Archive for the ‘Tea Party’ Category

From UK Daily Mail:

Responding to an angry constituent’s letter about the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama allegedly used a sexually charged derogatory term referring to members of the Tea Party movement.

Thomas Ritter, a fifth-grade school teacher from Irving, Texas, has sent the president a note criticizing Obamacare – the controversial law offering health care to the uninsured, which has become the butt of jokes following a disastrous launch last month.

‘This bill has caused such a ­divisive, derisive and toxic environment… The reality is that any citizen that disagrees with your ­administration is targeted and ridiculed,’ the Texas man wrote to the commander-in-chief.

“Allegedly”… in his own handwriting:

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There are a couple things here to really look at.

The first is that he casually tosses around the term “teabagger”, because as Mary Katherine Ham at HotAir notes – he’s either using it to annoy the guy who wrote the letter further, or Obama’s in a bubble where everyone uses it, so it means nothing to him.

The second is that he equates “teabagger” as being on the same level as socialist as name-calling.  “Teabagger” is a pejorative description given by leftists to Tea Partiers, referencing “teabagging”, which if you don’t know what it is, well, here’s a hint:

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Because people who want limitations on government, less government spending on wasteful programs, reduction of regulation and government interference in business and private life, and in general prefer a government that respects the individual and leaves them alone are of course synonymous with this:

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Socialist isn’t an insult, yet the president puts it in quotes to imply that it is.  It’s a description of an ideology and political philosophy.  It’s what someone who favors more government and more government interference in private life believes in.  Things like government controlling certain aspects of the market for “the greater good”, and government “spreading the wealth around” are all socialist ideals.

Of course the president knows this, but much like Hillary saying in 2007 or so that she didn’t thing of herself as a liberal but as a “modern progressive”, it’s because the American people understand on an intrinsic level that socialism is bad – it’s anathema to the American way of life, and people who live under socialist rule quickly find out it’s not something they like.  (The same is very true of Progressives, but most folks don’t think of Progressives as the vile war-mongering alcohol-prohibitionist eugenicists they were – it’s a name game.)  People who on the surface are socially lefty and like the idea of government doing one thing or another rapidly get sick of it when they find out they can’t buy raw milk, or can’t order foie gras, or find out there are regulations on their own behaviors that they object to.  There are those who really are socialists and believe that “the greater good” means restricting people from 20 oz sodas, but even the brainwashed modern liberal begins to see that this stuff is tyranny.  And the casual modern liberal suddenly sees that socialism isn’t liberal at all.

Which all goes to why Obama is mocking the term socialist.  He puts it in quotes and equates it to “teabagger” because he’s trying to maximize criticisms of his critics while walking himself towards the middle by saying his own socialist policies aren’t “socialist” and those are just names thrown around by partisans.  Saying he’s a socialist isn’t namecalling – it’s looking at his history, statements, policies and deeds and saying he is what he is.

That’s why to him, it’s okay to force people to buy health insurance, and for government to create winners and losers – because socialists believe that some people shouldn’t win and other people shouldn’t lose – so they’ll use the government’s gun to the heads of the successful to pay for the mistakes of the unsuccessful – thereby harming both parties by subsidizing failure and disincentivizing success.

Everyone loses except the socialist, who is the fair redistributor.  If you’re a socialist, it’s much more convenient to use Alinksy’s rule of mockery to make fun of people for calling you a socialist – so they won’t recognize you for what you are.

First, a quote from the Washington Times:

The Park Service appears to be closing streets on mere whim and caprice. The rangers even closed the parking lot at Mount Vernon, where the plantation home of George Washington is a favorite tourist destination. That was after they barred the new World War II Memorial on the Mall to veterans of World War II. But the government does not own Mount Vernon; it is privately owned by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association. The ladies bought it years ago to preserve it as a national memorial. The feds closed access to the parking lots this week, even though the lots are jointly owned with the Mount Vernon ladies. The rangers are from the government, and they’re only here to help.

It’s a cheap way to deal with the situation,” an angry Park Service ranger in Washington says of the harassment. “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.

The Republicans, fighting with smaller-bore weaponry, keep trying to get some things reopened with carefully targeted legislation. The Senate, under the thumbs of Sen. Harry Reid and the White House, refuses to budge from the trivial and the petty.

Sure, Harry Reid is under pressure from the White House to not budge, but that’s because the White House is out to harm the public in order to create “optics”, in this case, the illusion that government shutdown is painful and hurtful.

We’ve seen WWII veterans blocked from the WWII memorial, which was paid for almost entirely by private donations.  And again, we’ve seen sections of the Mount Vernon parking lots and the bus turn-around closed just to inconvenience the public (and you know it’s bad when Infowars has a credible, objective news story).

John McCormack at the Weekly Standard went by the WWII memorial today and found the barricades had been wired together to stop people from entering.  This is deliberate.  You can see how deliberate by comparing the WWII memorial to the WWI memorial:

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Admittedly, it ain’t much wire, but it’s the thought that counts.

Compared to:

ww1 memorial closed(Update: Technically, that’s the 2nd ID Memorial – apparently the McCormack and plenty of others assumed it was the WWI memorial.  I assumed it was a WWI memorial, just one on the other side of the city.  The DC WWI Memorial is a small dome, but it’s not a national memorial, it’s a District of Columbia memorial.  One of the only major WWI memorials in the US is the Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, which as their website notes, is open.)

In addition to this, the US Normandy cemeteries are closed, open areas of rivers that are unmonitored and never closed are intentionally closed, and the reason from the Democrats?  “Because we have a Tea Party.

As a supporter of the Tea Party, I can explain Chuck Schumer’s statement.  He means to say, “We’re doing this to you because we have a Tea Party to destroy, and we’ll blame them for every tyrannical action we take against you.”

