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Posted on Apr 15, 2010
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A crowd of tea party types pitched camp in Washington, D.C., for a “tax day” demonstration Thursday, waving their usual socialism-themed signage and talking smack about their three least favorite people on Capitol Hill: President Barack Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.  —KA

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By Maani, April 20, 2010 at 7:01 pm Link to this comment

Dave: “Can’t really agree at all that there were more people protesting the invasion of dead Saddam’s Iraq than are in the tea party. In fact I would guess that the tea party is three to four times larger.”

Right you are.  With a total U.S. voting population of ~195 million - if we accept the current poll as truly representative, and TPers are 18% of the voting population - that means there are ~35 million TPers (or those who support all or much of the TP platform).

In the protests of February 2003, a GLOBAL total of ~30 million participated (in 800 cities in 60 countries): the largest - and only - such global antiwar demonstration ever.  However, of that number, only perhaps a million or two were in the U.S.

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By Dave Thomas, April 20, 2010 at 5:10 pm Link to this comment

Can’t really agree at all that there were more people protesting the invasion of dead Saddam’s Iraq than are in the tea party. In fact I would guess that the tea party is three to four times larger.

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By nemesis2010, April 20, 2010 at 10:33 am Link to this comment

@ SteveL:

Once again the small lunatic fringe gets all the attention.  Far more protested the start of the current wars.  Where was the attention then?

The answer to your question is in chapter 3 of David Sirota’s “The Uprising.”

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By ofersince72, April 19, 2010 at 6:20 pm Link to this comment

Things aren’t always what meets the eye

  this requires much

  discernment

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By amunaor, April 19, 2010 at 5:51 pm Link to this comment

Sorry, failed to include the link in previous post!!

Watch this tea-party lunatic as he gets so fired up that he begins to spit and sputter all over himself and into the camer lens:

http://www.youtube.com/video_response_view_all?v=bgec9WX21ik

Peace, Best Wishes and Hope

WikiLeaks—Collateral Murder:
http://www.collateralmurder.com/

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By amunaor, April 19, 2010 at 5:49 pm Link to this comment

Watch this tea-party lunatic as he gets so fired up that he begins to spit and sputter all over himself and into the camer lens:

Peace, Best Wishes and Hope

WikiLeaks—Collateral Murder:
http://www.collateralmurder.com/

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By Maani, April 19, 2010 at 1:30 pm Link to this comment

“The current red-baiting campaign against Barack Obama is the worst that I’ve seen in my 54 years on the planet. And the fact that the Soviet empire is no more seems to not have altered the template a single iota. It’s completely unhinged from rationality or historical memory.”

Actually, I would be willing to bet that at least 50% of the TPers (and I’m being VERY conservative) do not know the definition of “socialism,” and wouldn’t know socialism if it bit them on the ear. They are simply regurgitating the words and phrases fed to them by the Palin/Beck/Bachmann/etal crowd.

Keep in mind: “better educated” does not necessarily mean more knowledgeable, intelligent, or informed on the issues.

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By amunaor, April 19, 2010 at 11:17 am Link to this comment

Also, I wish to know, what the hell are all of these ‘Anti-Social’ people doing, traveling openly on our, ‘Publicly’ owned roads.

Would Lucy-Goosey Palin please explain this one to us!

Peace, Best Wishes and Hope


WikiLeaks—Collateral Murder:
http://www.collateralmurder.com/

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By amunaor, April 19, 2010 at 11:02 am Link to this comment

All, Miss, winkey-blinkey, Palin is interested in is the glint of her Pepsodent smile, designer glasses, and carnival wardrobe, as she rakes in millions from her fainting groupies.

Palin’s handlers know this, and play the violin strings of her vanity with gusto; if you tease a dog with a treats, you can get it to roll over and bark, and bark she does!

The danger is, it appears the demagoguery of her handlers is intent on pushing the, already, frenzied crowd right over the edge. Then what?

Peace, Best Wishes and Hope

WikiLeaks—Collateral Murder:
http://www.collateralmurder.com/

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By Z1, April 19, 2010 at 4:35 am Link to this comment
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Don’t forget to steep your teabaggers in boiling water for at least five minutes!

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By cabdriver, April 18, 2010 at 8:42 pm Link to this comment
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The current red-baiting campaign against Barack Obama is the worst that I’ve seen in my 54 years on the planet.

And the fact that the Soviet empire is no more seems to not have altered the template a single iota.

