I’ve just been led to this site, which we’ll call “LATFT” for short — it stands for “Look At This Teabagger”, and it’s a site full of photos of “Tea Party” protestors and their signs.
Of course, as this is a view of how the other half protests, those of my political persuasion will think them loony, loopy, and ludicrous — not to mention paranoid, because it doesn’t alliterate with the others — and will apply the f-shaped obscene participle to them. But there really is more to it than that.
Look at the pictures, and look at other pictures of last Saturday’s Tea-Party march on Washington. These are people sporting treasonous emblems (Confederate flags); asserting their rights not just to own guns, not just to carry guns, but to threaten people with guns; and saying completely wacky things that have no basis in reality.
My favourite bit in that last regard is their fuming about the “czars” that our current, Nazi president has appointed. They worry that we’re creating real czars in this country — in the true sense of kings, emperors. Some say “More Czars than the U.S.S.R.” Well, that wouldn’t be hard: they had no czars in the U.S.S.R.: part of the point of the Russian revolution that created the U.S.S.R. was to depose them. One sign says that czars are Russian kings, and adds that “Jesus is my king.” They worry that they don’t know who these czars are responsible to, and what power they have.
But they’re serious about this idiocy. They actually, truly don’t seem to get that “czar”, here, is a title used metaphorically, and that no one has created any kings in the U.S. government. They don’t get that the first use of that title was in the Reagan administration, and that George Bush appointed several. They don’t get that these “czars” act as presidential advisors, and have no power beyond that. These czars will not be dismissing congress and starting systematic executions.
Their signs say that “Obama is the Anti-Christ”. They depict the president with Negro caricatures, and with a Hitler mustache. When they’re not calling him a Nazi (or a “Natzy”) they’re calling him a Fascist, a Communist, a Marxist, or a Socialist. (Hm, which is it? They think they’re all the same.) They threaten civil war; they say they came unarmed “this time.”
And now here’s the funny part:
They’re implying that President Obama will preside over “1984”, a totalitarian state in which the government conducted unreasonable surveillance and exerted complete control over the populace. They quote Ronald Reagan as saying, “Man is not free unless government is limited.” They say they will defend the constitution “by any means necessary.”
So, to paraphrase Barney Frank, “On what planet did they spend the previous eight years?” Who was defending the constitution then? Who was defending free people against unlimited government and unfettered surveillance then?
Not the Teabaggers; they were happy. Go figure.
 In much the same way as “RTFM” stands for “Read The Manual”.