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Are They Deranged?

derangedYes.  In my armchair therapist opinion many who oppose the Tea Parties are deranged.

The Tea Party has essentially one message and it is resonating with so many across our nation.  The local Bellingham group describes their mission as reversing “deficit spending and the concentration of power in central government, in order to preserve states’ rights and individual liberty for future generations.”

Whether its reducing taxes, reducing government growth, opposing new intrusive laws, the main focus of the Tea Party has been put forth in a loud, clear and peaceful manner since it’s beginning.   And while the news media has been able to drum up a couple of crackpots here and there, the movement I’ve witnessed has by enlarge stuck to it’s principles in a peaceful manner.  Especially here in Bellingham where I’ve seen nothing but peaceful enthusiasm.

But even here in our town a mental disorder, a derangement, is spreading.   The minds of otherwise normal people are failing them as they are being consumed by what is now known to be Tea Party Derangement Syndrome (TPDS).

Local evidence is easy to find.  Here just a few days ago a commenter at the Herald displayed symptoms of TPDS.

As I’ve said many times in this forum, not all Tea Party members are blatant racists,but the “movement” certainly is. And the organizers, from Dick Armey to local “leaders” most certainly are.

I inquired twice about which leaders and what incident led them to believe that local Tea Party leadership were blatant racists.   Rather than evidence, the commenter instead suggested that I might be a Tea Party leader.  Clearly their mind had diverged from reality.

And there is poor Joe Teehan who in his KGMI Blog claimed that there are Tea Partiers who “can’t accept that Barack Obama was elected to the presidency” yet never said who he was talking about.  I’ve yet to meet a Tea Partier around here who doesn’t accept Barack Obama as legitimately elected.   Joe also claimed, again without evidence, that Tea Partiers say they are “governed not by the government but rather by the Constitution.” Has anyone met a Tea Partier yet who doesn’t recognize that we are under the authority of our elected government?  If anything Party goers lament the overbearing amount of government we currently have.   I see a clear divergence between reality and what those suffering from TPDS are experiencing.

Remembering that the Tea Party’s mission centers on reducing government spending and control, it is clear when reading the following news snippets that Tea Party Derangement Syndrome is affecting people all across our nation.

It may be that the Pakistan-based Taliban, the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP), has quietly established a Connecticut franchise while we weren’t looking. That’s possible. But it seems far more likely to me that the perpetrator of the bungled Times Square bomb plot was either a lone nut job or a member of some squirrely branch of the Tea Party, anti-government far right.  mediaite.com

Really???  In this post 9/11 nation someone can actually believe this?

A website (crashtheteaparty.org) was recently set up. The creator, though he tried to hide his identity, has been outed; his name is Jason Levin, and he’s a middle school teacher in Beaverton, Oregon. He’s on record saying that you might see some of his team in Nazi uniforms at your local tea party pretending to be racists and other offensive characters. freerepublic.com

And making your own supporting evidence?  Outstandingly deranged.

…it has emerged via whistleblowers that the U.S. Military in Kentucky is training to confront Tea Party protesters…prisonplanet.com

I wonder if our Commander in Chief has anticipated how my 7 year old, who was at a recent Tea Party, might react to a military confrontation?

Kevin, if I can, perhaps not at today’s event, but as you’ve noted in the past, a lot’s been made of some of what they refer to as the fringe elements who show up for these rallies. Some in the past have had offensive signs and rhetoric.

We’re looking at some pictures. And obviously, these are the fringe elements to which we refer. But there’s Obama being painted a mustache on to look like Hitler there.  MSNBC/newsbusters.org

MSNBC trying to paint Tea Partiers as fringe just as the LaRouche fringe, not Tea Partiers painted Obama as Hitler.

And there’s NBC again, this time themselves on the fringe as they attempt to create racism out of thin air.

“There aren’t a lot of African-American men at these events,” NBC News reporter Kelly O’Donnell, a white woman, told Darryl Postell, a black man at a Tea Party rally held Thursday in Washington, DC, pressing him, in an exchange she chose to include in her NBC Nightly News story, to address her prejudiced assumptions: “Have you ever felt uncomfortable?”

Not surprisily, the answer was not as the seemed to want, but how reality is.  Darryl Postell responded “No, no, these are my people, Americans.” A reality very similar to what Rev. Perryman said in his YouTube regarding racism in the Tea Party.

Tea Party Derangement Syndrome may not have a clinical diagnosis yet, but it is real.

