Saturday, January 24, 2009

Tea Party

Karl Denninger has a good idea here.

Will it work? It depends on how you quantify success. It will not change their minds, but it might help focus our own people on the fact that they are not helpless in this event -- that they are STILL citizens. I like the fact that it is a threat without being a threat. If we can get some soon-to-be-muzzled talk show hosts to get on board, it is quite possible that the offices of the Mandarins could be inundated with them. After all, it takes little expense and time. Do it in the breaks between the reloading parties and the cache positioning field trips.

The Dweeze, who forwarded me this, has an even better idea. Mark "III" on the tags. David Codrea is going one further and suggests: "We should post a Word doc with the III logo so people can make their own tags."

Read Denninger's idea and see what you think.

TEA PARTY February 1st?

So long as we have an inauguration drawing this sort of crowd and not a protest about our government blowing $700 billion of our dollars so that The Pigmen of Wall Street can continue to rob our nation blind, then saddle us with the bill when their bets go bad, we will see no solution.

I cannot take credit for the idea floated on the forum, but I do like it.
It is time for We The People to send a strong message to Washington DC - no more. No more loading our children and grandchildren with debt. No more bailing out speculators and bankers who made bets they knew were unsafe at the time. No more bailing out people who came to Congress to demand the removal of leverage limits, got what they asked for, then blew themselves up with the very leverage they demanded to be able to use.

No more.

Therefore, on February 1st, which is more than enough time for Barack Obama to be seated in his chair in the West Wing, I am recommending an act of peaceful, lawful and yet unmistakable protest.

That is, to mail President Obama one teabag. Nothing dangerous, nothing illegal - just one teabag.

Send one to your Congressman and one to each Senator.

Later, when the weather is a bit warmer and fountains are running water (rather than frozen!) this sort of protest can be repeated with LOOSE tea in select cities.
But for now, let's start with the symbolism, to be repeated each and every time our government votes or intends to do something similarly stupid - which I presume will include Obama's "stimulus" package.

If we all mail our teabags on February 1st, it will send a strong message to Washington. Include a copy of this Ticker, another Ticker related to the many bailouts (pick one!) or write your own letter condemning the fraud and abuse in our banking and financial system - with the teabag being your symbolic refusal to quietly pay for it.

Pass it around the blogs and email lists - its a bag of tea folks, and the obvious parallel to the Boston Tea Party of old should be instantly obvious to everyone who receives it.


Anonymous said...

Our congresscritters and the maximum leader abide in secure facilities almost inaccesible to mortals; and have crafted a wondrous and bizarre path for even our mailed missives to travel. Mail may take a month or more to reach its intended recipient as it is subject to multiple 'security' steps including xray and more powerful irradiation to deter bio attack. We should have mailed the tea around Dec 15 of last year. Hmm, wonder what irradiated tea tastes like?

Anonymous said...

Too expensive with the Indian dress and the makeup. Heck have you seen what a "trade" tomahawk costs these days?

These people will find a way to piss on you even if you send a tea bag. They don't play fair you know.

Sounds good, but ....

tjbbpgob said...

Be sure to make that Earl Grey tea, then maybe they'll get the message.

triptyx said...

Sure, there's all kinds of reasons to say no, but hell, I'm in for a little mischief, and so are a number of folks I work with.


Yuri Orlov said...

It just seems wrong to say "Obama" and "Teabag" in the same sentence... LOL But yeah, I'm in.

LowRecoil said...

Since this is short notice to many of us and Feb 1st falls on a Sunday, someone has suggested April 15th. That seems like a very good idea to express the disgust in the government's out of control spending and indifference to the people. Opinions?

Anonymous said...

You know each Congressman and Senator have local offices in their districts that are not in D.C.

I have to believe that mail to those locations are not monitored the same way and therefore Little Susie will call and say they got another 100 tea bags in the mail again today.

Shy Wolf said...

I really believe the idea of geting a talk show host to talk about this wouold be very simple to do: can you imagine Jimmy Kimmel reading this in his dialogue? It sounds like something he would really go for: "Imagine this, folks- can you beleive a bunch of wierdoes sending Congress tea bags? Like, the Congress is really smart enough to know how to use them?"

Anonymous said...


1 Million Seconds = 11.5 days

1 Billion Seconds = 32 Years

1 TRILLION Seconds = 32,000 YEARS!

If we were to pay $1.00 per second toward paying off these "Bailout" and "Stimulus" packages (that equates to $86,400.00 per DAY!), it would take approx. 48,000 YEARS to pay them off.

That means we will be saddling our 'posterity' to paying off OUR DEBT for generations and generations to come. What will they think about us? Bet it won't be anywhere near the "greatest generation" from WWII.

THINK ABOUT IT LONG AND HARD THEN TAKE SOME EFFECTIVE ACTION (like contacting your Congressperson and Senators and demanding they NOT vote for this socialistic legislation) DEPENDING ON WHAT YOU THINK IS RIGHT!