Those on the left didn't go out of their way to create a joke about the Tea Party, Bob, and it was only funny because the Tea Party had unknowingly signed up to become the butt of a joke, and that those on the left who started using the term did not mean to be crass and cruel? Okie-Dokie!
The ones who started using the term were the folks in the Tea Party, Denise. You tried to take over a piece of American history for yourselves, which is understandable and good propaganda. Nobody asked you to start walking around displaying tea bags stapled to your hats and to your lapels. I myself wouldnít have been in the know enough to have warned you against it. It was a slow motion public relations nightmare. Nobody set you up for it, but once you were there, darn it, it was funny.
As a group, I canít think of another that seemed as upset by the gay community, and to see the Tea Party make an enormous blunder of this sort was simply a gift that kept on giving, like that mistakes that teachers sometimes make in classes of adolescents that will set the class off with gales of self perpetuating laughter. After a while the class for the most part would rather cut their own throats than continue laughing, but there it is again, Ms. Freezebinder actually said that thing about Tarpons in public. Then she said that thing about ďAre you going to keep laughing all period, and I just wish I could crawl under the table, except I canít stop laughing.Ē
Nobody tossed the foolish banana peel under the feet of the Tea Party, Denise. They stepped proudly in the thing themselves, secure in the knowledge that it was the right thing to do. And thatís another reason why it ended up being funny.
The demographics from what I have seen appear to be misguided college-age students being taken advantage of by communist and union organizations, with a shout-out of support from the Administration AND Hugo Chavez! But hey, aren't we all socialists/communists now?!
I dealt with the demographics issue at a little length in my above response to Mike.
I speculate that the categories you propose would be interesting to try to quantify. There would be a fascinating question of inter-rater reliability to deal with. How would you propose developing standards so that all your raters would agree on what a ďmisguided college-aged studentĒ might be, for example?
They also appear to be 99.99% White. Ooops. Does that mean they are RACIST?!
I voiced my problems with that question in my reply to Mike. My assumption that your figure of 99.99% is hyperbole, since I have yet to see any actual demographics, as I mentioned above, and the worry that Mr. Bruner voiced seems genuine enough. Nevertheless, itís an interesting question, and it should be answered, which is why I suggest the need for actual demographic study so that some outreach might be done if there is a problem.
Whatís your thought on the matter? Do you think these folks are actually racist, or are you furious at the treatment you feel the Tea Party has gotten and welcome a chance to turn the question on the people whom you feel have treated the Tea Party so unfairly? That would be assuming, of course, that these protestors and the previous critics are the same people.
When I say ďorĒ in this case, it suggests that there are only two possibilities, and that is certainly not the case at all, it is merely rhetorical impoverishment on my part and an unwillingness to put this note through several extra drafts to iron out these places where my bad writing pokes its nose under the tent wall and sneezes inelegantly. The protestors seem to me to be more uncertain and indecisive and angry at the economic jam weíre in and at the part that they feel some of the banks and the brokers and the insurance companies and the financial industry ó or the more unregulated and mismanaged part of it at least ó have played in all this.
If that is the crux of their discontent, then I must say I am in basic agreement, and I would suspect that you may have some agreement with at least some of the things theyíre getting at too. We really have been unkind to the pooch in the country over the past ten years, and I think that both parties have had a part in it.
I donít want to put words in your mouth, so I wonít even try to say any more; Iím simply interested in what you have to say about this. I simply donít think itís a matter of liberal and conservative at all.
I didn't say the 'Occupiers' were freeloaders, though some may well be. According to an ad in Craig's List some are even being paid to be there. So I guess for some of them it's a temporary job...or according to Nancy Pelosi's dictionary....a spontaneous grass roots movement...lol.
I made of point of saying ďFreeloaderĒ was my word; and youíre right to correct me if thatís not what you meant. Thank you.
I donít know what you mean about the ad in Craigís list, but Iíd ask you to use your own good thinking on that for a moment. An ad means that somebody has paid a publisher money to say something they wouldnít have published for free. When I publish a poem or an article I want some sort of payment, money or copies, in return; I donít pay somebody else unless theyíre doing something for me.
So if there are people being paid to be there, I want to join them. Let me know where I can find these people so I can get paid to do something like that in my city. Iíve been thinking of doing it for free, but the possibility of getting paid has made the whole thing absolutely irresistible. Just let me know where I can collect my dough, and I be there, and Iíll see if I can bring along some old radical friends and maybe we can make a party of it. If you can find the address where theyíre handing out this free money, why donít you show up their, collect the money and go home, and bring your tea party friends, collect the dough and donate it to the tea party candidate of your choice.
In fact, if you really believe a rumor like that one, you could probably fund your whole party on that money; go for it. Think how sweet it would be to elect somebody from your neck of the political spectrum from money passed out the international conspiracy of people who hate anything really really American.
A couple of people interviewed said they were there mostly for the free sex and cheap drugs.
Yeah, yeah, sure; lotta darn good that does me.