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Get your authentic Boston Harbour Tea here!

BostonHarbourTin2011Dislike the Tea Party? Then buy some of this Boston Harbour Tea! 16 chests of fine tea from tea merchants, Davison Newman & Co. Ltd. of London, were part of the tea that was tossed in Boston Harbour on that dreadful night.

The Company is still in business and the tea is for sale here!

http://bostonharbourtea.com/

Drink it knowing full well that the Tories were right as sequestration hits the American public.  Or as George Washington put it:

“The picture which you have exhibited, and the accounts which are published of the commotions, and temper of numerous bodies in the Eastern States, are equally to be lamented and deprecated. They exhibit a melancholy proof of what our trans-Atlantic foe has predicted; and of another thing perhaps, which is still more to be regretted, and is yet more unaccountable, that mankind when left to themselves are unfit for their own Government. I am mortified beyond expression when I view the clouds that have spread over the brightest morn that ever dawned upon any Country. In a word, I am lost in amazement when I behold what intrigue, the interested views of desperate characters, ignorance and jealousy of the minor part, are capable of effecting, as a scourge on the major part of our fellow Citizens of the Union; for it is hardly to be supposed that the great body of the people, tho’ they will not act, can be so shortsighted, or enveloped in darkness, as not to see rays of a distant sun thro’ all this mist of intoxication and folly.

You talk, my good Sir, of employing influence to appease the present tumults in Massachusetts. I know not where that influence is to be found; and if attainable, that it would be a proper remedy for the disorders. Influence is no Government. Let us have one by which our lives, liberties and properties will be secured; or let us know the worst at once. Under these impressions, my humble opinion is, that there is a call for decision. Know precisely what the insurgents aim at. If they have real grievances, redress them if possible; or acknowledge the justice of them, and your inability to do it in the present moment. If they have not, employ the force of government against them at once. If this is inadequate, all will be convinced that the superstructure is bad, or wants support. To be more exposed in the eyes of the world, and more contemptible than we already are, is hardly possible. To delay one or the other of these, is to exasperate on the one hand, or to give confidence on the other, and will add to their numbers; for, like snow-balls, such bodies increase by every movement, unless there is something in the way to obstruct and crumble them before the weight is too great and irresistible.”

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Christmas Oldies

The Moody Blues: Don’t Need a Reindeer

I like the sentiment.

This one is appropriate to the Occupy Protests. I dedicate it to all those people who say the US is a Christian nation, yet are the most unchristian people I know. Unfortunately, they don’t know who they are.

As the song says:

Once in Royal David’s City stood a lowly cattle shed,
where a mother laid her baby.
You’d do well to remember the things He later said.
When you’re stuffing yourselves at the Christmas parties,
you’ll laugh when I tell you to take a running jump.
You’re missing the point I’m sure does not need making;
that Christmas spirit is not what you drink.

So how can you laugh when your own mother’s hungry
and how can you smile when the reasons for smiling are wrong?
And if I messed up your thoughtless pleasures,
remember, if you wish, this is just a Christmas song.

Hey, Santa: pass us that bottle, will you?

Another Christmas Song

Hope everybody’s ringing on their own bell, this fine morning.
Hope everyone’s connected to that long distance phone.
Old man, he’s a mountain.
Old man, he’s an island.
Old man, he’s awaking – says,
“ I’m going to call, call all my children home.”

Hope everybody’s dancing to their own drum this fine morning –
the beat of distant Africa or a Polish factory town.
Old man, he’s calling for his supper.
He’s calling for his whisky.
Calling for his sons and daughters, yeah –
calling, calling all his children round.

Sharp ears are tuned in to the drones and chanters warming.
Mist blowing round some headland, somewhere in your memory.
Everyone is from somewhere –
even if you’ve never been there.
So take a minute to remember the part of you
that might be the old man calling me.

How many wars you fighting out there, this winter’s morning?
Maybe it’s always time for another Christmas song.
Old man he’s asleep now.
Got appointments to keep now.
Dreaming of his sons and daughters and proving ,
proving that the blood is strong.

The Tea Party Theme Song!

