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The Inherent Contradiction of Tea Parties


And over at Forbes Magazine, Bruce Bartlett points out the irony of the fact that there were no tea parties during the Bush years.

UPDATE: This photo spawned a discussion in the comments about Libertarianism, Somalia, and Anarchy, which led to this classic Andy Singer comic:

Andy Singer



  1. starluna wrote:

    I love the picture.

    Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 11:49 am | Permalink
  2. K!m wrote:

    isn’t obama INCREASING the military budget, including a 2% something raise for members of the military? Wait wait, let me back up, he’s actually INCLUDING both wars in the budget this go around, so he’s already one up on bush [and these fanatics]

    Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 12:48 pm | Permalink
  3. lindsey wrote:

    In the ssme vein is this satirical video mocking those who want to vacation without *socialism* I think you’ll like it!

    Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 8:21 pm | Permalink
  4. Iron Knee wrote:

    As much as I love the “Somalia: Libertarian Paradise” jokes, they aren’t actually fair. Aside from some Tea Party idiots, most actual libertarians aren’t advocating anarchy, which is what they have in Somalia.

    Not that I don’t LOVE pointing out ironic libertarian positions, but this isn’t a good example.

    Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 9:36 pm | Permalink
  5. Nick wrote:

    Yeah, well…

    Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 11:18 pm | Permalink
  6. Nick wrote:

    Damn, won’t let me post an image. “Libertarianism is just anarchy for rich people.”

    Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 11:19 pm | Permalink
  7. Hassan wrote:

    The things pointed in the picture are mostly taken care by local governments of city, county or state.

    Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 11:04 am | Permalink
  8. K!m wrote:

    re: Hassasn, MSNBC reported last week or so that the “founder” of the tea bagging phenomenon spoke out about how these parties have gotten out of hand and strayed from his original message pushing for local reform [no link, sorry]

    Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 2:33 pm | Permalink
  9. Sammy wrote:

    And how many of the tea partiers focused more on Obama and his “fascism” and citizenship? They were less about taxation and more about being anti-Obama, in my anecdotal observation.

    Monday, May 11, 2009 at 9:46 am | Permalink