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April 7, 2010

Not Just For Liberals Anymore

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So, I’m having trouble understanding this sign.

Without laying down a lot of snark, though, I’m appreciating more and more how the Tea Party is mostly an umbrella for the angry, the confused, the frustrated. (What emphasizes that even more is how this woman in red is centered between someone who apparently thinks the health care legislation might possibly be repealed and one more guy sensing revolution by putting on a powdered wig.)

(photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images. caption: Tea Party supporters listen to speaker at a rally for the Tea Party Express national tour during a stop at Davis Park on April 6, 2010 in Rockford, Illinois. The Tea Party Express members are on a cross-country tour to rally support for the Tea Party agenda including their conservative causes and candidates.)

  • bystander

    I sometimes this this entire group of people find “community’ clustered around an array of non-sequiturs.
    NonSequitursRUs.
    Or, Non Sequiturs Anonymous.
    Or, Get Your Non Sequiturs Here.
    Or, No Non Sequitur Left Behind.

  • jmac

    Haven’t you heard, the First Amendment is for “real Americans”.

  • http://www.the-raw-deal.com Nathan R. Jessup

    What is the Tea Party confused about?
    Nathan R. Jessup
    http://the-raw-deal.com

  • George

    I think she is referring to the “liberal” media.

  • stevelaudig

    Angry white It is possible to overanalyze phenomena. Sometimes 1 +1 does ineluctably equal 2. These are mobs of angry white people of limited reasoning processes who regularly commit the sin of gluttony.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/serr8d Serr8d

    Confuzzled by the meaning, are you? Allow me to help…
    SHUT UP! RAAAAACIST!
    I thought you wanted to hear my…
    SHUT UP! RAAAAACIST!
    Just allow me to explain…
    SHUT UP! RAAAACIST!
    Whatever.

  • Reece

    I am now completely unsurprised when I see these signs and nothing but white people as far as the eye can see. And the sign can only make as much sense as its creator… hence the lack of sense.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/serr8d Serr8d

    Yes, Reece. It’s all about race. It has ab-so-fucking-lutely nothing to do with far-left ideology and your kids-in-a-candy-store robbing the piggy mentality, now does it?
    Here, figure out this sign.

    NO! WHITES ONLY! RAAAAACIST!

  • http://www.the-raw-deal.com Nathan R. Jessup

    @Reese
    Racists? Really?
    BLACK (Alfonzo Rachel-whom I think is fantastic) speaks at Tea Party in Dallas:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TErw-Rtimac
    Oh, and here is the video of the WHITE (Tea Party) man spitting on the BLACK congressman (do you realize how silly this story is?)
    http://the-raw-deal.com/2010/04/02/racist-tea-party-exposed-well-the-truth-finally-came-out/
    Nathan R. Jessup
    http://www.the-raw-deal.
    (can you provide just ONE video of a black man speaking at a white supremacist gathering? Just one…)

  • Paul_D

    Agreed. It’s unfair to charatcterize these semi-literate, chinless, hookworm-feeding, incoherent, whiny, gun-totin’, sore-loser assholes as racist simply because a few of them yelled “nigger” or carried signs depicting the President a tribal chief. They’re the victims, get it?

  • g

    Bullshit. NO ONE has called out conservatives for reasoned criticism of policies. No one. Your laughable characterization of polite conservative dialogue and pleasing for understanding is belied by your very own comments on this blog.
    When right wingers are called “racist” it’s when they use hateful racially charged language or images. Like images of the president as a “witch doctor.” Like sending nooses to people. Like sending emails out that depict the First Grandmother as a “welfare mom” or comparing the First Lady to an ape. Conservatives have done all these things over the last year and a half, and not just rank and file conservatives but conservative leaders have endorsed these tactics, praised them, defended them, and passed them on.
    Poor, poor resentful conservatives see themselves as victims whenever they’re called out on vile and hateful tactics, or when they feel that somehow, someone somewhere disapproves of them. If it weren’t so hateful, it would almost be amusing, the way each vile utterance is followed by a defensive “don’t you call me RAAAAACIST” self-justification.
    Conservative and Tea-Party politics REEK of resentment. It’s glaringly evident in this woman’s sign.

