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Tea Baggers Protest No Taxation with Representation

April 10, 2009

If nothing else, the conservative movement is an irony producing machine. Aided and abetted by their echo chamber at Fox News, on Tax Day next week members of the raging right will gather at so-called Tea Parties around the country. There, the protesters, at least 95% of whom received a tax cut courtesy of President Obama and Democrats in Congress, will in essence decry "no taxation with representation." And if their misunderstanding of the Boston Tea Party wasn't bad enough, their choice of tea bagging as metaphor is more unfortunate still.
As Jon Stewart rightly pointed out to the beaten and battered, furious and frothing minions of the right, "I think you might be confusing tyranny with losing." While President Obama has proposed returning the tax rate for the 2% of taxpayers earning over $250,000 to the Clinton-era levels of the booming 1990's, the Tea Baggers apparently believe King George III is still oppressing his colonial subjects under the yoke of the Townshend and Tea Acts:

In 1773, a handful of men dumped tea into the Boston Harbor. That one act set in motion a chain of events that birthed the greatest nation on earth. But today, many Americans feel helpless as they watch an imperialistic government destroy our Constitution and 237 years of liberty.
The first American Tea Party birthed a nation. The second American Tea Party could help save it!

Of course, what the Tea Baggers have saved is hundreds of dollars each, thanks to the Obama stimulus package passed by Democrats in the House and Senate, a Congress which was overwhelmingly elected by the American people. In response, the disaffected denizens of the right plan their own stimulus of sorts, spending their tax cuts on "T.E.A" ("taxed enough already") merchandise. It's no wonder fiscal conservative Andrew Sullivan could only conclude:

"These are not tea-parties. They are tea-tantrums. And the adolescent, unserious hysteria is a function not of a movement regrouping and refinding itself. It's a function of a movement's intellectual collapse and a party's fast-accelerating nervous breakdown."

And to be sure, as the Rachel Maddow Show among others highlighted, these Fox-Pajamas Media sponsored tantrums chose a most unfortunate means of protest. In the vernacular, as one uncomfortable Salt Lake City reporter detailed, "tea bagging" isn't merely a term referring to rubbing one's genitals over the face of another. The practice has also become part of hazing rituals - and court cases - involving high school and college sports teams around the country. In Pennsylvania, New York, Utah, Colorado and elsewhere around the country, parents and their children are grappling with what courts have deemed sexual assault. And as its core, the hazing practice involves coercion, taunting and, above all, degradation.
All of which makes tea-bagging the perfect protest of choice for the furious followers of the Republican right.

6 comments on “Tea Baggers Protest No Taxation with Representation”

  1. We must protect our U.S. sovereignty by not spending ourselves into greater debt. That is the issue. There are no party lines, each party is to blame. If the US dollar falls because of debt created by over spending then mostly likely we would be forced into a deal with the IMF for a new currency. Remember as the old saying goes, " He who has the money... has the power". Wake up people and realize what is at stake!

  2. tea bagger definition from Urban Dictionary -
    Someone who rests their testicles on another person face, while they are asleep/passed out.
    Congrats, geniuses!

  3. It is fairly obvious to me the writer of this BLAHg is most definitely an expert in the field of tea-bagging.

  4. Fantastic post, they really are throwing tea-tantrums!
    I've met several teabaggers, and they are as clueless as Glenn Beck (their brainless leader) himself.

  5. You should learn to speak only for yourself, especially when you have no proof for your unhesitant declarations. The facts show that Obama won 47 percent of white Catholic voters; as of this month, 56 percent of them approve his performance, for a net of +9 percentage points. Therefore, it appears you actually don't "know" what polls taken today would say.


Jon Perr
Jon Perr is a technology marketing consultant and product strategist who writes about American politics and public policy.

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