The Tea Party, founded to oppose government waste, would not be in favor in any way shape or form of spending money and man-hours to close locations that require no staffing, no monitoring, no observation, and that function year-round with no government.  Schumer is arguing the Obama administration’s actions – they are spending money to close things that cost no money.

Those barricades, as seen in the picture, are rented.  Who’s paying for those?  If the government’s shut down, there’s no reason to spend money on barricades to close access to something that requires no funding, no monitoring, no observation, no staff, nothing.

Again, they closed a river:

Galletta, hunched over his computer at Bighorn Anglers fly shop, had been fielding calls all Wednesday morning from his out-of-state fly-fishing clients who were concerned about whether they would have access to the upper Bighorn — the most popular section of the stream, and the area where the government shutdown Tuesday took the form of 8-foot long concrete barriers that blocked access.  …

“They closed something down that they never monitored all year long,” said Rick Law at the Bighorn Trout Shop.

He said the nearby Park Service contact station, where anglers pay a fee to launch their boats at the federal sites, had been empty all summer and he never saw a Park Service employee picking up trash or even enforcing the parking rules.

“I could see it if they had people up here working, monitoring and picking up trash, but they’re not,” Law said.

Others, like longtime fishing guide Richard Montella, questioned whether the agency even had the right to close the sites, since they aren’t part of the nearby federally managed Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area.

“The worst of it is, we’re paying for this service,” he said. “To put it really bluntly, these people have nothing to do here.”

Oh, they do.  They’re there to make life as difficult as possible, and to get people like the California tourist quoted in the story upset at Republicans for opposing a tyrannical law.

From Firearms Talk:

Citing their belief that the flag is the symbol of the Tea Party, the city council of New Rochelle voted 5-2 to order the familiar rattlesnake banner removed and banned from all city property. Specifically the town’s historic Armory, where the Gadsden flag was raised and lowered by local veterans under the US and State flags, was ordered to strike the suddenly offensive symbol.

The City Manager Chuck Strome had originally ordered it taken down and then reversed his decision after the United Veterans Memorial and Patriotic Association of New Rochelle protested. After this Pyrrhic victory, the matter was addressed by the City Council who decided to ban it once more.

gadsden flag for the childrenAnd FOX:

According to the Washington Examiner, the council objected to the flag because they said Parente is a member of the Tea Party and wants to display the flag to push a political agenda.

Parente said no one in the veterans group is a Tea Party member.

Irrelevant to the leftists.  The Tea Party must be destroyed, and all symbols that resist leftists’ Greater Good Government must be destroyed.  Historical symbols of resistance to tyranny, even if used in a manner unrelated to the Tea Party, must be destroyed.

From the Right Scoop, last month – Obama speaking in Colorado to push for citizen disarmament and greater state power (video at the link):

The opponents of some of these common sense laws have ginned up fears among responsible gun owners that have nothing to do with what’s being proposed, nothing to do with the facts, but feeds into this suspicion about government. You hear some of these quotes:

I need a gun to protect myself from the government.”
We can’t do background checks because the government’s going to come take my guns away.”

The government’s us. These officials are elected by you. They are elected by you, I am elected by you. I am constrained as they are constrained by a system that our founders put in place. This is a government of and by and for the people.

Quickly, common sense dictates that criminals and madmen never follow laws, so the laws only impact good people who should never be disarmed.

From there, remember, this is the same guy who was responsible for targeting his political opponents through the IRS.  He’s the same guy who tapped the Associated Press’s phones and targeted journalists reporting things that made him look bad.

Obama’s not constrained at all by the Constitution.  He’s actively ignoring the Constitution.

Those officials are not elected, they are appointed, and those officials are engaged in political campaigns to build the empires of their political masters – targeting enemies so their patrons will succeed.  The police chiefs he goes to for gun control are appointed, the mayors who support him win elections through their appointed goons who engage in the Curley Effect to create political empires through handing out taxpayer money to pay voters.  The IRS stooges he has targeting political enemies are appointed as well – and all believe they are the Ruling Class, above accountability, and above you.

Obama’s lying.  This is a government that operates on its own, with no regards for the citizen; a government that targets citizens, and has tax collectors like eyerolling IRS twerp Shulman targeting unpopular groups and then smirking about it.

(There’s a lot of important nonverbal communication going on with Shulman.  If you haven’t seen it, it’s very relevant.)

Obama shipped guns to the narcoterrorist cartels, he let an ambassador die in Benghazi and then lied about it (and it’s suspected worse was going on than that), and he’s currently engaged in a war on journalists.  And yet he tells you that it’s all “rhetoric” that makes it difficult for everyone to compromise and surrender to his good ideas…

We’ve got to get passed some of the rhetoric that gets perpetuated that breaks down trust and is so over the top that it just shuts down all discussion.

No, Barry, you’re a wannabe tyrant.  And Americans don’t negotiate with tyrants.  There is no “discussion” with tyrants.  There is no “just a little bit” of oppression.  There is no talk and talk and talk and “compromise” with tyranny.

His actions are targeting citizens who disagree, and targeting journalists who might accidentally report the facts or say something he doesn’t like… his words are diplomatic – and telling you everything you see and hear is wrong, and he’s just so reasonable and means well for you and it’s good if you let him do good things for you.  But remember the definition of diplomacy: the art of saying “nice doggy” until you can find a rock.

Video from House Oversight and Reform Committee, (via Jawa Report):

And the big exchange with Rep. Trey Gowdy and IRS Official Lois Lerner and her refusal to testify… after she testified with her own statement:

HotAir has a whole lot of conjecture and speculation on where Lerner’s decisions will lead.

Much from HotAir.

I caught the Huckabee segment when it aired, which they linked to as well.  Pretty interesting & informative: