Let's talk about the Tea Party. No, I do not mean sitting around and chatting over tea and crumpets, although perhaps they would all be better off if they did that. No, I am talking about the American Political Movement of activists, racists, general ignorant people who function at a 5th grade level, and rabid religious fools who want everyone to be -forced- to live and think like they do. Now, yes, this is my personal opinion about these fools in general, but to be fair, I went and did a little research into the Political Movement itself, and read the core values, the stated beliefs as a whole of this “organized” group of people. Here is what I found.
On one site, it stated below:
Tea Party Patriots, Inc. operates as a social welfare organization organized under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to Tea Party Patriots, Inc. are not deductible as charitable contributions for income tax purposes.
Tea Party Patriots, Inc. ("TPP") is a non-partisan, non-profit social welfare organization dedicated to furthering the common good and general welfare of the people of the United States. TPP furthers this goal by educating the public and promoting the principles of fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government and free markets. Tea Party Patriots has not endorsed candidates for public office.
TPP welcomes participation by all citizens of the United States in online groups or blogs made available through the TPP website. TPP online groups and blogs are offered for the exchange of ideas related to TPP's mission, and discussion in any TPP online group or blog should be limited to the stated subject matter of the group. Positions taken or statements made in such groups or blog posts, including the endorsement of political candidates, do not necessarily represent the positions of TPP, Inc. or its board members, officers or employees, and should not be attributed to TPP without the express written permission of a duly-appointed officer of TPP. Individuals posting on TPP online groups and blogs are expected to self-police, to conduct themselves in a civil and responsible manner, and to refrain from profanity, slander and personal attacks. TPP does not condone and will not tolerate discrimination of any kind, and it will not tolerate comments encouraging any kind of illegal activities. No advertising, commercials or solicitations should be placed on any TPP online group or blog.
That doesnt sound so bad really, on its face. Right? I mean, really. However, that is not how it works, is it. NONE of these people that have forced their angry, puffy faces into the camera follow any of these goals, nor do they seem to fathom the reality of how government works. Want proof? Here's more.
Non-Negotiable Core Beliefs
Illegal Aliens Are Here illegally.
Pro-Domestic Employment Is Indispensable.
Stronger Military Is Essential.
Special Interests Eliminated.
Gun Ownership Is Sacred.
Government Must Be Downsized.
National Budget Must Be Balanced.
Deficit Spending Will End.
Bail-out And Stimulus Plans Are Illegal.
Reduce Personal Income Taxes A Must.
Reduce Business Income Taxes Is Mandatory.
Political Offices Available To Average Citizens.
Intrusive Government Stopped.
English As Core Language Is Required.
Traditional Family Values Are Encouraged.
Common Sense Constitutional Conservative Self-Governance is our mode of operation.
Ahh so now we are down to the knitty gritty. Core values. Now, lets take a close look at these core values.
“Illegal Aliens Are Here illegally.”
Wow. Really... I had no idea. Damn. And here I thought illegal aliens were here legally. IT was just a turn of phrase. *bonk head* Consider me taught.
Ok.. news flash here. People who come into this country ARE here illegally.. idiots. And no one, NO ONE is saying otherwise. However, what is true... and not based in your illogical hatred of all things brown, is this:
It is NOT a criminal act to be in this country illegally. It is a civil matter and is handed by the civil courts and civil laws. Why? Because …. and I want you to read this carefully. Because I understand you are easily confused and I promise to use small words:
It is the basis of the origin of this country that we are a place of shelter for those who are being treated shamefully by those in power. That is why the poem was placed on Lady Liberty for those incoming immigrants. Oh yeah, what is an immigrant. That is an awfully big word, isn't it. Well, an immigrant is someone new to a country that was not BORN here. You know, like very single person in this country other than native american indians. I know, I know, its a bit hard to swallow but every single person in this country other than slaves (those oodles of brown people you really don't want to think about) and indiginous (oops there I go again with a big word. That means native, here first, or here before the land was founded into a country) people are immigrants.
Here's the poem since I highly doubt most of the “Tea Party” ever read or know other than maybe one teesy little line:
The New Colossus
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
~Emma Lazarus, 1883
Wow. That says a lot doesn't it. And man oh man you start talking about this and they all squirm. Its rather fun to see. But lets move on. This is a topic I enjoy beating them with, and its hardly fair.
