I don’t even know if there is such a word as ‘tea-baggers’ but you all know what I am talking about. This is the group of people who want to stop the spending, stop the abortions, stop socialism, stop immigration, stop hand-outs, stop universal health care, stop big government, stop spending and among other things stop President Barack Hussein (emphasis demanded) Obama from doing anything. That is a whole bunch of stops. It used to be, in a sense, that the opposition to the incumbant focused on one element not several hundred. From my vantage point there doesn’t seem to be any coherent unifying message from these folks.
From “no government run health care” to “hands off my medicare” comes the logically challenged cacophony of voices. Even the letters T,E and A have been used by the protesters to say “Taxed Enough Already.” Which could really be the rallying cry for any American. Although now with a tax cut for these middle class people, I’m not sure who should be chanting that.
So, in steps, who else, Captain America a superhero who first appeared in March 1941 with his smack down of Hitler (and any other foe who acts contrary to American values). Now, in 2010, he takes on subversives in Idaho whom he surmises are a threat. (Sounds almost like a season of 24). This time CA’s sidekick is a black man “Falcon” who is asked by CA to infiltrate this apparent Tea Party protest. Falcon doesn’t think it is a good idea because as he says it he would not be welcomed by a crowd of “angry white folks.” Now, over the years CA often said that his duty is to defend the American dream and not to be beholding to any political party.
When the two of them arrive at the demonstration they are confronted with signs that read “Tea Bag the Libs Before they Tea Bag You” and “Stop the Socialists” which I am sure if you have seen video of the TP rallies you have seen the signs. At least in my mind, there is no ambiguity as to whom CA is railing against. CA says to Falcon that the march looks like an “anti-tax thing.” Will this apparent smear by a liberal leaning funny book, comic book or graphic novel go unchallenged? Nay nay…
Out of the woodwork comes Michael Johns, a board member of the National Tea Party Coalition on who else FoxNews.com complaining that “The Tea Party movement has been very reflective of broad concerns of all Americans. Membership is across ethnic, religious and even political lines.”
Which brings up an interesting point, where are the ethnic people of color? I may be not looking hard enough but the members of the TP movement seem like a bunch of very white, spoiled baby boomers who are frightened because history is moving on without them. (Thanks Christian Finnegan) I don’t see angry black guys (or gals) or angry Asian guys, or angry Hispanic guys shaking their fists. (Well I guess in Idaho there wouldn’t be too many people of color in those protests, anyway.) But seriously, the population of the marches in Washington and the disruptions of the town hall meetings in August were all (again, unless I missed a lot of them) agitated whites. Of course there was former Rep Tom Tancredo (R-Colo) the first of the speakers at the recent TP convention, who called President Obama a “committed Socialist ideologue” who was elected because “we do not have a civics, literacy test before people can vote.” Shades of Jim Crow don’t ya think? He went on to say, “People who could not even spell the word ‘vote’ or say it in English put a committed socialist ideologue in the White House.” Speaks for itself…But I digress…
Where is the Big Tent of the Republicans? Do the Tea-Partiers need a real party so they can stand next to more ethnicities? Even Sarah Palin, the keynote speaker at the recent TP convention (for $100,000) tells the group to pick a party, with either a “D” or “R” to join. I presume she does not see them as a credible 3rd, 4th or 5th party. I don’t either, until they begin to represent a real cross section of this country’s diversity and not just their own varied personal interests. Wait a minute, do the republicans and/or democrats even do that? Where’s my funny tea-bag hat.