Posted 27/07/2011 by lacithedog in Tea parties, Tea Party, teabaggers

THE TEA PARTY ANARCHY AND THE DEATH OF AMERICA

I have always thought that Libertarianism was right wing anarchism from when I first encountered it as a teen.  This came from my research on Anarchy and Libertarianism. It’s funny, but makes some fairly serious points.

 

GREETINGS,
I {we} have been criticized on these grounds: Why are aliens interested in American politics? Again for your benefit human I will try to answer this criticism and again warn of the consequences of human, and in this case specifically American stupidity, and of the consequences of your actions. The so called liberal wing of American politics is accused of reckless spending and increasing the reach and power of government – this is a valid criticism sometimes! BUT you must understand it is based not only on the greed of government but also on the greed of the rich and powerful who would be more than happy to eliminate as much government as possible and take control of you, your economy and ultimately of your entire lives – and true they sometimes use government for this purpose – BUT as long as the power remains in the hands of government there is some control by the people of this power – When it moves completely to the so called private sector money {as a function of power} will completely be in control – YOUR SO CALLED CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS WILL BE COMPLETELY OWNED BY MONEY AND WILL NO LONGER EXIST FOR INDIVIDUALS.

To some extent this is already happening as the United States of America is already deeply in debt to The Peoples Republic of China {The Chinese Communists}. So you might say right wing Republicans {the so called Tea Party} are going to help when in fact an objective view will show they will cause just the opposite – IF THE REPUBLICAN TEA PARTY WINS IN THE COMING ELECTION THEY WILL CAUSE COMPLETE GRIDLOCK TO OCCUR – YOUR GOVERNMENT WILL BECOME POWERLESS AND THE CHINESE WHO YOU BOUGHT OFF IN VIETNAM WILL BECOME THE WORLDS PREMIER ECONOMY – AMERICANS YOU WILL BE WORKING FOR THE CHINESE COMMUNISTS WHO YOU WILL AGAIN HAVE TO BUY OFF AS A CONSEQUENCE OF THE ANARCHY PRODUCED BY THE TEA PARTY!

Remember Americans THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT is the largest employer, biggest
business and greatest source of money to MILLIONS OF AMERICANS and to dismantle or damage your government now, even if it is out of line, will lead to the greatest depression the so called ‘free-world’ has ever seen and THERE WILL NO LONGER BE A ‘FREE-WORLD’ – YOU WILL BE WORKING FOR THE CHINESE!!! Think about it before you vote!!! AND ASK YOURSELVES AMERICANS WHO IS FUNDING THIS TEA PARTY AND WHAT IS THEIR REAL AGENDA??? Is it ANARCHY, CHAOS, AND THE TRIUMPH OF SPECIAL AND VERY SINISTER INTERESTS?!?!
WISE UP HUMAN – IT IS NOT TOO LATE!!!

MAY OUR FORCE BE WITH YOU!,
-Alien Commander Omd I

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see also:
The Right’s New Left–The Tea Party movement has two defining traits: status anxiety and anarchism.
Tea Party Anarchists?
The New Anarchists
Are Libertarians “Anarchists”?

Thom Hartmann: Must see! The TRUE story of the Tea Party

From MikeB, who got it from Norwegianity who got it from Crooks and Liars

Nothing I haven’t written about here before. This post is the best: Comparing the Modern Tea Party to the Original By Barbara Smith

Comparing the Modern Tea Party to the Original By Barbara Smith

From: http://www.hnn.us/articles/134859.html
Barbara Smith is the author of “The Freedoms We Lost: Consent and Resistance in Revolutionary America,” just issued by The New Press.

In light of the recent anniversary of the original Tea Party, shouldn’t we consult history to clarify what the Boston brouhaha of 1773 was really about? Here are some things we would do well to remember today:

