Friday, October 1, 2010

Gadsden flag -- "don't talk to me"

So – you Tea Baggers want to take back America. What, may I ask, are your plans if you succeed?

I have to ask. And I have to ask over and over because your candidates for public office have a self-imposed gag rule in play. More and more, your candidates won’t talk to any legitimate reporters from the national press.

No, I do not consider Fox to be a legitimate news outlet. GOP fund-raising arm, yes. News organization, no.

But back to the fearless Tea Bagger candidates. Why do you, in some cases, actually run from the press? Sharon Angle literally ran from her own press conference. Christine O’Donnell says “no mas” to national interviews. Sarah Palin openly encourages her chicks to hide under the wings of Fox. (That metaphor sucks, but you get the idea.)

Before you whine about “biased, mainstream media” – ask yourself why the other candidates are not afraid to meet the press.

Your fear is real. You cannot justify some of the stupid things you’ve said. In America, we hold candidates accountable for their actions and their public utterances.

You Tea Party candidates are not accountable.

And your supporters are being duped by the likes of Dick Armey and Freedom Works.

The Gadsden flag means "don't tread on me." You folks think it means "don't talk to me."


The South Plainsman said...

East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet. lol

Actually, some of the TP "candidates" leave a lot to be desired. I would expect to see better candidates stepping up in the future But for now, we are still having to vote for the lesser of evils.

What does the TP want to do if they get power? I don't speak for them (nobody really does), but I can lay out a few things.

1. Bring the government's spending down to its revenue, i.e., balance the budget without significant increases in taxation.

2. Repeal Obamacare, and replace it with the reforms in health insurance that were actually needed.

3. Do away with the concept of "too big to fail" and stop bailouts of failing companies.

4. Limit the size and scope of the Federal Government, and leave more power in the states and local governments.

Tea Party individuals have more issues than that, but I think the above is what bind them together the most.

The one thing that people must remember is that the Tea Party is not a political party, and is not an organization. It is a movement.

Now a lot of people are trying to climb on that bandwagon, and try to be, or are alleged to be, spokesman for it. They are not. They are self appointed. Of course, some of them say things that most TP folks agree with, but they also say things most do not agree with.

The Tea Party is a grass roots sort of thing. The ones that I have seen are middle class working folks, small business owners, students, and the like that are concerned about the huge deficits and the huge national debt. It is not really partisan, but of course the Republicans come a bit closer on the deficit, spending and debt issues than the Democrats.

But they will support Democrats who will take the right positions. And they will oppose Republicans who do not. In fact, the reason we have the candidates you speak of is because they were the only ones willing to take on the establishment Republicans, and they got their nominations by doing so. The old "lesser of two evils" thing.

Next election better candidates will be there.

The South Plainsman said...

By the way, the Gadsden Flag flies proudly at my house until the election.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for these past two columns on the tea baggers. They are a
wretched lot.


Anonymous said...


paula said...

Let's see:
1. Bring spending down to revenue. Wow, how novel! Kind of like Bush did? If only things were so simple.
2. Obamacare? Do you mean health care reform? If so, say so. IF we really want to bring spending down to something close to revenue, serious HCR (even more serious than the bill passed), is necessary, according to respected economists (dating way back before this administration).
3. Too big to fall. Bailouts, or loans to big companies, was one way to keep millions of people employed in good jobs. I would think Republicans, of all people, would see value in keeping "free" enterprise afloat in hard times.
4. The Clinton administration reduced the size of government dramatically, only to see whole new agencies put in place by Bush. New programs started in the last two years are miniscule compared to Homeland Security Agency, et al, left over from the last administration. Obama can't get a federal judge appointed, do you expect him to wipe out whole government departments and start over? Ridiculous. As for shifting power to the states, you mean like New Jersey and Illinois? Oh yeah, employees in those governments are so much more honest and hardworking than those vetted by the feds, and the elected officials who would oversee their work have such good reputations for responsibility and transparency. Think Palin, for one.
Obama came in with a lot of good ideas, ones which the American people apparently agreed with. Why not just let the man work?
My two cents,just to keep the discussion going.

John S Boles said...

"Too big to fail", was a Republican construct during the bailout of Wall Street which by the way was three quarters of a trillion dollars alloted before my guy got his shot at the job. Yes, going back to talk about cheneybush is getting old but the new guy didn't see himself jumping into a toilet recently flushed. The whirlpool is still spinning.

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