I Confess, I’m in the Tea Party Cult

I honestly didn’t realize I was in a cult.  I guess in addition to the fact that I’m supposedly a racist and a homophobe (yes, I’ve been called both for some reason), I’m also in the Tea Party Cult (or Teabagger if you choose to use the sexual term coined by the wacknut left.)

Bill Maher had dubbed those who oppose taxes and growing the government who decide to attend a Tea Party protest are not really in a movement, but are a part of a cult.  I found that really interesting since I went to one of the first Tea Party events held in St. Louis last February (and brought my kids) along with one held on April 15, 2009. Actually, I never thought that I was in a movement but rather concerned about the out of control spending from not only the left, but also the right.

I didn’t realize my taxes have gone down.  I must have missed this one, but I do live in the Socialist Republic of Illinois so maybe this doesn’t apply to me.  I suppose we’ll feel the real pinch when the Bush tax cuts expire next year.  Ouch!

From NewsBusters:

The teabaggers, they’re not a movement. They’re a cult, and I’m going to prove it. You know someone has fallen into a cult if you see these signs: One. Cults have their own vocabulary. Now, I don’t speak sh**kicker, but I know that in their world, freedom means guns, diplomacy means weakness, elitist means reader, and socialist means black.

Two. Cults tend to populate from within.encouraging members to have huge broods of children and to give them strange names, like Moonbeam, and Trig.

And three, cult members always attribute all of their problems to one simple explanation: [picture of Obama with Hitler moustache].

Well there you have it.  Me: Illiterate Racist Hick, Unabashed Homophobe & Cult Member.

Attention Teabagger Cultists: I have received word from above that the great Tea Bag is coming back to take all the good Tea Baggers back to Hickland to live eternity shooting guns, chewing tobacco and smashing things with Monster Trucks.  Sounds like a blast!  Hooo Weee.  See you there.

Of course, that is just my opinion.

Robs’ Rant

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Olbermann and Teabagging: A Great Partnership

Over the last 10 months I have been involved with attending and tracking various Tea Party Protest events.  I have attended two events here in St. Louis and really had a good time at each one.  I took my kids to the first one in February in the shadow of the Gateway Arch.  I wanted them to be present at an event I saw as very pivotal to our Republic.  It was truly the beginning of a much larger movement that quickly spread throughout the country without the help of Republicans or any other high level party official.  The buzz term of the moment is that it was truly organic in nature.

When this movement started to gain steam and be noticed by the main stream media, those on the left decided to associate this movement with a sexual term called “Teabagging.”  For those of you who are not familiar with the true origins of this term, I’m not going to describe the act here on this blog or provide a link – google it if you choose.

Mr. Olbermann was one of the first to coin this term and it actually caught on (I assume it is because of the outrage from the Tea Party Protesters (the preferred term) rather than the paltry viewers he receives each night.)  Now it seems that the this term has been chosen by the Oxford University Press selecting it  as second most popular “word of the year.”  Although Keith was instrumental in creating the buzz on this one, he is now deflecting the blame, if you will, to those in the protest movement.  If he actually cared to do a little study on the origins of the group name it had to do with the parallels to the Boston Tea Party and the taxes that were imposed on the citizens by a governmental power.   Evidently he had to wait until the Oxford University Press defined it for him.  This is what happens when we have a fundamental disregard or blatant ignorance of history.

Keith, you are a blithering idiot of colossal proportions.  You are the one that had these perverted thoughts of “teabagging” and I for one would like to hear you actually own up to it instead of alluding that you simply had some hand it exposing the term.  The fact that it has caught on with the public and some are using the term to describe themselves has more to do with the evolution of the word by your doing.  

My only bone to pick with this movement is why it took so long to get started.

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

 

Conservatarian Values: Common Sense for America

As we are a country of many views and thoughts, not many people fall simply within Republican or Democrat camps.  A small portion of the electorate adhere to a hybrid version that I and others dub as conservatarian.  This is a combination of conservative and libertarian viewpoints.

Abortion – Abortion is the taking of a life.  Human rights should apply to everyone, even the unborn. 

Crime and Justice – Protect citizens through effective law enforcement.  Penalize those individuals who do not follow the rule of law with common sense sentencing and limited parole.

Self-Defense – The ability to defend yourself, your property, and your family.

