Wednesday, 4/3/13, Public Square

tea party


by | April 3, 2013 · 6:00 am

16 responses to “Wednesday, 4/3/13, Public Square

  1. I truly believe these Tea Party folks do not care…..they just want to yell, scream and B-I-T-C-H

    I’ve never seen such a bunch of overgrown spoiled brats in my life…

    • I think it is more a bunch of people that are afraid, they do not have that much to begin with. And they are seeing what to them is someone else that is wanting to take at least part of what they have. And often for others that are seen as not having worked hard or put in the effort to even try to achieve.

      Scared people who feel it is dark and they are not seeing anyway out.
      Will want to accept and find anyone that is said to be at fault. That can go for those with nothing and those who have everything. Feeling threaten is a very human emotion. It does not help when the news is saying the economy is so bad and everyday there is more reports of lay-offs and plane closings.

    • You’re giving them more credit than I give. I think they truly believe that line of crap about making Social Security and Medicare secure for the future by privatizing it.

  2. rd, I think that fear is especially true when a person compares what they have, where they are, against someone else. They can keep up the comparisons until they find one where they come up short thus feeling they’ve been given the shaft and blame _____. Sadly, it goes the other way too — those who need to feel superior can always find someone who is worse off and then decide it’s because _____.

    We don’t spend enough time being who we are and deciding that is pretty damn good or if we need improvements those are up to us to make.

    All these lawmakers who’ve decided it’s their job to legislate morality need to figure out why they think they have that power, and why their own sins and shortcomings are the only ones they have to worry about.

    “The only person you should try to be better than, is the person you were yesterday.”

  3. North Carolina May Declare Official State Religion Under New Bill

    (from the link): The bill says the First Amendment only applies to the federal government and does not stop state governments, local governments and school districts from adopting measures that defy the Constitution. The legislation also says that the Tenth Amendment, which says powers not reserved for the federal government belong to the states, prohibits court rulings that would seek to apply the First Amendment to state and local officials.

    The bill reads:

    SECTION 1. The North Carolina General Assembly asserts that the Constitution of the United States of America does not prohibit states or their subsidiaries from making laws respecting an establishment of religion.

    SECTION 2. The North Carolina General Assembly does not recognize federal court rulings which prohibit and otherwise regulate the State of North Carolina, its public schools, or any political subdivisions of the State from making laws respecting an establishment of religion.

  4. RD – some of these Tea Party people might be as you describe .

    But I know of several who are retired from Boeing – getting good pension checks, good health care (thanks to Medicare) – and these were people who were either union workers or benefited from the union being at Boeing because they got above average pay and they got to work at Boeing for decades – they even got to retire from one place of employment

    How many of today’s workers can say this?

    The average worker today has had several employers.
    Their pay has been cut or has not kept up with the cost of living.
    Their benefits have been cut – or lost completely.

    So – these Teabaggers that I know are the ones who have benefited from all the progressive ideas – such as union wages, health care benefits, stable work place but yet these are the very same folks who do not want anyone else to get what they were lucky enough to receive.

    Besides – when I see these same Teabagger folks at the casino and plugging in $100 bills into the slot machines – these folks are not hurting.

    • And I did not go to the casino that often -…and I cannot afford to go anymore and have not been inside the Kansas Casino since last summer.

      I cannot afford to lose money in those slot machines…but these Tea Party folks sure do….

      Some of these folks are so proud of their Tea Party status they even wear t-shirts or those infamous hats.

      And – when a bunch of them are sitting there and calling their president a bunch of racist names – I suspect they are Tea party folks – what do you think?

  5. White men have much to discuss about mass shootings

    (from the link): Each of us is programmed from childhood to believe that the top group of our hierarchies — and in the U.S. culture, that’s white men — represents everyone, so it can feel awkward, even ridiculous, when we try to call attention to those people as a distinct group and hold them accountable.

    For example, our schools teach American history as the history of everyone in this nation. But the stories we learn are predominantly about white men. To study the history of other groups, people have to take separate classes, such as African American history, women’s history or Native American history. And if we take “Hispanic American History,” we don’t expect to learn “Asian American History,” because a class about anyone but white men is assumed not to be inclusive of anyone else.

