Monday, March 22, 2010

Tea Party antics, or "If you spit on people in pre-school . . .

. . . they call your parents and make them take you home."

So who dropped the ball and let the bratty kids run loose at this past weekend's Tea Party "Kill The Bill" rally in Washington?

For all the people who keep saying "But the Tea Party's not like that!":


You may not be, or you may know of some TPers who aren't, but the overwhelming visible (stop, go back and read that last word again real quick) majority are painting a landscape mural of pugilist, nihilistic, bigoted bullies with anger management issues who are more about using propaganda rhetoric to shout down anyone who isn't carrying a pitchfork and a torch than actually fixing anything that's busted.The occasional "let's have us a hangin'!" nutjob might not make you look so bad if the rest weren't cheering her on and getting out the popcorn and 3D glasses.
Yeah, I know, there are plenty of people I've said I wanted to beat the crap out of/feed to piranhas/sell to a slave brothel in Singapore, but I've never gotten on a stage in front of a large crowd of pissed-off lemmings with guns and Patrick Henryed them into helping.

Also, when you have (alleged) people like Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), Sarah Palin (does she really need a ref link?), Rick Scarbough, and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) repping you to the public, you can't rationally expect the groups they espouse hate for to not tar you with the same brush. Frank Crumit said it best:

Quick word to the media: guys, you're not in pre-school either. The words "nigger" and "faggot" are nasty, hateful, small-minded efforts to insult and reduce people to a bigot's cartoon bad guy. When you use little asterisks to spell them, as if they're too scary to see as a whole word, you're throwing power to them and the people who use them as weapons, and it makes it seem as if the entity reporting on the incident should be ashamed of acknowledging that the words are a fact of the occurrence. You may be stuck with it as company policy; go show your editor this gripe about it and maybe you'll get a story opportunity out of it.