I guess I was the last to hear about these imaginative tea parties being hosted by our nation’s finest today.  Well, I’ve heard now.  I just came back from outside where I was checking on what these folks were up to across the street at my beloved Capitol.  There are hundreds of them!  There are buses pulling up and depositing very un-Madisonians all over the Square.  Many are carrying signs that say things like, “Stop taxing me!” or whatnot.  I’m slightly puzzled by the timing of this, as I had more money than before in last week’s paycheck.  I understand, of course, that some people hate paying taxes.  I am not one of them.  I think taxes are very helpful in creating an orderly, civilized society.  I realize, also of course, that these taxes are not always spent by the gov in great ways.  I, like everyone else except people who control these things, am not a big fan of all these bailouts.  I get protesting against stuff like that.  I understand being worried about the debt the country is getting itself further and further into.  Protesting against that makes sense.  But it doesn’t seem to me that that’s what the people across the street are protesting.  I don’t know what the hell they’re protesting actually.  It seems everyone might have a different agenda.  One sign complained that Obama is violating the Tenth Amendment (what?).  One that urged us to make sure we exercised our Second Amendments rights.  Several people had tea bags affixed to their signs.  Someone said they were “Tead off!”  [Side note: some people had some wicked ugly homemade signs.  That always irks me.  You know, like the ones where the person starts out writing something like, “STOP TAXING me” and they have to make the “me” really small because they ran out of room.]  Then there were others who expressed their anger with Doyle, others advocating term limits and still others who want the US out of the United Nations.  Focus, people!  The biggest offender, though, goes to whomever made their eight year old hold a sign that says, “Don’t forget: everything Hitler did was legal.”  Yes, this country right now is strikingly similar to Nazi Germany.  Sharp minds.


22 Responses to “Teapots”

  1. 1 aaron April 15, 2009 at 11:44 am

    I know I said it outside, but I’ll say it again: where were these people the last eight years? We’ve been on the road to fiscal ruin, both in the government and in the entire economy, for quite a while. I just don’t understand why the previous administration and congress running deficits and borrowing, hugely expanding the medicare program, and giving a huge bailout is not socialism, but why Obamamama’s plans are. I’d just like these folks to admit that they liked George Bush’s socalism, but not Obama’s.

  2. 2 aaron April 15, 2009 at 11:52 am

    Also, no one was dressed up like Indians. What kind of tea party is that?

  3. 3 gracieandkate April 15, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Apparently, someone was holding a sign that said, “Obama’s plan: white slavery.” WTF, people?

  4. 4 Sara H April 15, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    “We’re Not Gonna Take It”?

  5. 5 Kristin April 15, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    It did not say that! It did NOT say “white slavery”!?! OMG. That’s the funniest/saddest thing I’ve ever heard.

  6. 6 aaron April 15, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    Obama’s working to repeal the Mann Act. Sorry ladies, forced prostitution is the key to our economic recovery.

  7. 7 Kristin April 15, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    From the NYT:

    Curiously, the only organization in Boston re-enacting the original tea party — the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender group — was not associated with the partisan movement. But instead of tossing tea bags overboard, it planned to dump federal tax forms into the harbor on Wednesday night to protest the unequal tax treatment of married same-sex couples.

    OK then. That’s more like it. 🙂

  8. 8 gracieandkate April 15, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    Yes, much more focused.

  9. 9 Kristin April 16, 2009 at 9:36 am

    OK, have to post this. Hee hee, Andy.

  10. 10 gracieandkate April 16, 2009 at 11:28 am

    Hee hee, indeed. Ha!

    Ok, Kate, deep breaths. I have my first state supreme court argument across the street in two hours and I am absolutely terrified. Weird dreams about nylons last night and I actually bought a girdle today, though it expressly said, “This is not a girdle.” Who knew you could get one at Walgreens?

  11. 11 Kristin April 16, 2009 at 11:56 am

    Ohhhhh, I love “not” girdles. They are lifesavers.

    You will be wonderful and brilliant and I’m thinking about you! Good luck!!

  12. 12 gracieandkate April 16, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    Eighty minutes until disaster.

  13. 13 Sara H April 16, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    OMG, you’re arguing at the supreme court?? You’re the coolest! I bet it was great! I definitely would have been absolutely petrified. 🙂

  14. 14 gracieandkate April 17, 2009 at 3:57 pm


    It’s State v. Welda if you want to be very bored. I start arguing about 30 minutes in.

  15. 15 Sara H April 20, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    I am in awe! “May it please the court!” Answering lots of questions! Hypotheticals! First amendment and hate speech! Daring one of the justices to call you a name! Shirley said some bad words! You’re such a real lawyer, but with a sense of humor.

    I would have required approximately two to three bottles of wine IMMEDIATELY after that. Was that your first one? I cannot conceive of the apprehension.

  16. 16 Kristin April 20, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    That was my favorite part! What if I called you a honky? You wanna try it? Oh hee hee ha ha. That was rich!

  17. 17 gracieandkate April 20, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    I required two to three martinis immediately afterwards. Unfortunately for all involved, I had not eaten all day due to some serious nerves (yes, it was my first one) so those martinis quickly went to my sleepy head and my nylons and shoes were off by five o’clock. This would have been ok, except that I was out at a bar and I’m sure no one appreciated me running around barefoot.

  18. 18 Sara H April 20, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    At least you didn’t take anything else off?

    Congrats, Honky! It was great. Wow. Can’t wait to read the decision!

  19. 19 Sara H April 21, 2009 at 9:03 am

    I’m still in one piece and haven’t heard any threats from Kate. Not fighting words, I guess.

    WTF is with the snow??

  20. 20 gracieandkate April 21, 2009 at 10:32 am

    I’m not really prone to violence. Well, maybe I am but right now I’m too tired to fight. Ha.

    No ^%$#&**(~! It’s FREEZING out there. And me with my window open last night. No wonder Gracie was cuddled so close.

  21. 21 Sarayu April 21, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    Eeks! How do I get so behind?! Ok, I can’t say anything about the ridiculousness of the tea party that hasn’t been stated, but I must add one more “Hurrah” to Kate and her awesome argument! No doubt that “You wanna try it?” was a highlight, as were many others.

    This last week has produced a sudden heat wave in LA, and it’s been almost 100 the last two days in a row. It’s crazy and a little scary since it’s only April. I know that must sound so much better than the freezing cold, but I promise, it’s not as appealing when it’s just too hot to move. Gracie would definitely not want to cuddle.

    Baby puppy!

  22. 22 gracieandkate April 21, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Baby puppy, indeed!

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