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April 15, 2009 – Comments (18)

I want to start by expressing my sincere gratitude to all the Tea Party protestors.  You excercised your peaceful right to demand accountability from the government.  

I extend this question to Republicans.  How can you have limited government with a Federal Reserve, War on Drugs, War on Terror, War in Iraq, Patriot Act, No Child Left Behind, FISA?

I extend this question to Democrats:  How can you have civil liberties with a Federal Reserve, War on Drugs, War on Terror, War in Iraq, Patriot Act, No Child Left Behind, FISA?

Anyway, thanks again to the protestors for expressing things that I agree with. If I was home, I'd be there right with you.

David in Qatar

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#1) On April 16, 2009 at 12:09 AM, whereaminow (22.35) wrote:

IN CHICAGO

 

Look at all those domestic terrorists and crazies. I don't know. They sure look like peaceful, family men and women to me.

MORE TERRORISTS IN KNOXVILLE.

David in Qatar

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#2) On April 16, 2009 at 3:17 AM, tonylogan1 (28.15) wrote:

David -

"Are you aware you are eligible for a $400 tax credit?"

I think I peed a little when I heard that one...

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#3) On April 16, 2009 at 4:21 AM, whereaminow (22.35) wrote:

Yeah. So much for impartial journalism.  I think we know her feelings on this issue.

Another thing. The guy is there with his two year old.  The protest is peaceful.  And when she gets heckled she acts like an angry mob is ready to tar and feather her.  "This isn't for family viewing!" she exclaims.  ROFL.  Yeah, she was in real danger.

David in Qatar

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#4) On April 16, 2009 at 5:04 AM, saunafool (98.77) wrote:

David,

While I fully support the rights of the people to engage in any kind of peaceful protest, the Tea Party crowd strikes me as a bunch of hypocrites.

Why?

I think they are mostly just Republicans who are hacked off at losing the last election. They act like deficit spending is totally new, and they are shocked, shocked I tell you, that there will be more than $1 trillion in deficit this year.

Where were these people when Bush was running up record deficits year after year? Where were they when Reagan and Bush Sr. did the same thing? Nowhere.

Obama raises the top marginal rate back to where it was during the Clinton Administration and they act like it's the 1970's all over again with the top rate set at 75%.

So, in the end, I think they are mostly hypocrites because I doubt that many of these people actually share your libertarian beliefs. My guess is most of them are just disgruntled Republicans who watch too much Fox News.

sf

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#5) On April 16, 2009 at 5:51 AM, whereaminow (22.35) wrote:

Saunafool,

I agree 100%.  Consider the Reagan-ites out at these protests.  Reagan increased defecit spending, increased the size of government, militarized the IRS and DEA, on and on.  In fact, Obama's policies actually have a striking resemblence to Reagan's.

Even more disturbing is the CNN vs. Fox aspect of the coverage. It's almost like they are trying to turn these protests into something more than they are.  There is just something very creepy and very wrong about it, but right now I'm at a loss for words.

I just wish the Left had protested more during Bush's years.  I barely remember the anti-War protests. Then again I was living in Kuwait at the time.  Maybe you know better.  But I definitely don't remember any Patriot Act protests coming from the Left.

Oh well.

David in Qatar 

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#6) On April 16, 2009 at 5:55 AM, whereaminow (22.35) wrote:

Oh, but I almost forgot to add, there is a significant Libertarian presence at these rallies trying to spread our message, and that makes me happy.

Check  out the 3:22 mark of the second clip up top.  I laughed very hard at that :)

David in Qatar              

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#7) On April 16, 2009 at 9:33 AM, Xciteddon (68.85) wrote:

I don't care for all this refrence to Republicans. Most people in California are Democrates. I wanted their voices heard for the government spending. All of us have to make choices in our personal lives as to what we can and can't afford.  We all want new cars, but can we afford them. I wanted Washington to see that we are saying we cannot afford all this spending. We need to eliminate pork, foreign aid, bailouts,. etc. We can't afford it. The fact that they want to turn it into a Republican thing makes me just furious! That means they haven't gotten the message. I say we make sure that our next representatives are ones who will listen to the people whom they represent and quit electing lawyers.
Most lawyers are crooks anyway. They just know where to find the loopholes!

D

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#8) On April 16, 2009 at 9:56 AM, bigpeach (29.33) wrote:

Correction to saunafool, Bush Sr. did have deficits during his term, however he went against his no new taxes campaign pledge and raised taxes. That contributed to the Clinton administration's ability to have a budget surplus. Spending programs are planned so far in advance that it is often simply impossible to reverse a deficit in one term. That aside, I totally agree with you that it's extremely hypocritical for Republicans to be taking to the streets now when for the past 30 years, the hallmark of the Republican party has been fiscal irresponsibility. If they were so passionate about this issue, you would think they would use their votes in support of it.

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#9) On April 16, 2009 at 12:40 PM, imeasure (< 20) wrote:

I welcome any American who has finally woken up to the reality of the inherent risks of expanded government.

Left and right have been wrestling for years for control of the machine - all the while oblivious to the fact that the machine was growing larger and larger and more and more intrusive.

If you have suddenly (belatedly) realized  that "the power to tax is the power to destroy" then welcome to the party newly enlightened ones.

As an example: For years I have argued with my friends and family that Social(ist) Security is based upon a morally bankrupt concept. Yet they refused to act or speak out because they personally benefitted from it.

And now that the mask is off - and the reality (that we cannot afford these nanny-state programs) is dawning on Americans, I suspect we will see the emergence of a political party who's central tenet is the return to limited government.

