Gee, if I didn’t know better, I’d think the left-wing was desperate…
Anarchists at the G20 smash windows, taunt cops, have to be dispersed with tear gas, etc. (A lot like the anarchists who ripped up Minneapolis for the GOP convention… apparently, they didn’t feel the need to rip up Denver for the Democratic convention.)
Something like 250- 300,000 people met peacefully across the country. Since we couldn’t just be ignored, we have to be mocked. Insinuations were made that the Tea Parties “weren’t family viewing” (like the gross sex reference by one of CNN’s big names was “family viewing”?!?). And might have been violent! Funny, I didn’t notice any smashed windows, and I must’ve missed the burning cars and the riot police… saw a lot of moms with strollers, though.
But the Tea Parties are the real threat. Uh huh. Sure.
Our local paper sneered about the stay-at-home moms and kids on Spring Break. They verbally rolled their eyes over people in “colonial costume” (yep, that’s me… because we go to Williamsburg several times a year and appreciate what was bought for us by what they did, warts and all). They made sure they found the guy with the long gray hair and the slightly weird look to feature in a photo.
Then, of course, there is the now infamous CNN video, where the reporter started yelling at the person she picked to inverview, interrupting him twice. Then, as the crowd started yelling at her to shut up and let him talk, she got mad. People yelling, “You’re not a real reporter!” generated her *logical* comeback of, “Well, this isn’t family viewing…” “Wow, how awful, well, that’s what we’re seeing around the country…” commiserated the anchor back in the studio.
Obnoxious, self-righteous, condescending jerks with microphones? That’s what I saw in that clip, but I suspect that isn’t what she meant.
And then most of the networks complained that the protests were faked. Sort of like when I was in the counterprotest to the much-hyped “March for Women’s Lives,” where Planned Parenthood hired buses to bring in protesters to fluff their numbers. There was a very odd person working the fence, yelling at us, “You were paid to be here!” I know I wasn’t paid, but you, on the other hand…
We got some wonderful flag stickers, most of which the kids slapped on their fronts, then moved so often they became too fuzzy to stick. I rescued some. I may have to put them on my laptop cover for when I hang out at the coffee shop. Then again, unless they were at the Tea Party, too, hardly anybody would get the connection, since the MSM ignored the whole thing as much as possible.
We had a great discussion in my extremist minivan (Naval Academy and pro-life bumper stickers) on the way to the rally. “So, honey, the government collects taxes to pay for things that the government does, like firefighters, police, national parks. Is it fair to tax rich people more?”
She though for a minute, and answered, “Well, yeah, because they have more extra money.”
“But isn’t that their money? Why should the government get to take it? What if the government decided our house is too big, that we have “extra” space? Plenty of people don’t have houses at all, so what if the government said, ‘Hey, we have a family who needs a home, so we’re going to give them your big playroom, the downstairs bath, and maybe the dining room, too.’ Would that be ok?”
“No, because that’s our house. Oh… I get it.”
Good, because our government doesn’t.
Among the other horrible, “despicable” (according to a Democratic Congresswoman from Illinois), extremist things that happened at the local Tea Party, one of my favorite was the people handing out copies of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
So, history today was me reading the Declaration to the kids, paragraph by paragraph, and asking questions and discussing how King George and Parliament largely thought the miserable colonials were being miserably ungrateful, while the colonists thought King George and Parliament had grossly overstepped their bounds on flimsy excuses.
Have you read the Declaration lately?
Not just the first two paragraphs (“When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for a people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them to another…” and “We hold these truths to be self-evident…”). When is the last time you read the government philosophy half of the second paragraph, about how and why people may finally become fed up enough to change or abolish their government?
Have you read the list of complaints against the king? The king refused to pass laws the colonies thought necessary. Even given the difficulties of distance, he refused to allow his governors to pass laws. Immigration laws, needed to cover naturalization, were ignored.
“He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation…” UN Treaty on the Child, anyone? (more on that tomorrow)
“For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.” No suspension of state legislatures, but a lot of federal mandates and pushing. When FOCA is passed, as a whole or in pieces, every single state-level restriction on abortion (parental notification, waiting periods, informed consent, etc.) is gone, regardless of their popularity among the voting public and the state legislatures that passed the laws. Why close the legislatures when you can just ignore them?
What was that about those who don’t know history being doomed to repeat it?
UPDATE: The attendance count seems to be around half a million or more now. And one of the sites that was running a tally had my local tea party listed 50 people lower than what the local (strongly left) paper deigned to report as the official police headcount.