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Tomorrow is the day that I’m getting a second opinion regarding my hip. I’ll admit that I’m nervous about it and I’m hoping for the best.

The weather last weekend—with those record high temperatures of 100-105 degrees—was unbearable enough but it’s especially agonizing when you have an injury of some kind. I’m grateful that I had air conditioning even though the high heat really pushed the air conditioning to the max.

I’ve been slowly playing around with my new smartphone. Last night I downloaded a free app that got it to recognize those square codes that are popping up in print everywhere. Here’s a photo of one that I took when I was in Ocean City a few weeks ago.

Carousel Entrance, The Boardwalk, Ocean City, Maryland

So I ran that new free app and put my photo of that code up to the camera that’s in my smartphone. For those of you without a smartphone, I’ll explain what it did next. It brought up this URL: http://vimeo.com/oceancityevents/trimpers I hit the "Go" button in the app and it took me to this page that includes a short video explaining the 1902 carousel that’s still running at Trimpers Amusements in Ocean City.

I was sad and horrified over what happened in Norway last weekend. The fact that a right-wing Norwegian did it is so reminiscent of the time when Timothy McVeigh did that horrible bombing in Oklahoma City. I really feel sorry for the victims and their families. I’m also fuming over what Glenn Beck said on his radio show. He compared the youth camp where the gunman killed so many people to a Hitler Youth camp. Can you believe it? It’s like he’s blaming the victims or something. I’m glad that he isn’t on television any more and he has to confine his hate to his radio show and his new online subscription video web service.

I’m still bracing myself for economic calamity over the fact that there are people in this country who are willing to let the United States go into default to score cheap political points and they place a higher value on making sure that President Obama fails over the long-term economic health of the United States. They also don’t seem to care that if the U.S. defaults, it’ll take down the economies of numerous other nations with it. Haven’t they learned from history? When the Great Depression hit, not only did the U.S. economy went south but it took down the economies of many other nations in Europe with it. This led to the rise of the fascists in Italy and the Nazis in Germany, which led to World War II and the Holocaust.

Or do the Tea Partiers want to see a rise in fascism all over the world? If that’s the case, they’d better be careful of what they wish for.

I’ll just end this entry with a video of a song by Amy Winehouse, who passed away this past weekend at 27. In a way I’m not shocked that she died because she had a very public struggle with drugs and alcohol. I saw paparazzi photos of her at her worst that reminded me of the mentally ill homeless hanging around in the streets of downtown Washington, DC. It’s a shame because she was a very talented singer who could’ve have had a long and prosperous career had she been able to keep her personal demons in check.

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As you may have heard, Glenn Beck’s last show on Fox News was yesterday. This guy was probably the craziest pundit ever on television and he even made the late Morton Downey, Jr. seem sane by comparison.

How crazy was he? Media Matters have managed to put together an 11-minute video full of Glenn Beck’s most outrageous moments. If you can’t stand the idea of viewing so much crazy in one dose, MSNBC has edited that video down to just three minutes of Beck doing things like saying that President Obama has "deep-seated hatred for white people" and barking like a rabid dog.

Or you can view Lewis Black’s hilarious rant on The Daily Show from last year about how he feels that Glenn Beck has Nazi Tourettes and it includes a variety of clips featuring Glenn Beck using Nazi-related terms very liberally.

But if you are a glutton for punishment, you can watch the Media Matters 11-minute clip in its entirety below.

If you are someone who really loves that clip and feel very sad that Glenn Beck’s show has been taken off the air, well you can still watch new videos of Beck in the future. But it’ll cost you a lot of money. If you’re willing to spend your hard-earned cash watching insanity, you can order your very own subscription right here. (As for me, if I really want to watch people yelling, crying, and hurling all kinds of nasty and crazy insults, I’ll watch The Jerry Springer Show on television for free.)

