Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Of Tea Bags and Taxes.

O.k., this is the last time I'm going to comment on this, because frankly, I think these people don't need any more publicity than they have already gotten.

Today, people all around this great land of ours decided to slag off work and march around in protest of what they call "taxation without representation." Modeling themselves after the original Boston Tea Party (ala the Sons of Liberty--look it up in a history book), they dumped tea and/or tea products into various waterways to protest the government's stimuli of various parts of the economy using taxpayers' dollars.

I have two major problems with this:

1. It is a huge waste of tea, and you know how much of a sin I think that is!

2. It is a mockery of what this country is built on. Sure, the Framers might not recognize what we have today as the ideal of what they had in mind when they wrote the Constitution, but they also only had thirteen states to deal with, and were fighting a war. In a vast land like ours, we need government to keep everything from dropping off into the ocean sometimes, and yeah, we're going to have to pay for it. Like the better part of $7,000 that my family paid this year, and the millions and billions that others contributed. Some got refunds, but the government does "owe" everybody a refund--that's just what they say on the H&R Block commercials so that you'll come get your taxes done there. So, yes, I find it offensive that some would compare our current government and president (whom I actively campaigned for) to George III and his Parliament. It's not fair, it's not accurate, and it's just not nice.

Here's the deal, people--we're in this mess together. We may not agree on how we got here (although I do think it's unfair to saddle Mr. Obama--three months into office--with all the blame), but the one thing we should all agree on is that it's going to take all of us to get out of it. Not just "all of us" in the sense of a few of us who really care, but ALL of us, in the Great Depression, get-off-yer-butt-and-do-something kind of way. It's going to take machinists and artists and executives and congressional representatives and preachers and teachers and garbage collectors to help us get out of this. It's going to take sacrifice--a thing we're afraid to latch onto in this country because we're afraid that someone else might get ahead (meaning, what? That we're going to get behind? Why does it have to be one or the other?)

So, say it with me, "We the people of the United States. . ." we're in this for the long run, and we're in it for the promotion of the general welfare of all. That means you too, tea partiers! Get off your high horses and plow a field. Put down your signs and go feed a starving child in the inner city. Make a cup of tea and sit down with a Depression-era granny and get her story of what it's really like to suffer. Just don't throw your tea in the river, or you're gonna have to put up with me. And I don't deal with tea abuse very lightly.

Sitting down to a cup right now,


1 comment:

Earl said...

Shades of the 60’s! It would appear that the flower power generation has gone from burning bra’s and draft cards to throwing tea bags! Who would have thought it! These who once celebrated free love now are converted to the ranks and file defenders of liberty! Wonderful! There really is hope for America! Not because Americans are waking up to the financial mess that is the toxic residue of a great society gone ponzi but because Americans are beginning to figure out that what is true of their check book is true of federal spending, i.e., you cannot borrow your way out of debt but you refuse to face financial realities and insist on continuing to live on more than your income your only alternative is to mortgage the future of your children and grandchildren and condemn them to pay for your lifestyle. And if some are uncomfortable with comparisons of the current administration with King George III, then let them recognize that earlier comparisons of President Bush with Hitler were no less objectionable. Those comparisons were not fair, accurate or nice. Where then was the protest? Maybe that is something worth thinking about while enjoying a cupa tea or maybe a mug or coffee.