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These people are melting my brain. [Friday, Apr. 16th, 2010|02:04 pm]
The richest girl in town.

Tea party rally generates plenty of criticism, opposing views

They were enraged about the growing costs of entitlements, the surging national debt, and everything from the bailouts of the banks to the new health care law.

Early yesterday morning, Valerie and Rob Shirk corralled their 10 home-schooled children into their van for the 2 1/2-hour drive from their home in Connecticut to Boston, arriving just in time to hear Sarah Palin denounce government-run health care at the tea party movement rally on Boston Common.

They thought it would be a learning opportunity for their children, who range in age from 9 months to 15 years old and who held up signs criticizing the government for defying the “will of the people.’’

“The problem in this country is that too many people are looking for handouts,’’ said Valerie Shirk, 43, of Prospect, Conn. “I agree with the signs that say, ‘Share my father’s work ethic — not his paycheck.’ We have to do something about the whole welfare mentality in this country.’’

The Shirks were among the thousands of people who attended the rally from around the region, many of them carrying signs with slogans such as, “What Part of Live Free or Die Don’t You Understand?,’’ “Don’t Tread on Me,’’ and “Starve the Beast by Tax Cuts.’’

Some of those attending said the health bill’s requirement to buy health insurance signaled the arrival of communism in America.

Gene Theroux, of Springfield, held up a sign that read “Against Progressivism,’’ which he said meant he was protesting “the movement to socialism’’ and the United Nations’ “sovereignty violations’’ against the United States. The 57-year-old retired Air Force chief master sergeant said he likes his government-run health care administered by the US Department of Veterans Affairs, but he worries about what will happen when some 30 million newly insured Americans enter the system.

“Where does it say in the Constitution that there’s a mandate for all Americans to have health care?’’ he said. “This bill will ravage the health care that I get.’’

Lindsay Lacombe, who wore an “I Love Fox News’’ T-shirt, drove in from Fitchburg, in part to protest the health care reforms.

“This was just something I really wanted to participate in,’’ said Lacombe, 22, a junior at Fitchburg State College. “I don’t understand how everyone can get free health care. It’s not right.’’

When it was explained that the new law requires many of the newly insured to make some contribution toward their health insurance, she said: “I’m not a political science major.’’

 

Others came to protest the protesters.

Taylor Light, 19, a sophomore at Emerson College, held up a sign that read, “Get Off Our Socialist Commons.’’

“I think the tea party is a fear-mongering movement that spreads ignorance, hateful rhetoric, and anti-American ideas,’’ said Light, between debates with others in the crowd, whom he said shouted antigay slurs at him. “I feel a little overwhelmed by the rhetoric.’’

Eynice Ko handed out a “Pamphlet for the Informed Tea Party Member’’ that cited a Harvard study that found nearly 45,000 Americans die every year because of a lack of health insurance and a World Health Organization report ranking the US health system behind 36 other developed countries in overall performance.

“My goal is to dispel the misinformation that the tea party spreads,’’ said Ko, 21, a junior at Boston University. “If I can change one person’s mind, then I’ll be happy. I think a lot of people here don’t know what they’re talking about. They’re just angry at the government.’’

Among those incensed with the Obama administration was Jeff McQueen, 51, who recently lost his auto industry job in Detroit. He spent the week attending tea party movement rallies and selling the Betsy Ross version of the American flag, with a Roman Numeral II in the center of the circle of 13 stars. His addition to the $20 flag, he said, symbolized the second Revolution in America, which he said the movement represents.

“This movement stands for smaller government, reduced taxation, and support for our Constitution, which I feel has been trampled on by the Democrats, and George W. Bush,’’ said McQueen, who now receives health insurance through COBRA.

He was not sure how much longer he would be able to afford his insurance. “But I won’t take a handout,’’ he said. “I’ll just have to make some money.’’

Anna Kaczowka, 59, of Hanover, said she pays $1,300 a month for health insurance to cover her and her husband and came to the rally because she feared the new health care law will make her coverage even more expensive. She was with her sister, who recently lost her job and blamed President Obama.

“He’s a communist and all about the redistribution of wealth,’’ Kaczowka said. “It’s just the minorities and the illegals who are getting the benefits. Everybody who works gets nothing.’’

Kat Malone, from Charlestown, one of the few nonwhite supporters of the movement at the rally, held a sign that read, “Look, a Black Tea Partier!’’

“The media has said there aren’t any nonwhites in the Tea Party,’’ the 22-year-old woman said. “As you can see, that’s not true.’’