Like I wrote in my last entry, the cutbacks on my trips to the post office due to my mother’s illness affects only my Etsy shop. My Zazzle shop will be unaffected by this because the printing and mailing of products purchased through this store are not directly handled by me. Here are some products I’ve recently added to that store that you can peruse while you’re doing your online holiday shopping.

T-Shirts

Mugs

Poster

A Preview of What I’ll Be Selling at Tomorrow’s Rally on the Mall

Before my mother was suddenly admitted to the hospital a couple of days ago, I worked on two new pieces of jewelry to sell at tomorrow’s joint "Rally to Restore Sanity/March to Keep Fear Alive" on the Mall in DC that’s being put on by Comedy Central and headlined by its two biggest stars Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. I did so well at the other March on Washington earlier this month that I decided to try selling again. Of course everything is on the fence with my mother being in the hospital. I just got off the phone with her and I learned that she’ll be moved to a rehab center tomorrow but the doctors aren’t sure which one she’ll go to. (It depends on spaces available. If Rehab Center 1 has a spare room, she’ll go there. Otherwise she’ll go to Rehab Center 2.)

So basically I’ll try to visit her later this afternoon before she gets transferred to whatever rehab center she ends up at. So I’ll be able to to still make it to tomorrow’s rally to sell my stuff while my husband helps with the set up for our church’s Mexican Ethnic Dinner to honor both that nation’s bicentennial and its upcoming Day of the Dead holiday.

Of course, if things take a turn for the worse, then these plans will be scuttled and I won’t be at either tomorrow’s rally or the Mexican Ethnic Dinner.

In any case, here are the two new pieces of jewelry I’ve created just in time for tomorrow’s rally. Regardless of whether I cancel tomorrow or not, I will eventually list them in my Etsy shop.

Real Men Don't Cry on Fox News

I was insipred by Glenn Beck’s frequent crying on television. (For the record, I’ve never been able to sit through an entire episode of Beck’s show on Fox News. In fact, I have only been able to endure his show for no longer than five minutes. I’ve seen most of his clips on shows like Countdown With Keith Olbermann and The Daily Show.) I later saw this YouTube video which showed how Glenn Beck used Vick’s Vapor Rub under his eyes in order to produce tears on demand.

I am so disgusted with Glenn Beck’s frequent public antics (which includes getting his viewers to buy gold and food insurance–which entitles the purchaser of this insurance to get a whole bunch of dried foods that he/she can store in case the world ends) that I was inspired to create this jewelry. The image on this piece is based on my own artwork, Alice at the Tea Party, which I did a few months ago. I scanned the artwork into the computer and all I did was crop to the image of a crying Glenn Beck as the Mad Hatter.

Tea Parties are for Little Girls and Their Imaginary Friends

When I attended the March on Washington earlier this month on October 2, I saw a young girl with her father. She was carrying a sign that said "Tea Parties are for Little Girls and Their Imaginary Friends". I thought it was so hilarious that I thought it would make the perfect slogan jewelry. I searched through my collection of Dover Publishing clip art until I found this old line drawing of a little girl throwing her own tea party for her dolls. (Judging from the style of the girl’s hair and dress, I’d guess that it was originally drawn sometime between 1890-1930.)

In addition, I will have other pieces of political-themed jewelry for sale, including this stalwart.

President Palin

All of the jewelry I’m selling will have a necklace loop and a pin backing so the wearer have the option of wearing the piece as either a pendant or a pin.

Last Saturday there were two demonstrations that came through my hometown of Washington, DC just in time for the 47th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s famous March on Washington that culminated in his classic "I Have a Dream" speech.

Several months ago that really loony right-wing pundit Glenn Beck announced that he was going to have a special rally to "Restore America’s Honor". He kept on saying stuff like God told him to have this rally in DC and he just happened to pick August 28 . He later said that he didn’t realize until later that it was the MLK anniversary and he thought it was a great idea to hold his own rally. <sarcasm> Yeah, right. I guess he didn’t have any access to the Wikipedia so he could research that date quickly </sarcasm>. I could provide more background on both Glenn Beck and this occasion but last Thursday’s The Daily Show did such a great job that there is no way I could match that so I highly recommend that you see the video.

In the meantime there was some kind of organizing going on via Twitter under the #p828 discussion of people who were pretty pissed that a man who once described himself as being an entertainer is attempting to lead a march and rally that would elevate him as Martin Luther King’s successor. There were talks about counter-demonstrations against Glenn Beck’s delusions of himself as the next Martin Luther King. I was pretty annoyed myself since I think he’s a lunatic kook. (To learn more about how crazy and paranoid he can be, I highly recommend that you check out Lewis Black’s rant on The Daily Show from a few months ago about how Glenn Beck has Nazi Tourettes.)

Normally I’m not much on counter-demonstrations. I’m a big believer in people having the First Amendment rights of freedom of speech and the freedom to assemble together in order to petition the government to express grievances–even if I am personally opposed for the reason behind such a demonstration in the first place. Counter-demonstrations tend to draw a very small group of people (100 or less) whose message gets lost in a sea of the main demonstration, they arouse the ire of the main demonstrators and it breaks out into arguments that sometimes lead to arrests, and I just feel that they are a waste of time.

Well this isn’t just some usual demonstration. This is a giant rally that was being organized by a television personality whose sanity I question at times yet has managed to attract a following. Not long ago I finally did a Google search to find out why Keith Olbermann keeps on referring to the guy as "Lonesome Rhodes Beck" and I learned about a 1950’s movie called A Face in the Crowd. I put it in my Netflix queue. That movie is such a revelation on many levels (for example it’s one of the rare instances where Andy Griffith plays someone other than a comical easy-going good ol’ Southern guy and he did a convincing job of it in that film) and I felt like the movie somehow made a future prediciton about people like Glenn Beck.

If he had done his rally on any other weekend, I would’ve just ignored him because people like him do have the right to organize a peaceful rally and march even if I don’t personally agree with the message. But holding it on the anniversary of MLK’s "I Have a Dream" speech held a darker meaning for me. Glenn Beck is attempting to fashion himself as the next MLK complete with his own movement–never mind the fact that Beck opposes some of MLK’s stands. (For example, King was a big believer in social justice and Beck has used his show to urge people to quit any churches that are big on social justice because social justice is just a smokescreen for socialism–which is the one thing that, Beck said, the Nazis and Communists have in common.)

Even though Glenn Beck has expressed fear of Nazism, I feel that he is using some of Adolf Hitler’s same tactics to gain fame and power for himself. Hitler wrote Mein Kampf, where he outlined his policies, while Beck has written many books where he has done the same. I’m becoming more and more alarmed at Glenn Beck’s antics to the point where I’m starting to feel that he has the potential to become a threat to democracy in the United States. I’ve never felt that way towards any other political pundit of any political stripe until Glenn Beck came along.

I eventually learned that the Rev. Al Sharpton was planning his own rally and demonstration in honor of MLK. At first I thought it was a counter-demonstration until I learned that this is something that Sharpton’s organization does every year around the King anniversary. With the Beck event, this year’s event has also taken on an air of a counter-protest.

I was sitting on the fence about actually participating in it. I sent a link about the Twitter discussion on the counter-protest to some of my Facebook friends, many of whom are also involved in my Unitarian Universalist congregation, and two of them expressed concerns about it turning into a violent slugfest. Those concerns faded away when I learned about the Sharpton march and provided a link about it. Other than that, I didn’t really talk to too many people about it. That’s because I still have less than fond memories about the time when, as a very young adult, I went with a few friends to the 20th anniversary of the King march in 1983 and it was high heat (I remembered that it was in the upper 90’s that day) and high humidity. I was so parched that when we took the Metro back to the Takoma station (where one of my friends’ car was parked), we headed to a nearby 7-11 where I ordered a Big Gulp Coke. I drank that Big Gulp in one sitting, which is something I normally can’t do. Until this year I stayed away from any more King commemoration marches because August in Washington, DC can get really hot outside.

Well this past week was relatively balmy by DC standards. It was hot but the humidity was low. I waited until the a few days before the march before I finally made a decision to check out DC. That was because I happened to catch The Ed Show on MSNBC and found out that Ed Schultz was speaking at the Sharpton march. As you may have known, I had a chance to check out Ed Schultz in person when I was volunteering at the Free Health Clinics event in DC a few weeks ago but I was so exhausted and drained from my shift that I ended up going home where I caught the broadcast on television. Well imagine my surprise when I learned that I had a second chance to check him out in person again. It wasn’t like I was praying to God asking for a second chance or anything like that. It just happened. So I decided to go for it.

Another motivation for me to go to this rally was that I was totally pissed at the type of people who currently follow Glenn Beck like he’s some kind of American Messiah or something. Someone posted this visitor’s guide to DC that urged people to avoid riding the Yellow and Green Lines on the Metro system because they are "dangerous". Look, I’m willing to admit that crime is a problem in DC but avoiding entire subway lines is NOT the way to avoid being a crime victim. Besides, I live just a few miles away from a couple of the stops on the so-called "dangerous" Green Line and it’s definitely NOT some criminal war zone.

My husband is still in Florida, as of this writing, and I didn’t get around to contacting many of my friends. I decided to just go in the hopes that I would run into someone I know and hang around with him/her/them.

My original plan was to go to the Sharpton rally and march until it ended at the Tidal Basin at the site where the Martin Luther King Memorial will be erected, do some filming with my portable video camera, then cut over to the Lincoln Memorial where the Glenn Beck rally was taking place, do some more filming, then get out of DC because I had purchased tickets to attend a special locavore dinner that my Unitarian Universalist congregation had planned for that evening. (My congregation is trying to get certified by the Unitarian Universalist Association as a "Green Sanctuary" and holding a locavore dinner featuring locally acquired food is one of the requirements.)

Things didn’t really go off as planned. I was late arriving to Dunbar High School because the Metro was crowded as all hell so it took forever to add money to my Smart Trip farecard plus the subway train was doing track maintenance work so it was moving slowly. So the rally started when I got ther by 11:30 a.m.. But it turned out I had nothing to worry about because the march wasn’t going to start until 1 p.m. So I was able to sit on the football field made out of plastic astroturf, eat the lunch I had brought with me, and listened to the speeches. I caught Ed Schultz’s short yet uplifting speech on video.

I had hoped to run into someone I knew but I didn’t know anyone at that event. People were nice and friendly to me but I felt like kicking myself for not contacting someone I know about coming to this event.

I was glad that I had the foresight to bring the water bottle/fan hybrid that I purchased during my recent trip to Walt Disney World because the high heat and high humidity came back with a total vengeance. (I later learned that the temperature reached around 88 degrees Farenheit.) It was so hot that the water inside that water bottle/fan hybrid had turned warm so I was left with warm water. (At least the fan part worked so I was able to get some cool breezes coming my way.) It was so hot that the frozen ice pack I brought with me melted really fast and failed to keep the three cans of Diet Pepsi I brought with me cold so I ended up drinking warm soda.

I listened to a few other speeches. DC Mayor Adrian Fenty got a mixed response since he’s been a running a pretty controversial reelction campaign this year. NAACP Ben Jealous got a bigger round of applause but one guy near me gave a big boo and started to yell out Shirley Sherrod’s name indicating that there are still hard feelings over how Ben Jealous reacted to the whole Sherrod incident. Then Rev. Al Sharpton came to the podium where he gave a 17-minute speech. I’ve filmed it and put it online in its entirety so that anyone can see it without any kind of media filtering or editing. The sole editing I did was to break the video up into two parts but I didn’t omit any sentences from that video.