So, just to recap for you, before I move on: Our laws are constructed to keep our borders, within reason, marked and policed, while at the same time not denying to ANY member seeking refuge here, a chance to do just that. Success is here for the taking to anyone willing to work, and work hard. Now, its an oversimplification to say that we have fair immigration laws, because they would make most tea party people cry with the big words and complicated phrases of law, but needless to say that its done so that we are both protected and still a welcoming place for (oooo here's this big word again) Immigrants.
“Pro-Domestic Employment Is Indispensable.”
There is a matter of point to be made here, other than the repetitive nature and cause of this new statement. Do we want to employ Americans as much as possible? Yes. However, Americans often feel they are worth far more than they are, demand to be paid far more than they are worth work-wise, and simply lack the knowledge or skill to do the work that is needed. It is not simply a fiscal choice to employ outside the United States, but this could quickly get very complicated and require me to use big words, so suffice to say I will simply agree with the statement on its face, and ignore the racist and ignorant hidden meanings. We -should- employ our own before we bring in other nationals. However... sometimes? It makes more sense to the bottom dollar to do otherwise and THAT is the fault of our Government, and its lack of participation and paying attention to the larger issues at a whole such as the base and sad condition of the education of our citizenry outside of fifth grade (otherwise known as “higher learning” in other countries), and competing world wide with other citizenry when it comes to that “higher” education. I know I used a lot of big words, but if you don't understand these, please just Google.
The main point? How many people do YOU know willing to work for 15 hours a day in the hot hot sun so that Mr. White Spoiled-Person can have his canned green beans for less than a buck a can? How many do you know that can spend 12 hours a day putting teensy tiny computer pieces onto a motherboard in a sealed sterile room? IF we used Americans for everything, that can of green beans would cost three bucks a can and that computer would cost over three grand instead of fifteen hundred. And you watch them scream NOW about the lowest taxes in the world? Imagine how loud they would scream then. Oy. It makes my head hurt just thinking about it.
“Stronger Military Is Essential.”
We have one of the strongest military IN THE WORLD. We also have the most expensive. Hands down, folks. We spend a HUGE portion of our budget on the DOD (department of defense), more than anything else COMBINED. We will spend on our military and related expenditures, over 1 TRILLION dollars THIS YEAR. That's over 19% of the budget and over 28% of tax income for this country. Is it really that hard to do the math? Really? Really. The US Military budget is almost MORE than the ENTIRE WORLD COUNTRIES spend on ALL their MILITARY –COMBINED--. Did you read that? Do I need to say it again? Let me, just to make the point and drive it home with a hammer. The United States of America spends MORE on its military and directly related expenses that if we took EVERY country WITH a military and ADDED them all together.
US Military = Canada Military + EVERY European Countries Military + EVERY Asian Military + Every MIDDLE EAST COUNTRY Military
The US military budget is almost 10 TIMES more than CHINA spends. CHINA! HELLO?
And just as a little side note, we spent (in 2003):
Social Security: 23%
Other Means-tested entitlements: 6%
Mandatory payments (pensions, etc.): 6%
Welfare, which everyone loves to jump on, is just 3% of the budget. THREE PERCENT.
When these idiots are quoting that Welfare is 33% of the budget? Yeah... please remember they are including ALL of the above in that little number.
DO. THE. MATH. And then.. please... SHUT UP.
“Special Interests Eliminated.”
This... amuses me. Because the Tea Party.. IS A SPECIAL INTEREST. ANYONE that offers to pay or otherwise influence how the government runs is a special interest. The Insurance Companies have a special interest group. Guess who pays the Republicans that are screaming the loudest about health care reform? Yep, you guessed it. Our politicians are bought and paid for by special interest groups who back their re-election campaigns and campaign contributions. And the Tea Party is no exception. And we'll cover that soon, when you see some of their other “core values”. Am I for removing the RIGHT to have special interests BRIBE our politicians? Yep. However, thats not what these guys want. They want the special interests that they don't LIKE to be removed, not the others. Oy. Moving on.
“Gun Ownership Is Sacred.”
