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Reading the Tea Leaves as the Tea Party Leaves
Was there EVER a Tea Party? Is it just a figment of the media’s collective imagination? The only time hear about the Tea Party seems to be when it gets sued for overbooking hotel rooms to the tune of ¾ million dollars. Add to that the fact that puppetmasters/ con men like Grover Norquist with his laughable No tax Raises ever pledge and Karl Rove wasted well over ¼ BILLION dollars to push Tea Party “darlings” who failed miserably. Republicans all over America, especially our friends in the Republican Cargo Cult just can’t turn off Fox News long enough to figure out how they blew (another) election when they had this ‘massive grass roots movement’ looking to vote out their hated Anti-Reagan, President Barack Obama. Well the answer is as simple as it is disheartening to the Right- the Tea party doesn’t, hasn’t and never will exist. More and more republicans seem to be coming around to my way of thinking as they flee Grover Norquist and crucify Karl Rove. Don’t worry though, theres not enough rational Republicans left to win an election of any consequence. Most have become absolutely apoplectic trying to figure out how the Democrats ‘stole’ the election. Most are in the grips of a deep and abiding self hating denial that Republicans are a dying breed only capable of making enemies and creating Democrats all day long in spite of their intentions to the contrary.
Their out of touch comments on race, gender and of course Todd Akin’s ‘”legitimate rape” followed by utter failure at the polls has exposed the Tea Party for what it is, or more appropriately ISN’T. It isn’t a real political party, it nominates no one, loses elections for Republicans and creates Democrats.I have found credible supporters on the right who completely back up my assertion. On the November 20th installment of the nearly unwatchable Hardball with Chris Matthews Matt Kibbe of Freedomworks and sporter of the worst sideburns this side of the Civil War emphatically insisted that there is no Tea party, merely “Tea Party Ideas” and a “set of issues” that define Tea party thought. He quickly dismissed Christine O’Donnell and Todd Akin as whack job non tea party candidates from the “social conservative” wing of the party, therefore not true tea baggers. This in spite of repeatedly agreeing with and endorsing their ideas. Even a big time righty pundit can’t pretend theres a Tea Party without self contradicting and appearing completely but yet somehow militantly rudderless
Interestingly the only example of “Tea Party Ideas” Kibbe could come up with was insisting the non existent Tea Party Tea Party was “colorblind” (easy for something that doesn’t even exist) and hated Ear Marks. About the only thing he could back up his ideas with was that they have destroyed candidates who would have won and replaced them with sub-par lunatics with baggage like being a self professed Witch. He seemed quite proud of this.
Kibbe then went on to extoll the virtues of Climate Change Denial and the likelihood of Intelligent Design to prove he was a scientific believer and not a whacko from the “social conservative’ faction of the non existent Tea Party who just happens to be willfully ignorant. His proof of his assertions was the Federal Government just can’t seem to pass a budget. He seems oblivious to the fact he had just boasted that his non existant Tea Party wielded huge influence by primarying out likely winners with whack jobs who are forced to explain how they weren’t a witch. I love Matt Kibbe he’s so out of it and self contradicting he proves my point for me. His ‘I know you are but what am I?’ rejoinders were guy bustingly inept. The Red Bull addicted Chris Matthews didn’t even need to shout him down. Matthews was probably still pissed though considering he gets paid to do primal scream therapy and laud his ridiculously idealized idea of JFK (at every possible excuse). Matthews is a walking mess of Liberal stereotypes and a self hating guilt ridden white apologist who mimes being bummed about his success.
Kibbe must have been on crack to fail so terribly destroying Matthews misinformed point of view and mock worthy assertions and simply eating the guy for lunch. This unexploited huge opening comparable only to the New York Jets Offensive Line really reinforces the fact that the tea party is more a mantra for unspecified knee jerk lefty hating. The non existant tea party is a GIFT to progressives.