So we began the march at 1 p.m. and it was such a bottleneck getting out of Dunbar High School that it was unreal. By the time we were on the street, there were at least two people who were loaded on to ambulances. I guess the heat had gotten to them. I began to shoot a lot of miscellaneous footage of the march, which I’ve cobbled together and uploaded online. It’s not a slick professional job but it should give you an idea of what the march was like.

Things were fine once the march got going even though it was totally hot. Even though there were a lot of African-Americans marching I also saw plenty of whites and an occasional Asian in that crowd. We marched for a while until we hit Chinatown. I started to feel extremely hot by that point. The march went past the Verizon Center and I remembered that there is a Metro stop there. The closer we got to the Metro stop, the more tempted I felt to just head home. I looked down on my watch and realized that it was 2:30 and I had a dinner to go to that started at 5:30. I gave in to temptation, went to that Metro stop, boarded the next subway, and headed home.

When I got home over an hour later and saw the route published in the Metro section of The Washington Post, I realized that I had only marched a 1/2 mile from Dunbar High School to the Verizon Center. I was sort of peeved at myself for being such a heat wimp and missing out on something that could potentially be a turning point in this nation’s history but I just couldn’t help myself. Besides I really didn’t want to miss that dinner.

The next day I read The Washington Post and came across this story that made it seem like the Beck and Sharpton events were racially segregated with whites going to the Beck event and the blacks going to the Sharpton event. Since I didn’t make it to the Beck event, I can’t say that it was all-white (although the published photos didn’t show any non-white faces in that crowd) but it was a misnomer so say that the Sharpton event was all-black. The videos I posted in this blog should show that.

What really got me was that the story said that the Sharpton event drew a much smaller crowd, which floored me because I remember the bottleneck getting out of Dunbar High School. I’ve seen small protests in DC over the years featuring crowds of less than 500 people but the Sharpton event could not be considered a small protest with low turnout.

In addition, I saw photos showing large number of people at the Lincoln Memorial. I felt despair that many of my fellow Americans seemed to be glomming on to Glenn Beck and there were enough of them to cover the Lincoln Memorial grounds and the reflecting pool. My husband is still in Florida as of this writing so I couldn’t talk to him about it. I began to think that maybe millions of people had turned out for Glenn Beck and he really does have a major movement going that could change the course of U.S. history, which made me more depressed.

I did some miscellaneous web surfing in an attempt to cheer myself up and I needed a cheap laugh so I went over to Keith Olbermann’s Twitter feed to see if he had done his usual hilarious bashing of the right-wing trolls who send crazy stuff to him, hurl all kinds of sick accusations that you can think of, and call him "Keithie". I found this link he had posted to a CBS News article about Glenn Beck’s rally. CBS had used an outside company called AirPhotosLive.com to come up with estimates and it came up with an estimate of between 78,000-96,000 people in attendance. Beck’s original rally had planned for 300,000 attendees.

The company used aerial shots taken during the rally’s high point at noon and based its estimates on that. I know that there are right-wingers who will claim that it’s not accurate at all and that millions of people had turned out but at least someone attempted some kind of scientific data. Then again, there are plenty of right-wingers who show such a disdain for science–look at how worked up they get over the issue of teaching evolution in science class in the public schools.

Here are a few more stories about both the Beck and Sharpton events:

Huffington Post

BBC News

Clusterfuck Nation

I felt better knowing that Beck’s movement haven’t reached all Americans yet or whipped up most Americans into following him the way that the Nazis whipped up most Germans into following Hitler. But I’m going to be watching the election polls for the mid-terms this November to see what the hell will happen.

I’m announcing a new feature of this blog, my Twitter account, and my Facebook account. This is something that grew out of my recent trip to Connecticut.