The Gun Manufacturers are a group of special interests backing the Republicans. They promote not gun safety or gun education... noooooo. Do you see big free posters where people donate their time and money in local colleges to teach people how to shoot guns and take care of guns and identify guns? No. Why? Because its not about those things. THEY DONT CARE. They just want their guns. So when they run around screaming about this? You remember who taught them this BS. The Gun Lobby. With big ole posters along the road in states like Louisiana and Montana.
“Guns don't kill people, people kill people.”
Mmhm. And people holding guns kill people. A LOT. Of course they also use knives, poison, blunt objects like hammers, etc. Its a pretty big problem since Cain killed Abel really. But wow, imagine if there were no instruments that delivered a projectile at 370 to 1220 feet per MILIsecond. Thats... really fast and really far. Go go gunpowder.
Before you freak out and scream at me, I am actually not against guns. I like guns. I grew up AROUND guns. I was taught HOW to shoot a gun, many kinds of guns between the ages of 13-20. Its a learning thing. I wanted to know. I am against guns being allowed to be freely available to every psycho in the population without any means of control or registration. I feel that all guns should not be registered/ given permit until their owner passes a stringent set of education. Where is the safety. Can you HIT the DAMN target. Point at the ground when moving. That sort of thing. I do not believe that the average citizen NEEDS an automatic rifle or handgun. Nope. IF you are that shitty a shot, go back to school. Any yahoo with a 3rd grade education can learn to shoot a deer at 100 paces with a rifle. IF you need a spray of bullets to accomplish that, you really are a moron and shouldn't hold a gun in the first place. But.. that's me. I'm picky. It goes to say however, that I have NO guns in my house with small children. Nor will I. Because thats just common sense. Someday, maybe I will get a rifle for my boys and take them hunting, teach them how its done. For now? No. Guns have a place. Why that is so hard to understand is beyond me. Guns are not necessary for a healthy society. Actually its exactly the opposite. However, they are a fact of life here. You want a gun, fine. Register it and shut up.
“Government Must Be Downsized.”
Okay. Here is where I call foul. Because... they want big military, but small government. Um... huh? Sorry, you cannot have big military without big taxes (remember that 28% of the tax income part?) which in turn means big government. Yep. Sorry, you lose here. Logic -25%. You cannot have a big military or the controls you seem to WANT without big government. But you see, they want what they WANT and they dont care about the logic of it. Its not about sense, its about emotion. We'll be touching on this point several times as we move on, so keep this point in mind. They want smaller government. Yep... uh huh.
“National Budget Must Be Balanced.”
What a novel idea. I agree 100%. Well, Republicans certain don't want a balanced budget, as we've seen what they do when they have control. Democrats dont really care about a balanced budget other than long term. Both are screwed in this department.
Well, take a good look at what the tea party people stand for. They want the war.... they want big military.. they want low taxes... and they want no social services. Hmmmmmm. I see a logic foul here. Do you? Me do. Me do a lot. Its called math, which isn't a strong point with these people. We'll be referencing this little gem as well farther down.
“We're walking... we're walking...”
“Deficit Spending Will End.”
Um... well... if we have a balanced budget... duh? This is what we call a redundant point. Moving on.
“Bail-out And Stimulus Plans Are Illegal.”
Interesting. While I also feel that bailing out wall street was counter productive and foolish, I doubt this is what they are talking about. Matter of fact, I am pretty sure they have no idea because it falls RIGHT smack dab on several issues that they like a whole lot. Like the government saving Chrysler. And the banks. And wall street. And a dozen other such “american” ideals over the past 100 years. Imagine what would have happened if the banks had simply failed. If wall street had fallen flat on its face. Gold standard anyone? What's that you ask? Well, it means that our WHOLE country would go back to what that dollar is actually worth. THINK about that. That job you have in that factory? Gone. Cause the bank that held the tab went belly up and so did their backing, and the factory closed. No line of credit means no pay for the employees. Are you going to work for free? I doubt it. OH! And that credit card you hold? Yeah, it would be gone. All credit would be gone. That house you hold a mortgage on? Yeah, poof. Because the loan is worthless and comes due. This was A HUGE issue. Multi-level and the LEVEL of disaster was HUGE. Do I understand why the banks were bailed out? Yes. I still think it was wrong, because what we should have done was rein in the credit card industry, wall street, and the banks 50 years ago when they started the shenanigans that caused this mess.
