Considering how much the Republicans bitch about too much sex permeating popular culture these days you’d think they’d keep something like Tea Bagging in their bedrooms, but lately they’ve been doing it quite a bit in public much to my amusement. Naturally this is a case of the Republicans meaning one thing and everyone else having their minds in the gutter, but it somehow seems appropriate. For those of you not up on the more esoteric slang words for various sexual acts allow me to point you to the Wikipedia entry on Teabagging. Go ahead and read it, we’ll wait right here.
Done? OK. Now what the Republicans are actually referring to when they use the term “Tea Bagging Party” is a supposedly grass-roots protest over various budget proposals put forth by the Obama administration. The name is meant to invoke thoughts of the original Boston Tea Party which, if you recall your history classes, was about taxation without representation. Needless to say the fact that the Republicans are not victims of taxation without representation, are in fact very well represented in Congress, is totally lost on the gibbering idiots who are taking part in these protests. Apparently the word “Tea” in this case is actually an acronym for “Taxed Enough Already”, which is ironic considering that most Republicans in America would actually have lower taxes under Obama’s proposals and even the new taxes on the rich Republicans would still be lower than what they were paying under Republican President Ronald Reagan. As is their usual tactics the Republicans aren’t letting pesky facts and their own self-interest get in the way of their opposition to anything Obama might try to do.
There have already been a number of smaller “Tea Parties” around the nation and today they’re hoping to break a record by having protests all around the country where millions of angry ignorant Republicans literally mail tea bags to members of Congress as opposed to throwing them into a nearby harbor. Given the sexual meaning of the word “tea bagging” this has naturally led to all manner of snickering on the part of those of us who tend to snicker at double entendres. It doesn’t help that the more liberal journalists out there are milking this for all they can. Take, for example, this segment by Dave Schuster on MSNBC’s Countdown with Kieth Olbermann:
That’s pure comedy gold there. Meanwhile the Republicans not only seem to be stunningly unaware of what fools they’re making of themselves, but they’re paranoid enough to wonder if the Obama administration might send spies to the Tea Parties:
Today, the Department of Homeland Security released a report on the growing influence of radical right-wing extremists. On Fox News this afternoon, guest host David Asman willingly tied the Fox-promoted, lobbyist-funded, “grassroots” tea party movement to such right-wing radicals, and suggested that the Obama administration might send “spies” to the tea parties to track extremists:
I’m looking at the report and it says, among other things, that the federal government is going to begin gathering information on right-wing extremist activity in the United States. Does that mean they’re going to be sending spies to these tea parties?
Asman continued to group conservatives with radical extremists later in the segment, asking whether the DHS report was just “an effort to shut up their critics.”
Isn’t that the sort of thing the last Republican administration did? Why yes, yes it was. Hell he even went one better and put a system in place to spy on all Americans whenever they make a phone call or use the Internet, and these idiots are worried that Obama might have spies at their Tea Bagging parties?
The far Right in this country have gone absolutely ape-shit since the election, buying up guns like crazy and calling for Obama’s impeachment before he’s really had a chance to do much of anything he cold be impeached for, and we’re already starting to see the crazy come to a head. Richard Poplawski, the nutcase who put on a bullet proof vest and waited for police to show up and then killed three of them, was allegedly worried about the Obama administration’s plans to ban all guns. A plan which, as near as anyone who’s sane can determine, doesn’t exist and probably won’t, ever. Of course the first thing all the Conservative pundits who have been calling on people to buy guns and plan for a revolution did was try to absolve themselves of responsibility for encouraging that kind of crazy, but don’t expect it to stop just because on of their number actually acted on it.
And if you think the people participating in these Tea Bagging protests aren’t that kind of crazy, well, I’ve got one more YouTube clip for you to consider taken at a Project 912 Glenn Beck Tea Party:
Some of my favorite bits include the man ranting about how the Digital TV Conversion boxes you’re going to need if you still have an analog TV set is actually a brain washing unit designed to turn you into a socialist. Never mind that the DTV transition started up years ago under the Bush Administration which means that they’d have to be complicit in it. He also thinks the colleges are brain washing your kids. Then there’s the lady who calls for burning of college books that are used for brain washing such as the ones that teach “the evolution crap.”
These people are fucking nuts and they’re organizing and buying up guns. They are staggeringly disconnected from reality and are being manipulated by Conservative leaders to encourage that disconnect. I am seriously concerned that Poplawski may just be the first such nutcase to act upon the bullshit he’s being fed.