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Tea Party Talking Points, Translated

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The tea partiers have their talking points, which they repeat loudly and forcefully (and often misspell). But I wonder if they've actually really thought about the points they're parroting. I suspect not.

They rail against "Obamacare" and anything else that the White House (and Pelosi and Reid) might advocate, even though their protests fly in the face of their own best interests.

In repeating their talking points, here is what they're really saying to the Obama administration and Congress:

- How dare you force insurance companies to cover my preexisting conditions?

- How dare you not allow the insurance companies to drop my coverage when I get sick?

- How dare you try to regulate the financial industry that got us into this economic mess so that they'll be less likely to repeat the same greedy mistakes?

- How dare you pass a stimulus bill that has created some 3 million jobs so far?

- How dare you expect the wealthiest two percent to pay their fair share of taxes even as you extend the tax cuts for us middle-class folks?

- How dare my tax dollars be spent on your "socialist" agenda? (Of course I will gladly take advantage of our socialized fire departments, police departments, schools, roads, bridges, and clean water.)

- How dare you try to restrict more offshore oil drilling that could lead to even more environmental disasters like the recent BP oil spill? (As our Saint Sarah says, "Drill, baby, drill!")

- "Illegal" immigrants are stealing all the great lettuce-picking jobs.

- Oh, and keep your government hands off my government-run Medicare! (Huh?!)

Absurd stuff in an absurd political environment.

Which is what makes me believe that they're not really thinking about their talking points. Instead, it seems, they're only reacting to the brainwashing by Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and the rest of the conservative fear mongers who indulge these people's intellectual laziness, fuel their fears, and dictate their thoughts.

And it all boils down to the following:

- How dare you elect a president whose skin color does not match mine?

- Many of our ancestors immigrated here without papers, but they were white. We don't want more brown people.

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Mary Shaw is a Philadelphia-based writer and activist, with a focus on politics, human rights, and social justice. She is a former Philadelphia Area Coordinator for the Nobel-Prize-winning human rights group Amnesty International, and her views (more...)
 

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You've been saying this same stuff over and over f... by sommers on Sunday, Sep 19, 2010 at 7:01:46 AM
so much as about disdain (note spelling) for Obama... by Daniel Geery on Sunday, Sep 19, 2010 at 2:11:41 PM
I don't care if Obummer were purple. Besides, my s... by stevor on Sunday, Sep 19, 2010 at 4:04:59 PM
the spelling lessons Geery. Keep up the good work... by sommers on Monday, Sep 20, 2010 at 5:25:01 AM
This in fact made me briefly proud to be an Americ... by Daniel Geery on Monday, Sep 20, 2010 at 8:49:17 AM
.... who voted him in knew his color. The problem... by Dennis Kaiser on Wednesday, Sep 22, 2010 at 7:35:16 AM
too.... by Daniel Geery on Wednesday, Sep 22, 2010 at 7:46:15 AM
Illogical to want to stop the governments corrupti... by Matt K on Thursday, Sep 23, 2010 at 2:35:11 AM
There are members of the Tea Party who are the sa... by BARB BF on Sunday, Sep 19, 2010 at 7:18:19 AM
How many from the "Tea Party" are the same race as... by Progessive 1 on Sunday, Sep 19, 2010 at 8:00:11 AM
Video TEA PARTY "plants" these African Americans... by Jon Ross on Sunday, Sep 19, 2010 at 11:11:33 AM
One of the KEY SPEAKERS at the Tea Party Patriots... by stevor on Sunday, Sep 19, 2010 at 4:08:22 PM
I just saw O'connel giving a big hug to a black ma... by Lynne Kringler on Monday, Sep 20, 2010 at 9:21:36 PM
Thanks Mary you've done an excellent job of tying ... by Ronnie Moehrke on Sunday, Sep 19, 2010 at 10:44:04 AM
Click this link ... by Jon Ross on Sunday, Sep 19, 2010 at 10:53:50 AM
Thanks for the link Jon. ... by BARB BF on Wednesday, Sep 22, 2010 at 7:05:45 AM
Yes, you've boiled it down succinctly. I recently ... by Pat DeWalt on Sunday, Sep 19, 2010 at 11:33:34 AM
but once again the race card played against the cr... by Miriam Callaghan on Sunday, Sep 19, 2010 at 11:58:00 AM
26 and under will be eligible for being covered on... by Steven Leser on Monday, Sep 20, 2010 at 5:22:53 PM
Miriam,Please reveal your source 'uninsured has ri... by Lynne Kringler on Monday, Sep 20, 2010 at 9:11:45 PM
There are THREE points for the TEA Party, though ... by stevor on Sunday, Sep 19, 2010 at 4:00:04 PM
I believe in FAIR markets - the ones which do not ... by Diane Cadonau on Sunday, Sep 19, 2010 at 5:01:25 PM
I especially like the "Follow the Constitution" ta... by E. Nelson on Sunday, Sep 19, 2010 at 7:09:59 PM
Article I, Section 8 gives Congress the power to l... by John Sanchez Jr. on Sunday, Sep 19, 2010 at 11:59:37 PM
Though I would go a step further and say we DO hav... by Daniel Geery on Monday, Sep 20, 2010 at 9:00:23 AM
Proof of tea party racism... by Mary Shaw on Wednesday, Sep 22, 2010 at 6:01:29 AM
I will explain the reasons why the people who join... by Matt K on Thursday, Sep 23, 2010 at 2:25:15 AM