Posts tagged Tea Party Nation
Posts tagged Tea Party Nation
Tea Party Nation emailed their members to let them know they’re relaunching their site, writing:
"Your opinion counts and as a special way of saying thank you, we invite you to look at Tea Party Nation’s new website, ‘Teapartynation.net.’ Take a moment to not only vote in our survey but also express your own thoughts on Obama’s unconstitutional efforts to strip real Americans of their rights. Scroll to the very bootom [sic] of the page to reach the comments."
Being a nice person, I emailed them this screen capture. Here’s what I said:
"While we may have differing interpretations of what’s constitutional, there’s only one way to spell it. Oh, and I caught a bonus error for you. You’re welcome!
First, pro-tip for the Tea Party: When you send out a voter guide, spell the names of the candidates correctly.
Their chosen issues are just a titch terrifying. And putting instructions in all caps makes me think you’re screaming at me.
Wait… this is the Tea Party.
Anyhow, here’s their chosen issues. My comments are in bold and bracketed:
CHECK EVERY ISSUE YOU THINK SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN THE TEA PARTY VOTER GUIDE. YOU CAN CHECK AS MANY AS YOU’D LIKE. WE’LL SEND YOU THE GUIDE JUST BEFORE THE IOWA CAUCUSES.
Balanced budget amendment [You know those wars you are all so fond of? Couldn’t and wouldn’t happen with this.]
Balance budget by reducing spending to a level equal to our tax revenues [We’d be boned. You know who did that, by the way? A Democrat. President Bill Clinton balanced the budget.]
Reduce spending by elimination of waste, fraud and abuse in the Federal Government.
Enact the fair tax. [Cool. So GE is gonna pay taxes? Oh, not that kind of fair tax…]
Enact a consumption tax, IE a national sales tax. [I think you’re looking for “i.e.” - “IE” is the shitty browser most of you likely use.]
Repeal the 16th Amendment (the income tax amendment) [And fund government how? Magic fairy dust?]
Repeal Obamacare [You mean The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act?]
Require any Supreme Court Justice to be prolife [Unbiased, independent judiciary says what?]
Abolish the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. [Um, no. You guys can’t get rid of a circuit because they made you sad and angry in your face.]
Abolish the Judgeships of activist judges [Hey, that’ll totally guarantee an independent judiciary. That’s not like a dictatorship at all </sarcasm>. Besides, you can’t just abolish their judgeship because reasons.]
Oppose Federal Tort Reform and protect the 7th Amendment (Civil Jury Trials)
Overturn Roe V. Wade
Increase Defense spending to at least the levels in years of the Bush administration. [And yet, you want to cut taxes and get rid of the income tax altogether. Oh, and defense spending under Obama increased. So that would be a decrease. See the chart below. True facts, y’all]
Withdraw from Afghanistan [Hooray rationality!]
Surge troops in Afghanistan so that the Taliban is defeated. [And there it goes. Ask Russia and Britain how the whole Afghanistan thing went.]
Start all foreign aid at zero. [Even Israel?]
Eliminate foreign aid. [Foreign aid = very tiny portion of our budget. Particularly against defense spending. Chart time!]
[Look! You can barely see the green bar!]
Stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. [Probably with magic fairy dust. Because that seems to be the only way to guarantee it. It’s not like Obama just sanctioned the hell out of Iran or anything…]
Work for regime change in Iran through covert action. [It’s not covert now </sarcasm>]
Impose trade sanctions on China [You know that’s where all the shit in Wal-Mart comes from, right?]
Support the Death Penalty [They support it so hard it becomes a proper noun.]
Oppose and defeat the “Internet free speech kill switch.” [Even a broken clock is right twice a day.]
Abolish the EPA [But for the other 1,438 minutes in the day, that broken clock is wrong. Who needs clean air anyhow? Smog builds character.]
Abolish the Department of Education [Book learnin’ is for socialists.]
Abolish the Department of Energy [Who needs safe energy development? Coal mine accidents = job openings, right? </sarcasm>]
Repeal NAFTA and other free trade agreements. [I could deal…]
Increase Free trade agreements. [And there y’all go again with the whole irrationality thing…]
Reinstate Don’t ask Don’t Tell [Why? Because gay soldiers are fighting the War on Christmas, that’s why.]
Leave the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell intact. [You’re just bullshitting me now.]
Work to repeal Gun Control laws and protect the Second Amendment against state restrictions. [Hint: Gun rights expanded under Obama. Guns in federal parks, gun bans struck down in several cities, assault rifle ban NOT reinstated as Obama said it would be, etc. Plus, we just bought a record amount of guns as Christmas gifts this year. I’m going to quit joking about the War on Christmas now.]
Secure the Border [Oh, boy. This one’s always, um, entertaining.]
Have selective removal of illegal aliens [By what? Lottery? Church attendance?]
Remove all illegal aliens. [Because that’s not prohibitively expensive, especially after we get rid of taxes.]
Abolish birthright citizenship. [It’s not like it’s in the US Constitution or anything. Because it is. For supposed strict constitutionalists, you all sure like to dick with the US Constitution.]
Repeal Dodd-Frank [Regulations caused the financial crisis, right?]
Repeal Sarbanes Oxley [This was an act to increase corporate accountability in the wake of Enron and other scandals. Essentially, this means CEOs can be held responsible for fraud or otherwise cooked books. Sounds terrible.]
Repeal oppressive business regulations. [What else is left? The minimum wage? Oh, right… Remember, if things they don’t like aren’t repealed, Tea Party Nation believes businesses should stop hiring in protest. Really.]
