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Teabagging It

How did I forget to talk about The Great Tea Bag Incident of 2009? Well, there is too much crazy to completely wrap my head around. I did enjoy The Daily Show’s take on the event.

Watching this transition in party power in America has been a fascinating movement of changing perception. Everything the right used to say about the left, is now what the right is doing and visa versa. Mainstream America still look at such zealous protesting as ridiculous and over-the-top, nothing more than a attention ploy of an extreme subsection of the population.  Thank goodness because the supposed reason for protesting is so very weak (please watch The Daily Show’s April 16 episode).

“I call today, April 15, Democracy Day, because it’s the day when I get to pay taxes in a democratic nation. That’s a privilege 233 years old in the USA. As much as the current day tea party protesters might say that they’re representing the spirit of ‘76, they’re actually dead set against it. The Revolution of 1776, after all, was not a revolt against taxation. It was a revolt against taxation without representation.” -Truman (Irregular Times)

My guess is these protesters are fearful that Obama is slowly turning this nation into an unknown quality described as both fascist and socialist right under the nose of the American public and that America as we know it will disappear. Of course this is not happening and will not happen, especially with this massive (3%) increase in taxes. (A major limit of the internet is its inability to express sarcasm – see my tumblr post about a Jindal article). But these protesters seem to not bring any historical fact or understanding of the concepts they’re prostesting against. It’s hard to take serious when there is little truth backing their position. The ferver with which they are opposing policies are frightening with the possibility that legislators will take them seriously.

For too long, we’ve seen taxes used as a wedge to scare people into supporting policies that increased the burden on working people instead of helping them live their dreams. That has to change. -President Barack Obama

Unrelated link: To Abolish Child Labor, We Must Make it Visible

Unrelated, personal note: I finished Before the Storm by Rick Perlstein (the Goldwater movement had some close paraellels to the Obama movement, but was a lot less charismatic, efficient and popular) and really want to watch some Doctor Who series four.

Edited: Gail Collin’s article “Twittering from Texas”

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