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Stop the Tea Baggers [Apr. 8th, 2009|08:13 pm]
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[sonofabish]
Under the guise of a "tax revolt", a loose coalition of right-wing groups are putting together what they are calling "tea parties" to protest Obama's economic policies. A number of them are taking place on April 15th, including one here in Boston at the State House.

Now... the original Tea Party took place right here in Boston and was a protest against foreign overlords and those who participated could possibly have been sentenced to death for insurrection. Now we have these groups of people who were free to vote and whose political philosophy was roundly rejected trying to appropriate the term "Tea Party" and somehow equate their butthurt whinging about Obama to the actions of the original Patriots.

I say a pox on these Tea Baggers! I think we, the citizens of the Commonwealth, need to put together our own little counter-demonstration.

Now, what these folks are doing is perfectly within their rights and I'm not advocating any direct confrontation or violence toward them. But in true b0st0n form, we must snarkily make our displeasure known.

What I am proposing is that people show up with teabags. Yes, teabags. Feel free to wave them at the tea baggers. Show up in costume. Bring signs. Street musicians feel free to show up and caterwaul anti-teabagger songs. If you're really disgusted, maybe we can have bags for soggy teabags. Whatever. There's no real organization to this and no rules other than don't be a douchbag.

If we can get people to volunteer to bring trash bags and hang out to collect the tea bags- and folks can arrange to do shifts- that would be most excellent. Once we collect all the teabags and do some media-whoring, we can donate the (non-soggy) teabags to some of the local homeless shelters/soup kitchens. And if anyone's into composting and wants the soggy tea bags, let your desires known.

If folks want to do some kind of shift organizing as to who will be there with garbage bags to collect the teabags, most excellent. I have a full-time day gig and can only swing by after work, so it's up to other folks to organize this, if you're interested.

But damn, folks. Let's not let these people steal a vital piece of Boston history without a fight. Stop the Tea Baggers!
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[User Picture]From: catullus_5
2009-04-09 12:28 am (UTC)

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In before flamewar about the merits of the tax protestors' arguments.
[User Picture]From: pasquin
2009-04-09 12:31 am (UTC)

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I'm with you man!

Taxes aren't nearly high enough. I still have stuff.


[User Picture]From: thetathx1138
2009-04-09 03:48 am (UTC)

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>SNORT< I seriously doubt you, or the protesters, fall into the tax brackets that would actually be affected by this. Personally, I find them annoying for precisely that reason. Odds are pretty good most of these dipshits actually just saw a tax cut in the form of lower payroll taxes.

There are some things I can see the right end of the spectrum getting justifiably worked up about. This is just attention whoring.
[User Picture]From: limbodog
2009-04-09 12:50 am (UTC)

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But... won't giving them the attention they want serve their purposes moar than yours? Or am I too new at this to understand?
[User Picture]From: sonofabish
2009-04-09 03:16 am (UTC)

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That's one way of looking at it.

Another way is that by making a stand against these people, you then take away the ability of them to claim that silence = support.

Back in the late 70s, this is how the "Moral Majority" got started. A bunch of Christian fundamentalists made a lot of noise about the smut in our society and waged protests, forcing networks to alter programming. The opposition, meanwhile, was silent and it was a case of the squeeky wheel getting the grease. Networks and institutions bent over backwards to accommodate them in the mistaken belief that everyone agreed with their point of view.

Not that the Left were angels either- see also Tipper Gore. Too many people stood by and got steamrolled by those who wanted to protect their precious snowflakes from smutty and evil music.

For me, it's a simple question of do I want these people deigning to speak for me? No, I don't.

Edited at 2009-04-09 03:35 am (UTC)
[User Picture]From: madbard
2009-04-09 01:01 am (UTC)

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Are you really in a position to be throwing away food?
[User Picture]From: ifotismeni
2009-04-09 02:02 am (UTC)

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+1
[User Picture]From: starvation
2009-04-09 01:09 am (UTC)

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at least by comparing Obama to George III they leave out the fact that he's the anti-christ and will be landing his black helicopter on your local graveyard to redistribute your personal wealth and children's organs to communist mexican day-laborers.

and I hear he's BLACK.
[User Picture]From: sonofabish
2009-04-09 03:32 am (UTC)

