Widespread teabagging in the U.S.

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Widespread teabagging in the U.S.

Ah, those wacky right-wingers. They never tire of gimmickry. Teabagging on April 15, the date when federal income taxes are due.  Unfortunately for them, their anti-tax, anti-domestic spending, message will be a bit garbled.

 

Here it is in a nutshell:

 

 

"It's going to be teabagging day for the right-wing and they're going nuts for it. Thousands of them whipped out the festivities early this past weekend, and while the parties are officially toothless, the teabaggers are full-throated about their goals.

"They want to give President Obama a strong tongue-lashing and lick government spending - spending they did not oppose when they were under presidents Bush and Reagan," Shuster continued. "They oppose Mr. Obama's tax rates - which will be lower for most of them -- and they oppose the tax increases Mr. Obama is imposing on the rich, whose taxes will skyrocket to a rate about 10 percent less than it was under Reagan."

 

 http://www.businessandmedia.org/articles/2009/20090414140746.aspx

 

 

The original Boston Tea Party was for the purpose of protesting taxation without representation. Apparently, the teabaggers are just protesting taxation. They can't swallow the thought of some rich person having to pay one more dollar in tax.

Ze

Er, they do know what teabagging's common colloquial meaning is, don't they? 

josh

Apparently by the time they found it, it was too late.

Snert Snert's picture

You'd think that at least one of them might have mentioned it in front of their frat-boy son and then asked what the snickering was about.

They could always try to run with it, though.  Make up some pictures of honest, hardworking small businessmen passed out at parties, with Uncle Sam's scrote on their faces.  People often use the term "I've been screwed", but heck, at least there's some opportunity for gratification with a screwing.  Teabagging has to be a better metaphor for being taken advantage of.

josh

I'm sure they're having a ball (or two) running with it today.

Michelle

Post that YouTube video you sent me about it, josh. :D

Maysie Maysie's picture

Ze wrote:

Er, they do know what teabagging's common colloquial meaning is, don't they? 

Um, I think it's pretty clear that they do.

The quote in the OP is filled with sexual entendres and "nudge wink" kinda jokes. Feels like "dialed down for mainstream" frat boy jokes actually.

Now, normally I'm all for a good old chuckle at right-wingers expense, but I'm uncomfortable with how that language is used and the underlying sexualized racism against Obama.

A_J

Pictures floating around on the internet, each funnier than the last.

 

Taxes Down, Defence Up!HiTler!No Representation!

Doug

A woman fell into the Susquehanna River today while dumping green tea bags in protest of government taxes.

Joanne Miller, 68, a resident of Riverfront Apartments, was rescued a few minutes later by the Wendy Herrold, manager of the apartments, and Sunbury police.
http://www.dailyitem.com/0100_news/local_story_105110929.html

Teabagging FAIL! Laughing

ElizaQ ElizaQ's picture

I think my favorite story comes from the DC protest where the plan was to dump a million teabags in Layefette Park. This after changing the plan to dump them in the river. Well apparently the park service came and said that the dumping wasn't part of their permit and would likely result in fines. So then they didn't know what to do, cause heck I guess being a revolutionary these days mean obeying the rules or something,  until someone from one of the corporate conservative think tanks that was behind the organizing of this supposed 'grassroots' movement said that they could come up and dump them in their corporate boardroom.  LOL

 This is my favourite sign

 

 

wage zombie

 

 

 

 

ElizaQ ElizaQ's picture

Oh lurvly.... Foot in mouth

 

These protests are a big deal for the White Supremist types.  I won't link to the sites for obvious reasons but some are actually helping with the organization of some of these things and encouraging people to attend in order to lay the ground for recruiting people. They even lay out how to do it by not seeming to extreme, by not wearing their duds and other identifiers and basically  ways to ease people into  the  way of thinking.

A_J

ElizaQ wins the thread.

A reporter actually tried to have a "conversation" with that "person"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCA-3q6t57Q

A_J

14th

What's the 14th Amendment, I (and perhaps you), a non-American, ask?

Wikipedia: 14th Amendment wrote:
The Fourteenth Amendment (Amendment XIV) to the United States Constitution was one of the amendments enacted after the Civil War. This amendment was originally intended to provide more rights to African Americans, but, over time, it has been interpreted to grant a number of rights to people living in the United States.

The amendment provides a broad definition of citizenship, overruling Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857) which had excluded slaves and their descendants from possessing Constitutional rights. The amendment requires states to provide equal protection under the law to all people within their jurisdictionsand was used in the mid-20th century to dismantle racial segregation in the United States, as in Brown v. Board of Education (1954). Its Due Process Clause has been used to apply most of the Bill of Rights to the states. This clause has also been used to create: (1) substantive due process rights, such as parental and marriage rights; and (2) procedural due process rights requiring that certain steps, such as a hearing, be followed before a person's property interest can be taken away.

