I’ve refrained from commenting on the ‘teabag’ movement up to this point, but now that the day of reckoning has come, I’ve decided to say my piece.
What you will witness today is a pathetic display from a conservative ideology lost in the woods yet still bent on making its voice heard by shouting the loudest. The conservative movement saw the writing on the wall on November 4th, and instead of reflecting inwards, it channeled its loses into an angry-at-anything expressionism that forces it further to the unpalatable right. After taking such a beating since the elections in November, it is empowering for the rage-aholic Limbaugh/Beck-devotee to make symbolic stands against various scapegoats for their irrelevance. But the relationship between the Limbaugh brand and the Republican party, exemplified by the Tea Bagging movement, is increasingly parasitic, benefiting only the pocketbooks of the apostles of xenophobic and Christian-hate hustle. In this manner, Fox News, Limbaugh, Beck, et. al. are all to happy to push the ultra-right line, even if it means the demise and irrelevance of the Republican party.
If reports and video of Teabag Meetups hold true (exhibit A), the Teabag parties will quickly degenerate into fringe protests against disparate and neurotic subjects of disdain. Varying by locale and geopolitical tendencies, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Southwest parties turn into protests against immigrants (dey took der jobs!!), the Midwest parties against homosexuals (dey took der marriage!!), the East coast against taxation and socialism (dey took der salaries!!), and the South against all of the above. However, no matter how many boogiemen the Right creates, it’s lack of influence and power can only be blamed on itself.
See Also: Kind Of Sad, The peasant mentality lives on in America, Failsauce, Right-Wing Extremism: The Absurd And The Obvious, Republicans: The Really, Really, Really Stupid Party, Fox News’ Promotion Of Tea Parties Shatters Their Credibility, O Frabjous Day! Callooh! Callay!, Tax Day Protestors — Time To Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is, FreedomWorks Behind Tax Day Tea Party Protests, Tea bagging, The rich buy the stupid and manufacture a movement…, and How To Understand The “Tea Party” Phenomenon.
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