Sunday, September 20, 2009

TEA Parties and Hate

I knew there were those out there in the Blogosphere who didn't like those of us who dispute the leftist orthodoxy, but I had no idea there was so much visceral hate out there until I blogged on the Milwaukee TEA Party.

The debate is never on about the policy. It's always a debate about Bush. Or we're hateful. Or Teabaggers. Or Nazis. Or whatever. Oh...Racist. That is the most terrible thing they believe they can call us.

I wear the epithets as a badge of honor. I know they are untrue. I know what I am and what I believe. I know they have no answer and that is why they report to name-calling.

We're winning. We have ideas. We have alternatives. We have consistent core beliefs. What do they have?



John Foust said...

Hmm. I've also heard the tea parties described as non-partisan events, and that the Republicans spend as much as the Democrats, especially if we look at the presidential terms before Obama.

And I've seen many reports that tea party attendees love the signs that make Nazi comparisons, or witch doctor comparisons, or Stalin comparisons, etc.

So you didn't mean to pick on just leftist orthodoxy, Obama's policies, Nazis, Bush criticizers, etc. Right? Because you're consistent.

I'm looking forward to the moment when tea party attendees honestly and consistently identify the problems that led to the current situation, and put forth platform and practice to change it.

So far, I don't see a consistent message. I see rallies funded by unknown special interest groups like AFP. By "winning," what do you mean?

Deekaman said...

Now that I'm home from a job (that I'm happy to have and work hard at), I can moderate your post and answer it.

TEA parties are open to anyone who is like-minded regardless of political party or race, creed, color, nationality, etc. In fact, I met a couple people who came as counter-protestors and welcomed them and engaged them is civil discussion. We have much more in common than we have differences.

I have not seen the Nazi or Stalin comparisons, except to show that the some plans from this administration are strikingly similar to those espoused by by dictators, statists and tyrants. I have yet to see "Obama=Hitler". Doesn't mean it's not there, just means I haven't seen it. The "Nazi", "racist", "hate-monger", "tea-baggers" tome comes from the Left.

I am consistent. I have admitted that while I did not like some Bush policies (mainly domestic), I was not as vocal as I should have been. But I certainly criticized things like the Medicare drug benefit.

What has gotten us here is the unbridled spending by government on the Federal, State and Local levels by both parties and if you bother to pay attention, that is what we at TEA parties are protesting. While the Bush years created enormous deficits, again, if you are paying attention, this administration has quadrupled the deficit in 8 months.

You should probably look more into AFP. Of course it's a special interest group. The difference is that it sprung from the protests, not the other way around. the first TEA party I attended was organized by a stay-at-home mom who had never been politaclly active. Her concern regarding government overreach drove her to organize without benefit of any larger organization. It drew about 300 people with nearly zero publicity.

Winning? If we had not made a stink, we would currently be under a socialist single-payer healthcare system which would fail to address the real causes of high healthcare costs (e.g. tort reform) and have a job-killing cap-and-trade program sucking untold trillions of dollars out of the economy to zero benefit.

As it is, the Federal Register today published a Presidential Document requesting the government start looking into tort reform and I'm told by those in the know that Cap-and-Trade is dead, since (alleged) Global Warming stopped ten years ago.

All the Left currently has is name-calling. I'd say that's a win. Engage us on the issues and maybe we have something.

Call Me Mom said...

TEA=Taxed Enough Already. That's the overwhelming message and it has an impact on every area of government.

Just wanted to drop by and compliment you on your thoughtful reply to Ms. Crawford's posts on the Milwaukee TEA Party. Well done.