Correction: Baton Rouge Tea Party website is here and the tea party is April 15th from 1-3.
I really haven’t talked politics on this blog (it can be found elsewhere) much (that might change). To give you that shock and awe moment – I do have strong political opinions (put your jaws back in place and wipe the drool please). Most of you pretty much know that I am a card carrying Republican (we can agree to disagree if you are not – I’m cool that way). Fiscally, I am very conservative but socially…well…I’m all over the map. The fiscal portion itself puts me on the right radar and keeps me there. Anyhoo, as a Masshole from birth until 18, the Boston Tea Party was always something we talked about while I was growing up. Modern day tea parties protesting “taxation without representation” from the current administration (heck I would have had one with Bush $$$) are popping up all over the US now. In Louisiana, there will be one on April 14th in Baton Rouge and one was held on March 8th in Lafayette.
This week on my radio on Saturday from 9-10 AM on AM 690 WIST, I’ll be talking tea. I want to hear from you: tell me what you think of these parties, would you participate, are they productive, are they stupid, have you participated in one, will you participate in one?
Oh…and look what Whoopi said about the reality of her taxes rising.
Tea party information can be found here and to join the Louisiana party in Baton Rouge, join the Facebook Group.
11 Replies to “Let’s talk tea”
Now you’re talkin’!
I think this tea party thing is just the shot in the arm the Republican party needs. It brings us back to our roots and it brings all Republicans, conservative, moderate, and libertarain together in our common cause, fighting an overreaching government that over taxes us.
I’ve gone to two tea parties so far, and covered three on my blog. Yeah, there is a groundswell out there of people who are passionately resisting the overreach of government in their lives. I hope this movement continues to grow, and doesn’t peter out. We are living in very precarious times…..America as we know it may never be the same if Obama pushes through his entire aganda. We have to push back.
All I can say is YEAH, DA*N STRAIGHT and this is Way the heck overdue!!! I have been saying and wondering when the next tea party was going to happen for a blue forever. I’m a fiscal conservative, pro military, social liberal who is pro life, pro adoption and pro gay marriage but first and foremost a fiscal conservative. I’ve been to only 1 tea party so far and wow! it was something else to see firsthand that I am not suffering in silence alone. It was great to wave my sign hearing the cacophony of honks, shouts of agreement and solicit people just strolling in the area who are having the same doubts and anger about this travesty of sinful out of control federal spending. Mail your tea bags on the 1st of April in order to ensue that they are received by the big guy by the 15th then our next public protest is taking place on the 15th.
I’m a libertarian, but many of us are on board with the Tea Parties. Reason TV covered the DC one on the 27th: http://reason.com/blog/show/131997.html.
Personally, I’ve been very unhappy with the Republican Party lately. I think that a return to fiscal conservatism will bring back a lot of relapsed Republicans. I know a lot of Libertarians and Independents who fled the party largely due to the fiscal malfeasance of the last 8 years.
The Tea Parties may help but until the Republican Party leaders (who ever THAT may be) start acting responsibly instead of just paying lip service to party principles, we’re still in big trouble as a party and a country.
I think the new policies of the Obama administraiton are causing more damage, but I’m not one to go demonstrate about it.
Fiscal conservatism is an issue with broad-based, cross party appeal. I spoke with my neighbor yesterday. She voted for Obama, yet she fully recognizes that he is going to run out of money and will end up having to raise taxes on everyone to pay for his restructuring of the federal government, and she’s not happy about it.
It’s very possible to make conservative arguments that resonate with liberals and moderates. I know. I’ve done it. I wish the party would get better at that.
Too bad the word ‘Tax’ wasn’t prominent in the Patriot Act, then maybe many of you Repubs would have rallied around protection of the 4th Amendment.
AS a former MA. south Boston resident and ranger from Concord…Yes…that Concord I used to really get riled about the tea party talk mostly because the schoolchildren already came indoctinated that it was about taxes….no so little ones it was all about Unequal Protection under law specifically big corporation against small business…
“The Boston Tea Party was ultimately precipitated by a massive corporate
In 1773, the only major multinational corporation at the time, the
British East India Company, was teetering on the verge of bankruptcy.
According to that obviously liberal organization, the Boston Tea Party
Historical Society, one solution was to bail out the corporation by
offering it a government loan. But instead, at the urging of the East
India Company’s powerful lobbyists and supported by King George III,
Parliament passed the Tea Act which almost entirely eliminated the duty
— the tax — on British tea exported by the East India Company to the
American colonies. How do we know this? Well, the actual subtitle of the
Tea Act, for one:
An act to allow a drawback of the duties of customs on the
exportation of tea to any of his Majesty’s colonies or plantations in
America; to increase the deposit on bohea tea to be sold at the East
India Company’s sales; and to empower the commissioners of the treasury
to grant licences to the East India Company to export tea duty-free.
The rationale was that lower taxes meant lower prices, which meant the
East India Company would sell a lot more tea. Your basic free market
precursor to Reaganomics and supply-side economics in action. In other
words, the British government’s solution to the East India Company’s
financial crisis was, in effect, a tax cut. A big one. Exactly the same
economic solution that’s been pushed by congressional Republicans and
the tea bag revolutionaries 236 years later.
Oh, and the Tea Act of 1773 also granted another little goodie..a full duty rebate only for the British East India Company for all of the tea it had already stockpiled in England.
By the way the other reason for the duties on the tea, stamps, letters etc was to run colonial government and to pay down the cost of the disasterous French and Indian War..also known as the 7 years war…sound familiar?
Imagine, a war going on and the most profitable conglomerate in the world receives tax rebates…no, not the British East India Company but Exxon Mobil…
For another way of looking at things this disasterous corporate system of rights entwined with the governmental representatives has been a 400 year war against the commonwealth of the public in favor of privatizing gains and socializing losses. ITS WHY THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR AND OUR CONSTITUTION WAS SET UP….WE the PEOPLE..get it?
The tax cut was viewed by colonial patriots as another example of
British tyranny against smaller merchants whose business would be
severely undercut. Consequently, political activists and, most famously,
the Sons of Liberty, organized a boycott against the East India
Company’s tea. They also issued pamphlets in Boston, New York and Philadelphia threatening harm to those that would dare bring in the tea.
And later that year, when the Dartmouth, Beaver and
Eleanor were docked in Boston harbor, the Sons carried out their famous
It turns out that that the tea baggers, led in part by Michelle Malkin,
Glenn Reynolds and the Coward Rick Santelli, are politically more in
line with the tax policies of King George than the views of the Sons of
Liberty and the colonial patriots. The tax baggers emulating a protest
against a corporate tax cut — but, oddly, in support of tax cuts for
the rich and corporations.
To do a million dollars worth of damage to a major corporation these days responsible for causing a new set of indentured servants among the taxpayers is coming…make no mistake about it…and…the corporate idea of Personhood will be overthrown so we can get back to responsible social and societal behavior for those of us that still believe in the country and not a corporate oligarchy.
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