Whether it is in fact too late to spare a cataclysmic economic crash is yet to be determined.

I was at one of the rally's yesterday and my heart was warmed to see Americans who had turned off their TV's and gotten engaged in the debate about saving this country.

Let us not marginalize those who are late in coming to the party. They are now here and like me they stand for individual responsibility and freedom.

Brent in St. Charles

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#10) On April 16, 2009 at 3:34 PM, ClandPhoenix (85.07) wrote:

"But I definitely don't remember any Patriot Act protests coming from the Left.

Oh well."

David in Qatar 

That is because from 2001-2006 if you said anything that was in contradiction to the government you were 1) Unamerican and 2) Instantly became a suspected terrorist, remember?

 

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#11) On April 16, 2009 at 4:27 PM, blake303 (29.27) wrote:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/16/10-most-offensive-tea-par_n_187554.html

Don't bother pointing out that these pictures may not represent all of the people at the tea parties or that the Huffington Post has left-wing bias. I am fully aware. I don't believe the protestors pictured here are "demanding accountability from the government" though. 

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#12) On April 16, 2009 at 4:40 PM, whereaminow (22.35) wrote:

Those first ten signs are only offensive to you because they don't place any blame on Republicans. You're caught in the Infowar.  You and the hard core Republicans are wearing blinders.  Just as there is no difference between the two parties, there is no difference between you and those sign holders.

David in Qatar

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#13) On April 16, 2009 at 4:48 PM, blake303 (29.27) wrote:

No, they are offensive because they are racist and anti-semitic, which is the difference between me and those sign holders. 

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#14) On April 16, 2009 at 4:52 PM, garyc27 (< 20) wrote:

The participants at Tea Parties were Republicans, Democrats and Independents. 

The Tea Party movement has grown out of alarm over the continuous runaway spending from the local government and state governments through several administrations and congresses in Washington D.C.  

Our poorly-representative government is spending trillions of dollars that we don’t have, rewarding irresponsibility, growing government exponentially beyond the walls of Constitutional limitation that had already been breached, encroaching on our Liberties, wastefully spending on things unrelated to the economic problem, shredding welfare reform, affecting takeovers of private industry, managing the salaries of private enterprise, and threatening global warming taxes that will increase the electric bills of average Americans by 40% or more.

This isn't about Bush or Obama, they both SUCK.  For that matter The Democratic Party SUCKS and The Republican Party SUCKS.  We need to end lifetime career Senators and lifetime career House of Representatives who are focused on themselves not focused on the jobs they were elected to do.

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#15) On April 16, 2009 at 5:20 PM, whereaminow (22.35) wrote:

The Tea Party protests were in 306 cities and drew an estimated 100,000 to 250,000 people nationwide.  If those 10 signs are the worst that Huffington Post's 2,000 improptu reporters could find, then I don't mind them at all. A couple of them I wouldn't condone.  The others weren't offensive at all, just people expressing their opinions.

David in Qatar

 

 

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#16) On April 16, 2009 at 7:39 PM, soycapital (< 20) wrote:

Can't we ever get past the childish Repubs vs. Dems. Wake up folks it's US vs. them. They are destroying our future! Grow up!

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#17) On April 22, 2009 at 5:23 PM, rofgile (99.31) wrote:

David,

 

 There were lots of protests of the war, both leading up to the Iraq war, and during the many years it has run.  The media just didn't cover the protests (it was un-American to not support GWB after 911, and the media didn't want to be seen as un-American).  

 I still find the tea-party protests as somewhat silly.  The whole complaint is that there is too much taxes?  Or is the bank bailouts? Or is it that Obama sucks?  I don't know what the point was.  Taxes are lower now than 10 years ago, Bush did the bank bailouts - and I think they seemed to have been positive now in retrospect (banks didn't fail, lending didn't die, and banks are repaying the government for the loans and trying to end them since they have the incentive of paycaps).  And so far, the economy hasn't collapsed under Obama - science funding is up, we're coming clean on torture and international law, volunteer organisation funding to Americorps is being restored, we have people in there that want more regulation of the markets - etc.

 Seems to me that we've got good leadership for once, steering us back in the right direction - and most of the country agrees on this at the moment (high support for Obama on both sides). 

 -Rof  

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#18) On April 22, 2009 at 7:09 PM, beatnik11 (< 20) wrote:

"But I definitely don't remember any Patriot Act protests coming from the Left.

Oh well."

Actually there were plenty of people on the left that were appauled and protesting both the patriot act and the war. However they didnt get the nicities of a mainstream news channel pumping them up.  Like the other poster said basically since 9/11 till about 06, those who were against the war and against the policies to stop the growing destruction of our freedoms (see patriot act, warrentless wiretapping, torture...etc).  In Feb 03, not long before the invasion of iraq, hundreds of thousands of americans did come out and protest and so did millions more all across the world, the event however got downplayed by the media (yes even the "liberal media") in the USA because they were too concerned with continuing the drum beat for the invasion of iraq and the so called war against terror.  I am more than happy that the tea parties happened, Its time people really start using their free speech, although I do find it funny that the same people who called me a traitor just 6 years before for speaking out against the government are now doing the same thing.  In my opinion they can not act as if they are isolated and singled out for their protests because they seem to have the memory of a gold fish.  This is not right vs left, but our rights vs the corruption of both parties.  Now the spinless democrats are in power and *shock* they are filled with just as many corrupt scumbags as the republican party. 

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