Saturday, April 17, 2010
Gonna Take Our Country Back
This is perhaps the most idiotic statement I've ever heard. Yet, it is being thrown around by the Tea Party Pretenders as though they actually believe something has been stolen from them. I 'll explain why I call them "Pretenders" in a few minutes.
From whom, exactly, do they intend to take the country back? Did Canada pull a bloodless coup somewhere along the line and nobody told me? Nope. Not Canada. If we had somehow secretly become the United States of Canada, we'd have Universal Healthcare and words like "aboot" and "hoose" and "eh" would be creeping into our speech, at least across the northern tier of the country. We'd be paying much higher taxes, too.
Maybe it was Mexico. Is the Alamo still standing? Si? Ok, so Mexico didn't take over. China? Only if we default on all those loans.
I have given this a lot of thought as while watching those befuddled fuddy-duddys with their illiterate signs and listened to their hate-filled rants, and I think I have figured it out. They don't want to take the country back FROM anyone. They want to take it back TO a time in history that is more appealing to them.
Like the 1950s, for instance. Things were so much simpler for them back then. It was a time when men had all the answers and women and blacks knew their places. Women were consigned to the kitchen, barefoot and pregnant, and blacks were still at the back of the bus, not getting all uppity and running for President.
And, here's another thing. Let's not confuse the Tea Party Pretenders with the Real Tea Party folks, the Tax Day crowd. The Republicans, with the media as their willing foils, would have us believe they are all the same people. No. No. NO. They are two separate groups with two separate agendas. There may be some overlapping of attitudes, but the Tax Day groups are interested in money - keeping it, that is, and not having to pay taxes. And, they're not confused about it.
The original Tea Party name evokes the Boston Tea Party. They are generally more affluent and better educated than the Tea Party Pretenders and they are much better organized and can spell and articulate their feelings without all the cussing. And, they dress better.
The Tea Party Pretenders are the ones who have been making jackasses of themselves by disrupting town hall meetings. They simply co-opted the Tea Party name to confuse the media, and it's working. They're the ones who want to "take our country BACK."
Get it? Got it? Good.