  • http://bwahahahaha.com Twinky P*

    These people just have way too much time on their hands. Once we get ‘em in the FEMA camps, they’ll be busy, all right. Oh, yes. They’ll be busy.

  • http://www.the-raw-deal.com Nathan R. Jessup

    “semi-literate, chinless, hookworm-feeding, incoherent, whiny, gun-totin’, sore-loser assholes”
    Paul,
    Does it make you feel better about the situation when you speak like this? The Tea Party is angry with their government (and rightly so). While I understand it is much easier to attack the people themselves in an attempt to discredit, you should at least make an attempt to disprove their beliefs (limited government, freedom of religion (not FROM religion), a firm adherence to the Constitution etc.)
    Stay on point if you wish to be taken seriously
    Nathan R. Jessup
    http://the-raw-deal.com

  • Paul_D

    The Tea Party is angry with their government (and rightly so).
    - After 8 years of federal mismanagement, police statism, and a mighty pricey pre-emptive war that didn’t turn up any WMD’s. Now you’re angry. Got it.

  • Blue Shark

    These “oh so angry … now” people were the same people who thought George Bush was a genius.
    …The illegal detentions, the ignoring the warnings on terror that led to 9/11, the unfunded tax cuts for the wealthy, the lies that bought us Iraq, the Torture, the loss of New Orleans, … Yup! Those were the good ole days. These people want to take “their” country back and bring all the rest of us along for our own good. It all worked so well the last time the Republican Party had all the branches of government.
    …Funny how a handful of low-information voting citizens dressed in costume with lots of misspelled signage can consume months of media attention when tens of thousands of protesters before the invasion of Iraq all over the nation barely registered a blip on the “liberal” media.
    …Fox news is a cancer on America and the tea parties are just one of the tumors.

  • http://www.the-raw-deal.com Nathan R. Jessup

    Paul, do you know me? You assume quite a few things in your comment…
    Bush is a Progressive just as Obama. I have been angry about federal mismanagement, the mishandling of the war and many other issues for quite some time (not quite sure what you meant by police statism; is that some liberal idea, like don’t let “the man” oppress you?) Again, don’t focus on me, focus on what you feel to be right or wrong with the Country.
    If possible, forget Conservative, Liberal, Democrat, Republican and tell me what you want and don’t want for America; I am happy to share my own feelings…
    Nathan R. Jessup
    http://the-raw-deal.com

  • http://www.the-raw-deal.com Nathan R. Jessup

    ?

  • jmac

    “Bush is a progressive”. ???? The man who withheld scientific data because it didn’t agree with his positions? The man who put religious zealots in every position he could manage? The man whose Yale economics profession said he didn’t learn his economics in her class? THE MAN WHO PUT BOLTON IN THE UN?
    Just to name a few on a v-e-r-y long list.

  • Reece

    I want you to show me in my post where I called someone racist.
    And please, spell my name “Reece”
    Thanks.

  • http://www.the-raw-deal.com Nathan R. Jessup

    Yes, Bush is a progressive. I am not sure what any of the things you mentioned have to do with Bush being (or not being) a progressive?
    Nathan R. Jessup
    http://the-raw-deal.com

  • http://www.the-raw-deal.com Nathan R. Jessup

    Sorry Rice, you didn’t call anyone racist, you implied it. “when I see these signs and nothing but white people as far as the eye can see”
    Nathan R. Jessup
    http://the-raw-deal.com

  • http://leftistmoon.wordpress.com Wordsmith

    You are exactly what we’re talking about as evidenced – again – by this: “Sorry Rice,…..”