  • Those suffering from TPDS believe Tea Partiers are terrorist, but they aren’t.
  • They believe them to be a fringe element, but thousands of them standing on the guide and in other cities show they aren’t.
  • Syndrome sufferers try to manipulate reality to fit their derangement, but reality is real, they won’t win that game.
  • TPDS sufferers believe Tea Partiers are racist despite the reality that race hasn’t a darn thing to do with the message or mission of the Tea Party.
  • TPDS sufferers fluidly dip in and out of reality, often in the same sentence.

I wondered what those suffering from Bush Derangement Syndrome would do once President Bush was no longer making the news.  I see that some sort of transference to  Tea Party Derangement Syndrome has occurred.  It seems that there is always an element of our society that can’t deal with many aspects of conservative reality and in the case of TPDS they can’t deal with the reality of the Tea Party explosion.

Tea Party in the unshine

I finally made it to a TEA Party and even remembered to bring an umbrella so as not to get over exposed to unshine. There were hundreds upon hundreds of people along the Guide.

Update: KGMI had Sean O’Heir cover this event interviewing several attendees in a short video.

The Bellingham Herald had a front page color phot yesterday, but I haven’t seen any real post event coverage from them.  I’d say no real coverage yet, but most of the hundreds on the street probably leaned a little too right of center for the Herald demographics to care about the reasons why we “teabaggers” have taken to the street.  Though, if you dig through the comments on this Herald Politics blog post it looks like their politics guy was there, did a crowd count and walked the crowd several times.  I guess it takes more than a big crowd to get real coverage; we need bed sheet doves on broomsticks.

Racist redneck Republican Obama hating big business teabaggers

BostonHarborTeaI’m 0 in 2 for Tea Party attendance in Bellingham.  A pretty dismal record, but I’m sure I’ll get another chance or two.  However, my lack of attendance does not indicate a lack of agreement with the Bellingham Tea Party principles.

The Bellingham Tea Party is a non-partisan group made up of local citizens who are alarmed by the excesses of the US Federal Government, and want it to return to the founding principles as specified in the US Constitution.

Our mission is to motivate and educate our fellow citizens about the founding principles.

I am a local citizen who is alarmed with Federal Government excesses.  I believe that leading the world in debt accumulation is not right and further, I believe that adding more debt on top goes against constitutional principles.  How does our Federal Government protect life, liberty and pursuit of happiness for the people of this nation when they must also bend to the will of those nations to which we are in debt.  Our government, like us, cannot serve two masters.

Enough of the soapbox.  I think it’s a pretty clear message that binds Tea Party supporters together.  In fact the message is so clear and simple, it’s no wonder that half the county wasn’t along the Guide on the 4th.  I was celebrating our nation’s independence with my family up at the Blaine Parade, so for myself, my absence was a simple time conflict.

But I have wondered just how many people who agree with the Tea Party message didn’t stop in because of some negative perception they’ve picked up from media or on the web?  Tea Party perceptions like these are pretty common.

  • It’s not grassroots, it’s all organized by big business
  • They are a bunch of racists
  • It’s an anti President Obama thing.
  • It’s a Republican thing

If any of these have kept you from expressing your dissatisfaction with government excesses at a Tea Party, then let me share a few thoughts from my perspective.

It’s not grassroots, it’s all organized by big business – You know, business is good for our nation.  Business employs us.  Business drives our economy.  Businesses, both small and big suffer from government excesses the same as you and I.  So if some high level organizing was done by a certain size business, it’s easy to understand why.   I’ve spoken with people who attended because they feel government excesses are personally affecting them and the future of our nation.  They want to personally express that dissatisfaction.  That’s nearly a stand alone definition of grassroots.

They are a bunch of racists - Sometimes when all other arguments fail, it is time to pull the race card out of your sleeve.   That card was played quite early in the game, way back in April when Janeane Garofalo called teabaggers “racist rednecks”.  <==Don’t miss that link, it’s a classic.  Tea Party supporters come from all walks of life, so I can’t be sure that there isn’t a single lonely racist somewhere, but racism is certainly not foundational to the group.  In fact,  the National Black Republican Association supports the Tea Party message.  One wonders if their membership knows they are racist?

It’s an anti President Obama thing – People’s perception that this is an anti-President Obama thing is probably the easiest perception to understand, because the programs that he, with the assistance of Congress, is currently implementing, represent the largest excesses this nation has ever seen.  I’m not even sure it is possible to be  pro-President Obama and pro-Tea Party message?  Perhaps if President Obama can start to deliver on his promises without more government intrusion and more debt then the answer might be yes.  It would sure help the partisan gap in our nation if he would even make an attempt at not increasing debt.

