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.
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