  • http://www.the-raw-deal.com Nathan R. Jessup

    Huh? I am evidence?
    So, let me get this straight: I misspell “Reece” and Paul says, “these semi-literate, chinless, hookworm-feeding, incoherent, whiny, gun-totin’, sore-loser assholes” –what am I proof of again?
    I am not insulted, offended, or even concerned when the Tea Party is described like this, you know why? Because it’s merely a distraction from the real issues. We are adults right? Act like one and stop focusing on ridiculous nonsense.
    Nathan R. Jessup
    http://the-raw-deal.com

  • http://www.doves2day.blogspot.com g

    Nathan R. Jessup seems to subscribe to the belief that “progressive” is a bad thing, and so anything he doesn’t like must be “progressive.” Hence, now that the incompetence of Bush’s conservative establishment policies has been revealed, Nathan calls him a “progressive.”

  • Craby

    what does their race have to do with it? Do you have to be non-white to be angry? Just because the president is black doesn’t mean white people that are angry are racist. True some are, but they hated Bill Clinton and Hillary, etc. It is just you sound just as racist as some of them do, with you white people comment, IMO.

  • Craby

    some are raciast, it is as equally wrong to paint with a broad brush – whatever your comments. All conseratives are nothing. Some are anything. Try to try not to be a bigot, it helps your cause.

  • Craby

    because there are no people of color does not make them a racist. You assuming so is well .. you know.

  • Craby

    a few of them… get it? So if a black guy breaks a law are all blacks thugs? Duh, please stop stoking the race flames, you obviously are no better.

  • http://www.the-raw-deal.com Nathan R. Jessup

    G,
    Yes, I believe Progressivism is bad. The name is great, the idea is great-progress! (who doesn’t want progress??) Unfortunately, sadly, I don’t believe it is quite what you think it is…(but hey, I am just a Conservative, there is a VERY good chance I am wrong-and I hope I am).
    I would have to disagree when you said, “and so anything he doesn’t like must be “progressive”" I hate zucchini (and that vegetable has nothing to do with Progressivism, so far as I know).
    Nathan R. Jessup
    http://the-raw-deal.com

  • http://profile.typepad.com/bagnews Michael Shaw (The BAG)

    This discussion thread has gotten miles away from the photo and has hit a reason vs. “mean” ratio that isn’t respectful of this site. Also, the use of the thread to promote your name and site in each comment when you’re already identified by name with a link to your site is a breach of netiquette in my book.

  • http://www.the-raw-deal.com Nathan R. Jessup

    Micheal,
    I do apologize for referencing my site on my signature. In terms of the reason vs. “mean” ratio; my intent has always been to focus on the issues facing our nation, not the attack (I believe I made that quite clear). My purpose for entering the discussion was to gain insight, perhaps enlighten, or even simply to agree to disagree. I am sorry that was never achieved. Best of luck.
    God Bless America
    Nathan R. Jessup

  • Bill

    Back to Michael’s picture, I see the “1st Amendment not just for liberals” sign as reminiscent of the “silent majority” talk of a while back.

  • http://leftistmoon.wordpress.com Wordsmith

    You’re a trolling bully. You deliberately misspelled and referred to Reece as Rice after inadvertently misspelling (?) and was asked/told how it was spelled. Reece made an observation, which I might add is exactly what I’ve seen when visiting said Tea Party here in my neck of the woods. Yes – you’re the evidence.

  • http://www.the-raw-deal.com Nathan R. Jessup

    I am not a troll, and I never bullied anyone. I did misspell the name intentionally, not to hurt anyone’s feelings but rather, to add a bit of levity to the discussion. I consider “semi-literate, chinless, hookworm-feeding, incoherent, whiny, gun-totin’, sore-loser assholes” to be inappropriate (but whatever).
    As I fade into the sunset of the blogosphere, I leave you with a quote from Thomas Jefferson (mind you a men/women of self-control will love it, the rest will not): “A coward is much more exposed to quarrels than a man of spirit.”
    God Bless America

  • yg

    a statement on the citizens united ruling?

  • http://www.futurebird.com dogcat

    The act that there are no black people around says something. It has meaning.

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