At least 5 Senate seats have been all but given away with psycho candidates. None gained a national office, managing to merely flood the idiot convention that is the US House of Representatives with one and done ideologues like hate spewing Wild Wild Allen West. Fortunately West is among the many tea bagger maniacs NOT returning to Congress. Florida also boasts Governor Rick “Skeletor” Scott, as man who said whatever people wanted to hear and then went about destroying a multi billion dollar infrastructure project to kick off his masterful suppression of jobs and votes in Florida. Scott knew going in his job was to serve his masters well, not to govern. The beauty of this is that another crazed bagger can run unopposed to outflank Scott to the right and perpetuate more fraud on the oppressed citizens of the part of Teabagistan know as Florida.
Florida is a great example of a real mess created by the fake tea party. The constant ballot tweaking to make them impossible to fill out and take as much as 45 minutes to read and certify, the fixing of local races and general incompetence have destroyed any accurate voter based demographics to allow the Republicans to Gerrymander. Over a decade of blatant voter suppression and dishonest county electors means that the best empirical evidence, an accurate count of who voted how and where, is at best a crap shoot.This is part of a negative feedback loop thats turning Florida Bluer and Bluer even faster than minority population votes. living through 2011 in Central Florida (thank GOD i am back in Queens!) i met MANY a gun loving Good Ol’ Boy who was just so disillusioned they were either throwing their votes away on dementia sufferer Ron Paul or just so pissed that they were willing to stand in line for up to 9 hours to vote for Obama. Having no job thanks to Rick Scott freed up enough time for the oppressed citizens to navigate his intentionally frustrating voting laws. To many outside of Florida who haven’t seen this disturbing prequel of what a Romney
tea bagger America would have been like the stupidity of Skeletor’s methods just seem like “tough love”. Easy for people who love fetuses but hate children, especially educating them. Uneducated children almost invariably grow up to be Republicans. Fortunately most are so turned off to politics they don’t even bother to vote.
We have just seen how the Right Wing Echo Chamber has trapped most on the right in a Fox News created fantasy land where Romney was barely edged out by Obama gifting poor people and how far off their vaunted ‘Internal Polls’ were. In fact the Polls on the Right were so far into “Dewey Wins” ineptitude that its hard to say whether it was merely misguided, intentional propaganda or a combination of both.
Part of my case is the fact that even though there seems to be almost NO EVIDENCE of people showing up en masse to support the Tea Party; C-PAC and other weird ultra-right organizations have perpetuated the myth of a Tea Party just by using the word at their hate cabal’s. Is there even a movement of any appreciable size that REALLY believes in the Tea Party, which is subject to some debate in and of itself.
The Tea Party Supporters seem to break down along the whacky rights “Three G’s”, or if you’re not into the whole brevity thing; God, Guns and Gays.
Depending on who you talk to all, some or none of these things are important. Talk to a Tea Bagger and its really a roulette wheel of ignorance as to what their delusion is.
Guns- Ok, so we all know Americans just LOVE guns. The NRA is a pretty damn big lobbyist and has really spent millions over decades to deeply affect the attitudes towards guns, especially handguns. When I spent my year living in Central Florida I was shocked how many shootings there were. After awhile shock changed to disgust. It was a 30 second story pretty much every time. Sometimes a couple of people or a cop would be shot. The Trayvon Martin murder happened while I was there. What shocked me most was not that there is an American city with a violent crime problem, but how the people who live there have been conditioned to think. To quote Clint Eastwood, “He shoulda armed himself”. That’s right, you are the idiot for not owning a weapon. You can get duly licensed pistol and carry permit by the non background checking and seemingly unrelated to guns, The Florida Department
of Agriculture. Go figure. This is a stupid as blaming someone whose house was firebombed for not having a bigger hose.
Guns are here to stay. Even if massive resources were brought to bear, we are decades away from a from a societal shift away from Gun porn obsession. The problem- some people are simply impossible to convince the government is somehow going to take their guns away. Where this comes from is anyone’s guess. The best theory I have- this was the seed from which Fox News sprang.
