Why I Don’t Trust The Teabaggers

On the way to the store Saturday afternoon we saw some of the locals – about ten or fifteen – standing near the intersection of Southfield and Youree. The goofy signs I saw all had something to do with taxes or debt or healthcare.

My first thought was: “Losers.” I mean, of all the things in this country to protest about, health care is what makes you stand on the side of the road?

The second thought was: “If I thought their cries of ‘liberty,’ vel sim, were at all sincere, I might give them a hearing.” But they’re full of shit.They don’t care about liberty, or freedom, or anything else. Those are just pretexts for policy desires.

Now today, I read a story about some kook in California who is attempting to use the initiative process to pass a law that would force schools to make kids sing Christmas carols. Not only that, but it would create a legal cause of action for anyone whose school fails to mandate the carols. In other words, it lets people sue the schools to enforce the law.

Enter the California teabaggers, who in announcing their support for the initiative have this to say:

“Bottom line is Christmas is about Christmas,” said Erin Ryan, president of the Redding Tea Party Patriots. “That’s why we have it. It’s not about winter solstice or Kwanzaa. It’s like, ‘wow you guys, it’s called Christmas for a reason.’ ”

Ryan said Hyatt’s initiative falls under the umbrella of causes the group supports, which concern limited government, following the constitution and fiscal responsibility.

Huh!? The state forcing school children of all and no religions to sing Christian songs is “limited government, [and] following the constitution?” Subjecting recalcitrant schools to lawsuits is “fiscal responsibility?” (Never mind the irresponsibility of passing a law that would immediately be successfully challenged in court) In what universe? It’s absolutely none of those things.

Let me be clear: I think it is an unbelievably stupid idea to mandate Christmas carols in schools. But I’m not really criticising that so much as the even more insane idea that you can support that policy AND call yourself a lover of liberty. No. No. No. A thousand times No. You cannot do it. It’s one or the other. If you really are a big fan of the constitution then you would oppose this initiative even if you think legally requiring Christmas carols in school is a good idea. On the other hand, no matter how many times you blather about limited government, if you support this initiative, I call bullshit.

And that’s what I’m doing. Sure this is one story from California, but five will get you ten that if you polled every self-identified teabagger about  this initiative, ninety percent would support it. That’s because for most of them, the real issue has nothing to do with liberty, the Constitution or limited government. They have an idea of what the world ought to be like and they’ll use whatever power they can to implement it.

What is that idea? Dunno. Something to do with an imaginary view of the 1950’s, I guess. Whatever it is, it’s got nothing to do with freedom.

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