Environmental Issues – The environment should be protected and preserved but not at the expense of basic human liberties. 

Taxes – Replace the federal income and payroll taxes with a fair tax.  Stop the over taxation of the producers and under taxation of non-producers.

Energy and Resources – The United States should explore its own natural resources free from over reaching environmental agencies and left-wing environmental groups.

Financial Markets – The government should get out of the way of the financial markets and allow them to function properly.  Oversight should be utilized but without a full-on intrusion from the Fed.

Compulsory Retirement System – The forced bankrupt governmental retirement system (Social Security) should be abolished in favor of a voluntary method of individual contributions.

Health Care – Health care should not be run by the government in any realm.   

National Defense – The military should be available to first protect citizens against domestic threats and then against international threats.

Domestic Security – The United States should first protect her citizens and then the rest of the world.  Threats to domestic security should be handled swiftly and with minimal bureaucracy.

Illegal Immigration – Illegal immigrants should be deported out of the United States.  Businesses that employ illegal immigrants should suffer steep and progressive fines.

Legal Immigration – Individuals should have the opportunity to continue to become citizens of the United States without exorbitant red tape and expense.

Discrimination Issues – Discrimination in any form is anti-American.  Everyone should be equally protected regardless of sex, wealth, race, color, creed, age, national origin, or sexual orientation, but no individual group should have more protection than another.

Many of these ideals have come through years of thoughtful study with assistance from various groups and organizations.

Download a pdf file of this post here.

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

Local Bakery Says Cap and Trade Will Kill His Business ***UPDATE***

mcarthurs_bakery_signLiving in the St. Louis area is great.  This is a wonderful city with lots to do and also a great environment to raise your family.  To that end it is always good to see a local business make national news.

A local business, McArthur’s Bakery, decided they had had enough when local Representative Russ Carnahan voted to approve the 1,500 page Cap and Trade bill.  Randy and Dave McArthur decided to do what they could to let their customers and others passing the bakery in south St. Louis what his US Representative did – he posted it on his electronic sign.  This attracted not only the attention of Rep. Carnahan, but also the likes of FoxNews.

According to Randy McArthur:

“We make (our product) with electricity, we bake it with gas, we refrigerate and freeze it with electricity and we distribute it with gas and oil,” said McArthur, who said he worries that high prices could cost his company up to $15,000 a year in an industry with a very tight margin for profit.

That video really highlights the concern of small businesses and the real cost of this massive expansion of government for a non-problem.  Hopefully this will start a real uprising of small businesses to show the “real” effects of cap and trade.

 

***UPDATE***

Dave McArthur was interviewed on Glenn Beck’s show last week.  Good interview.

 

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

Eliminate the IRS?


Does it sound crazy to eliminate the IRS? I’ll ask you again on April 15. Like most Americans, you probably pay too much income tax. Most of us who are employed don’t notice it as it is automatically taken out of our income by our employers. It amazes me every year when tax time roles around of how much we pay each year to the Federal Government. That’s not including the State Tax and Social Security tax – but that’s fodder for another blog.

There has been talk for some time to eliminate the IRS for a more equal tax. Steve Forbes had his idea for the Flat Tax, but the new version is the Fair Tax. Essentially what this entails is charging a national sales tax on everything purchased. As the tax code now stands, most of the “tax payers” really pay no federal income tax at all. Included in this group are not only honest hard working Americans, but also drug dealers, criminals and and my favorite – illegals. If we stopped taxing income and started taxing comsumption – everyone would actually pay their “fair share” instead of the US relying on the “rich” to pay the freight.

There are many arguements on the other side, but I believe this is selfish thinking. Questions that will come up include: “You’ll put all those IRS agents out of work” – They will find other work at the businesses that will be created by all the extra funds. “What will I do without a refund?” – A refund is a tax free loan on YOUR money. If you had an investment making 0% you’d get rid of it. “I don’t want to pay 23% tax – that’s too much” – if that’s all you pay, you’ll have tons of extra money left over at the end of the month.

I could go on, but you get the point. The only this type of system will work is to eliminate the IRS. There is no other way to really “fix” the country. There is a great book out there right now by Congressman John Linder and Neal Boortz called Fair Tax: The Truth that explains the concept – pick it up to read the details.

Of course, that’s just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

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