 

Doug

Let there be teabagging!

Tommy_Paine

I had to look up "teabagging".

 

wage zombie
Ze

Maysie wrote:

Ze wrote:

Er, they do know what teabagging's common colloquial meaning is, don't they? 

Um, I think it's pretty clear that they do.

The quote in the OP is filled with sexual entendres and "nudge wink" kinda jokes. Feels like "dialed down for mainstream" frat boy jokes actually.

Now, normally I'm all for a good old chuckle at right-wingers expense, but I'm uncomfortable with how that language is used and the underlying sexualized racism against Obama.

Fair enough. Although it seems the term "teabagging" is being used to make fun of the protesters, rather than by the protesters themselves -- their imagery is all about Boston Tea Party and so on, ridiculous as that is.

Today I got a robo-call asking if I knew today was Tax Fightback Day or some such BS. Lots of money behind this protest, clearly. 

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"One law for the lion and the ox is oppression" - Blake

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Ze wrote:

 

Today I got a robo-call asking if I knew today was Tax Fightback Day or some such BS. Lots of money behind this protest, clearly. 

 

 

Lobbyists Planning Tea Parties

 

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Today on Fox News - which has actively been promoting the protests - Glenn Beck pushed the tea party talking points, similarly claiming that the protests aren't "coordinated" and are fully organized by "regular" people

Despite these attempts to make the "movement" appear organic, the principle organizers of the local events are actually the lobbyist-run think tanks Americans for Prosperity and Freedom Works. The two groups are heavily staffed and well funded, and are providing all the logistical and public relations work necessary for planning coast-to-coast protests
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This type of corporate ‘astroturfing‘ is nothing new to either organization. While working to promote Social Security privatization, Freedom Works was caught planting one of its operatives as a "single mom" to ask questions to President Bush in a town hall on the subject. Last year, the Wall Street Journal exposed Freedom Works for similarly building "amateur-looking" websites to promote the lobbying interests of Dick Armey, the former Republican Majority Leader who now leads Freedom Works and is a lobbyist for the firm DLA Piper.
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Americans for Prosperity is run by Tim Phillips, who was Ralph Reed's former partner in the lobbying firm Century Strategies. The group is funded by Koch family foundations - a family whose wealth is derived from the oil industry. Indeed Americans for Prosperity has coordinated pro-drilling ‘grassroots‘ events around the country.

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This afternoon, former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich, leader of the corporate-funded American Solutions for Winning the Futures (ASWF), blasted an e-mail to his supporters with a reminder to attend the protests, along with a "Toolkit" of talking points.

 

Doug
Doug

This one's too good! Yes - stop the insanity...with plastic straight jackets!

thorin_bane

I think they miss spelled 'our' as 'their'.

RosaL

Tommy_Paine wrote:

I had to look up "teabagging".

 

I did too. Whatever would we do without google?

NDPP

Taking Tea With The Lizards

http://www.joebageant.com/joe/2010/01/taking-tea-with-the-lizards.html#more

"Millions are unhappy and one way or another, think a third party, or the threat of one at least, offers a solution. And how could you go wrong with a brand evoking hallowed images from Ms Jenkins 4th grade history class of the Boston Tea Party?

The Tea Party is the latest neoconservative end run around the possibility of a real third party emerging to threaten  the status quo. To be honest, it's a brilliant political move, absorbing any energies that might have propelled a real third party.

And in true neocon fashion, it capitalizes on the working class' inchoate anger at the ongoing screw job they've been getting from both parties"

George Victor

NoDifferencePartyPooper wrote:

And in true neocon fashion, it capitalizes on the working class' inchoate anger at the ongoing screw job they've been getting from both parties"

"Inchoate" anger, NDP????  In "true neocon fashion" ?   You mean, the neocons were bright enough to play on working class ignorance of alternatives???   

Or what?

NDPP

email Joe Bageant...

George Victor

to learn what?

NDPP

George Victor wrote:

to learn what?

NDPP

the answer to your questions on what was meant.

welder welder's picture

If there ever was a viable 3rd party option in the US that targeted disaffected libertarian types,the right wing vote would be split and would keep the Dems in power for a very long time.I'm not sure that's a good thing for democracy as a whole,but that would cause some real "change" to take place down there.Having said that,there is no possible way of this ever taking place....

Fidel

The US is a lost cause as far as democracy goes. I like the dwatch.ca campaign slogan: Money to the Ref?? We don't allow it in sports - but in politics it's legal! In our Northern Puerto Rico, it's the democracy gap.

