19 September 2010

Tea party talking points, translated

The tea partiers have their talking points, which they repeat loudly and forcefully (and often misspell). But I wonder if they've actually really thought about the points they're parroting. I suspect not.

They rail against "Obamacare" and anything else that the White House (and Pelosi and Reid) might advocate, even though their protests fly in the face of their own best interests.

In repeating their talking points, here is what they're really saying to the Obama administration and Congress:

- How dare you force insurance companies to cover my preexisting conditions?

- How dare you not allow the insurance companies to drop my coverage when I get sick?

- How dare you try to regulate the financial industry that got us into this economic mess so that they'll be less likely to repeat the same greedy mistakes?

- How dare you pass a stimulus bill that has created some 3 million jobs so far?

- How dare you expect the wealthiest two percent to pay their fair share of taxes even as you extend the tax cuts for us middle-class folks?

- How dare my tax dollars be spent on your "socialist" agenda? (Of course I will gladly take advantage of our socialized fire departments, police departments, schools, roads, bridges, and clean water.)

- How dare you try to restrict more offshore oil drilling that could lead to even more environmental disasters like the recent BP oil spill? (As our Saint Sarah says, "Drill, baby, drill!")

- "Illegal" immigrants are stealing all the great lettuce-picking jobs.

- Oh, and keep your government hands off my government-run Medicare! (Huh?!)

Absurd stuff in an absurd political environment.

Which is what makes me believe that they're not really thinking about their talking points. Instead, it seems, they're only reacting to the brainwashing by Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and the rest of the conservative fear mongers who indulge these people's intellectual laziness, fuel their fears, and dictate their thoughts.

And it all boils down to the following:

- How dare you elect a president whose skin color does not match mine?

- Many of our ancestors immigrated here without papers, but they were white. We don't want more brown people.

- I want my white-controlled America back.

- And I'll demonstrate in front of the Lincoln Memorial, on the anniversary of Martin Luther King's most famous speech, to show the world just how frightened I am!

Perhaps saddest and most frustrating of all, I'm sure they don't even see the irony.


  1. Hatred can be blinding Mary, I am afraid it does all boil down to jealousy, power and skin color. When the less informed can seize upon an opportunity without working for it, well this is what we get.

  2. It is not PC to say, but so many of these folks seem to fall into one of three catagories: the anti-intellectual, the "I know better, but I can make a buck", and well-intentioned who may be out of work or otherwise suffering who feel they have to do "something". The Tea Partiers also appeal to the worst in people (let's get back to white, Christian America) and do it by wrapping it in the flag and religion so it actually seems patriotic.

  3. Full of sh*t is still full of sh*t. Skin color, religion, or social class has nothing to do about the issue. The basis of the principals of this nation does have everything to do about the issues. Individual rights, freedom and the ability to do better, do.

    Work, get paid, live good and prosper. Don't work, don't get paid and get a free ride, (like
    Congress) is a system that will not prosper over time. Born here, you have rights. Not born here, it just ain't the same.

    Have a good night and prosper.


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