Now, before you get all confused, let me touch on “gold standard”. In essence that means that the gold we hold does not exceed the amount of printed money we circulate. We stopped doing this some time ago, and it allows for money to be printed and circulated as “needed” which results in inflation and loss of worth of our money in this country. I could fill up an entire entry on this. Needless to say, its not something we could do right now, or suffer complete financial ruin.
The point being, that bailing out and/or stimulus plans are in place to save us from ruin. And while they are, honestly, a HUGE mistake, so I agree with the premise? All these Tea Party fools would be homeless and jobless rather quickly, and I am pretty sure they would howl even louder about the unfairness of it all, and whine that the government didnt save them like it should have. Perspective, as they say, is a bitch.
IT goes also to point, to point out that corporate welfare in this country is HUGE and why so many of them are still in business. And why do we do it? So Joe Schmo still has a job. THINK about that. The bigger issue here is that these people cannot, or will not, see the bigger picture. And the multi-level COMPLICATED issues of micro and macro economics as a whole.
“Reduce Personal Income Taxes A Must.
Reduce Business Income Taxes Is Mandatory.”
I put these together because they are, well, redundant separate. However, lets look at the wording for a moment. Personal income tax reduction is a must, but business income taxes are mandatory. NOTE if you will, they don't say SMALL business. Nope. Interesting, isn't it? Makes you realize just who is pulling the strings here. Big business. They hate taxes. Mind you, they want to be considered a person so they can influence candidates and work within this country as an individual. But they do not want to pay taxes like an individual. NOPE. They want tax breaks that are MANDATORY. IF that doesn't bug you? You really don't get it. DO THE MATH.
Now onto a larger point.
As you can see there, the United States personal taxes are some of the lowest anywhere. The ONLY countries with lower personal income tax are Korea and Mexico, New Zealand, Ireland, Japan, Austrailia and Iceland. Austrailia and Iceland are basically the same as ours or close to it. However, lets look at CORPORATE taxes. Hmm.. that's pretty high. Interesting isn't it. So maybe this has nothing to do with people, everyday people. Maybe, this is corporations yanking the “everyman” chain to get them to do their work for them. Maybe? Maybe.
Now.. take a look at this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cou
Lets compare our previous chart to this one shall we? And remember which countries pay less taxes than we do? Let's take a look.
Korea... doesn't even register in the top 15. I'm not even sure New Zealand HAS a military. Australia spends 18.4 to our 607.0 (that's in billions folks). Ireland again, I do not believe even really HAS a military, although they do have a very large police force. Japan? They spend 46.3 to our 607.0. Iceland... do they have a military force? Its small if they have one. Mexico obviously has one, but its far far far less than anything registering on this little chart. Hmm... interesting. So.
Let's take this a step further and look at the welfare “state” of society within various countries in comparison to these other two charts, shall we?
Here you get a very nicely worded explanation of the concepts. You also get a really informative little chart about halfway down, after a nice little charge on overall poverty. Let us take a peek at that for a quick moment.
Lets compare those that are below us in taxes, first. Korea (south)? They spend about 6% on social welfare (remember that little list? Include those.) compared to the US costs of 14.8%. And thats a percent from our Gross Domestic Product, or what we sell of our own stuff. Mexico spends 11.8% compared to our 14.8%. New Zealand? 18.5 to our 14.8, but again they spend almost nothing on their Military. Ireland? 13.8 to our 14.8 but again, no military. Japan? 16.9 to our 14.8 and spend a lot lot lot less on their military. Australia? 18.0 to our 14.8 but again, no military. And Iceland? A whopping 19.8 in comparison to our 14.8. Who are the highest? The top five are Denmark, Sweden, France, Germany, and Belgium. I'll let you go peruse the other charts to see where THEY fall okay? I think you can handle that.
We pay really REALLY low taxes considering these facts, now don't we?
“Political Offices Available To Average Citizens.”
…... Are you really this stupid?
This really doesn't chalk up as worth my time, but I'll touch base here. ANYONE can run for political office. ANYONE. You just need backers and a WHOOOOLE lotta money. And as so many have proven, all you really have to do is talk like a hick, look like a cheerleader or a football coach, spew some hateful and ignorant words, and ask for donations. POOF you are a political candidate with a football helmet hairdo and a following of uneducated to rival the Beetles. Go go the American dream.