 

George Victor

As Harold Meyerson, editor at large of American Prospects shows us, "the left" in the U.S. isn't up to mounting the "in the street" protests of the self-absorbed right:

"To be sure, loosing the activists would have brought problems of its own: Unlike Roosevelt of Johnson, who benefitted from autonomous movements, Obama would be answerable for every loopy tactic his followers employed. But in the absence of both a free-standing movement and a legion of loyalists, Congress isn't feeling much pressure from the left to mvoe Obama's agenda."

 

Congress "isn't feeling much pressure" is the understatement of the post-election period, and is causing great concern about Democrat chances in the mid-terms. It's almost as if the 13 million on-line supporters do not feel safe away from their monitors. (Could be the situation, of course. Not sure that I would feel safe with a picket sign supporting anything progressive there, these days.) But I think that for members of Congress, there would have to be promise of $ support for their campaigns greater than those flowing from the establilshment to stiffen their spines...even more important than activist demonstrations.

 

Although as this post from from April last year shows that the supporters of Newt Gingrich are more easily moved to action:

"This afternoon, former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich, leader of the corporate-funded American Solutions for Winning the Futures (ASWF), blasted an e-mail to his supporters with a reminder to attend the protests, along with a "Toolkit" of talking points." Sounds almost like Steve's instructions to his MP on how to deal with parliamentary committees that get too close to the truth....by the right, quick, march... Not the stuff for a freedom-loving "left", for sure.

Boom Boom Boom Boom's picture

Coffee Party USA  Laughing

 

excerpt:

 

The snowballing response made her the de facto coordinator of Coffee Party USA, with goals far loftier than its oopsy-daisy origin: promote civility and inclusiveness in political discourse, engage the government not as an enemy but as the collective will of the people, push leaders to enact the progressive change for which 52.9 percent of the country voted in 2008.

Maysie Maysie's picture

No, Boom Boom, no!!! Not snowballing in a thread about tea-bagging!!!

I can't take it!!!

Innocent

P.S. Google is your friend, but NOT safe for work!!! Yikes!

Boom Boom Boom Boom's picture

I'm afraid to ask, but what did you google??? Surprised

Maysie Maysie's picture

Um, Boom, I was suggesting you google the word "snowballing".

I mean, no I wasn't. 

Smile

Don't say I didn't warn ya.

Cool

oldgoat

Wow, the things you learn around here.

Doug
Mike Stirner
Doug
N.Beltov N.Beltov's picture

Is the Ultra-Right INSANE? (They may just be!)

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There is probably no leftist who has not asked herself after encountering some particularly egregious example of right-wing ideology or behavior, "Are they insane?" Recent scientific studies in fields as diverse as research psychology, economics and evolutionary biology offer tantalizing hints that some of those who irrationally espouse an aggressive, dog-eat-dog, virtue-of-selfishness ultraconservatism may indeed be suffering from significant personal or collective mental disorder.

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Very interesting article nbeltov, thank you..

 

 

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The possibility that, in not a few cases, extreme conservative, anti-Communist and reactionary attitudes and behaviors may be symptoms of deeper underlying physical or psychological sickness can no longer be minimized or discarded out of hand by thoughtful progressives.

Naturally, one must be extremely cautious before arbitrarily declaring any given right-winger "mad." Long-ago abuses perpetrated by twentieth-century socialist governments in locking up nonviolent dissidents, reactionaries and political enemies as "insane" must never be entirely forgotten. And, anyone of whatever class who is materially prospering from the current state of things, or who has rational plans for somehow doing so, is by no means crazy to oppose progressive change.

And, when overwhelmed by fear (of unemployment, poverty, homelessness or simply of change), some working people may become irrationally conservative even while still perfectly sane. Today, given the immense harshness of the current crisis, honest, thoughtful workers who look backward to some imaginary "good old days" instead of forward for a better model of affordable health care, employment, peace and prosperity can hardly be faulted for a lack of rationality, This is particularly true when the Left has, at least up to now, enjoyed minimal success in educating, agitating or organizing unemployed workers on a mass basis, even as Teabagger-style lunacy stands ready and eager to take up our slack.

However, the first practical lesson that liberals and progressives can draw from recent studies may well be that rather than wasting time rationally answering every new barrage of hair-brained, anti-human, right-wing claptrap that comes across the media, it may be far more fruitful for progressive writers and communicators to concentrate on broadly de-legitimizing conservatism and the right wing by proving that extreme right-wing ideology is, in fact, objectively insane; as disordered and dangerously deluded as believing one is Napoleon or is being pursued by flying pink elephants.