The NRA is an early experiment in non reality in a world where baseball players were endorsing cigarettes and selling Oldsmobile’s in the off season. It worked. As time marched on for a long time media drove at the same, now seemingly leisurely pace. Simply perpetuating the increasingly untrue idea that a gun was a very necessary and important tool so indispensible only a Commie wouldn’t want you to have one. Almost in spite of itself though, the pro gun movement evolved. “Guns Don’t Kill People, People Do.” Was a catchphrase as effective as “Jackpot Justice”, a term used to describe the motivations of a septuagenarian who needed internal vaginal skin grafts after a cup of McDonalds coffee collapsed in her lap due to faulty design and insanely hot coffee. The idea is, throw people a fish and watch them slap their flappers together.
Ask JFK if guns don’t kill people, ask Malcolm X, ask Bobby Kennedy or MLK. Oh wait, they were killed with GUNS! So I guess “guns Don’t Kill People. People Do” is a great slogan because anyone who can say otherwise is as dead as disco.
God- this one’s a bitch to understand because traditional Christian values are
supposed to be the biggest cornerstones of the compassionate side of the Tea party. This is the side that would force a raped woman to produce a ‘gift’ from a man who is not a criminal, but a Messenger from God. Well how do you put the messengers of God in jail? The people;e in Sodom and Gomoherra only wanted to have sex with Gods messengers and they were basically nuked according to the Bible. In fact in all the billions years 4000 years of Republican history this may well be the most important biblical thing to have actually OCCURRED already. The most important stuff in the Republican Bible is stuff that hasn’t happened yet, namely, the fucking Apocalypse and making sure all the nice people will all get ready to all get “raptured away” while the rest of us suffer through unimaginable pain and are finally cast into the flames of Gehena. Thanks a lot Tim Tebow!
Gays– You would think that God would be happy his children were loving and not hurting each other. Thankfully the republicans disabuse of of our ignorance concerning a loving, caring God. That’s the Commie’s God.
Republican God is an angry guy who just detested all the fun those crazy Sodomites were having. Seems simple enough, but by extension, God, who in the space of 4000 years has interceded on an almost annual basis directly into our lives, is a pissy neighbor who needs to be kept happy. God is the opposite of Government. He is Big, REALLY BIG. He’s entitled to tell you how to live and in exchange you give him money, plenty of sweet, sweet money. So take heart that the Bible says not only “An eye for an eye,” but also- ‘Love thy Brother as Thyself’ Like the famous “Jefferson Bible” , which removed all mention of the supernatural, the Republican Bible stresses the Supernatural, basically a 236 year backward intellectual jump. That itself is impressive. Furthermore the Republican interpretation of the Bible contains a heavily redacted, narrowly read ball of total ignorance only the complete truth. The part about Jesus NOT riding a dinosaur to work,
well that was such ridiculous and nonsensical no one even thought to put it in because a talking snake is hard enough to believe cut out by heretical, pre reformation monks.
So when 2 men kiss, anywhere, God gets on Priceline and gets his Messengers ready to go turn peoples wives into pillars of salt. All fun of any kind NEEDS to be suppressed. This works GREAT for the Tea party. They are old, they are angry, they are few in number. Like all Cults they are driven to reproduce in the largest possible numbers, but they are old and their sick ideas will die with them.
Guns seem safe, so the tea baggers supporting that concept seem to be spinning their wheels like an overloaded El Camino in the snow. Somehow the myth of the absolute need to have a gun to avoid being a gay atheist just won’t loosen up.Go figure.
God? Well for a while he wasn’t quite as big as the Beatles, and his earthly ambassadors were busy doing the worst things imaginable, but he’s not going
anywhere, if he actually IS anywhere, but that’s a WHOLE ‘nother blog post! So God- safe. Not gonna lose any influence. If anything he should intercede to get himself some less hateful messengers here on Earth.
Gays?- Well gay people are in some trouble. Its always been hard for a gay kid growing up amongst the gay people in violent denial in the Hell hole that IS Texas, but I think the danger level has gone up, sadly. The end of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, emergence of Gay Rights and even gay Adoption is motivator for people who just hate fun. You would think so longs as they either invite you to their party you don’t have a whole lot to complain about (because they party like no one else).
