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Anyone Up for a Tea Party?

Anyone going to a tea party this week?

For those of you who don’t know, tea parties are being thrown around the United States to protest taxes. The parties are being held this week as it is the anniversary of the Boston Tea Party (a protest held before the American Revolution to protest taxes without representation, amongst other things).

 I don’t think anyone quite knows where these protests have come from (although they are definitely being stirred up by the right wing media, with many stories about them on Fox over the past couple of day) and I don’t think anyone knows what people are actually protesting about. Are they protesting a particular tax? Or taxes in general? Or something else? I don’t think anyone’s quite sure.

What I do know however, is that this definitely is an interesting occurrence happening in the United States and paints an interesting picture of how the right is reacting to the shift in the United States away from them. I still don’t quite understand what the idea behind the parties is and what they think they will achieve, but it will be interesting to watch them over the coming days.

For more comment on this I would suggest that you check out Mark Cooper’s article in the LA Times ‘Anti-Obama Taxpayer Tea Parties steeped in insanity’

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April 15, 2009 - Posted by | Analysing the Right |

6 Comments »

  1. Correction. These protests are not being held on the anniversary of the Boston Tea Party (which was held on December 6th), but are simply using the idea of the ‘Tea Party’ as their theme. The date is still significant however as it is ‘tax’ day in the United States – the day when taxes are due.

    Comment by simon2013 | April 15, 2009 | Reply

  2. For those of you who, like me, think all this ‘teabagging’ is a little bit of a joke….http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/09/rachel-maddow-ana-marie-c_n_185445.html

    This one is very much worth watching!

    Comment by simon2013 | April 15, 2009 | Reply

  3. And another. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/14/david-shuster-nationwide_n_186815.html

    Comment by simon2013 | April 15, 2009 | Reply

  4. Liking the new theme, Simon.

    But you know you can get rid of the “Just another wordpress.com weblog” line?

    Comment by Ben Raue | April 15, 2009 | Reply

  5. I know, but how do I do it?

    Comment by simon2013 | April 16, 2009 | Reply


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