“We're walking... we're walking...”
“Intrusive Government Stopped.”
So. They want... intrusive government stopped.
Does that include laws that govern who you can marry, or what you do with your body? Does that include telling people that they HAVE to speak a certain language? Or instituting laws that make children pray in school and learn about RELIGIOUS opinions like creationism and famous pastors? Yeahhhh I didn't think so. See, they WANT intrusive government that AGREES with them. But they have NO issue with intrusive government that infringes on the rights of those around them. I do not see them shouting, “Keep your laws off my body!” or “Keep the government out of who I fall in love with or who I want to marry!” Nope. They are screaming for the EXACT opposite. They WANT the government to regulate marriage, abortion, what language people speak (GOD forbid that Americans have to learn more than one language! *GASP*), what is and is not taught in schools, specifically about religion and why it MUST be taught to our children (never mind its the parent's job to teach their religious preferences, not a school). THOSE intrusive laws are fine. GOD says its okay. But otherwise, no, they don't want intrusive government. OH except for the Military spending.
I wonder how long it would take people to bitch about things if the roads fell to pieces (do you REALLY want me to quote how much of the taxpayers state and federal tax goes to road building and maintenance?), the schools were empty and falling down, entire small towns emptied, libraries fell silent, education as a whole ceased but for the wealthy, medical care disappeared for the poor in any sense, and disease ran rampant everywhere as a result? Yeah, you would hear them from space. Bitchbitchbitch. Next they would want to just kill the sick and elderly and poor. I mean, they are dirty worthless members anyway. Right? Right. Then they would find that the middle class became the new poor as cars fell apart because roads ceased to be maintained and we all went back to horses. I'm sure Mr. Hick Tea party wouldnt mind riding his tractor to work... but how about you? Mm? How comfy is that lawnmower of yours for longer travels.
Point made. Moving on.
“English As Core Language Is Required.
Traditional Family Values Are Encouraged.”
I put these together because they segue so neatly from my previous point. BOTH of these two CORE VALUES will INCREASE intrusive government. BOTH of them. And I have to ask... really? Just whose traditional family values are you encouraging? Saudi Arabia has some very interesting family values. So does India. Ahhhh you mean AMERICAN family values. You mean those family values that thought slavery was a GRAND idea and having the local gay man stoned and hung on a fence as traditional family values. I see. My bad. I misunderstood.
They want intrusive government. BUT Only when it agrees with their twisted religious opinions. These opinons have NOTHING to do with human rights. Have NOTHING to do with the golden rule. What's that. Oh you know. That pesky thing Jesus said, about doing to others as you want them to do to you. Or Jaz's version. Which for obvious reasons I prefer:
“If you want people to be nice to you, don't be an asshat.”
Jesus also said, “Judge not, lest you also be judged by God.” Yeah, I know the bible. Real well. I was raised on it, steeped in it, and walked away from the SHEER HYPOCRISY of his followers by the time I was 20. Because these people don't READ the bible. They don't LISTEN to their god. NOPE. They pick and choose from what they WANT and ignore the rest.
If people LIVED like Christ asked us to live? The world would be a much nicer place. And we wouldn't have people screaming racial epitaths and slurs against the politicians who didn't vote the way they wanted. I think the hardest thing I have seen so far, is the people saying that this group isn't racist because they have black people. Um... so their shouting this garbage isn't racist? Really? Really.
It just goes to prove that ignorance is just part of how it works, because last time I checked, the words thrown at our legislators were racist/bigoted and out of line. And if you don't see that you are part of the problem, not part of the solution. The only way for us to grow as a society is to understand that you can dislike a law, you can want to change what's happening. But if you are screaming horrible things, you are just a monkey throwing poo at decent people, and you should be ashamed of yourself. Truly.
We are the American People. I feel we are headed to a civil war, that won't be civil. I am worried. I am disgusted by the ignorance that we flaunt so proudly. I shake my head at the sheer lunacy of this circus act that has come to stand for the Tea Party, and politics in general.
It's time to grow up. Kiddie pool time is over folks; the adults want to swim.