What is the Tea Movement? What are they all about? As far as I can tell, they are radicalized Republicans who subscribe to the just say no platform of the party. From the signage at the Tea Party rallies, protesters mainly target Obama and have done so with seething attacks that are often racialized and laced with conspiracy theories. Some of the signs are ludicrously nonsensical (Obama compared to Hitler) or suggestive of something that is simply not true – that Americans have lost all freedom, that Obama is a Muslim, a socialist and not a U.S. citizen. In all my years, I have never seen such hate and disrespect aimed at a sitting President. This is truly unprecedented, alarming, unpatriotic and bordering on sedition.
I’d like to briefly comment on some of the signs from various Tea Party events documented on Wikimedia.
Taxed Enough Already – then why not favor a tax cut for the middle class? Obama does.
Dissent is Patriotic – I couldn’t agree more. But dissent requires civilized debate, not crazed yelling. Fomenting conspiracy theories, disrespecting the President and general rabble rousing is not patriotic. And simply saying no, is not dissent.
Obama’s Plan White Slavery – not much to say about this one except it smacks of racism. In fact, Obama’s policies provide a safety net for all Americans who are unemployed and health care for the millions who are uninsured.
Free Market not Freeloaders – the suggestion here is that the government should have no role whatsoever in providing for the general Welfare of the country and its people. Actually this is the purpose of the government as laid out in the Preamble of the Constitution. An unregulated free market is what got us in this economic mess in the first place. The problem is that too many big corporations are still freeloading by not paying their share of taxes. If I ever attend a Tea Party rally, I will bring a sign that says End Corporate Welfare.
No Socialism, Keep America Free – on this, I’d say go to school and study history. As to freedom, America is free; if it weren’t, there’d be no rallies, or elections.
Where’s the Birth Certificate – where’s your birth certificate?
My Budget Can’t Afford Your Deficit – who did you vote for in the last two Presidential elections prior to 2008? The deficit is a legacy of Republican plunder.
Jesus is Lord not Allah – Christians worship Jesus; Muslims, Allah. We are still free in this country to practice any religion we want and free not to practice any if we so chose. And for the record, not that is matters to me, Obama is a Christian, not a Muslim.
I’ve Had Enough Change We Can Bereave In and Now We’re Broke – Well, you should have thought about that when you voted for Bush in 2000 and 2004. We’ve been broke for a long time, and change is the only way back to solvency. Encourage your party to participate in policy making rather than simply being the obstructionist party of no, full of slogans, bereft of ideas.