And secondly, these material findings strongly suggest that it is not nearly enough for us as progressives to appeal only to the relatively miniscule number of "rebels by temperament," or to imagine we can coldly and objectively place the facts before some rationally-calculating, fantasy working class who, if given access to solid evidence and free choice, will always logically choose socialism as the best option for themselves and their families. This tactic hasn't worked yet, it isn't working now, and, we can confidently predict, won't work in the future either.

Very much to the contrary, in order to grow as a party or movement we must creatively develop appeals that truly communicate with (and carefully listen to) wounded working people who may have (tragically) been raised by their parents to stand at attention and salute, with fragile workers whose voices tremble with disgust and change-phobia every time their state changes the number on their license plates, with fear-haunted working people who stay awake at night in stark fear of terrorists under the bed, and all those temperamentally wound-up workers who jump through the roof every time the mechanic in the next repair bay drops a wrench.

al-Qa'bong

oldgoat wrote:

Wow, the things you learn around here.

 

Gosh, I'll say.  I didn't even know such practices existed, never mind knowing what they are called.

Doug

The 18 percent of Americans who identify themselves as Tea Party supporters tend to be Republican, white, male, married and older than 45.

 

NO?! But there is other interesting stuff in the poll - and this was kind of funny:


“I just feel he’s getting away from what America is,” said Kathy Mayhugh, 67, a retired medical transcriber in Jacksonville. “He’s a socialist. And to tell you the truth, I think he’s a Muslim and trying to head us in that direction, I don’t care what he says. He’s been in office over a year and can’t find a church to go to. That doesn’t say much for him.”

Doug

Where do the teabaggers get their money? Joseph Stalin! Indirectly, anyway. Oh the hilarity!

N.Beltov N.Beltov's picture

If you read the entire article, then you'll see that the Koch fortune is also based on outright theft.

Sineed

On the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma city bombing, Bill Clinton points to parallels between deranged anti-government terrorist Tim McVeigh, and the current wave of anti-government "hatriotism."

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We can’t let the debate veer so far into hatred that we lose focus of our common humanity. It’s really important. We can’t ever fudge the fact that there’s a basic line dividing criticism from violence or its advocacy, and that the closer you get to the line and the more responsibility you have, you have to think about the echo chamber in which your words resonate. [...]

But what we learned from Oklahoma City is not that we should gag each other or we should reduce our passion for the positions that we hold, but the words we use really do matter because there are — there’s this vast echo chamber, and they go across space, and they fall on the serious and the delirious alike. They fall on the connected and the unhinged alike. And I am not trying to muzzle anybody, but one of the things that the conservatives have always brought to the table in America is that no law can replace personal responsibility. And the more power you have, and the more influence you have, the more responsibility you have...

Oklahoma City proved that beyond the law, there is no freedom, and there is a difference between criticizing a policy or a politician, and demonizing the government that guarantees our freedoms and the public servants who implement them. And the more prominence you have in politics or media or some other pillar of public life, the more you have to keep that in mind.

Whatever you think of the man, he can speak.

http://thinkprogress.org/2010/04/16/clinton-oklahoma-15/

Naturally, the right-wingnuts are all over this like white on rice, like Repuglican congresswoman Michele Bachmann, intermittently speaking about herself in the 3rd person:

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So he was making the analogy that Michele Bachmann had made a statement the day before during the Tea Party rally that what Barack Obama is doing is gangster government. And he said because I am using a term like “gangster government,” I’m responsible for creating the kind of climate of hate that could lead to another Tim McVeigh and another Oklahoma City-style bombing. How do you like them apples? So I decided, “Well, this is going to be fun.” I am nothing. I am on the bottom of the food chain. I’m in the minority party, I’m in my second term as a congresswoman, and the former president of the United States decides I’m important enough to take out.

Needless to say, Clinton said nothing like that.  But as Joe.My.God points out, the teabaggers ate it up with a spoon.

http://joemygod.blogspot.com/2010/04/your-daily-minute-of-crazy_20.html

 

edmundoconnor

Ze wrote:

Er, they do know what teabagging's common colloquial meaning is, don't they? 

I prefer to think there are a few gay fifth-columnists in there who are weeping with laughter …

N.Beltov N.Beltov's picture

Is the Ultra-Right Insane? (They May Just Be!)

Supplemental: Are the Tories INSANE? See "Tories Run Amok"

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John McCallum says governing is clearly getting to the Conservatives.

His proof? He says there is no other explanation for the bizarre accusations from Stephen Harper's Tories about police officers belonging to a "cult" and Liberals wanting to raise taxes.

"I don't know what was more bizarre yesterday," said Mr. McCallum, the Liberal finance critic, "the Conservative press release citing a story about how Liberals will not raise taxes as proof we will or the Conservative press release accusing Canada's police officers of being in a nefarious cult that is controlled by money from a mysterious third party?

"I think the pressure of governing is getting to them," he said.

 

Doug