We had to know the Tea Party fit was coming, after Obama officially laid the “f**k it” card down at the State of the Union. Alas, it seems the time has come that the antichrist will rear his head, and use all the power of his office to reshape America into a socialist wasteland.
For those of us back here on Earth, it’s “flip a coin” as to how much of Obama’s landmark State of the Union address was sincere, how much of it foreshadowing, and how much of it was simply the bluster of a second-term president struggling to bolster his party on the eve of an important set of mid-terms. It’s probably a bit of all of them.
Lee, who has officially replaced Ted Cruz as the Tea Party’s go-to pasty, slightly chubby, middle-aged white guy with brown hair and a 99% party-line rating from The Heritage Foundation, had plenty to say on the SOTU address; as usual, it was about 70% right-wing cheerleading, 25% Koch Brothers talking points, 3% half-truths and 2% obvious observation to lend an air of legitimacy.
“In 1773, Americans had simply had it with a London-based national government that had become too big, too expensive and far too intrusive.”
The Boston Tea Party really began when the East India Company, which (due to Dutch smuggling) failed to establish a monopoly on tea exportation in the colonies, got London to pass the Indemnity Act. This act (designed as a form of government welfare for the most profitable corporation in England) and the Townshend Act that followed essentially passed the 25% tax break given East India on to taxpayers in the Colonies.
It was this corporate-welfare-supporting tax, enacted solely to pad East India’s profit margins (while punishing the Colonies for buying tea from East India’s Dutch competition), that was passed without the consent of the colonies’ representatives in Parliament. Hence, the rallying cry “no taxation without representation.” This triggered a debate on England’s right to directly tax the Colonies at all, which in turn served as a focal point to question England’s authority to do anything in America. But it all started with corporate welfare.
“…at most, it would have been known as one more futile protest against an abusive national government.”
No. The Boston Tea Party was a protest against domination by what was perceived as a FOREIGN government. An “abusive national government” is national, meaning within and of the nation. American patriots saw themselves as being bilked by a distant, “foreign” and absolute power that had no interest in America except as a source of land and revenue.
“Where does this ‘new inequality‘ come from? From government itself. Every time it takes rights and opportunities away from the American people, and gives them instead to politicians, bureaucrats and SPECIAL INTERESTS.”
Yes…the “special” interests that represent large swaths of the American public. Or, is he referring to the “special interests” that paid Eric Cantor to stage a coup of the house rules committee in an effort to blackmail America into building the Keystone XL pipeline? Speaking of which:
“Inequality is blocking thousands of middle-class jobs in the energy industry,” an homage to building the Keystone XL pipeline “as a favor to partisan donors, and radical environmental activists.” Would these be the same radical environmentalists who warned Freedom about its impending chemical spill, or the ones cleaning oil off of seagulls in the Gulf?
“Inequality is denying viable, unborn children any protection whatsoever under the law,” (abortions have always been term-limited) “while exempting unsanitary, late-term abortion clinics from basic safety standards.” Abortion clinics are held to ‘basic safety standards,” just not the same standards as dedicated medical clinics. The kind of dedicated medical clinics that give Republicans millions to shut down the competition.
“It’s denying citizens the right to define marriage in their states as traditionally, or as broadly, as their diverse values dictate.” States don’t get to define legal terms, particularly terms that affect Federal taxation status, or medical and death rights that may cross state lines, or terms that may have an impact on any individual’s civil rights. Using this logic, states should be able to define the meaning of the word “adult” to include anyone who’s entered puberty, a la Duck Dynasty. That’s a “traditional marriage value” as well.
“Obamacare, all by itself, is an inequality Godzilla that has robbed working class families of their insurance, their doctors, their wages and their jobs.”
The number of uninsured people in the United States has plummeted since the ACA went into effect. Inequality is some people being insured, and other people dying because they can’t be, can’t afford insurance, or have reached their lifetime spending cap. Inequality is the fact that medical bills account for more bankruptcies than anything else, causing some people to be bankrupt and other people not. Insuring everyone is hardly making anyone “unequal.”
Has Obamacare cost anyone their job? That would be very difficult, seeing as how the employer mandate hasn’t taken effect yet. And even if it had, Obama is not responsible for the fact that corporations are unwilling to cut into their profit margins to care for their employees. That’s the corporation’s decision.
The American people aren’t responsible for the predatory business practices of others; it’s that corporation’s decision not to cut into its profit margins that drives them to cut hours. Is it too much to expect that business owners will act with integrity, or should we simply pass a law that says they have to cover 80 percent of their employees, no matter what?
“As if the solution to inequality were, well, more inequality.” False equivalence and circular logic, assumes the underlying premise is correct.
“Not just by making government smaller, but by promoting bigger citizens.” Big citizens, become citizens UNITED! And citizens don’t get much bigger or more united than the Koch brothers, huh?
You know, there are points in Lee’s speech when you almost want to believe him. There are even times when, listening with an open mind, you almost have to wonder how we’re not working WITH these people. Ending corporate domination and subversion of democracy, ending government bailouts and corporate welfare, these are passions held as dear on the Left as by any Tea Partier. You ALMOST wonder.
And then you realize that it only takes a few drops of concentrated cat urine to ruin perfectly good coffee. It only takes a few lies, a few twists on history, a few bits of misleading logic, just a few drops of agenda from a couple of billionaires to utterly and permanently despoil anything remotely good about the original beverage.
If you’re a believer in entropy in politics, it’s tempting to fall on the Arrow of Time and say “you can’t un-mix the cat pee from the Tea Party.” Maybe the best we can hope for, after all this, is to hope that these people wake up and smell the ammonia.