Howevah, today we must just point out that Max is talking about Janeane Garofalo, a dear personal friend (since 1989) of Miss Vero and we struggled to keep our "no censorship" policy in place. It is difficult to be in the public spotlight, with folks judging you based on limited and sometimes twisted information. So in the spirit of fairness, which Miss Vero always strives to be, we will today offer a bit of a defense -not of our dear friend Janeane, but of another show business person Max speaks of (a person we do not know and do not care for his brand of entertainment) - Mr. Rush Limbaugh.
We offer this article in the hope that everyone takes a deep breath and remembers that, in show business and politics (and the containment of small children and good ole boys), smoke and mirrors are used all the time to provide amusement and feed fear.
Oh, and one thing we do agree with Max on - Charlotte Tripson is goin places. Miss Vero has a very peculiar talent and that is spotting it in other folks. We were right about Janeane some twenty years ago and we'd bet the farm on Charlotte as well.
PIRATES OF THE POTOMAC
It is funny to watch some of our crazy liberal friends go further off the deep end when they perceive an event that they believe to be a conservative protest. (I am not calling liberals crazy but there are a few out there that fit the bill as do a few conservatives.) Last Wednesday morning, I was trying to adjust my calendar so that I could attend the tea party at the county administration building but I could not do it without abandoning responsibilities for which I was being paid. Responsibility should not be a partisan issue. Even though I did not attend, I would have if I could. If such an event had been planned during the corporate bailout advanced by Henry Paulson and company last fall, my desire to be there would be the same as would my reason for being unable to attend. For me, asking our Congress to perform in a professional and competent fashion is not a liberal or conservative position but one of expectations akin to what the government expects from us as taxpayers and citizens. While preparing our tax forms there is a sharp realization that our government expects a great deal of responsibility from us and our pocketbooks. Should we expect less of them? Nope. I don’t believe we should.
Since I could not attend, I had to rely on our local media to fill me in. Miss Vero had the Tallahassee Tipster. Russ Lemmon had a typical assortment of drops. The best local coverage, however, was done by Charlotte Tripson from PlanetVero.com. Ms. Tripson put up an 18 minute video that was well done and actually gave me the feeling of being there. Good job Charlotte.
On the national level, Janeane Garofalo, “an American Institution since she burst on the scene in 1992” (her words from her website appropriately titled janeanegarofalo.com) wins the total nutcase award for telling MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann: "Let's be very honest about what this is about. This is not about bashing Democrats. It's not about taxes. They have no idea what the Boston Tea Party was about. They don't know their history at all. It's about hating a black man in the White House. This is racism straight up and is nothing but a bunch of teabagging rednecks. There is no way around that."http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h54vrN6AJ0k
To the best of my recollection the Boston Tea Party was an act by early patriots to protest taxation without representation. The British government, in a bail out plan of their own, passed the Tea Act in 1773 to prevent the East India Company from going bankrupt since the company was in debt to Britain in excess of a million pounds. The Tea Act allowed the company exclusive access for shipment of English tea to the colonies and imposed an export levy to be paid by the Americans then returned to the Crown to replenish the coffers of lost debt.
The tea party last week was about taxation without responsibility or accountability from our representation. We have plenty of lackluster legislators in our nation’s capitol most of whom would be fired on the spot if they shared their work ethic in the private sector. My primary complaint is the devil-may-care attitude expressed by 246 Democrat members of the House of Representatives on February 13, 2009 who approved a 787 billion dollar stimulus package contained within a 1,073 page bill that none of them had bothered to read. Maybe some of the whiz kid speed readers were able to scan the massive document that was made available to them at 10:45 P.M. the night before the vote. The House leadership had promised a minimum 48 hour period for public review of the bill before a membership vote. That turned out to be a lie as would be a statement from any representative claiming that he or she had read and understood the bill before voting for it. In addition House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made it clear that there would be no recess until there was a House vote. Did she allow bathroom breaks? I can’t speak for the “bunch of teabagging rednecks” Ms. Garofalo is referring to, but my primary displeasure is with our Congress and not our President. I hope that we have not reached a point where any legitimate complaint against our government will be construed as a racial attack.
If I were a lawyer and you were my client, how would you feel if I showed up for your day in court with a 1,073 page document that contained all of the evidence in your case . . . that I had received just less than 12 hours before. Would you feel that I would be fully capable to adequately represent you in a competent and professional manner on an issue that is obviously very important to you? No. A professional would seek a continuance to properly digest the information so that you could be properly represented. If a building contractor showed up to build your house with the same level of preparation, you would feel the same. How about a surgeon? I think you get my drift. Is it acceptable to expect a lesser degree of preparation and responsibility from our government than we demand from ourselves?
There are those in the political arena that will seek to spin any activity to promote their political agenda. For many that is their job. Keep things divisive. I doubt if anyone could go any further left than Ms. Garofalo, although I’m not really sure what her job is other than being “an American Institution”. Then there is Rush Limbaugh on the right who said on his radio program (which I did not hear) that his major concern regarding the tea parties was the possible emergence of a third party.
There was a reporter from CNN who attended a tea party with a distinct agenda to paint the participants as right wing hatchet heads and it kind of blew up in her face. She lost control of the situation and herself in record time.
If I had attended our local tea party, it would have been to promote responsibility in government rather than encourage divisive party politics. Call me irresponsible for not getting involved, but don’t call me a racist or a partisan for wanting to be there. There is plenty of blame to go around for our current financial mess and there is responsibility to be shared on both sides of the aisle. Let me leave you with a quote from Barry Goldwater: “Remember that a government big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take away everything you have.”
AuH20. Have a great week fellow Beach Housers and don’t drink the yellow tea.