* There was little that was “conservative” about the event. A mob seized and destroyed private property. Conservative interests at the time deplored it, and the respectable descendants of the Revolutionary generation did their best to forget it when they wrote up their official accounts of the Revolution.
* It was not all about taxes. The colonists who dumped tea in Boston harbor did not oppose taxation by representative governments. They routinely voted in town meetings to support the poor and pay for common goods such as roads or public schools. From time to time they dug into their pockets to pay off public debts created by expensive wars. They did not worry much about the likelihood of taxes going to “freeloading” poor people or immigrants, because they knew that government is rarely controlled by the poor or the newcomer. Far more likely—far more dangerous—was an alliance between government and the already wealthy and well-connected.
* It was about the power of private interests. As colonists saw it, Parliament had been corrupted by the influence of money. First, opulent West Indies planters had promoted the Sugar Act to boost their profits. Wealthy Britons had supported the Stamp Act in order to cut their own taxes. Now shareholders of the East India Company hoped to reap a windfall off a monopoly on the tea trade. All these measures served special interests at the expense of ordinary colonists in North America. Rather than defending the tax breaks of the wealthy or the monopoly privileges of private companies, the original Patriots championed the wellbeing of middling households.
* It was about the obligation of government to regulate economic transactions. Eighteenth-century Patriots assumed a principle of public activism. Samuel Adams explained in a Boston newspaper: Governments might oppress the people by grabbing too much power, but oppression also occurred when governments were too weak. Government existed precisely “to protect the people and promote their prosperity.” In normal times, people expected government to limit monopolies and excessive profit-taking. In the imperial crisis, Patriots insisted that countless transactions—not only tea sales—should come under public scrutiny and serve the common good. What justified destroying the East India Company’s tea was the principle that public good trumped corporate profit.
* It was about the distribution of wealth. Americans’ ancestors had been uprooted from the British countryside as great landowners amassed more and more of the land. In North America, many English settlers had achieved a sort of middling security. Now that security was threatened. Parliament was taking the side of the rich, and some rich Americans were taking the side of Parliament. The danger was the impoverishment of everyone else. The Patriots believed that a rough economic equality was necessary to maintaining liberty.

Viewed accurately, the original Patriots would sadly disappoint today’s Tea Party activists, who promote a far different political philosophy. Of course no one today needs to agree with eighteenth-century ideas, and we know that the Patriots had their profound flaws. But we must object when present-day interests sidestep good-faith discussion of the merits of their position by misappropriating the founding generation. The principles of today’s Tea Partiers may (or may not) be correct, but they cannot establish it through sleight of hand, blithely invoking the founders while ignoring those founders’ ideas. The rest of America should not be intimidated by unfounded claims that Tea Partiers are the “real America” or that their values are the ones that originally won American freedom. Those claims fly in the face of history, and they contribute little to our ability to address the massive problems that we face as a nation.

See also: By Jill Lepore’s Boundless promise and grave peril

It is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing.

William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, from Act 5, Scene 5:

I have been wanting to mention my US political insider neighbour for a while, but haven’t until now. The reason for this is that I asked him about the coming mid-term elections. His response was this quote from Macbeth:

it is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing.

His main point was that people such as Sarah Palin and Christine O’Donnell are great for the one-liners, but don’t really stand up to scrutiny. But since the political insider is another media watcher, he pointed out that the elections are manipulated by sound bites. In other words, people hear what they want and don’t investigate any further.

A historical example is:

No taxation without representation

Which I think a lot of people have misinterpreted throughout the ages to be:

No taxation

But the real issue here isn’t taxes, it is the representation in the legislature that is the issue. Likewise, somebody such as a Sarah Palin or Christine O’Donnell can be edited enough so that they sound lucid and educated. On the other hand, they can’t stand scrutiny if there is a strong media magnifying glass placed upon them. The question is whether they will be presented “warts and all” or edited so that they are palatable to the voters.

Despite what some of the reactionary right would like to believe, the US electorate is pretty much in the centre of the political spectrum. Unfortunately, the parties have worked to thwart people’s interests as I keep pointing out. In particularly, the conservatives have done a wonderful job with single issues (abortion, gun control, taxes, etcetera) in getting people to vote against their real economic interest. In fact, it’s amusing how some people are still true believers in the policies which have brought about the current economic collapse. Fortunately, some reason has prevailed in allowing for the Troubled Assets Relief Programme (TARP) and the bailout of the US motor industry. Had those two programmes not gone through, the economy would truly be in the shitter; whereas, now it can present itself as being somewhat viable.

The ultimate upshot of this conversation was that political insider mentioned Jon Stewart’s rally on 30 Oct 10. It will be interesting to see how many people attend that rally.