Teabaggers unite – It’s convention time in Nashville

The for-profit National Tea Party Convention kicked off Thursday in Nashville, Tennessee at 3 p.m.  Thousands Hundreds showed up to register for the 3:00 – 6:00 registration period.

From 7 – 8, the Teabaggers gathered for a Meet and Greet with hors d’oeuvres.

I wonder what they noshed on during this hour – Slim Jims, hot dogs, American flags?

Said one attendee – ‘Why do I want to meet and greet with some whores?  And what the hell is a d’oeuvres?’

I’m sure the crowd looked similar to the 2008 Republican Convention but with a much lower income level.

Tom Tancredo was the kickoff speaker.  I agree that he was the perfect choice.  The former Colorado Representative and failed 2008 presidential candidate ran on a single issue – screw illegal immigrants.  He will be replaced by Lou Dobbs in the 2012 Republican primary.

He said that President Obama won the 2008 election because “we do not have a civics, literacy test before people can vote in this country.”

This is a bigoted remark because he is implying that blacks, Hispanics and immigrants lack the intelligence to pass a literacy or a civics test.  Interestingly, people who most support this inane comment would have a greater likelihood of scoring lower than the people Tancredo was referring to.

So far, the biggest news to come out of the Tea Party convention is the fact that former Congressman Tom Tancredo apparently pines for the era of Jim Crow restrictions on voting rights. (The Tennessean

“Thank God John McCain lost the election,” Tancredo said.  He felt that McCain was shaping up to be a repeat of ‘Bush 1 and Bush 2.”   I actually agree with Tancredo here.  Where are my pills?

He also preached to the choir by saying that America “put a committed socialist ideologue in the White House … Barack Hussein Obama.”

At least Tancredo didn’t call him Barry like opening night singer Lisa Mei in her Teabagger classic hit “Where’s the birth Certificate, Barack Obama.”

Obama ,tell us where were you born?
‘Cause the media won’t do their job anymore
You’re grandmother in Kenya said you were born on foreign shores
So Barry tell us where oh where were you born?

And Mei, his first name is spelled with just 1 ‘r’.  It’s not ‘Barrack’.

On her blog, she describes herself as ‘a wife, a mother, a Christian conservative.”

Also from her blog“I decided to work on my own music and really turned the heat up during last Fall’s election cycle with my tribute YouTube video to Governor Sarah Palin and a campaign song I co-wrote with my friend “Big Dawg”.  We have written several new conservative/patriotic songs (many of which were #1 songs at www.soundclick.com) inspired by the Tea Parties and we have more in the works to help get the message out – that NOW is the time for all true Patriots to speak out.”

Ray Stevens was the other singer.  I listened to his political song ‘We the People” and found it quite humorous and enjoyable.  Stevens has been on the music scene for over 5 decades and in 1962 recorded the top 5 hit ‘Ahab the Arab’.  I took the time to listen to a couple of his songs and particularly enjoyed ‘Mississippi Squirrel Revival’ about a squirrel that gets loose in a church. 

Then Teabaggers were rewarded with the Teabagger movie – Tea Party, The Movie.  This 2009 documentary (?) chronicles the Teabagger movement.  Of course it seems as though they are the first group to protest government since the Revolutionary War.  They obviously ignored the grass roots movement that overwhelmed the election process in 2008.  Many of us got into blogging during that grass roots movement.

Friday’s breakout speaker was author, conservative thinker and anti-environmentalist Steve Milloy. 

“But the left is well-entrenched. They own almost every university in this country. We have a battle because the left has become entrenched and it’s because we let it happen. But we need to get active on the local level and get in schools. Don’t let your schools show An Inconvenient Truth unless they show the other side too. We just need to get involved in every institution.” – Milloy on Fox News

Universities open our minds up to new ideas, creative and individual thought and intelligent debate.  This is what the so-called ‘left’ has done to our universities.  Obviously, Milloy would like the opposite of that – minds closed to new ideas, no debate and definitely no individual thought. 

Also, what exactly does someone who is an ‘anti-environmentalist’ stand for?  How can you be against the environment?

After Milloy there are a couple of breakout sessions.  Dr. Rick Scarborough from Vision America will discuss “Why Christians Must Engage.”  This is an obvious attempt to try to bring onboard the far right fringe Evangelical Christians that have thus far resisted this movement.  Scarborough’s 2006 book is entitled ‘Liberalism Kills Kids.’  Enjoyable and uplifting.

Concurrently, there is the SGP (Smart Girl Politics) session “How to do Voter Registration Drives and Where to Find Conservative Voters” and “Women in Politics.”  I wonder if they’ll discuss ACORN – Hmmmm.

At 11:15, there will be 3 simultaneous sessions:

Young Americans for Freedom will discuss “How to Involve the Youth in the Conservative Movement” (I remember that from the 1980’s);

Numbers USA will present “5 Easy Fixes to the High Cost of Mass Immigration” (anyone see Lou Dobbs?);

Dr. B. Leland Baker will discuss “US Government Bankruptcy – Facts for Citizens Who Don’t Have Finance Degrees” (In other words people they can spew their bullshit to).

After lunch you can vomit to the speaking of Judge Roy Moore and Tom Fitton from the extremely conservative and hate-filled Judicial Watch.  If you have some time, you may want to check them out. 

In the afternoon, there will some more fun-filled breakout sessions that I know I need to see.  Hopefully, they’ll share these on YouTube or HateTube or TeabaggerTube.

Tomorrow is pretty much more of the same starting with Ana Puig’s presentation “Correlations between the current Administration and Marxist Dictators of Latin America.”  Wow, that’s a mouthful.  These are the types of discussions that make for some great Daily Show segments. 