So where are these people? They can’t fill a hotel with people. They are only seen in very tight shots and almost only on FOX News. Its likely these people number in the dozens, even in a population center like Manhattan their aren’t enough people to produce a decent tinfoil hat brigade for the Tea Party.
The Tea Party is a catchphrase, just like “Jackpot Justice”. There are no ‘members’ per se. Sure a chapter exisats here and there, but theres no cross coordination. Its an imaginary space monster from a poorly written third season episode of Original Star Trek. Fear them not.
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12/6/12= 4:20, 24/7? Today it’s a day to celebrate the end of marijuana prohibition, at least in Washington State. Denver waits in the wings as its Recreational marijuana law goes into effect. The law in Washington
stipulates that pot is not be smoked in public, but don’t expect that to stop anyone as the police policy is a verbal warning. What Better time than now to review our nations massively misguided and completely failed drug policies than now? Today the war on drugs took a strange turn. It’s not unlike when World War 1 nearly ground to a halt years ahead of schedule when average soldiers from both sides were so disdainful of the war they basically formed gentleman’s agreements and stopped fighting. In this case that agreement manifests in the fact that you only need to
abstain from pot long enough to make ‘good pee’ top get a job. It also manifests is a quiet agreement among most Americans that your just not going to rat out your pot guy or your pot dealing neighbors adult son so long as he gives you a decent count and doesn’t turn your street into a pot drive-through. Call it indifference or willful ignorance, the fact is people just have other things to worry about then getting involved in a police investigation that will likely result in nothing more than a pissed off neighbor who has been inconvenienced by a ticket who now hates your guts for being a tool for the man. I have experienced completely legal recreational marijuana use in my trips to Amsterdam. It’s a real thrill the first few times a cop nods a polite hello as you blaze away at a sidewalk café in the Red Light District. After you get over the learned desire to run for your life it’s a lot of fun. Now that it’s legal in some places shouldn’t it be legal everywhere? Are people in Washington State any more or less American that everyone else? How can one carry an ounce of weed in a few feet and suddenly go from citizen to criminal or vice versa without actually traveling to another nation? Medical Marijuana is subject to equally ridiculous laws, but do provide a small amount of protection for prescription holders who commute. Your cool in the airport and I would suppose the train station, but then you’re totally subject to local laws.
Unrealistic “Just Say No” Policy
The War on Drugs is a complete failure. First a generation of Reagan era teens found out just say no was so far over the top that they ignored the entire message to the point where it became a joke. The “Just Say No” approach was simple. Don’t try drugs and there’s no chance you’ll get hooked. Pretty cut and dry. This sort of extreme view is totally understandable if you’re talking about crack, heroin or Angel Dust, as for, Pot, not so much. While the “Just Say No” Policy seemed infinitely
sensible it didn’t jibe with reality. Drug use of all kinds shot up during the 1980’s and is in some ways a hallmark of its successes and excesses. An 8-ball holding Gordon Gecko with a faked out blonde in a speeding Porsche and an AMEX Black Card are more the image of the 80’s than any image of upstanding drug free family values and worry free prosperity the Republican’s, especially Cargo Cult Republicans, think should come to mind in a discussion of the halcyon days of Ronald Reagan where no drug users were rare and raging. It was way too simple to be true and ultimately self-defeating. From the first puff of the first joint ever came the instant realization this was no ‘gateway” into a life of crime and drugs. Overdosing is unheard of and hangovers and calories associated with acceptable alcohol just don’t exist. Add to that that people sitting around a bowl of Doritos watching old Kids in the hall skits are not really likely to be out committing violent crimes. A few hours later they are no longer buzzed and go on with life as if it had never happened. So much for Nancy Reagan and her misguided attempt to suppress drug use by likening it to lycanthropy; it was never going to work. One little bite and you are a werewolf forever, cursed to have no control over your life and the cycles of addiction.
