“Just because I am Republican doesn’t mean that I hate Muslims, blacks, and/or women.” ~ Facebook post
I often offend my Republican family and friends by publishing things that they don’t support about their party. Being a conservative used to mean something; the Tea Party Patriots (aka tea baggers) have pretty much ruined that with their radial stands that are mostly based on their Christian faith and the desire to pay less in taxes no matter what the social costs.
All Muslims are their enemy because there is only one recognized religion in their myopic world. Not only does this group give Republicans a bad name, they do the same for Christianity. Any party that is proud to be based on ignorance and fear, will most likely move to become a historical footnote. But, not soon enough for this presidential race.
The “Tea Party Patriots” started out calling themselves teabaggers. They claimed they were going to start a “new Boston Tea Party” to protest high taxes. Their form of demonstration was to send a teabag to the White House, and then decided that because they were “teabagging” the White House they would be “teabaggers.”
At one of their rallies, they held up a sign that said “teabag the liberal democrats before they teabag you.” Then the liberals at places like Daily Kos and Democratic Underground started pointing out the term “teabagging” has a sexual connotation. Next thing you know, they’ve become the “Tea Party Patriots” and berate the awful liberals who call them teabaggers.
The Tea Party (or teabagger, depending on your leanings) member is, thanks to the Obama tax plan, paying lower taxes under Obama than they did under their hero, Bush, Jr.
Not directly attributed to the tea baggers, but still very weird, is the desire of the Republican party to mandate matters of females without including them in the discussions. Rather than address issues of economy, short of driving for reduced taxes, they have a record of starting wars, protecting big business, and addressing ideals based on their Christian religion.
Teabonics is a Facebook group that has sprung up to point out the most shocking and ignorant examples of their ranting. Republicans have become known by the radical wing of their party. And, many existing Republicans have joined that band wagon, welcoming them because of the publicity they bring to the party. I guess any publicity is good publicity? Sigh…