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John Boehner’s introduction to the political force that would make him the Speaker of the House of Representatives came on a cool April afternoon in 2009, on the streets of Bakersfield, California. Boehner, the Republican House leader, had come to town for a fund-raiser for his colleague Kevin McCarthy, who represents the area. The event was scheduled for tax day, April 15th—the date targeted for a series of nationwide protest rallies organized by a loosely joined populist movement that called itself the Tea Party. One rally was to take place in Bakersfield, and Boehner and McCarthy decided to make an appearance. “They were expecting a couple of hundred people,” Boehner recalls. “A couple of thousand showed up.”
The two congressmen witnessed a scene of the sort that played in an endless loop across the country for the next eighteen months: people in funny hats waving Gadsden flags and wearing T-shirts saying “No taxation with crappy representation,” venting about bailouts, taxes, entrenched political élites, and an expanding and seemingly pampered public sector. (Noticing an open window in a nearby government office building, some in the Bakersfield crowd shouted, “Shut that window! You’re wasting my air-conditioning!”) Although Bakersfield is in one of the most conservative districts in California, the Tea Party speakers assigned fault to Republicans as well as to Democrats. The event’s organizers had been advised that Boehner and McCarthy would be there but did not invite them to speak.
For Boehner, the Bakersfield rally was a revelation. “I could see that there was this rebellion starting to grow,” he says now. “And I didn’t want our members taking a shellacking as a result.”
Bakersfield, and Kern County in general, is loaded with uneducated, bigoted rightwing nutters. An example: the percentage of high school students that go on to college is a pathetic 19% here, our dropout rate is 26%. If that doesn’t tell you something about the area, nothing will.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, during his reign as Governor, came here at least once a month to speak to the big corporate farmers and the oil barons. California’s horrible employer-favoring Workers Compensation laws, which were changed by Ahnold, were hatched here by Ahnold and fuckers that own Grimmway Farms.
So, blame it on Bakersfield folks…John Crocodile-tears Boehner loves Bako and it’s unwashed masses that consistently vote against their own self-interests and probably always will.
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Taibbi has a new book out if you don’t know. Its called “Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America.”.I do plan to purchase his book, but thankfully Matt is publishing bits and pieces of it at Alternet. I do snicker at the title of his book as I too refer to most politicians as Grifters and/or Carpetbaggers. The chapter subtitle currently on Alternet: By rallying behind dingbats and morons like Palin and Michele Bachmann, the Tea Party has made anti-intellectualism its rallying cry.
I firmly believe that this fuckery started, in earnest, during the 08 election by the biggest and one of THE most ignorant wingtards of them all-Sarah Palin. Being a well-read, smart and/or college-educated person is bad according to the Nutter U folks like Palin, Bachmann and that idiot extraordinaire from TX, Louie-voters shouldn’t be able to elect senators- Gohmert. These assholes love to tout their belief in the Constitution, yet they really don’t understand it and would remove basic rights that all Americans have enjoyed, some for over two hundred years. But I am rambling, so here is a small excerpt from Matt Taibbi’s book where he discusses The Grifter Class and why the extreme right love them to death:
So long as this stuff is not widely understood by the public, the Grifter class is going to skate on almost anything it does — because the tendency of most voters, in particular conservative voters, is to assume that Wall Street makes its money engaging in normal capitalist business and that any attempt to restrain that sector of the economy is thinly disguised socialism.
That’s why it’s so brilliant for the Tea Party to put forward as its leaders some of the most egregiously stupid morons on our great green earth. By rallying behind dingbats like Palin and Michele Bachmann — the Minnesota congresswoman who thought the movie Aladdin promoted witchcraft and insisted global warming wasn’t a threat because “carbon dioxide is natural” — the Tea Party has made anti-intellectualism itself a rallying cry. The Tea Party is arguing against the very idea that it’s even necessary to ask the kinds of questions you need to ask to grasp bubble economics.
Bachmann is the perfect symbol of the Dumb and Dumber approach to high finance. She makes a great show of saying things that would get a kindergartner busted to the special ed bus — shrieking, for instance, that AmeriCorps was a plot to force children into liberal “reeducation camps” (Bachmann’s own son, incidentally, was a teacher in an AmeriCorps program), or claiming that the U.S. economy was “100 percent private” before Barack Obama’s election (she would later say Obama in his first year and a half managed to seize control of “51 percent of the American economy”).