The convention concludes tomorrow night with a banquet and a keynote address from the Queen Teabagger, Sarah Palin.

This past week, I went through the arduous debate between going to Nashville, spend $558 to attend the convention and banquet and listen to racist, hate-filled bullshit or stay home with my wife, drink topical drinks (it’s going to be in the 80’s this weekend) and possibly catch a movie.

I guess I could still catch a flight tomorrow to Nashville and spend $358 for the dinner with Sarah Palin.  I better get a signed copy of Going Rogue – and a freakin’ wink – and a damn ‘you betcha’. 

Better yet – I think I’ll stay home and start Friday night martinis now.  My brain hurts just researching and writing this post.  No wonder why only dumbasses fall for the Teabagger movement.

Additional sources:

National Tea Party Convention site

Tea Party Fireworks: Speaker rips McCain, Obama, ‘Cult of Multiculturalism’ – ABC News

 

Lisa Wei with Jim Robinson, founder and CEO of Free Republic

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8 responses to “Teabaggers unite – It’s convention time in Nashville

  1. No wonder why only dumbasses fall for the Teabagger movement…

    Sort of like all of the Daily Kos reading, MSNBC watching dumbasses who fell for the “hope and change” mantra?

    Tell me how that’s been working out for this country. Bush sucked. Too bad Obama is just Bush III.

  2. Nice try. The market has steadily improved since Obama’s policies have taken effect. The job loss rate has decreased and the unemployment rate is below 10 now.

    We’ve still got a way to go to fix the mess that Bush and the right-wing fringe put this country in but we’ve had a decent year one. You can’t fix 8 years of shit in 1 year.

  3. Lawrence Baker

    Supreme Court – Multinational Corporations do “Victory” Dance.
    The Robert’s U.S. Supreme Court decision changing the interpretation of the Bill of Rights from meaning “We the people” to mean “We the multinational corporations” on January 19, 2010 will live as a day of infamy in the history of our (what was our) Constitution. In one day, the Supreme Court has set themselves up as the “Fathers of a New U.S Constitution” and moved Americans from a “Representative Democracy” of individuals to a “Corporate Plutocracy” representing the rich and powerful.
    Congress is in the bag, of course, and will not move to overrule Robert’s Supreme Court. The time for Justice and action passed by when impeaching Bush for War Crimes and nullifying his appointed (planted) neoconservative Supreme Court Justice appointees was possible. What George W. Bush blew-away of our American Democracy and Independents (Free Trade) in 10 years; it will take at least 100 years of struggle (probably 300 years) and millions of American lives to regain.
    Today, the seemingly driver-less steam roller of Bush right-wing “your either with us or you are the enemy” unethical opportunist (no one can be identified as the driver) are on an itinerary. Follow the money, mass media propaganda, slander attacks, CASH-root organizations (Tea Baggers) and their Totalitarian agenda become apparent. 2010 is going to be one ugly year; the Dupes August assault on the Capital will be spectacular.

  4. Nice try. The market has steadily improved since Obama’s policies have taken effect. The job loss rate has decreased and the unemployment rate is below 10 now…

    You’ve got to be kidding right? Do you really think we are going to spend our way out of this mess? Bush was a fiscal mess. Obama is a fiscal disaster. Let’s not forget who controlled congress the last two years Bush was in office. And Senator Obama was there to vote YES on every spending increase that came his way.

    Under 10% unemployment rate? Time to get real. Let’s talk about the percentage of people who have just quit looking for jobs. Then top it off with the ones that found work and are grossly underemployed. So, now you can bump that figure up around 18%.

    If the economy is getting so much better why aren’t people spending any money? The only job growth is within the government. When average government workers salaries are now exceeding the avarage salaries of privately employed workers there are only two things Obama can do to prop up this sinking ship. Tax you more or print money. Both are a recipe for disaster.

  5. BTW, this is what happens when you get two progressive presidents in a row. Bush and Obama. The latter day Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson.

  6. Let me start with your last comment. You called Bush a progressive. Very funny. It’s what the Republicans are doing in order to distance themselves from the worst president in our history. He was a Neo-Conservative who cut taxes on corporations and the wealthy and nominated a corporate attorney to the Supreme Court. He was for the privatization of Social Security. I think the only area he may have been slightly progressive was with illegal aliens.

    You are correct about the people who are off the unemployment roles – you’re off after 6 months and don’t forget the people working 2 jobs. If you’re a teenager, good luck getting a part-time job.

    The Republicans cut taxes for corporations saying that they’d put money back into the economy by hiring more employees. Instead, they kept the money for themselves with larger bonuses. Like the corporate bank bailouts that Bush and then Obama provided. Instead of helping Americans by renegotiating bad loans and by offering more loans, they horded the money.

    Certain types of spending will improve this economy. For example: infrastructure jobs like fixing roads, bridges and levees will help create jobs if they go to American businesses and Americans. Eisenhower’s Interstate Highway System was huge for the economy.

    For some reason, both parties in Congress gave Bush everything he asked for – except Social Security. You may wish to look up the number of Republican filibusters the last 3 years. We can get into they why’s another time but this conversation is way off the subject of this post.

    But Bush is a progressive. That’s hysterical.

  7. Bush was a progressive. Republicans can be progressives. Read about Teddy Roosevelt… a republican and a progressive. Bush and Teddy Roosevelt were cut from the same cloth.

  8. Republicans can be progressive. Nixon had some progressive aspects to him. Look at his position of the EPA for one.
    Bush was NOT a progressive. Look at his stances on corporations, taxes, Social Security, Medicare, abortion, the death penalty, war, DADT.

    And yes, Teddy Roosevelt did have some progressiveness to his positions. So did Lincoln.