TEABAGGING

17 Apr

It’s likely that you’ve heard a little something about the “tea party” movement. On tax day, there were dozens of ‘tea parties’ across the nation from Fresno to Morisstown, New Jersey. An estimated 380,000 people showed up to protest paying their taxes, but mostly to flaunt their creative, misinformed, and offensive homemade protest signs.

The day before the tax day protests, after discovering that two tea parties would be staged in my hometown of Salt Lake City, I decided to make a phone call to a Salt Lake tea party organizer. A friend was with me while I put the organizer on speakerphone as I falsely expressed my frustration with the obama administration and asked him what the protest would be about. He seemed a bit confused about his own cause, and said “it’s a protest about taxes, people who are fed up with paying more taxes and it’s about government spending”. That’s fine. Then I asked if it was an anti-Obama protest and he stumbled to answer, seeming to not understand the question. I asked if it was a protest that would have anything to do with race or different races in the white house and to my surprise he started to explain that while they “officially could not endorse any other issues”, they encourage participants to make and bring signs with whatever messages they’d like to promote. I thanked him for the information and not knowing where else to go, we ended the call.

It is completely surreal to see overwhelmingly white crowds of people, conservative white people, in the act of public dissent, shouting about “revolution”, harking back to the sexy days of 1773 and the original Boston tea party. It is surreal to see Fox news anchors in support of protest, free speech, backing a ‘people’s revolution’, talking about the power of grassroots movements. What is hilarious about these protests is that most of the people protesting are actually paying lower taxes now. I don’t know about you, but I now see $45 extra on my paychecks. These people are not millionaires, they are clearly frustrated about something else. For them, what is more frustrating than the face of our president, more horrifying than a black man in charge of their laws, their money? The tea parties have a fairly strong undercurrent of racism and race-phobia, and have become a forum to gather together with other geniuses and express that phobia publicly. Ultimately,  it’s difficult to take this whole movement seriously (especially with the countless teabagging jokes that one can make), which feels good.

I’d like to thank Steve, from the Salt Lake City tea party chapter, for helping to spread the unofficial encouragement of ridiculous homemade signs, by including some of my picks from Huffington Posts’s 10 Most Offensive Tea Party Signs:

this seems reasonable...

this seems reasonable...

clearly, this child is exhausted

clearly, this child is exhausted

someday...but at least you will get 40 acres

someday...but you have 40 acres to look forward to..

Please also enjoy Jon Stewart’s commentary: Tempest in a Tea Party

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6 Responses to “TEABAGGING”

  1. TheAri7 April 17, 2009 at 10:11 am #

    The crude sexual humor intended to demean crypto-fascist right-wingers just writes itself. They soooooo know not what they speak. Losers.

  2. Medusalith April 17, 2009 at 10:52 am #

    People are both ignorant and ridiculous.

  3. ialsolovejupina April 17, 2009 at 11:15 am #

    Ms. Batik,
    I am delighted to see that someone is carefully launching an investigation into the idiots that try to start “grassroots” movements over having to pay taxes.
    I have a few kind coments to pose:
    What the fuck is wrong with this country? Have these people ever read a history book?
    The boston tea party was about being taxed as a COLONY. We arent a colony any more, idiots.
    And taxes are the way to ensure your future, dumbasses.

    The thing about homo-loving socialists (who think that sodomy maybe isn’t so bad.. maybe these people just need better lube) is that at least we know how to read and retain information about the key historical events of this country.

    Let’s reframe this: who are the real patriots? The people who have once again proved they don’t know jack shit about US history and compare the president Hitler, or the the people who can think back further than when their redneck ass starting working in the meth lab and are dutifully, peacefully, and loyally paying their taxes?

    Let’s vote, shall we. Or is that too socialist too?

    In the meantime, I’ll be making some dayglo signs in chicken scratch handwriting.

    Always yours,
    a socialist in NY

  4. ARIELLE April 17, 2009 at 1:54 pm #

    THIS IS SUCH FUCKING BULLSHIT ARE YOU SERIOUS???? white slavery???? i wanna motherfucking slap somebody right now!

  5. Squirrel Epstein April 17, 2009 at 2:39 pm #

    this clearly exposes right wings racism that they have spent many years trying to hide behind a facade of small government. this is good for the left because it exposes how ridiculous they all are, we just need to keep on talking about it and exposing them.

  6. Pdog April 20, 2009 at 11:28 am #

    The only thing that I wanted to comment on was how it SEEMS like we are being taxed less when in reality the tax brackets have not changed. The reason why you are seeing a $45 dollar increase in your pay check is that the government is taking less tax out up front which means, come time to file for your 2009 taxes you will see less of a return. I mean only to inform so that no one is confused as to why they are receiving less of a return next year.

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