Birmingham Tax Day Tea Party – Part 1

Posted: April 16, 2010 in Current Events, Politics
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So I can say that I have attended a Tea Party (OK, part of a Tea Party).  Actually, having heard the same song and dance often enough, it was pretty boring.  Blah, blah, blah…ObamaCare this….blah, blah, blah…..socialism that…..blah, blah, blah…..pry it from my cold, dead hands the other.  Probably the only thing that caught me a little off-guard was how anti-church the speakers were.  Now don’t get me wrong, the speakers let it be known that they were all Christians and God was undoubtedly on the tea party’s side.  But the speakers were outright angry that churches and pastors were not more actively involved in the political movement (which apparently would certainly be in line with the Tea Party).  I had heard that Glenn Beck had floated the idea out there that churches may be a problem (with the evils of promoting “social justice”).  But I really didn’t think it would take hold, particularly in Alabama.  But there it was.

Anyway, I got some pics and video from the event.  The video is going to take a little time to get out there.  I will need to do some editing.  But I’ll go ahead and post some pics.

Big ol' American flag on stage? Check. We are more American than you, we have a big flag!

Just to give you some idea of the size of the crowd. Not exactly huge. Newspaper said there was about 800. Seemed closer to 200-300 to me. Daddy and brother Palin are obviously not the draw that Sarah is!

OK, not too crazy. A little wordy for a sign. Now if you have insurance, you are already into cost sharing and not exactly just paying for "my" health care. But I get it.

OK, more scary! Tried to stay away from the guy who doesn't "dial 911". By the way, "wolf bandit" sells a biker mask. I also think he likes guns, but that's just a wild guess.

You probably are not a racist. Then again, if you have to say that you are not a racist...(and racists probably pay taxes too).

Not exactly right. 47% of Americans do not pay federal income tax. Of course, they pay many other taxes. Payroll taxes, taxes on investments, and state and local taxes. In fact, when taken in total, thanks to the massive sales tax here in Alabama, the poorest 20% pay about 10% tax as a percentage of income, while the richest 1% pay about 5% tax as a percentage of income. But let's just pretend that half the country is getting a "free lunch".

First, we'd all be equal? Not sure I like the connotation there. Second, once again, we pretty much all pay taxes. And those that don't, I don't think anyone wants to trade lifestyles with them. I do wonder how many people in the crowd was actually part of the 47% and just didn't know it.

Of course, you also saw signs complaing about how high taxes were too. I am not sure how you get the 47% "not paying taxes" to pay taxes without a tax increase.

Oh....I see what you did there.

And here is a short video I will post now.  The speaker is giving some sort of oath for the folks.  Out of the corner of my eye, I see something strange to my right.  The guy standing right next to me doesn’t have his right hand up.  So I take a few steps back so I can get this guy in the shot.  Now you all tell me, isn’t that guy giving the “black power salute”?

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  1. The Tea Party elite hate organized religion because they stand for human rights, compassion, and providing for the poor. The TP organizers work diligently to create the illusion that the the movement is Christian-based and aligned with Founding Father principles. The TP has been co-opted by corporatist scoundrels and immoral booze-hounds.

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