While my husband and I were in that state attending our nephew’s wedding, we made a side trip to Mystic Seaport. On my way out of that place, we stopped at a gift shop where I found copies of Benjamin Franklin’s classic Poor Richard’s Almanack on sale for $10. I had long heard of that book and had even read brief excepts from it when I took an American Studies class during my college freshman year a long time ago.

I began to thumb through that book and I realized one major thing: the book consists of brief words of wisdom, much of which would fit in with Twitter’s 140-character limit. I began to come up with an idea, one that I hope will get increased readers to my blog/Facebook page/Twitter account.

I know that for the past few months, Keith Olbermann has been devoting the last few minutes of his MSNBC show every Friday to reading one of James Thurber’s short stories. I thought about doing something similar for Benjamin Franklin. In fact, Franklin is ideal since his writings in Poor Richard’s Almanack is way shorter than one of Thurber’s stories. Franklin mostly devoted one or two lines to a platitude or words of wisdom. Occasionally he would do a very short poem but the writings in this book are mostly very short.

On top of that, in recent months Glenn Beck has been appropriating Ben Franklin (as well as the other Founding Fathers) to misuse them to make increasingly wacky far right extremist points in his controversial Fox News show. I want to do something to rectify this by showing Benjamin Franklin’s words as he really wrote them, not how Glenn Beck has twisted them to suit his own agenda.

After reading through parts of Poor Richard’s Almanack, I realized that it contains sayings that could inspire anyone regardless of political or religious beliefs. In fact, you don’t even have to be an American to appreciate what Franklin wrote. Even though that book was published in the 18th century, much of the content is still relevant today.

Even though Benjamin Franklin is listed as the author of Poor Richard’s Almanack and he wrote some of the content himself, he didn’t originate all of the words of wisdom in that book. Much of the sayings were commonly uttered by his contemporaries in the 18th century. Franklin basically wrote down much of what he heard other people say and compiled them together into a book. What Franklin did was no different from what the Brothers Grimm did when they travelled throughout Central Europe and copied down commonly told folktales that resulted in their classic Fairy Tales book You can say that Benjamin Franklin was an editor.

Over time I’m hoping for two things: 1) increased readership of my blog/Facebook page/Twitter account and 2) people will learn more about Benjamin Franklin than as the face of the US$100 bill or the guy who once flew a kite in bad weather. Here are a few parameters of this new weekly feature. Each Friday I will provide one short quote from Poor Richard’s Almanack and I will cross-post this quote in this blog, my Facebook page, and Twitter account.

Each quote will be presented as is. I will not correct spelling or punctuation because I want to preserve Franklin’s writings as he wrote them. I also used the British spelling of certain words (such as "neighbour" instead of "neighbor") because Franklin used it. I won’t offer any interpretations of what Franklin wrote because I want each reader to come to his/her conclusion as to what he/she thinks Franklin really meant.

So, without further ado, here is the first Benjamin Franklin quote from Poor Richard’s Almanack.

Benjamin Franklin

WITH the old Almanack and the old Year, Leave thy old Vices, tho’ ever so dear.

Alice at the Tea Party

Alice at the Tea Party
ink and watercolor
10 inches x 8 inches
26 cm x 21 cm

This is one of my recently finished pieces that I managed to finish just in time to display at last weekend’s Artdromeda show in Baltimore. I was inspired to create this piece by two phenomenons that have gotten attention in the media–the resurgence in popularity of Alice in Wonderland (fueled in large part by Tim Burton’s hit movie) and the rise of the Tea Party movement in the U.S.

I attempted to emulate the John Tenniel illustrations that were in the original Lewis Carroll books–Alice in Wonderland and its sequel, Alice Through the Looking Glass. (Even though there have been numerous Alice in Wonderland editions with illustrations done by other people, one can still find the editions with the Tenniel illustrations on sale in many book stores.) As I worked on it, my own style crept in so it’s not a one-hundred percent copy of John Tenniel’s illustration of the Wonderland tea party.

