Thursday, April 9, 2009

TEA parties: pro & con

Leftists sneeringly refer to TEA baggers versus TEA partiers, & dismiss protesters as delusional :

Imagining writing imaginary names on an imaginary petition circulated by imaginary "saboteurs" at a protest meant to redress imaginary grievances is, well, pretty damn imaginative.

A poster doesn't realize the irony of attempting to sabotage potential saboteurs, especially using false names on an ACORN petition:

So because they've convinced themselves that ACORN is out to ruin their silly little tea parties, they're all going to provide false names on the petitions they themselves are organizing.

Doesn't it kind of defeat your purpose to deliver your petitions with a bunch of made up names on them?

Another leftwinger describes TEA parties as radical, and unpopular, hence, extremist. They cite a poll claiming that only 36% of Americans would be willing to join in a TEA party protest. Being that there's virtually been no coverage of TEA parties by the MSM, that percentage seems rather respectable at the success of a truly grassroots phenomena.

RSMcCain primarily addresses rightwing elitist critics, but his summary is just as applicable to leftwing mudslingers:

The Tea Party movement is not about Glenn Beck, Rick Moran, George Bush or John McCain. It's not about re-electing any Republican in Washington, or electing any current or future Republican candidate for office. It's about advocating a very simple idea of economic liberty as a fundamental principle of a free society.

If you don't get that, fine. Stay home April 15 and grumble all you want about populist demagoguery, but I know where the friends of freedom will be.

For the intrepid 36% of America that wishes to support a TEA party, a website that lists various events across the country.


The reason that RNC Chair Michael Steele was not invited to talk a Chicago TEA party is because there are two simultaneously scheduled TEA parties. Steele was disinvited to the pseudo-TEA party that is really just a political rally for a local politician:

"Steele will most likely be speaking at the Navy Pier Tea Party on April 15th, along with speakers from both sides of the aisle, in a truly nonpartisan show of support for the Tea Party movement."


  1. They have no idea of what is going on.

  2. Well, anon, for this particular subject, TEA party is an anagram pun. T.E.A.="Taxed Enough Already" refers back to the Boston Tea Party of 1773 that protested against British Parliament's tax on tea.

    As a point of trivia, Boston Tea Party, somewhat ironically, is the name of a cafe chain in the UK.

    If you are a leftwing hippy, the folks at Huff & Puff are organizing anti-TEA parties:

    "The Huffington Post wants to have citizen journalists at as many of these events as possible. If you think you'd be interested in attending one of the Tea Parties and reporting back to us with dispatches, photos, or video, click here to sign up. We'll contact you shortly with further instructions."

    I suppose Huff & Puff is getting into the 18th Century spirit (when broadsheets were openly partisan organs of propaganda) by discardnig any semblance of "journalistic objectivity" & openly admitting to their prejudices beforehand.