The Twin Cities “Tax Day Tea Party”

I’ve just gotten back from the “Tax Day Tea Party” at the Capitol in St Paul – which is still going on – and, seriously, all I can say is “wow”. And, might I add, that’s not “wow” in a good way, either.

I’d guess around three-thousand people showed up, and I’d guess no more than five of them expected – or wanted – a “nonpartisan” event, as was facetiously promised. It was completely, utterly, totally, entirely, unabashedly far, far, right, and all hate, all the time. It was ugly, seriously – so ugly I couldn’t stand to be around it anymore, photo opportunities or no photo opportunities, and left after about an hour.

Anyone who things these things are nonpartisan and apolitical, you’re, sorry, completely deluded. I don’t know who the speakers were, but they got a lot of cheers from the crowd whenever they called Barack Hussein Obama – and always Barack Hussein Obama, never “President Obama” or anything like that – a liar, or a socialist, or a communist. They got a lot of cheers when they announced – I kid you not – that if the Department of Homeland Security thinks conservative taxpayers are terrorists, maybe they – that is, the conservatives – should start “taking hundreds of people hostage” to get what they want. They got a lot of cheers when they announced Texas is seceding from the United States, and that if they can do it, so can Minnesota.

You know what got the biggest cheers, though? You know what got a basically standing ovation from everybody in the crowd? “We don’t need the United Nations!”

That pretty much says it all, really. Moderate? Nonpartisan? Like fucking hell…

Published in: 'D' for 'Dumb', General | on April 15th, 2009| 3 Comments »

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  1. On 4/15/2009 at 10:01 pm Nemo Said:

    There were a fair number of reasonable, patriotically-themed signs and banners at the rally – including such slogans as “defender of the constitution”, “government must live within its means”, “government is not the answer, government is the problem”, and various fun stuff like “we the people are fed up!”, “stop spending, stop tyranny”, and “uphold our constitution”. There were some Constitution Party signs, a lot of Ron Paul signs, a bunch of anti-IRS signs (“IRS, It Really Sucks”).

    Then there were the pithy ones, like “tax slave to pirates in Washington”, “I’ll keep my freedom, you keep the change”, “capitalism without guilt”, and “DC = District of Corruption”.

    Good clean patriotic fun, yes?

    How about “freedom is messy, get your hands dirty”? Or “who needs abortions when you can tax single mothers to death”? Or “Politicians lied, the economy died”? “Killed by the taxman”? Or the “legalize hemp” guy dressed up in a historical costume?

    Nothing to see here, move along.

    Then there were the “Stop the Real ID Act (666)” signs, and lots of ’em. There was a “Google ‘ENDGAME'” sign, which I found surprising (I figure most of these people would be AOL users), and someone encouraging people to “Read Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged”, which was slightly unexpected. (Here’s a top tip: The Turner Diaries are almost a thousand pages shorter.)

    Oooh, and I almost forgot the folks up on the Capitol steps, with their big signs proclaiming “Fascism with a (smiley face)”, “Spare us your ‘change'”, “Commander and Thief”, “Impeach the Usurper: US Citizen? Birth Certificate?”, “Stop Spending, Stop Tyranny”, “9-11 Was an Inside Job – Bush: Liar, Murderer”, and last but not least “We Need a Leader, a Hero… Jesse?”, which I can only assume is a reference to Minnesota’s most controversial governor.

    Oh, and did I mention that this non-partisan event was kid friendly?

  2. On 4/15/2009 at 11:12 pm Jfraser Said:

    They had one of these tea party deals around my old stomping grounds, and I got a few emails from some friends that still live there. I think this picture says it all.

  3. On 4/16/2009 at 1:11 am Nemo Said:

    Yeah, that sums it up really quite nicely, I think.

    I was kind of amazed – the St. Paul “tea party” actually had a black guy in attendance. Just one, but, still… that’s probably more than a third of the other “tea parties” that took place today!