It’s completely unhinged from rationality or historical memory.

But apparently it’s the best that Republican Astroturfing can do.

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By ofersince72, April 18, 2010 at 3:24 pm Link to this comment

Really it was only six years of control completly,
the dems had control of Capitol Hill starting in 2006.
They gave a rubber stamp of approval for all Bush policy.

They had a few mock hearings for cover that nothing
became of.

The Democrats are just as complicate for the demise and
it didn’t just start with the BushII administration.

All the scare about the tea baggers is a big publicity
stunt by both parties.

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By ofersince72, April 18, 2010 at 3:17 pm Link to this comment

And you see a change with Democrats in control???
What did I miss ???

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By purplewolf, April 18, 2010 at 8:52 am Link to this comment

Beware of large(or even small groups) of ignorant(stupid) people gathering together.They can be more dangerous than you might think.

Seems to me that when the invaders came to this country, otherwise called pilgrims, they were met with socialism. If it wasn’t for the indigenous peoples feeding them, America’s first welfare line, they would have starved to death the first winter they were here.

Ask them what socialism is and the majority of them don’t have a clue. What about the corporate welfare that has gone on for decades, well that’s okay with them. As for the MIC costs spent by America each and every year costing the U.S. taxpayers more than all the other countries of the world combined every year, not one peep. Why when G.W. took away their rights, oh yes, they knew nothing about that and said nothing either, they rolled over and played dead to the 8 year reign of terror, fear mongering and war mongering.

I don’t know about you, but I certainly don’t want a repeat of the past administrations 2 terms in taking our rights away and empowering big pharma,insurance,MIC etc…against We the People, or in their case Them the Sheeple.

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By berniem, April 17, 2010 at 6:51 pm Link to this comment

My personal experience with T. bagger types is that for the most part these people have little to no idea what Socialism is. They equate democratically controlled social welfare programs with the ever popular bug-a-boos of communism or nazism. They ignore the corporate welfare state with it’s fascist overtones as well as the manic pursuit of militarism all the while bemoaning the theft of civil liberties if social justice is pursued. They scream about deficits but don’t even blink at trillion per year expenditures for defense projects whose sole purpose is the protection of wealth and property while our infrastructure and protective agencies are left to rot. You can foul their air, water, food, medications, and land but don’t dare touch their guns or let gays marry. I am at a loss to find any link to logic of what today passes for the “average” American.

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By cmarcusparr, April 17, 2010 at 9:39 am Link to this comment

President Obama said that “Sarah Palin’s not much of an expert on nuclear issues.” That’s because Sarah Palin’s an expert on NU-CU-LAR issues.

She’s doesn’t know squat about nuclear non-proliferation; in fact, she can’t even say “non-proliferation” without giggling.

Sarah Palin is George W. Bush with boobies.

She’s the first MILF to run for President.

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By SteveL, April 16, 2010 at 9:13 pm Link to this comment

Once again the small lunatic fringe gets all the attention.  Far more protested the
start of the current wars.  Where was the attention then?

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By ofersince72, April 16, 2010 at 5:25 pm Link to this comment

I don’t believe this stupid movement is as big
as the media puts it up to be and maybe even contrived

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By Maani, April 16, 2010 at 3:36 pm Link to this comment

SLIAR:

Are you suggesting that every one of the people who made those signs is also dyslexic?  Please!  I accept that there is a certain amount of dyslexia in the world, and I have nothing but compassion for those who have to deal with it.  (I have been a teacher, so I have dealt with it, and never allowed it to “color” my teaching or grading.)  But your defensive response is out of proportion to my post and the linked article.

“Having impeccable grammar and perfect spelling is not a sign of greater intelligence or
political insight.”

Re the first (greater intelligence), please explain how you come to this belief.  Knowledge of the language - both verbal and written - is, in fact, an essential part of overall intelligence.  To suggest otherwise is simply…not intelligent.

Re the second (political insight), in this case it wouldn’t matter if every tea partier’s grammar and spelling was pat-perfect: the political insight of many (if not most) of them is neither deep nor even particularly impressive.  It lacks any solid, deep knowledge of American history, socio-politics, or anything else.  It is based on fear (not a good starting point for “political insight”), anger and frustration (some of it admittedly understandable), and a decided naivete - even willful ignorance - of history or the facts.

As I have noted, this leads to cognitive dissonance, which in turn leads to hypocrisy - with which the tea party movement is rife.  That they are so blind to their own cognitive dissonance and hypocrisy makes them all the more manipulatable - and dangerous.

