Teabagging

If you watched the news this past week, you probably saw the Republican protests referred to as "teabagging." Now I understand the point of symbolically linking your protest to the Boston Tea Party, but referring to it as teabagging links you to a completely different kind of party - you know, the kind with loud techno, where everyone is wearing chaps, but no one is a cowboy...

To make the situation even more hilarious, one of the anti-gay marriage groups decided to call itself "2M4M." They think it stands for "2 Million for Marriage" but anyone with even a cursory knowledge of internet slang immediately assumes they're trolling for a Gay three-way.

Personally, I can't wait to see what term they choose next; Pegging day? National Salad Tossing week? Seriously guys - Google won't notify your pastor if you turn off the safe search filter. Where were your PR people when these names were chosen? Have you guys never heard of Urban Dictionary? Any internet search would tell you that these names are at best, giggle-inducing, and at worst, indicative of just how completely out of touch you are. As Nancy Pelosi pointed out, these protests are not the result of a grassroots movement. These are more like Astroturf - a completely artificial creation, funded by the wealthy, and shilled on talk radio by the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Glen Beck. Of course, it's probably not the first time that either of those guys has asked someone to participate in a teabagging, but I digress.

The really disturbing thing about this is that it's estimated that nationwide a quarter million people turned out for these events. That's 250,000 Americans who are so out of the loop that they can't even tell they are being manipulated and made to look foolish. But then again, why am I surprised? Republicans have been recruiting people to participate in things they didn't understand for years now. Maybe liberals should have their own day of protest, to tell the Right that we understand exactly what they're doing to the poor and undereducated masses of this country. Stock up on latex gloves - we'll call it Fisting day.

6 comments:

Teh Dr. said...

I think I may have been one of the last people on the internet to hear of the conservative teabagging movement.

His Sinfulness said...

It's cool Herr Doktor, you've been busy poking people in the mouth... :)

Kate said...

My favorite alternative name: from Postman commenting on (((Billy))) the Atheist (hopefully the link works):

At least the anti-immigration folks didn’t get involved and call them Dirty Sanchez Parties.

Kristyn said...

When my husband came into my friends living room, telling us he'd just been teabagged by a bunch of repulicans carrying signs that said "no taxation without representation" in the town square, I nearly spit diet coke out of my nose.

First, teabagging... I had to get clarification. They were literally throwing teabags at the cars. Second, signs... they have representation, so I'm pretty sure those signs didn't appropriately express what they were aiming to say.

The whole things a little silly to me.

Amber said...

You know that not surprisingly our cousin is one of those brainwashed idiots? Most of his posts on Facebook are trashing Obama and how his economic plan is going to ruin the country and how our children (and grandchildren) will have to pay for it. I guess he's been given the script by his no doubt right wing Republican employer, a Christian financial advising firm.

His Sinfulness said...

Amber,
I have known for some time that he was mired in that mindset, but what can you do?

I just don't understand how they were all happy for the last 8 years, and now that a Democrat is in office, it's time to bitch...

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