Saturday, September 11, 2010

Listen to the Tea Partiers Speak for Themselves

Tom posted on our blog recently about the Restoring Honor Rally in Washington.  It was a controversial post that elicited a lot of angry comments, on our blog and several other places where it had been published or reposted. He was called some really bad names!  The commentors said over and over that he was an angry man (that was the nicest thing they said about him).  I read the post, in fact I helped edit it, and I didn't sense any anger in him as he wrote the article.  I did think that the commenters sounded quite angry, however.

Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin as leaders of the gathering, held center stage in Tom's post.  There were others who were hand picked to speak at the gathering. 
I was curious about what the other folks, the common folks-- those who were not on the podium--were thinking about the whole event.  What would they have said if they had been at the mic? Would it have been exactly the same rhetoric, or would some have had a slightly different take on it all.

To my delight, I found a video of a young reporter who had been there, circulating through the crowd, interviewing ordinary people, people who had come with friends and family to be part of the huge event. They were eager to talk to the young man, and very enthusiastic about sharing their views.  Here is the video. If you have a problem watching it on the blog, click on it and go to YouTube to watch it.  It is over 13 minutes long, but worth watching if you are interested in hearing some Tea Partiers  in a conversation about the issues.

 What did you think?


  1. I work with one of those deluded Teabagger souls and it is a struggle to keep a straight face and not laugh and be terrified at the same time.

  2. I'm continually amazed at how ignorant so many people are.

  3. Beach Bum, thanks for your comments about Teabaggers. Interesting that your reaction is mixed, as is mine.

    By the way, I read your blog frequently and as you will notice, we list it on our blog roll.

  4. Listed yours on my blogroll just a few a minutes ago. Will drop by often.

  5. I don't know when I've heard so many lies and so much ignorance in one 13 minute video. Scares the hell out of me.

  6. I've put up a post about both of yours. Hang in there. The blogosphere can be pretty brutal and some people just haven't learned good manners. Just file them away under "Thugs."

  7. That video makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck.

    And I wish somebody would please clarify who they mean when they refer to the "elites." Is that the intellectual elite (see Jacoby's The Age of American Unreason)? Or is that the moneyed elite (see the Kochs, Murdoch, Cheney, the Bush family)? My eyes cross every time I try to sort the message out.

    Judy, could I interest you in joining us at Hen's Teeth?

  8. OMG, while adding you to my blogroll I realized that you were from South Carolina....been there many times, probably end up getting sued in Greenwood, didn't think there was much in the way of intelligence in the whole state and never thought there would be liberals there!

    I actually have conversed with the state chairman of the republican party for Kentucky a few years back and he informed me that he had done a study and had determined that he could live just fine on minimum wage and he didn't understand what the problem was with these poor people...

    I asked him if during his study did he include rent? I mean most people working for minimum wage don't have the luxury of having their company buy them a house, buy their wife a wedding ring, or buy them a new Lincoln or Jag every year.

    I also asked him if he thought that people working on minimum wage had a company credit card to charge everything to including their groceries....

    Yeah, its easy to live on minimum wage when you have nothing to pay for...

    Oh, and he has dinner with McConnell and his wife and loves Glenn Beck and watches nothing but Fox News...I also have to admit that I introduced him to Ayn Rand back in 1990...what a mistake! Never read it but he likes to buy a bunch of them and pass them out as gifts...I have gotten three copies of Atlas Shrugged from him....I told him he could at least send me the hardcover volume...

    Its not just the folks walking that have pretty much runs all the way up the food chain of the republican party....

    Can't wait and see, if the republicans take the house this fall how they are going to dance around the issue of 'small government' never met a republican yet that really wanted smaller government....they just wanted government to do more for them....

    But then again, around here I am known as a 'socialist' so what do I know....

  9. TAO - you attempt to insult an entire state and use "intelligence" in the same sentence.

  10. Fortunitely, we have the Two Seeds and DemWit to prove that there are very intelligent people in SC. You'd just never know it from listening to their congressional representatives.

  11. Not just that....look at their state elected least in Kentucky when the governor announced he had had an affair a couple of years ago, his wife, standing next to him, decided at the end of his little speech to slap him silly with her purse...

    You go girl!

    Anon, I will be in Greenwood and Lamar SC next week let you know if anything changes...since my last visit last month.

    Its all crazy ANON, its all absurd.....and if you can't laugh at it you would go crazy!

    I would rather "insult" the absurdity and be the opposite of "intelligence" in your world....and be sane....


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