Sunday, April 11, 2010

Tea Party Anthem - What it Really Means: "I Want My Country Back...from a Black President!"

What do the teapartiers mean when they say "I want my country back?" Like racist Archie Bunker, they long for the pre-Civil Rights days, pre-Women's Right's, pre Social Security/Medicare.
Step into my time machine and I will take you back to those days:

Boy the way Glen Miller played
Songs that made the hit parade.
Guys like us we had it made,
Those were the days.

And you knew who you were then,
Girls were girls and men were men,
Mister we could use a man Like Herbert Hoover again.
Didn't need no welfare state,
Everybody pulled his weight.
Gee our old LaSalle ran great.
Those were the days.


Anonymous said...

"What do the teapartiers mean when they say 'I want my country back'?"

The key word is "my." This land is our land. It is not only "my" land where I can misconstrue it to be only what I am and what I look like.

Our land has always been constantly evolving to resemble its newest influences.

Sorry, Tea Party people. This is not your exclusive country. Learn to play well with others and do not bully us into living in an inclusive country based primarily upon your biases.

The Real Minute Man Pete

MMPete said...

There is nothing in that song that shows racism towards black people so I fail to see why you think it is an anthem for the tea partiers in regards to race. Please show proof that the tea party movement is about objecting to Obama because of his race. We'll all be waiting for you to back up your accusation. Your opinion doesn't count either.

Dee said...

New Anon,
Thank you! You are a voice of sanity!

Dee said...

Two things.
1. Read New Anon's comment.

2. Read about "All in the Family" in wiki. Archie Bunker was a bigot. Wiki says about Archie:
"He was a very outspoken bigot, seemingly prejudiced against everyone who was not a U.S.-born, politically conservative White Anglo-Saxon Protestant, heterosexual, and dismissive of anyone not in agreement with his view of the world."

Sounds like Tea Party to me.

Dee said...

By the way Pete. My opinion DOES COUNT in MY BLOG.

Dee said...

Another reference from wiki:

"He (Archie) longs for simpler times, when people sharing his viewpoint were in charge, as evidenced by the nostalgic theme song, "Those Were the Days," the show's original title."

Again, sounds like Tea Party to me!

Dee said...

Additionally Pete, there are plenty examples of racism, starting with the tea party screamer spitting on Congressman Emmanuel Cleaver. Additionally, I provided a url in my last blog about this topic where the crowd was screaming "Kill the Nxxx" "Kill the Jew". Go back and check!

Plus Congresswoman Wasserman-Shultz was assaulted by hecklers in her town hall who screamed God cursed her with breast cancer for supporting the bill. How despicable!

MMPete said...

Archie Bunker may have been a bigot but what has that to do with the song itself? There is nothing in the song itself that shows bigotry towards black people. You are grasping at straws here.

I asked you to provide proof that the tea party movement is opposed to Obama because he is black. I am still waiting for the proof. Put your race card back in your wallet. It is old and worn.

ultima said...

Anyone who could not laugh at Archie Bunker had something wrong with their sense of humor. Everyone enjoyed that high comedy. It's funny that you use it to put down a totally unrelated movement. It is a standard in American life to have some nostalgia for the good old days, the days of our youth, those first dates, the first kiss, etc. With three siblings in service to our country during WW II and the excitement of the greatest generation, I certainly have some nostalgia for that period.

A young German cousin of mine complained that, after a few beers, his dad always wanted to bring up his service on the Russian Front. He didn't seem to be able to get his hands around the fact that that was the most stupendous period in modern history. I called his father, Sgt.Schultz after the plump figure from Hogan's Heroes. He didn't seem to mind. I sent him an autographed copy of a photo of John Bannerman who played that role.

I wonder about those who have no nostalgic moments. It is not reasonable to accuse the TEA party of anything but a little healthy nostalgia. Many of us look back to years ago with nostalgia even though when we examine those thoughts in detail we might that the good old days were not so good in all respects.

I know I lived in a little town that had no doctor or dentist. My family was poor and we all worked hard but still there was a lot of joy doing things city kids would never be able to do.

Douglas MacArthur's memoir was called "Reminiscences". I wonder why? Do you suppose there was a little nostalgia there for the good old days when he was the American Caesar in Japan.

It's funny how some can take the most innocuous and common feelings and twist them into something ugly.

It's all too easy to put words in other people's mouths. I want my country back applies in the plural to all of us and it relates to the days when the U.S. was closer to solvency, not kowtowing to foreign despots, looking less like a socialist country, not jammimg legislation down the throats of the American people who didn't want it, plans for large tax increases and not just on the rich, when we actualy had a coherent foreign policy, and when we went to war we did so with the expectation that we would win it and that the largest moral shortcoming would be to lose it as we will surely do in Afghanistan and Iraq under the Obama regime.

M. Brewster said...

I found it curious that you take two or three people (out of thousands)saying things at a rally as 'proof' that it is a racist movement.

At the same time, you would defend 'immigration marches' even if there are one or two people holding signs that are seditious in nature. You would write it off as an 'isolated incident' or simply say that those one or two people don't represent the rest of the group.


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