I did this political parody piece where Alice arrives at a tea party that made the original tea party depicted in Lewis Carroll’s novel seem tame and sane by comparison. The various tea party denizens are based upon the politicians and right wing talk show hosts who have expressed support for the Tea Party movement. The Cheshire Cat is based on Rush Limbaugh (complete with a cigar and the infamous quote where he hoped that Barack Obama fails in his presidency). The Queen of Hearts is based on Rep. Michele Bachmann. The Mad Hatter is based on Glenn Beck (complete with tears in his eyes). The woman who shot and killed the White Rabbit is Sarah Palin. The tiny person in front wearing a Texas state flag jacket and carrying a sign with a misspelled racial slur is based on an actual photograph of a Tea Party activist who actually worn such a jacket and carried such a sign with the misspelled racial slur. The chicken in front is a parody of Sue Lowden (who is running for office in Nevada in the hopes of unseating Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid), who has frequently said that the high costs of health care can be best achieved by returning to the days when the U.S. was primarily an agrarian society and people paid for doctors visits with a chicken.

There are also the hidden activists who are behind the main characters but are only seen as arms holding various signs. The signs are based on actual photos of real Tea Party rally signs that I’ve seen throughout the Internet. All I had to do was concentrate to make sure that the original misspellings and gramatical errors were left intact.

When my husband first saw this piece, he remarked that Alice seemed pissed. Well, there’s a reason for that pissed off expression on her face. If you were blundering through an unfamiliar place like Wonderland in pursuit of the White Rabbit only to discover that he had been shot to death and his body was being displayed at a mad tea party with far right wing political overtones you happened to stumble upon, you’d be pissed too.

Okay, you can correctly guess that I have a less than favorable impression of the Tea Party movement. If the Tea Party movement had been something that was not affiliated with any political party, not backed by any media company, discouraged the use of racial slurs and/or waving Confederate flags, reached out to diverse groups of people, and stated policies that expressed real reforms aimed at dismantling monopolies in health insurance and oil companies and encouraging well-paying blue collar jobs being moved back to the U.S. from overseas, I would have at least respected that movement. (Heck, it’s possible that I may have even signed on to the movement myself.)

But I’ve heard that many of the Tea Party rallies were organized by Freedom Works (a company founded by former Senate Majority Leader Dick Armey). They have been endorsed by many Republican poiticians. Their rallies have been not only favorably covered by Fox News but they have been actively promoted on that network in such a way as to encourage people to attend them. Individual Tea Party people have waived signs using racial slurs aimed at President Obama without facing any negative consequences from the Tea Party movement organizers. Many Tea Party activists have seemed to refuse to say anything bad about the increased power of corporations (including the creation of monopolies) and–in some cases–have sided with the corporations on such issues as Net Neutraility. On top of that, many rallies seemed to be all-whtie people affairs with little or no minorities. (If the U.S. was a nearly all-white nation, this wouldn’t be an issue. But with the rise in population of people of color in recent years, it’s pretty ludicrous to have all-white movements in this day and age.)

For all the Tea Party movement’s frequent cries of freedom from government oppression, that movement has been strangely silent on Arizona’s recent passage of SB 1070. (Which empowers police officers to ask anyone on the street to prove that he/she are legally in this country and if the person doesn’t have such evidence on him/her at that moment, the police can arrest that person. On top of that, the police can ask that of anyone even if he/she have not been accused of doing anything illegal.) This is the kind of thing that communist and fascist governments do on a regular basis–the kind of governments that the Tea Party movement claim that they are fighting against.

I think there should be a real independent movement consisting of people from diverse races, ethnic groups, religions, social classes, educational levels, and political beliefs coming together for a common cause and who eschews racism and uncivilized behavior in general. I believe that, based on that criteria, the Tea Party simply fails as a real independent movement.

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