Saturday, April 24, 2010

What's In Their Tea?

This whole Tea Party thing is somewhat confusing. Don't get me wrong. I think it's great that people who are upset about politics are participating in protests rather than being apathetic. However, some things that they're saying don't make sense to me. The big cry is, "Give me my country back." Where do they think their country went? Did they have a bad dream in which they wake up and suddenly can't find all of the states? "Oh, no! Didn't Delaware used to be over there? Whoever took it, should give it back." And who do they think took it? Was it some country with fewer problems than we have? Are they calling out in this dream, "Hey, Monaco, we know you took our country. That's not right. You don't even have room for it."

Many of us were surprised by the recent demographic statistics about the Tea Party. Tea Partiers say they don't want the government so involved in their lives, yet the majority of them are in favor of Social Security and Medicare. In other words, they are against the government spending money on programs to help people except for the programs that they like. The majority of Tea Partiers are wealthier than the average American, better educated, and own nicer homes. So they've achieved the American Dream. They just don't care if anyone else ever gets to have that dream.

Just what are they unhappy with? What do they think has changed too much? Do they yearn for a time when there was runaway spending by the Bush Administration? They shouldn't worry about that. We've still got runaway spending. Do they miss the days when we waged a senseless war in the Mideast? Cheer up. We're still waging that war. Are they afraid that since Obama was elected, Wall Street's traditional greed has been halted? There are two words that should get rid of this fear: "Goldman Sachs." So where's the "socialism?" What are the "radical" moves Obama has made?

Is it just about health care? Come on. Is there one American who either personally or through his or her family hasn't had a horrible experience with a doctor, a hospital, or an insurance company? I don't know any. Besides, if for some reason, you love your nice, caring insurance company, nobody's making you change to something else. That doesn't sound so radical to me.

So why are they upset with the Obama Administration? It goes beyond the Democrats who were upset with Bush becoming President. These are not the usual feelings that those among the political "outs" have for the political "ins." There are some things having to do with the anger that these people feel towards Obama that is over the top. I'm talking about the out and out disdain, the name-calling, the drawings of Obama looking like Hitler that are displayed at their rallies. This is not just the traditional American rhetoric of those who were disappointed that their people were voted out of office. This is unabashed hatred.

I'm thinking of forming my own political group and calling it the Cola Party. I want my country back, too, and not just the good old America in which Coke only cost a dime. I would love to see the old America in which people could disagree politically, but still respect each other's opinions -- and their right to have them. Give me back my America in which people could calmly discuss their differences without calling each other un-American.

Those who are actually spewing disgusting invective or bringing those Nazi posters to the rallies might very well be on the fringe of this fringe movement. I'm certainly not suggesting that everyone in the Tea Party is filled with this venom. But I worry that too many of them are.

So what makes these Obama opponents so much angrier, so much more threatened, and so much more involved in using violent images than Americans who haven't liked previous Presidents throughout our history? It's a mystery, isn't it? Lets see. What is it about President Obama that's different from all the other Presidents who've come before him?

Hmm. Maybe it's not really such a mystery after all.


  1. hi lloyd,yes it is I beleave a carryover from the bush/cheney mess we americans gave them four years then another four to try and make it right the bush administration didn't fix anything so all the pent up anger is rolling onto this administration and until all men and women look a man or lady as a human being and not get mad because a man of color is our president right now, it is something like pent up anger rage because of bush/cheney. you my friend are right this is the greatest country in the world and given time the tea people will believe it too and be good americans. not that they aren't but it appears some ar guided by that right wing nut that some neo cons produce to make war and not peace.

  2. Found your blog via Ken Levine's. I disagree with your post which seems to imply that to be disgusted with the federal government is somehow racist because our president isn't 100% white. Slightly insulting.

    I used to consider myself a conservative. Cheney/Bush cured me of that. I thought they should have been impeached. The lack of outrage by the public and media at the lies and deception was disappointing for sure. But worse for me is how President Obama has chucked the mandate and is allowing the federal bloat to not only continue, but to tighten it's grip on all of us.

    It's too bad that tea party folks seem to be represented by such goons, but the intent is correct. It'd be nice if rather than defend the status quo, well spoken pundits like yourself would try to understand the source of unhappiness and possibly get behind a people's movement as opposed to just more blue vs red rhetoric.

    As for the supposed 'health care' plan, I don't see much care in it at all. I would have preferred the government get more involved and just provide all of us with the same plan the Congress and Senate enjoy. Obama promised single payer in his pre-election books, but bent us all over for the enjoyment of the insurance companies (Insurance...the new oil).

    In closing, I'll just say that just because he isn't Bush, doesn't make Obama right.Maybe the tea partiers aren't the best dressed people in the room but at least they're at the party.


  3. Hi, Lloyd... You are dead right. Not only are they in favor of SS and Medicare, many receive those socialist checks every month. If you ever form The Cola Party, I will be happy to donate the first dime. Tax deductible, right? Tony D


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