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By knobcreekfarmer, April 16, 2010 at 3:21 pm Link to this comment

Maani,

Ha ha ha. You’re so f’ing funny.

Having impeccable grammar and perfect spelling is not a sign of greater intelligence or
political insight. Personally, I find your (not you’re) comment, as well as the linked article,
very petty and honestly offensive.

I am dyslexic. I had horrible teachers in elementary school that ostracized and shamed me
for this. I was classified one of the “dumb kids” and treated as such until I couldn’t take it
anymore and dropped out of high school at age 16.

I’m not looking for a pity party. I deal with it.

However, I am absolutely not supporting the Tea Party’s corporately driven insanity. I am as
upset at many of the same issues as they are -  I do see polar opposite causes. Personally, I
think they are a joke - then again I think a lot of the “intelligent liberal minded
contributors” on this site are also a joke.

BTW, I currently make a living writing data integrated online applications despite my
inability to spell and constant confusion of which your or you’re to use. I guess when you
write a class of functions and misspell the names you give them no one cares, it still works.

Got College? Not me.

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By nemesis2010, April 16, 2010 at 12:21 pm Link to this comment

@ Dhamma3:

Verbatim et literatim.

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By Maani, April 16, 2010 at 9:18 am Link to this comment

A glowing example of the “better educated” (or should that be “edumacated?...LOL) tea baggers.  Make sure to read the captions too!

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/galleries/teabonics_the_flawed_language_of_protest/teabonics_the_flawed_language_of_protest.html

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By Dennio, April 16, 2010 at 8:45 am Link to this comment

Where would these people be if they had the society they are pressing for?  They owe their prosperity to the New Deal of last century, but seek to undo the New Deal for future generations.  Their aim (which is the same as the Republican Party) is to end the government or make it powerless by “starving” it with loss of tax revenue.  We’d have massive ignorance (loss of public schools), massive poverty (end of minimum wage and 40-hour work week), and loss of middle class (regressive taxation).  Not to mention suffocating pollution and global warming (no EPA) and loss of personal freedom (oh yes, the military would be on our streets).  I’m trying to think which third-world country serves as their ideal?  Guatemala? Iraq? These people get an awful lot of news coverage, both on hate radio and in the mainstream media.  Progressives should take them seriously, as they are influencing public discourse.  I can’t help but wonder, though, where is the progressive equivalent to the tea-baggers?  Silence is acquiescence.  Where’s the pro-tax, progressive taxation organization to counter this? If one existed, it would have a much larger following than the tea-baggers could ever dream of.  A good number of wealthy folks are already in favor of highter taxes on themselves (search “responsible wealth”).

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By Dhamma3, April 16, 2010 at 5:17 am Link to this comment

Ignorance is not something to be pooh-poohed lightly.  For this reason, do not underestimate these people, regardless of the disconnect between what our real problems are and their perception of what they are.  The ignorant are easily manipulated by those whose agenda is not at all the interest of those being manipulated, so somehow the task at hand it to make the connection to their feelings of disenfranchisement and the real problem: the corporatocracy and moneyed interests that have whittled away democracy and tilted Congress ever deeper in its grasp. Where to start? Unless progressives can mobilize around reforming money in politics, we cannot make the first step toward real change and, as the tea party people repeat time and time again, take back our government.  They have the right sentiment, but have identified the wrong enemy.

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By Maani, April 15, 2010 at 7:54 pm Link to this comment

Ignorance(leading to cognitive dissonance and hypocrisy) + Anger (legitimate frustration) + Manipulation (by demagogues) = toxic brew

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By Jimnp72, April 15, 2010 at 4:26 pm Link to this comment

Two comments:
WHERE WERE THESE PEOPLE WHEN BUSH WAS RAPING THE ECONOMY AND
PLUNDERING OUR HERITAGE?

DO THEY NOT UNDERSTAND THAT THEY ARE ALREADY ECONOMIC SOCIALISTS
VIA THE TAXES THEY PAY, THE SOCIAL SECURITY THEY COLLECT, AND THE
MEDICARE AND MEDICAID PROGRAMS THEY ARE ENROLLED IN?
HYPOCRITES!!!

Also, we can see they are mostly white older racists whose true agenda is to get
rid of that N—Obama and rid the country of “foreigners.”

Their t shirt says it all

Press one for English

Press two to be deported.
not making this up.

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