    This societal and cultural programming makes it easy for conservative, white-male-led groups to convince the nation that an organization led by white men, such as the NRA or the tea party movement, can represent the interests of the entire nation when, in fact, they predominately represent only their own experiences and perspectives.

    If life were equitable, white male gun-rights advocates would face some serious questions to assess their degree of credibility and objectivity. We would expect them to explain:

    What facets of white male culture create so many mass shootings?

    Why are so many white men and boys producing and entertaining themselves with violent video games and other media?

    Why do white men buy, sell and manufacture guns for profit; attend gun shows; and demonstrate for unrestricted gun access disproportionately more than people of other ethnicities or races?

    Why are white male congressmen leading the fight against gun control?

    If Americans ask the right questions on gun issues, we will get the right answers. These answers will encourage white men to examine their role in their own culture and to help other white men and boys become healthier and less violent.

  6. I wonder….how many more of these coaches are out there – right now – doing the exact same thing – but not on video?

    When I see stories like this one – I have to shake my head and think – once again – our society places too much importance on sports..

    • Bullies and all abusive people remind me of gun nuts who must be armed at all times. I think they’re all mentally ill and most of them are probably compensating for a personal deficiency. They seem to have a sick need for a sick kind of power.

  7. I wonder…..are these GOP lawmakers some of those white males that want to keep the power?

  8. The tea baggers are going to act like spoiled insolent children until a republican sits in the White House or President Obama ruins the world (aren’t those the only two choices 🙂 ). We hear that Fox News is their trusted source of information and we know the slant there. We know who is responsible for our country’s debt, that taxes are very low, that President Obama has reduced the deficit… we know all kinds of information that leads us to think they’re poorly informed. We see their signs and shake our heads in amazement at their inability to spell, that they can actually keep a straight face and carry a sign that asks to keep government out of their Medicare. We hear their elected officials speak all kinds of nonsense and prove almost on a daily basis they don’t understand our country’s Constitution or form of government. I have concluded they are stupid, and you can’t fix stupid.

    Recently I had an interesting conversation with my son-in-law who teaches high school. He said his Latino students are the most industrious of all his students. They work very hard as do their parents. When parent teacher conferences are scheduled they come, they’re very interested in whether their children are performing up to their capabilities. Their new country of residence, whether they are legal or not, is worth working for. In a larger percentage than other minorities, they volunteer for the military, they work all the projects of helping neighbors and neighborhoods, they give back in every way they can. And, according to him, both the students and the parents are well informed about American politics. They understand what is going on, how it will impact them, who has their back. They don’t fall for empty words.

    When my kids were in school refugees from Vietnam became more common. I saw that same industry from them that my son-in-law sees from Latinos today. The best math and science students were well represented by the Vietnamese kids, they gave it their time and effort — students and parents.

    So the tea baggers must look as stupid to this new demographic as they do to us. Republicans don’t fare well with people who are smart and well informed.

    • Well – you remember Rick Santorum sarcastically telling a crowd of Teapublicans that Obama was a ‘snob’ for wanting everyone to go to college.

      Republicans seem hellbent on destroying education – they’re anti-science – for sure.

      So , exactly what are these folks FOR? I have yet to hear anything from these folks as to what they are FOR..

      except Obama is a socialist dictator that could possibly be the Anti-Christ and Obama is out to destroy America.

      Hmmm…..the guys’ had 4 years to show those Anti-Christ horns – and I don’t see any sign of them yet – have you?

      On the other hand – why would the Anti-Christ be a president that has helped corporations become even more wealthy and hundreds of millionaires are made every week from the Wall Street going up and up and up.

      Maybe Obama is not the Anti-Christ after all?

      • What republicans are FOR —

        FOR big business,

        FOR rich folks getting tax cuts,

        FOR guns and gun nuts,

        FOR making the U. S. Constitution more closely resemble the Bible,

        FOR our form of government being a theocracy,

        FOR controlling women and their reproductive rights,

        FOR privatizing everything government currently does,

        FOR taking away our social security, medicare and medicaid,

        FOR K-Street lobbyists,

        FOR private schools,

        FOR controlling what is (and definitely what ISN’T!) taught to our children,

        FOR rewriting history to reflect their own skewed memories,

        FOR controlling the world militarily.

        What did I leave out?

  9. I think she speaks for republicans —