If you’d like to submit your vote, it’s still open. I encourage you to do so.
Judson Phillips, head of Tea Party Nation, on the
execution lynching of Troy Davis. This man has claimed to be a former prosecutor, which sends chills up my spine when he writes liberals championing Davis’ cause means the jury got it right. It doesn’t matter that members of the jury who convicted Davis said if they knew what they know now, they would have voted for acquittal.
There’s a few people in the comments disagreeing with him, and for their dissent, they’re roundly condemned as “closet leftists” and the like.
Phillips claims to be pro-life all over the site. Pro-life my ass. All he does in the rest of the post is whine about how much it costs the state to kill someone and how long it takes. Phillips suggests speeding it up, writing, “Perhaps the question we should be asking is why does it take twenty years and an untold amount of taxpayer money for justice to be delivered?”
No. We should be asking how this happened in America and how we’re one of the last industrialized countries with capital punishment. We will pay billions in taxpayer dollars to kill someone (more expensive than life imprisonment) but GOD FORBID we suggest spending one cent to take care of others in any way.
As an ex-prosecutor, Phillips should know the dangers of eyewitness evidence instead of simply dismissing it. Further, he knows that the appeals process is constitutionally upheld. He’s simply callous.
Judson Phillips at Tea Party Nation has been on this all day. The comments are basically summarized by this comment:
I’ve been espousing this for over five years; STOP PAYING YOUR TAXES. I espouse other mechanisms as well, which include armed revolt; armed with your birth certificate and a handgun, 3 million strong inside the D.C. Beltway which would be used as a parking-lot. Shut the city down, overwhelm the D.C. Police and wait for the national guard with “flowers for gun barrels”… There is a usurper in The House Of P.O.T.U.S. who does not have a real birth certificate and is using a dead-man’s S.S.A.N. He IS a muslim and he HAS run head-long up against the U.S. Constitution in every executive action he has taken. The marxists like to say that people, like me who espouse the truth, are KOOKS! Meanwhile, those Americans who WILL NOT accept the truth are like the subjects in the story, ‘THE KING HAS NEW CLOTHES’, (better known as, The King Has No Clothes!). Those Americans who cannot muster the courage to revolt, on behalf of their children’s children have doomed their offspring to a life of ENSLAVEMENT under the boot heel of MARXISM! I shall wear the mantle of kook and fight. How many of you out there have the balls to stand with me?
And yes, they cite Fox News, which left out this piece of info:
The research, titled “The Association between Penis Size and Sexual Health among Men Who Have Sex with Men,” began in 2006 and surveyed 1,065 gay men.
The point here? There is nothing that these folks will not go batshit over. Nothing. Can we just give them Kansas or something?
Judson Phillips, solving the economic crisis on Tea Party Nation. There’s a significant problem here: You don’t make money at something just because it’s your passion. Plus, it takes money to start a business, and most people are hurting now. What bank is going to lend to someone who is unemployed? For someone who professes to be a believer in the free market, Phillips is sure confused about how supply and demand work. Further, he’s assuming a self-employed person can somehow avoid participating in or being affected by a terrible economy. Newsflash: You can’t.
In summary, oversimplification says what?
Judson Phillips, writing for Tea Party Nation about how the US Navy could just as well name the cargo ship the “USS Karl Marx.”
Actually, the US Navy is upholding tradition. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune: “Over the past decade, NASSCO has been building dry cargo ships for use by the Navy’s Military Sealift Command. All of the ships are named after explorers or people who were pioneers in their fields. The names of the other 13 ships are: Lewis and Clark, Sacagawea, Alan Shepard, Richard E. Byrd, Robert E. Peary, Amelia Earhart, Carl Brashear, Wally Schirra, Matthew Perry, Charles Drew, Washington Chambers, William McLean, Medgar Evers.
The newest vessel in this line will be the first to be named after a Mexican-American.”
For those of you who don’t know, César Chávez co-founded the United Farm Workers union and was a pioneer of the labor movement.
Update, 9:00 p.m. MST:
quetzalcoatlhadanafro said: A few of my Mexi-American friends disagree with this on the basis that Chavez was a pacifist. It’s a step up from naming streets after him… but they may have a point (though I have to look into it more myself).
That’s a really good point. The ship is a cargo ship, staffed mainly by civilians. This gives it the designation of a USNS versus USS. Some good news about the ship: “The primary goal of the program is to provide effective fleet underway replenishment capability at the lowest life cycle cost. Built to commercial standards, T-AKEs [the technical name of the ship’s class] take advantage of industry best practices and can be cost-effectively maintained using commercial, off-the-shelf technology. T-AKEs have built-in environmental protections such as industry-leading ‘green’ waste-management facilities that decrease pollutants by 95 percent.”
And the not-so-great news: Even though the mission of these ships is to provide underway replenishment, the mission of the last three ships “will be to provide selective offload of cargo for resupply and sustainment of U.S. Marine Corps forces ashore.” So there’s a chance this new ship could be supporting combat operations overseas. I still feel it’s honoring a pioneer, but Chávez was a pacifist, so I’m not sure how much of an honor it really is - though the family will attend the dedication of the ship’s hull. Thanks for bringing up another perspective!
According to Judson Phillips, head of Tea Party Nation, this is the platform that the Tea Party should propose for 2012. My comments in bold.
Collectively [Collectivity makes Ayn Rand cry. Or kill an orphan] we should propose a Tea Party platform and let candidates endorse our platform.
What could we put in a Tea Party Platform [Other than “no gubmint]? Let me start with a few suggestions: