I’ve never been to a Tea Party

I’ve never been to an #Occupy either. I will confess that a couple years ago I once watched less than five minutes of Glenn Beck. I don’t listen to Rush Limbaugh or any talk radio. I don’t watch network news. I occasionally catch a little local news if it comes on while I’m cooking dinner.

On an average day I visit at least 50 different blogs and websites. Some of them are conservative, some are progressive, others are liberal. I read stuff from people who think Obama is the worst president ever and from people who think he is the best. I make it a point to read several articles a day that I don’t agree with.

I don’t agree with everybody who posts here at TCH. Some are to my left, some are to my right. Some people I disagree with more than others, but as long as they don’t behave like trolls I have no problem with anyone.

My opinions are my own. I don’t get them from anyone else.

Regarding the OWS movement:

The first I ever heard of it came from Corrente. I have read lots of stories and seen numerous videos of the OWS, including the original site at Zuccotti Park and other sites around the nation. I have read many positive and negative stories.

Even though I consider myself a liberal and I am generally sympathetic with many of the things I hear Occupiers say, I have a number of concerns about the movement itself. I am not going to articulate all of them here, most of you already know what they are.

If and when my concerns are addressed my opinion of OWS will change. Not before.

Until then I will remain skeptical.

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36 Responses to I’ve never been to a Tea Party

  1. votermom says:

    I don’t agree with everybody who posts here at TCH. Some are to my left, some are to my right.

    What?!!!!!! No!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    *swoons onto convenient hot-pink fainting couch*

  2. soupcity says:

    Stop making sense and being tolerant, myiq. Sheesh. 😉

    (love the photo)

  3. myiq2xu says:

    I forgot to add:

    Just because I don’t agree with you doesn’t mean I didn’t consider your opinion or that there is something wrong with me.

    I means I don’t agree with you.

    • Catfish says:

      Once upon a time there lived a vain Emperor whose only worry in life was to dress in elegant clothes. He changed clothes almost every hour and loved to show them off to his people.

      Word of the Emperor’s refined habits spread over his kingdom and beyond. Two scoundrels who had heard of the Emperor’s vanity decided to take advantage of it. They introduced themselves at the gates of the palace with a scheme in mind.

      “We are two very good tailors and after many years of research we have invented an extraordinary method to weave a cloth so light and fine that it looks invisible. As a matter of fact it is invisible to anyone who is too stupid and incompetent to appreciate its quality.

    • Catfish says:

      Still can’t fathom how people could get burned twice with the same scam in the space of four years.

  4. votermom says:

    OT: I am glad Quackdaffy is done, but mob justice makes me sick.


    Allah’u’akbar. Ugh.

  5. HELENK says:

    this cartoon is still relevant and should be seen and heard.
    1948 but just how much has really changed?


  6. WMCB says:

    Bernie Sanders going after Obama on bailout corruption:


    • Mary says:

      Fascinating. At the time, Geitner was the head of the NY Fed.

      He sure took care of his buddies, didn’t he?

  7. Lola-at-Large says:

    For the record, I’ve been to both, and had a good time at each. Of course, we’re sane out here in the midwest, so it’s a different experience than it is in the bigger cities and along the coasts.

  8. Haven’t been to either myself. There is one about 40 miles from here but can’t afford the gas to go. Watch the local news in the morning for the weather. Like Megyn Kelly on FOX- used to watch ABC news- until the 08. Catch some CNN when major stories are breaking like Gadafhi this morning.
    I read BBC some. And lots of different blogs.
    Then I make up my own mind.

  9. yttik says:

    I’ve been to both a tea party and an occupy protest. Why I’m wary of the Occupiers is simple, it smells like blue kool aid. A bunch of elitist bullies just foisted vague “hope and change” upon this country in 2008 and it looks like they’re poised to do it again. The last time this bunch came bearing unicorns and rainbows, I lost my job, my health insurance, and gained two new dependents. Yes, I’m still a bit pissed off about it.

    • Karma says:

      But clearly, you haven’t suffered like RD has. Only she can view true suffering and decide if your cross is as heavy as her’s or her friends.

      Those who were unemployed prior, and without NJ property tax rates or PhDs, just don’t count. She has made that running theme clear for a couple of years now.

      And COBRA is soooooo expensive how dare you compare your no coverage to her heavy….heavy cross.

      If she was really as smart as she thinks she is. She wouldn’t be giving that $1000/mo to COBRA and instead pay $12,000 worth of bills/mortgage in the next year. I suspect she will figure that out when COBRA ends but will never admit it.

      She is still living with the luxury of health care in her head while she tut-tuts at everyone else for not getting it….lol

      • soupcity says:

        Honk! That’s what bugs me the most, try having 3 kids (one disabled) and a COBRA payment that equaled more than the unemployment insurance. Easy choice, that one. Suck it up and deal with it. Find a way to survive…day to day, sometimes. You can get really creative with a virtual gun to your head. She has no clue, really. That doesn’t mean I wish more hardship on anyone, though, truly. I really don’t expect jack squat to emerge out of these protests either, why the hell would I waste my time?

      • Mary says:

        Didn’t she just spend several days bragging about re-doing her yuppie townhouse kitchen?

        She’ll regret that, too. Shoulda saved those pennies.

  10. 1539days says:

    I’m just going to mention that I didn’t require that anyone go to a Tea Party earlier. I just think it’s intellectually dishonest to take a seeing is believing attitude toward one thing and not another.

    I don’t need to try the Kool-aid to know it tastes like shit.

    • Karma says:

      And that is exactly how I read your post too. I just think that since this site has been called right wing so much that this post was a response to that type of blanket statement. Rather than your post rightly calling out the hypocrisy with RD.

      I read a lot of common sense centrists with right or left leanings at Crawdad, but no one is extreme in their views and all seem to have an eye towards solutions and not partisanship. At least that’s how I read the posts.

      That a fellow traveler in 2008 feels the need to make right wing accusations at a bunch of Clinton Dems says more about the voices in her head than the voices here.

  11. Mary says:

    I haven’t been to a Tea Party or Occupy, either. I do watch a lot of C-Span (nerdy, I know), mostly so I can avoid all the damm pundits from both sides picking and choosing what they think I need to know.

    Consequently, I wanted so see Beck’s razzle-dazzle, and then wanted to see Sharpton’s razzle-dazzle, to get my own info and make up my own mind.

    That’s what is so wonderful about this board: most of you do the same thing, and provide insight for all of us. 🙂

    PS I love this picture, myiq! Your college days? tee-hee

  12. DeniseVB says:

    The fun part of being Independent now, I can enjoy the best of both sides 🙂

    Maybe OWS wants to put pressure on Wall Street to “stop” taking bailout money (yeah, like that’s going to happen), but I don’t believe you should reward failure and punish success in our country. That was my sign at a tea party rally. I think OWS demands that now 😦 Can’t get behind that message, sorry.

  13. kc says:

    great post (disturbing pic), but thank you. The scales are torn from my eyes every day–thanks to the last election. I spent the better part of my life believing everything the democratic party told me and now I don’t believe either of them. My grieving is over and I have discovered good and bad in both parties. Thanks for this site.

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