In before flamewar about the merits of the tax protestors' arguments.
I'm with you man!
Taxes aren't nearly high enough. I still have stuff.
>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.
But... won't giving them the attention they want serve their purposes moar than yours? Or am I too new at this to understand?
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)
Are you really in a position to be throwing away food?
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.
You forgot- he's also a Super Sekkrit Muslim Terrorismista who isn't even a real American.
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...
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?
What makes you think--?
Edited at 2009-04-09 01:14 am (UTC)
Cause people NEVER protested Bush or any of his policies. Those damn Republicans and their "constitutional" rights!
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.
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.
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.
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.
2009-04-09 01:59 am (UTC)
I, too, enjoy a good teabagging now and again.
What we need are zombie patriots to show up in tri-corner hats demanding Tea instead of brains....
I'll be at the State House with my fellow Republicans. Come on out and counter protest for more taxes and larger government!
I support the right of the uninformed and maladjusted to make revolt. At the very least, it's amusing.
They have the right to firearms, which ruins the fun for me.
I mean... I have no life, and I just have BETTER things to do.
Anyone want to have a real tea party there? Show up with some tea and discuss finer things?
I should find a monocle.