...did a former president write that?

If you want to participate even more then check out the Spokane Tea Party Blog with its exhaustive coverage of unfair taxation, lengthy discussion of actions we can take to fix the problem, and the multitude of comments from the inflamed masses. I tell ya, people in the Spokane area are up in arms. (Timesaver tip: Don't bother checking out the blogroll sites. They haven't been posted to for three years.)

Let me close with the other quote from the Spokane Tea Party site:

'A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step... or a small
protest in SPOKANE!!!'
anonymous tea party supporter

That's deep.

I have a notion to start the Actionable Town Hall Legally Exempting Teabagging Imposition Culture (ATHLETIC) party. I hope I can count on you, anonymous or not, to be an ATHLETIC supporter.


Jacque Hendrix said...

Phew, I when I saw the title of your post in my RSS reader the first thing that came to mind was...nah, I can't bring myself to post the link. You probably know what I'm referring to.

Hank Greer said...

Yeah, I learned a little more than I cared to from The Daily Show.

Lucas said...

What I love most is that they were protesting a tax code that is 8 years old and is one of the lowest in history. Also, since most people just got a tax cut I am not sure what they are protesting at all. I agree that large federal deficits in the long run are a less than attractive option, but given the current situation the federal government doesn't have a whole lot of options. Had we not passed the Bush tax cuts things may have been different.