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We are the Tea Party
We tolerate no racists.

Not politicians, protesters.

We are the Tea Party
God's values are essence
God's principles are necessary
To a secular world.

We are the Tea Party
Define righteousness
Cast light on virtue
See it from your darkness.

Not destroyers, creators.

We are the Tea Party
Account for our money
Back away from our affairs
Rejoice in commerce.

We are the Tea Party
Embody a history
That might have been
That never was.

Not protesters, politicians.

Reclaim freedom with us
in our name
under our direction
by our rules.

To racists we say:
You do not represent our values."

Not creators, destroyers.

A very merry unbirthday to you.

Everything begins with lucid indifference.
(Albert Camus)

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The following comments are for "Partying On CNN"
by Manatee

dissent is patriotic
Reads like a mantra. Has a lyrical feel that helps lighten the subject matter. Lyrics tend to do that. Well, perhaps not Prince's early lyrics...

The racist bits makes me think this was written in response to what is going on in Arizona. Or, as I've heard it called elsewhere, Nazizona. I'd say something like, "but you're Canadian!" but then I quickly realize seemingly small events tend to snowball when there's no one to stop them.

Where would the world be without dissent? Is this about the Canada Act?

( Posted by: toscano [Member] On: May 4, 2010 )

Thanks, Francisco. I truly was thinking of it as a manifesto that could read like a mantra when I wrote it. It came to mind as I was browsing through There was a story about a Tea Party spokesperson who was trying to counter claims that their little movement was racist, mostly by just saying the opposite, which isn't much of a counter, really. I took some of the spokesperson's lines, some lines from the news story, rearranged them and added some bits.

I'm fascinated by what's happening down south, as are many Canadians. We're forced to study American history and geography in high school (or at least we were back in my day), so it feels almost like our own. Add to that the fact that Canadian politics is heavily influenced by American politics and it's no surprise we pay attention!

I love dissent dearly, and I skew libertarian in many ways, politically. I'm less delighted when old-guard Goldwater conservatism, which died a well-deserved death, is trotted out like it was some revolutionary way to save the world. Even less so when it becomes mixed in with xenophobia, conspiracy theories, and lazy thinking, as it has in the Tea Party.

But on the other hand, I'm glad they're out there, to remind us that there are multiple points of view to take into consideration. We need more of that, from all quarters.

( Posted by: manatee [Member] On: May 5, 2010 )

It's a shame that every thing that happens these days is bent to political and media purposes. All reasonable dialogue has disappeared. I am stunned by the spin and lies by both political extremes. The bomb goes off but fizzles (Thank God!) in New York and the government claims it was on top of it - the Mayor apologizes to the terrorists and tells his citizens to behave. The Feds don't control our borders and a besieged Arizona reacts from need and the entire State is demonized. The majority of citizens didn't want 'this' health care bill and it was jammed through anyway and now we will "ALL" see what a monstrous bit of foolhardy legislation it is. One party doesn't want oil wells and the other touts their need - then in an environmental and economic crisis neither party responds to the disaster.(What party got more money from BP?) The crooks let house values float without cap - then people loss their overly inflated houses by the thousands and the government gives money to the criminals who perpetuated the national fraud!

For me this Government has gotten further away form the will of the people whether Conservative or Liberal! (Both not bad words or bad people.)
What change indeed!
Have we all fell down the rabbit hole?

( Posted by: jonpenny [Member] On: May 6, 2010 )

what's a tea party?

( Posted by: thetesticularprancer [Member] On: May 27, 2010 )

It's an afternoon of delights wherein we partake of tea and cake and cucumber sandwiches with our friends.

Or it's a misguided attempt by a conservative group to align its message with an historical event, so as to make itself seem more patriotic.

One of those. Both?

( Posted by: manatee [Member] On: May 27, 2010 )

I was thinking towards the latter. And that's the best way to describe it. Well said. At least in the beginning it was fun to hear stories of them tea-bagging each other but no such joy lately.

( Posted by: thetesticularprancer [Member] On: May 27, 2010 )

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