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You forgot- he's also a Super Sekkrit Muslim Terrorismista who isn't even a real American.
[User Picture]From: volksjager
2009-04-09 01:14 am (UTC)

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Ugh! learn your history. John Hancock and Sam Adams wanted to break with England because they wanted to be able to make more money(the two were rich and wanted to get richer). They "suffered" under taxation and stamp,cause it got in the way of their making a buck. They could have given a hoot about "liberty". They were smugglers, running tax blockades. They have much more in common with these folks, than the popular myth of the Boston tea party...
[User Picture]From: sonofabish
2009-04-09 03:22 am (UTC)

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That's ummmm, a rather interesting read on history. So what you're saying is that Hancock and Adams, who were already comfortably rich, decide to become rebels against the most powerful army in the world and guarantee that if they were captured, they would be tried and either shot or hung as treasonous traitors to the Crown. And for what- for a few extra pounds? And the whole "Declaration" thing was just a smokescreen for them to line their pockets?

I'm... intrigued.
[User Picture]From: buymeaclue
2009-04-09 01:14 am (UTC)

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Tea Baggers

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What makes you think--?

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Never mind.

Edited at 2009-04-09 01:14 am (UTC)
[User Picture]From: etana
2009-04-09 03:01 pm (UTC)

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cough.
[User Picture]From: sackbuster69_3
2009-04-09 01:16 am (UTC)

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Cause people NEVER protested Bush or any of his policies. Those damn Republicans and their "constitutional" rights!
[User Picture]From: unferth
2009-04-09 03:12 am (UTC)

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Private citizens making noncoercive demonstrations saying that other private citizens should shut the hell up in no way threatens anyone's rights, no matter which side of any particular question anyone's one.

Freedom of speech means they have a right to protest whatever they want, and we all have equal rights to say that their protest is stupid.
[User Picture]From: that_xmas
2009-04-09 01:18 am (UTC)

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Actually, they are complaining about the grotesque amount of money being spent on the bailout and the more-than-sure huge hike in taxes to cover the 2 trillion in TARP, TALF, whatever money going to Goldman Sachs and other looting banks.

But hey, if you want to support corporate welfare, come on out and fight for the corporations. I'm sure they need your support.
[User Picture]From: thetathx1138
2009-04-09 04:01 am (UTC)

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What more than sure tax hike?

No, seriously, I want remarks, I want quotes from the tax code, the whole enchilada. I haven't gone through with a fine tooth comb but it looks like the only people actually seeing a tax hike are the highest brackets, and frankly they can eat shit.
[User Picture]From: magnusarias
2009-04-09 01:24 am (UTC)

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I always enjoy a good tea bagger! Personally I don't mind if it's a republican or a democrat that's doing the tea bagging.
[User Picture]From: kpht
2009-04-09 01:59 am (UTC)

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I, too, enjoy a good teabagging now and again.

[User Picture]From: ifotismeni
2009-04-09 02:18 am (UTC)

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fail.
[User Picture]From: gwodder
2009-04-09 03:02 am (UTC)

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"Yes, teabags"

[User Picture]From: unquietsoul5
2009-04-09 03:14 am (UTC)

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What we need are zombie patriots to show up in tri-corner hats demanding Tea instead of brains....


[User Picture]From: koinu_goddess
2009-04-09 11:51 am (UTC)

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Win.
[User Picture]From: anomie666
2009-04-09 03:19 am (UTC)

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I'll be at the State House with my fellow Republicans. Come on out and counter protest for more taxes and larger government!
From: dianalily
2009-04-09 03:20 am (UTC)

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I support the right of the uninformed and maladjusted to make revolt. At the very least, it's amusing.
[User Picture]From: thetathx1138
2009-04-09 04:04 am (UTC)

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They have the right to firearms, which ruins the fun for me.
[User Picture]From: playertwo
2009-04-09 01:07 pm (UTC)

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I mean... I have no life, and I just have BETTER things to do.
[User Picture]From: mikexpop
2009-04-09 01:45 pm (UTC)

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Anyone want to have a real tea party there? Show up with some tea and discuss finer things?

I should find a monocle.
[User Picture]From: litter_ladder
2009-04-09 03:53 pm (UTC)

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[User Picture]From: skoll_swallows
2009-04-11 01:44 pm (UTC)

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The Republicans are just trying to court the Halo demographic.