I have always considered the Tea Party to be a little suspicious. Maybe it’s because I am originally from England, and cannot get over the naughty colonies dumping our precious tea into the sea in 1773.
But in all seriousness the Tea Party, as we know them today, sprang forth soon after Barack Obama took office, and suddenly started protesting our terrible tax burden and seemed to believe that they had something in common with the colonists of 1773. Some even dressed in period costume; a sure sign they had a valid point.
Unfortunately, facts really aren’t on the side of the Tea Party. Recent widely reported figures actually show that in real terms the tax revenue collected from Americans is actually the lowest it has been since Truman was in office. Yep, the job killing, socialist, Marxist, Kenyan, radical, do-too-much, do nothing, Muslim president is actually in office during a time when our tax burden is lower than during George W. Bush! Furthermore, unlike the Brit hating tea tossers of 1773, the average Tea Bagger in America does in fact have full democratic representation in exchange for their tax dollars.
The reality is our economy cannot really continue with such low taxation levels. Should you actually talk to a Tea Bagger or a Republican about what they actually want to cut, they may go into a little rant about welfare recipients and making government smaller, but in the real world they won’t actually address the elephant in the room that is our military spending.
As a nation our military spending is over half a trillion dollars a year. Or in other words if every country in the world had their military spending displayed on a pie chart, the American slice would be 43%; almost as much as the entire rest of the world combined.
But does smaller government mean not having a military presence in over 150 countries to the average Tea Party member or Republican? No, of course not. It seems they would rather spend their time trying to repeal ‘Obamacare’ so that we can return to a time when sick children were kicked off health care plans for being too sick, or too expensive to help. They will be quick to support the abolition of abortion because it is “killing babies” but when said babies are born into the world, if their parents are poor tough luck; no Obamacare for you. You can just contribute to our embarrassingly high infant mortality figures (We’re currently 46th in the world, according to the CIA 2009 numbers – in case you are keeping score).
When you peel back the nonsense of the Tea Party and look under the hood so to speak, what you actually see are a bunch of selfish morons who basically dislike our President (or possibly any non-white person), want to pay little to no taxes, and want to cut social and welfare programs to anyone other than themselves. Much like the Republican controlled Congress who recently implemented new ‘spending controls’ that were designed to cut ‘wasteful’ Democratic spending, but just so happened to contain exemptions for pretty much anything they wanted to spend money on.
So what does the Tea Party really stand for? According to their web site they want “fiscal responsibility, limited government, and free market.” But despite the concept of fiscal responsibility there seems to be no clamor on the right to reduce our unsustainable military presence and spending around the world. When it comes to limited government, the average Tea Bagger seems to side with Republicans and demand that the government outlaw or severely curtail abortion rights, gay marriage rights, enact flag burning laws, outlaw smoking pot, and so on and so forth. They seem to be down with a free market, but it’s a lack of regulation that caused a meltdown in our economy recently, not government interference or regulation.
Ultimately this is my issue with the Tea Party: They are playing the role of an oppressed minority who are being terrorized by a big government machine hell bent on stealing their guns, liberty, life as they know it, all while increasing taxes. However, the reality is that the Tea Party supporters are mainly middle to upper class white people who want to “take our country back.” These people want lower taxes, despite the reality that they are about as low as they have been for a very long time. They want limited/small government, yet this seems to exclude the military spending and on issues they care about such as the prevention of gay marriage, abortion and pot heads.
For all of these reasons, I’d like to call the Tea Party out for their BS: Don’t talk to me about small government, if you are not planning on at least halving our military budget (which would still leave it three times higher than China’s). Don’t talk to me about free market and less government interference, when you seem to want the government to impose religious and moral ‘values’ on those of us who may not share said values. Don’t talk to me about wanting to pay less taxes, while you are supporting Republican hand outs to millionaires. In fact, take your stupid costume, your stupid selfish ideas, your racism, and small minded bigotry and just don’t talk to me at all.