It’s a Republican thing - As someone who has attended local Tea Party organizing meetings as well as most recent Republican committee meetings, I can tell you that this is not just a Republican thing.  While the Tea Party message may be more closely aligned with Republican or perhaps Libertarian thought, this is not an outgrowth of the Republican Party.  I’ve never been asked for party affiliation at a Tea Party meetings and as I looked around the meeting room I saw people known to me with various party affiliations, Democratic, Libertarian, Republican and some who I had no idea.    Not a local thing, but pertinant and interesting none the less is the story of Leslie Eastman of the Southern California Tax Revolt Coalition.

A common misconception of mainstream media’s political pundits is the claim that the “Tea Party” movement is merely a covert Republican operation. That is simply not true. I am a founder of one of the largest grassroots organizations in the nation (Southern California Tax Revolt Coalition, LLC; SoCal-TRC). I am also a registered Democrat.

SoCal-TRC policies are based on a sound understanding of basic economics derived from practical experience in the world of small business. This is because all of SoCal-TRC’s founders run small businesses, and appreciate that liberty and personal freedoms are best served through the fair practice of free enterprise. Our group strives to maintain a message that is focused on sensible fiscal policy and limited government intervention.


If you were considering participation or support for Bellingham Tea Party events, then I hope this post helps.    People are out lining the Guide and waving their signs because they feel that government excesses will have a direct negative affect on themselves and their family.  So, if you are just regular Whatcom county folks who would like to have the government reign in spending, then I look forward to seeing you at the next event.   That is, assuming I don’t go 0 in 3.

Bush Deficit vs. Obama Deficit

wapoobamabudget1I’m not really into reposting other’s material, but I’ll make this article from the Heritage Foundation one of the few exceptions.   As per their usual, they have with great visual simplicity, painted a picture of outrageous spending habits of the the Obama Administration.

No, they don’t let President Bush off the hook, for his poor spending, they just clearly show how much worse things became after President Obama was elected.  It’s no wonder that people are taking to the streets in protest.

And after you check out the outrageous spending plan, don’t miss the penny explanation of President Obama’s budget cuts?

Bush Deficit vs. Obama Deficit in Pictures

President Barack Obama has repeatedly claimed that his budget would cut the deficit by half by the end of his term. But as Heritage analyst Brian Riedl has pointed out, given that Obama has already helped quadruple the deficit with his stimulus package, pledging to halve it by 2013 is hardly ambitious. The Washington Post has a great graphic which helps put President Obama’s budget deficits in context of President Bush’s.

What’s driving Obama’s unprecedented massive deficits? Spending. Riedl details:

  • President Bush expanded the federal budget by a historic $700 billion through 2008. President Obama would add another $1 trillion.
  • President Bush began a string of expensive finan­cial bailouts. President Obama is accelerating that course.
  • President Bush created a Medicare drug entitle­ment that will cost an estimated $800 billion in its first decade. President Obama has proposed a $634 billion down payment on a new govern­ment health care fund.
  • President Bush increased federal education spending 58 percent faster than inflation. Presi­dent Obama would double it.
  • President Bush became the first President to spend 3 percent of GDP on federal antipoverty programs. President Obama has already in­creased this spending by 20 percent.
  • President Bush tilted the income tax burden more toward upper-income taxpayers. President Obama would continue that trend.
  • President Bush presided over a $2.5 trillion increase in the public debt through 2008. Setting aside 2009 (for which Presidents Bush and Obama share responsibility for an additional $2.6 trillion in public debt), President Obama’s budget would add $4.9 trillion in public debt from the beginning of 2010 through 2016.

UPDATE: Many Obama defenders in the comments are claiming that the numbers above do not include spending on Iraq and Afghanistan during the Bush years. They most certainly do. While Bush did fund the wars through emergency supplementals (not the regular budget process), that spending did not simply vanish. It is included in the numbers above. Also, some Obama defenders are claiming the graphic above represents biased Heritage Foundation numbers. While we stand behind the numbers we put out 100%, the numbers, and the graphic itself, above are from the Washington Post. We originally left out the link to WaPo. It has been now been added.

CLARIFICATION: Of course, this Washington Post graphic does not perfectly delineate budget surpluses and deficits by administration. President Bush took office in January 2001, and therefore played a lead role in crafting the FY 2002-2008 budgets. Presidents Bush and Obama share responsibility for the FY 2009 budget deficit that overlaps their administrations, before President Obama assumes full budgetary responsibility beginning in FY 2010. Overall, President Obama’s budget would add twice as much debt as President Bush over the same number of years.

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