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This is the only Tea-Bagging I want to see!

I am not one that typically likes to involve themselves in issues or social movements that anyone with moderate intelligence could deduce to be completely irrational and/or counter intuitive to one’s well-being. But lately I’ve been barraged by the “small government is better” crowd, not necessarily a part of the tea party, but coming from the same philosophical ilk nonetheless. Hell, I’ve even talked with some “liberal” democrats buying into to some of this toxic rhetoric from the ill-informed.

To give them a simplified critique: the oppressive taxes you pay (the lowest Americans have paid in over 60 years) go toward building and maintaining roads, schools, fireman, policemen, protecting us from foreign invasion, making sure our food and water is (somewhat) safe to eat and drink and on and on and on….

Again, that is a very simplistic analysis — don’t worry, it’ll get more pedantic as the caffeine kicks in. This leads to the clever title; when will, if ever, cognitive dissonance kick in for those of the belief that government is always the enemy no matter what? For those who aren’t up on social psychology, cognitive dissonance is simply holding two contradictory views at once. continue reading…

Originally written on April 19, 2010

There has been so much discussion, derision and general hoopla concerning the so-called “tea party movement” as of late, I thought I might share some of my insights into this quasi cultural phenomenon.

Now, when I think of a tea party, the first thing that comes to mind is a few six year old girls sitting around pretending to pour and sip tea, usually with some stuffed animals enjoying the party as well. I suppose when I get into a historical type of mindset, the Boston Tea Party comes to mind; this is the allegorical reference inferred by the modern tea party movement. For a refresher on eighteenth century American history: this was a symbolic act of protest to the unfair taxes levied against the colonists who had no representation or self-determination despite paying these taxes. continue reading…

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