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Friday, April 17, 2009

How Dare Someone Provide Perspective

.....don't you understand that this is a "teabagging" event!?

That man later posted a diary at Daily Kos

I worked my way up to the front ... well, it wasn't so much front as it was middle. It ended up being like a "theater in the round," with the main action taking place in front of a bust of Andrew Jackson, once the governor of territorial Florida with its capital in Pensacola. I took lots of pictures and videos there (some of which I hope to post shortly at Blast Off!), and I was thinking about what I might say if and when I got up there. Still, I wasn't sure I wanted to do it. People were, well, rather rambunctious in their Obama hatred, and the shouting and craziness was, to be honest, a little unnerving.

But when a couple of my friends showed up, one offered to film my "speech," so I figured I'd go for it. I gave a lot of thought to what I wanted to say, making sure to draw the crowd in so they'd listen carefully before bringing the rhetorical hammer down. I guess it worked. :) After I spoke, the MC of the event calmed everyone down and said, "All opinions are welcome here. And besides ... he's half right." That helped defuse the situation a bit, as did the next speaker, who started by complimenting me on my hat (it's a Baltimore Orioles hat -- I was born in Baltimore and I'm a lifelong O's fan).

Anyway, a few, including my girlfriend, have chided me a bit for putting myself in harm's way. "Someone could have had a gun," they say. Well, that's true ... but I've never really been the type to stand around and watch, especially when half-truths and lies are being disseminated with no one to challenge them. Sometimes we have to take a little bit of risk, I think, in order to accomplish things. So many people throughout history have taken such risks ... maybe I'm foolish to do so, but I can only do so much from behind a laptop keyboard. I'd like my kids (9yo boy, 3yo girl) to know that their dad stood up for something important, at least once.

There's been quite the discussion where I worked about the "teabaggery". I work with a preponderance of Right-wing, conservative, Republicans. They are all wound-up so tight that if you stuck a lump of coal in their ass, in two weeks you'd have a diamond.

I asked them why, all of a sudden, they are upset that they have to pay taxes. I asked them, since they are so concerned that we are becoming a "socialist" country, if they would be willing to stop using the things that are paid for by their tax dollars. You tend not to get answers when you ask relevant questions.

They talk about having a sense of "history", when they don't seem to have it. It was all wine and roses until January 20th for them. It's a wonder to behold how crazy they are becoming.

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