What The Tea Party Really Stands For

The King Street Patriots, a Texas Tea Party group with an affiliate which intends to check “voter fraud” at the polls in the 2012 elections, tomorrow will host author Matthew Vadum. Who, you may ask, is Matthew Vadum? He is a sorry bastard… um, he is an author “who thinks that registering poor people to vote is un-American and ‘like handing out burglary tools to criminals.’ ” So he’s back to the late 18th century, when the discussion raged over whether property ownership should be a requirement for a voter.

How do those who claim to oppose class war, whether they are GOP or TP, plan to spin this manifest example of class warfare? Is there such thing as too much honesty about one’s radical right-wing objectives? Apparently not for the Tea Party!

It’s happening in my very own city, at a restaurant I’ve actually been to once. But at $100/plate, I doubt I’ll be attending.

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  • jams o donnell  On Monday November 14, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Ah way to turn around the clarion call of American Independence… No Representation without Taxation!

    The man is what euphemistically called a See You Next Tuesday!

    • Steve  On Monday November 14, 2011 at 3:24 pm


      jams, did you know that the infamous Citizens United decision by the U.S. Supreme Court was about an anti-Hillary-Clinton organization called “Citizens United, Not Timid”? But no one wanted to call a Supreme Court decision by such an undignified name.

      “No Representation Without Taxation” … that’s inspired, jams! I may borrow the phrase (with credit, of course) for future examples of this kind of behavior.

  • jams o donnell  On Monday November 14, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    At one time the famous (here) decency campaigner Mary Whitehouse wanted to name her 60s organisation Clean Up National Television…. That lasted 10 seconds and the National was removed! Almost certainly apocryphal but still funny!

    I remembered that quote from a late 80s/early 90s sitcom called the New Statesman about Alan B’stard, the most right wing MP in the house. He said that in one episode! Although set in Thatcher’s and Major’s Britain it stands the test of time and still is pretty funy. Americans would not get a lot of the references though… a bit ike us and Giligan’s Island which I don’t think was ever aired here

    • Steve  On Monday November 14, 2011 at 9:19 pm

      jams, some musician friends of mine of an assortment of nationalities (English, American, German, Dutch) formed a quartet perhaps 25 years ago, which still exists today. They live in Amsterdam, and work all over Europe. Occasionally they have toured the U.S.

      One time they played a concert together in Austin, TX. When they arrived at the radio station for a pre-concert interview, they broke out in gales of laughter and immediately began asking for bumper stickers advertising the station. Its call letters… KUT… apparently spell the equivalent Dutch word of the one you and I were grinning like adolescents about. Again, no one who is not from Netherlands would likely have known why they thought the call letters were so funny.

      Some British television comedies do amuse me. I like “Are You Being Served?” and “Fawlty Towers”; I have a special fondness for that comedy sci/fi called Red Dwarf. I agree, though; the signature humor of your nation and of mine are very different.

      • jams o donnell  On Tuesday November 15, 2011 at 5:21 am

        On tho subject on rightwing lunatics, comic book writer Frank Miller has ben inflicting the world with his semi Nazi views.

        Off topic, you may be interested to know that Red Dwarf is being ressurected with a new series due next year. It is a shame that the writing pair Grant and Naylor fell out in the mid 90s.

        When it comes to sitcoms, the humour is very different. There are some things produced by the BBC and Channel 4 that would not be done done by a mainstream US network. If remotely possible to see them I would recommend The League of Gentlemen and Psychoville, and Father Ted and the IT Crowd.

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