Various Tragic Unintentional Consequences of Misguided US Anti-Marijuana Policy
The collateral damage to this idiocy was that after seeing many drugs do not have hugely adverse and dangerous side effects, a lot of people got hooked on drugs that really WERE dangerous, because, after all, the Public Service Announcements
about pot couldn’t have been more laughably wrong. Caffeine is a more potent and dangerous ‘gateway drug’. The brisk sales of super dangerous 5 Hour Energy Drink, heart hammering Red Bull and of course the infamous Four Loko caffeinated canned booze drink that killed a few people. The Criminal Element Forget your innocuous buddy who knows someone and can get you an ounce for a killer price, he’s a white collar criminal at worst in most states depending on how much he is holding or using the federal mails (idiotic, UPS may steal your weed at worst, but it’s unlikely they’d call the cops in most cases). Think of your street dealers. Guys I used to meet on Jamaica Avenue in Hollis, Queens (home of LL Cool J and Run DMC, peace!) with nicknames like ‘Slice’, “Big Man”, ‘Donuts’, and my personal favorite “Whopper”. Whether he was extolling the size of his bags or just that he hung in front of Burger King is an open question only he can answer, wherever he is now, but that’s not the point. Street Dealers kill your property value. Pot dealers and
their relatively genteel clientele are tolerated until they give way to purveyors of more hardcore drugs and their mind mangled zombie slaves. It’s these kinds of drug deals that really need to be done away with. Legalization and some taxation are such a huge. The money spent suppressing an unstoppable demand as opposed to regulating and taxing it would be astronomical. Give half of it to medical research and we could probably cure AIDS! Beyond our borders, especially to the south, a violent drug war is being fought. While Canada boasts a low intensity old fashioned small to medium sized pot dealer spats, Mexico has a much bigger problem. The money thrown at this problem by our government to cut off supply for pot can never approach the amount of money and innovation being used by ruthless Mexican Drug Lords to circumvent the attempt to interdict their shipments. Some estimates have put the number of Mexico’s men women and children killed in drug related violence at least 50,000 in the last 3 years alone, with some estimates as high as 120,000 violent deaths in just six years under president Felipe Calderon. For comparison it took 8 years to lose that many people in Vietnam and those were armed, trained soldiers. America’s combined 21st century wars have been horrible but American casualties are nowhere near 50,000 dead. Were it even close the Afghan and Iraqi wars would have been won or abandoned quickly long ago, but I have addressed that in detail in past posts. The 8 some odd decade experiment in making marijuana illegal has been a failure. Aside from giving the FBI something to do while simultaneously feeding T-Shirt companies and rehab’s some money nothing was gained. In fact drug use became somewhat glamorized. It’s time for real responsible drug education as well as taxation and regulation. If the Netherlands can proudly have a building clearly labeled ‘Bureau of Prostitutes’ in one of the nicest parts of Amsterdam surely we can handle a similar government agency here quietly issuing tax stamps from Tempe Arizona.
Americans will always be overly puritanical but this aspect of our overly self-hating national outlook is so impractical that even members of prewar generations who were raised in complete fear of “Reefer Madness” want pot to be legal, they have seen too much proof it’s as ‘harmless’ as alcohol.
If the chaos legalization wreaks upon the current violent drug gangs running around our borders, throughout northern Mexico as well as every US city to one extent or another, is anything like what happened to the spats wearing, Chicago Sewing Machine sporting roaring 20’s mobsters when booze became legal again we can expect a near collapse of these dangerous, violent criminal entities. Then, if history repeats itself these organizations will become so cash poor and desperate for money they will play right into the hands of law enforcement. Deprived of any
way to generate, let alone produce any sort of respectable bribe money, these organizations will be all but gone within a decade. Smoke up Washington State. December 4, 2012, the First Day of the End of America’s fruitless “War on Drugs”. From here on in its 4:20/24/7. Amsterdam is still a cheaper flight from New York, so I am going to wait for the Colorado law to kick in to travel to smoke my first ever legal joint outside Amsterdam.