Earlier in the article, Taibbi admits that understanding economics and the financial world is hard if you don’t have a degree or expertise in that area. I will be the first to admit that I rely on various sources to explain different parts of the economic world to me. But that said…teabaggers don’t even try to understand the economic system or issue, they just buy into whatever bullshit the R’s spew from their pieholes. Sadly, two of the most vocal fuckwits, one just reelected, Palin and Bachmann, have no friggin clue about how anything works. The final passage from the Alternet reprint of Taibbi’s book excerpt:
Our world isn’t about ideology anymore. It’s about complexity. We live in a complex bureaucratic state with complex laws and complex business practices, and the few organizations with the corporate will power to master these complexities will inevitably own the political power. On the other hand, movements like the Tea Party more than anything else reflect a widespread longing for simpler times and simple solutions — just throw the U.S. Constitution at the whole mess and everything will be jake. For immigration, build a big fence. Abolish the Federal Reserve, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Education. At times the overt longing for simple answers that you get from Tea Party leaders is so earnest and touching, it almost makes you forget how insane most of them are.(emphasis mine)
Life in general isn’t simple anymore. Raising children in this decade is a horror story that makes me glad my only spawn is 31 years old and on his own. Cooking dinner and hoping to hell you aren’t poisoning your loved ones. Feeding your pets and then worrying that they just ate something that will kill them. The Corporatocracy is always finding ways to get us to give them our money, be it cheap goods from China or Vietnam, extending credit and then jacking the fuck out of the interest rates, crying wolf about their bad investments or, like the Chamber of Commerce, telling us that anything Obama or the liberals want is pure, unadulterated socialism that will bring the US to it’s collective knees.
The Tea Party movement has links to white supremacists, anti-immigration groups, “birthers” and other “extremists,” according to a report released by the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
The 94 page report, entitled Tea Party Nationalism (.pdf), investigates six national organizations “at the core” of the Tea Party: FreedomWorks Tea Party, 1776 Tea Party, Tea Party Nation, Tea Party Patriots, ResistNet, and the Tea Party Express.
Although members of the Tea Party claim the movement is focused on dismantling an out of control federal government, reducing taxes, and balancing the budget, the report claims that the movement is permeated with concerns about national identity and race.
“In these ranks, an abiding obsession with Barack Obama’s birth certificate is often a stand-in for the belief that the first black president of the United States is not a ‘real American,'” says the report. “Rather than strict adherence to the Constitution, many Tea Partiers are challenging the provision for birthright citizenship found in the Fourteenth Amendment.
Citing one of the links between the movement and extremists, the report says Dale Robertson, the chairman of the 1776 Tea Party, invited Martin “Red” Beckman to be a guest on the Tea Party Radio hour that he co-hosts. Beckman, who was introduced as a “great guy” and “an authority on the Constitution” has been publishing anti-Semitic writings for over twenty years.
There is much more, and the report is very long and detailed…so check it out. Personally, I have seen and heard enough of these fuckwads here in the San Joaquin valley to know they are a batshit-crazy bag of bigots, racists and just all-around haters of everything that isn’t white or against those that speak out against injustice against all people of color, nationality, religion, poor folks or sexual orientation.
He calls them Tea Party 2.0 and he’s right of course. His newest at RS is a great read. A short excerpt:
It’s taken three trips to Kentucky, but I’m finally getting my Tea Party epiphany exactly where you’d expect: at a Sarah Palin rally. The red-hot mama of American exceptionalism has flown in to speak at something called the National Quartet Convention in Louisville, a gospel-music hoedown in a giant convention center filled with thousands of elderly white Southerners. Palin — who earlier this morning held a closed-door fundraiser for Rand Paul, the Tea Party champion running for the U.S. Senate — is railing against a GOP establishment that has just seen Tea Partiers oust entrenched Republican hacks in Delaware and New York. The dingbat revolution, it seems, is nigh.
“We’re shaking up the good ol’ boys,” Palin chortles, to the best applause her aging crowd can muster. She then issues an oft-repeated warning (her speeches are usually a tired succession of half-coherent one-liners dumped on ravenous audiences like chum to sharks) to Republican insiders who underestimated the power of the Tea Party Death Star. “Buck up,” she says, “or stay in the truck.”
Gawd, I swear you could not pay me enough to attend a Sarah/Rand Paul get-together. My fucking head would explode.
He goes on to describe the crowd: White and crippled. No shit, they got a shit-load of hover-rounds and scooters there. wtf? They are all paid for by medicare…aka the federal government! And these fuckers bitch about big government and freeloaders? Fuck me running…
The best line in the piece: But after lengthy study of the phenomenon, I’ve concluded that the whole miserable narrative boils down to one stark fact: They’re full of shit. All of them. At the voter level, the Tea Party is a movement that purports to be furious about government spending — only the reality is that the vast majority of its members are former Bush supporters….
Read it, Taibbi never lets me down. Bless his little black journalistic heart. 😉