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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Signs of the Times

Bernardo: Who’s there?
Francisco: Nay, answer me. Stand and unfold yourself. [Hamlet, Prince of Denmark]

With great tidings, the Liberals have announced they will “infiltrate” tomorrow’s Tea Parties.

This is hardly news to the Tea Parties who have been battling them this past year. The Liberals have come with racist, homophobic, misspelled signs to unhinge our movement, to little effect.

During the last year, our Tea Party sent out card readers to urge the extremists to remove themselves and their signs, spell checkers with white-out and magic markers to correct spelling, and an Intervention Squad to isolate the malcontents.

They claim they’ve infiltrated the general meetings. But the indoor meetings are nothing like the rallies. Our rallies, at any rate, were set up precisely to discourage disruptive behavior by inviting speakers to address the crowd.

This gave the crowd a focus and limited the opportunity for misbehavior. The real Tea Party crowds are a law-abiding group, polite, well-mannered, and focused. Anyone who interrupts one of the speakers will soon find themselves with more attention than they ever intended, of the wrong sort.

You’ll know immediately who the real Tea Partiers are and who the party crashers are.

The real intent of the party crashers is to have the signs removed and to cast doubt and confusion among the Tea Party crowd. The Liberals have read the signs of the times and they’re duly frightened.

For last year’s Tax Day rally, I had an idea for a comedy skit about the Porkulus bill. At first, it was well-received. But by the day of the rally, the humor simply didn’t fit in with the angry mood of the Tea Party crowd.

They don’t mind tricorn hats, for those are authentic, historic symbols of the American revolution. Mine was a symbol of rebellion against a communist history professor in high school.

I will wear it again tomorrow, though all the world may paint me a fool. I’m proud of my hat, of that rebellion against tyranny some 34 years ago, and of today’s mutiny against socialist tyranny.

Anyone who rebels against the Tea Party, at their own events, mimicking the behavior they think represents the Tea Party, will only find themselves performing in an echo chamber spotlight, “a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

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