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The Tea Parties Get Scary

OK, I'm finally buying in to the idea that the Tea Party movement is advocating lawlessness, violence, and direct action against their opponents. I got my hands on a press release put out by some of their leaders, and the language is downright disturbing.

What do you do when patient petitioning, protest marches and court orders fail? What do you do when all the protocols and cheat codes of democracy fail? This is what you do: you reclaim the language of democracy from the twisted bunch that have hijacked, cannibalized and subverted it.


The proper channels have failed. It's time for mass civil disobedience to cut off the financial oxygen...

If you're one of those who believe that this is not just necessary but also possible, speak to us. Let's talk about what that mass civil disobedience is going to look like.


We know who you are. We know where you live. We know where you work.

And we be many, but you be few.

Read it all here.

Damn, is there anything more scary and dangerous than right-wingers getting together to push their political agenda? The authorities better do something before someone gets hurt.


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Comments (18)

But I'm sure they mean it i... (Below threshold)

But I'm sure they mean it in a 'constructive' way.

If the Greenies really thin... (Below threshold)

If the Greenies really think that CO2 pollution is such a threat, perhaps they would serve Mother Gaia best by not breathing.

Personally, I'd appreciate their sacrifice.

little late for April Fool'... (Below threshold)
jim m:

little late for April Fool's aren't we?

There are no Greens, there ... (Below threshold)

There are no Greens, there are only Watermelons: Green on the outside, bright RED on the inside.

ah, the Left justifies ITS ... (Below threshold)

ah, the Left justifies ITS excesses as being "necessary to achieve a greater good!"

the Left justifies ITS e... (Below threshold)
jim m:

the Left justifies ITS excesses as being "necessary to achieve a greater good!"

but of course. Their desires are motivated by the purest altruism and fulfillment of their desires would of necessity bring much satisfaction to everyone else, whilst the rest of us are motivated by greed and malice and the ends of our desires are to bring unhappiness and woe to all others.

Indeed for those who do not agree with the left there is little pleasure to be had unless it comes at the great expense of others.

tried to read the article b... (Below threshold)

tried to read the article but Tom Friedman's house got in my way...


"each according to.." well you know

and speaking of spot... (Below threshold)

and speaking of spotted owl friendly estates, or spotted owl free, or something like that


I'm sure that Mr Friedman h... (Below threshold)
jim m:

I'm sure that Mr Friedman has purchased carbon offsets that will not only provide at least a 10% annual return on dollars invested, but will reduce the carbon footprint of his home to zero by the year 2355.

Jay Tea: You're a rabble ro... (Below threshold)

Jay Tea: You're a rabble rouser!
I like it!

Bait and Switch!At... (Below threshold)

Bait and Switch!

At least there was a fun Easter Egg of sorts at the link.

"Civil disobedience has an ... (Below threshold)

"Civil disobedience has an honourable history, and when the urgency and moral clarity cross a certain threshold, then I think that civil disobedience is quite understandable, and it has a role to play. And I expect that it will increase, no question about it."
Al Gore - on Apple's board


I see where the Kennedy com... (Below threshold)

I see where the Kennedy compound won't have to worry about those UGLY 'carbon free' windmill farms on the cape.

Some are more equal than others.

Jay go soak your head in TE... (Below threshold)

Jay go soak your head in TEA. YO-YO.



Since when did outfits like... (Below threshold)

Since when did outfits like Greenpeace ever obey the laws? They and their ilk are the main pushes behind the WTO riots and other civil upheavals. They go as far as disrupting legitimate business practices that have been going on for centuries, all in the name of "Mother Earth" While in all reality, they are out to put humankind back to the stone age or even further back

I agree that violence et ce... (Below threshold)

I agree that violence et cetera is abhorrent, and while I deplore the hint of a threat in the final statement (addressed to the left) of your excerpt, it appears to me that the portion of the excerpt which is addressed to the right does not advocate lawlessness.

Yes, it does encourage disobedience, but civil disobedience is not anarchy. It requires adherence to a set of laws, which just does not coincide with the laws of the current governing administration.

For example, in the old days, trying to dodge the poll tax and still vote was against the law (and probably not practical) but it was not lawless. It's the disobedience of an immoral law and adherence to the moral ones.

I may not support all that the Tea Partiers do, but I believe there is room for civil disobedience, when the law is working against truth, freedom, and the (former) American way, and when legal channels prove ineffective in changing the legal system.

Hildebrand,Did you f... (Below threshold)

Did you follow the link, and notice who actually said this, and to whom they were referring?

hildebrand, I have to confe... (Below threshold)

hildebrand, I have to confess I laughed a little at your comment.

SCSI is right -- you really, really gotta follow the link to get the full picture on this posting.

When epador called it a "bait and switch," he was actually being KIND.







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