For the Shirks, it was a day for their children to seek inspiration from Palin and the other speakers, who questioned Obama’s patriotism and at least one of whom referred to him repeatedly as Barack Hussein.

The couple, who rely on Medicaid for their health care, were also upset about the nation’s new health reforms.

When asked why her family used state-subsidized health care when she criticized people who take handouts, Valerie Shirk said she did not want to stop having children, and that her husband’s income was not enough to cover the family with private insurance.

“I know there’s a dichotomy because of what we get from the state,’’ she said. “But I just look at each of my children as a blessing.’’



 

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2010/04/15/tea_party_rally_generates_plenty_of_criticism_opposing_views?mode=PF
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[User Picture]From: blue_estro
2010-04-16 09:20 pm (UTC)
<twitching>

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[User Picture]From: fightingwords
2010-04-16 09:36 pm (UTC)
How they don't spontaneously combust from the cognitive dissonance is beyond me.
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[User Picture]From: baconmonkey
2010-04-17 10:13 am (UTC)
doublespeak and bellyfeel.
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[User Picture]From: cheesecaketart
2010-04-17 05:05 pm (UTC)
That's because somewhere, an extraterrestrial civilization is harnessing it for energy.
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[User Picture]From: elusis
2010-04-22 08:20 am (UTC)
I allegedly understand people, and this makes no sense to me.
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[User Picture]From: pretzelcoatl
2010-04-16 09:22 pm (UTC)
I'm naming my first aneurysm "Tea Party."
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[User Picture]From: fightingwords
2010-04-16 09:35 pm (UTC)
HAHAHA
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[User Picture]From: karnythia
2010-04-16 09:25 pm (UTC)
My eye just tried to roll out of my head.
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[User Picture]From: fightingwords
2010-04-16 09:35 pm (UTC)
I... I... Well, I had to share.
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[User Picture]From: karnythia
2010-04-16 10:14 pm (UTC)
Mm-hmm.
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[User Picture]From: sushispook
2010-04-16 09:43 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: i_dread
2010-04-16 09:58 pm (UTC)

Students learning to be trainers

What can you do, with this rising tsunami of stupid? Their numbers grow larger each day. I wonder what the children think, in the large welfare family? Do they think their welfare is more worthy than just plain old others needing welfare undeservingly?

Edited at 2010-04-16 09:58 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: blue_estro
2010-04-16 10:12 pm (UTC)

Re: Students learning to be trainers

Do they think their welfare is more worthy than just plain old others needing welfare undeservingly?

Unfortunately, yes.

Edited at 2010-04-16 10:13 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: ammonoid
2010-04-16 11:12 pm (UTC)

Re: Students learning to be trainers

Do they think their welfare is more worthy than just plain old others needing welfare undeservingly?


Yes, they do. They NEED it, unlike all those undeserving a holes who just sit around all day.
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[User Picture]From: elusis
2010-04-22 08:20 am (UTC)

Re: Students learning to be trainers

unlike all those undeserving a holes who just sit around all day.

You forgot the modifying "black/brown" before "a holes." HTH.
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[User Picture]From: rmjwell
2010-04-16 10:58 pm (UTC)
The crazy doesn't stop, does it?
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[User Picture]From: marialuminous
2010-04-17 02:16 am (UTC)
Oh my god. Those people are awful!

"When asked why her family used state-subsidized health care when she criticized people who take handouts, Valerie Shirk said she did not want to stop having children"

And here I've been agonizing about my ability to support ONE potential child in my hypothetical future... Why does she think her desire for kids is more important than mine?
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[User Picture]From: baconmonkey
2010-04-17 10:19 am (UTC)
Your failure to embrace sociopathic behaviors and mindsets is the cause of said agony. The american way of getting ahead is to understand at your deepest core of self that YOU are more important than others, and take what you can from them because they are less important.

and this notion depresses the hell out of me.
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[User Picture]From: black_pearl_10
2010-04-17 11:17 pm (UTC)
How does one quell their fear to combat the ignorance?

Any amount of debate, talking, yelling, hot pokers up their asses is pretty useless because these armed to the teeth Chicken Littles are scared to fucking death, and won't hear anything we might have to say to them. Their numbers are big enough to keep the Republicans stoking that fire too.

The only solution I can think of is to make them feel stupid about being so afraid, but I'm not sure how to accomplish that.

In the meantime, this person has given me my mantra towards the Tea Party.
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