Tuesday’s corporate-sponsored Tea Party rally was, perhaps, the most awful thing I have seen since I accidentally walked in on a donkey show in Puerto Rico when I was a teenager — and, oddly, there were many similarities…though, we’ll just skim over those.
Close to 200 people gathered to form an incredibly diverse crowd: There were elderly white people, middle-aged white people, rich white people, poor white people, stupid white people, and Rafael Cruz.
Just look at this beautiful mix of all sorts of different people!
Were there incredibly asinine decorations? Why of course there were!
The real highlight of the evening, however, was the people. They were so friendly and accepting of those with differing viewpoints that speakers not only instructed the crowd not to speak to us — but repeatedly ensured that those who may choose to act violently knew exactly where to find us.
In truth, it was a peaceful event overall. After most others who share my viewpoints, including AATTP’s Fearless Leader Jason, went home, there were only difficulties at one point in the night when a Tea Partier belonging to a group that has obtained and disseminated Jason’s personal information (including where his child attends school) in an attempt to incite someone against him felt inclined to harass me a bit.
After I snarkily asked him how the Benghazi investigation is going, one of his allies began roughly shoving me from behind until he realized he had earned the eye of the St. Clairsville Police Department, who quickly set him straight by providing him with a “buddy” for the rest of the evening.
Throughout the night, those in attendance were treated to christofascist rhetoric, anti-Muslim hate speech, and the usual right-wing phenomenon of every single lie being believed by nearly everyone in the unknowing, unquestioning crowd — but hey, white is right, right?
Ed Mahonen of the Wheeling Water Warriors, a group currently fighting against gas drilling underneath the Ohio River, was in attendance, and summed up the evening perfectly in a Facebook post. Mahonen left early into the evening, having become far too disgusted to be willing to listen to the hate speech any more.
“I recently read a quote that said, ‘nationalism causes people to take pride in things they didn’t do and hate people they never met’,” wrote Mahonen. “What I saw were people wrapped in American flags listening to nationalistic songs and speeches about how ‘lefties’ and ‘Democrats’ hate and are out to destroy our great nation.”
“One speaker announced that he had learned that there were some people present who disagreed with them and pointed at us,” he continued. “They urged the crowd not to talk to anyone, not allow their pictures to be taken, not to give any interviews. What are they afraid of? The idea that we live in a free country where discussion and exchange of ideas is valued? That some of the faithful might be moved to think outside their little box? That same might say something stupid and be accurately quoted? It was a hateful gathering.”
Mahonen summed things up in the most eloquent way possible when discussing Tea Partiers: “The oldest trick in the book is, ‘divide and conquer’. I have seen the conquered.”
The event was sponsored by Murray Energy Corporation — a fact that blows the lie that the Tea Party is a grassroots movement straight out of the polluted water Murray Energy leaves in its wake.
Murray energy became widely known during the fight to put Mitt Romney and his magical underwear in office when he coerced employees into unwillingly taking unpaid time to support the failure that was Mittens’ Presidential campaign.
This time, Murray brought along his rather unenthusiastic-looking props to add the illusion that his workers could somehow support a political movement that tirelessly strives to ensure that more of them die in horrific explosions.
The highlight of the evening was Rafael Cruz, who stopped by to repeat his claim that God wants people to vote for conservatives — ironically saying that we need to stop electing “the village idiot.”
Cruz later asked, “Aren’t you tired of men and women of lies in government?” which prompted affirmative cheers from numerous people for a variety of reasons — most, because they agreed with Cruz that those evil, Commie libturds need to GO, and the rest because they agree that anyone who supports Cruz’s demented vision of America needs to recede into s dark hole for the rest of eternity.
He offered the crowd some valuable, but ironic, advice: “Stop listening to their rhetoric and start looking at their record.”
The things I endure for you people.