Since I started this blog a few months back, I’ve always endeavoured to do something meaningful with it. From taking on parenting ignorance with the series on Michael Pearl and TTUAC, to calling attention to various attacks on our freedoms to simple conveyance of light-hearted humor, I’m trying to do my part, my level best to make this world (or at least my little corner of it) a better place for us.
I just read something that has been making the rounds of Tea Party websites and Facebook walls in the past few months. It’s something that runs contrary to our very freedoms, and it is a stark and scary insight into the mindset behind the Tea Party movement. My fine young readers, there are those within the Tea Party movement that wish to rob Americans of their freedoms, and bring under their subjection those currently on shaky financial footing. These elements within the Tea Party are enemies of everything the U.S. constitution stands for, and there is PROOF.
The following is the fax blast that I have personally seen circulated, along with my counterpoint arguments interspersed. Since the original publication of this article, I have also been made aware that there are (thankfully!) Tea Partiers out there who disagree with this radicalist approach. I have since done some post-editing, and am now better prepared to submit this for your perusal and consideration:
Put Me In Charge
Put me in charge of food stamps. I would ban Ding Dongs; Ho Ho’s and only allow money for staples and basics, and even then only from discount grocery stores that I approve. If you want expensive steaks, frozen pizza, or Trader Joe’s then figure out a way to earn your own money to pay for it (hint: if you can do that then you do not need my charity, so maybe work on meeting your needs before hitting me up for wants.)
So, what these Tea Partiers are basically saying is that those receiving food aid would no longer have the right to make their own nutrition decisions, or nutritional decisions for their families.
Put me in charge of health care. The first thing I’d do is to require women of child-bearing age who are not medically disqualified to be on Norplant birth control implants or tubal ligations. Then, we’ll test recipients for drugs, alcohol, and nicotine and document all tattoos and piercings. If you want to reproduce or use, alcohol, smoke or get tats and piercings or get a Prop 215, then you are on your own.
In other words, some Tea Partiers would seek to forcibly sterilise all medically-eligible women (notice that it’s always the WOMEN that get the raw end of the deal, which means that those espousing this agenda are SEXISTS and MISOGYNISTS as well!) on state medical programs. In addition, all identifying marks get inventoried. Personally, I’d like to know what getting one’s ear pierced has to do with eligibility for medical coverage. Oh also, you can’t engage in other PERFECTLY LEGAL activities, such as smoking or having that occasional beer with friends, if backers of this have their way.
Put me in charge of government housing. You will maintain our property in a clean and good state of repair. Your “home” will be subject to inspections anytime and possessions will be inventoried. If you want a plasma TV or Xbox 360, then get a job and your own place.
Ah, so there are Tea Partiers that desire the ability to inventory people’s possessions, invade their privacy and dictate how people on programs such as Section 8 run their households.
Your transportation will be basic; you will be housed near public transportation (so if you live in the country you will be moved) and as you progress we’ll talk about letting you buy a car, but then only to facilitate earning a better living so that you can go off of my tab.
People receiving monetary aid from programs such as TANF, CalWorks and SSI would no longer be allowed to own their own vehicles, according to this. Any of them that already owned vehicles would lose them, and anyone living in rural areas would be subject to forced relocation. (Getting scarier, isn’t it?)
The whole time, you will either present a check stub from a job or records of a legitimate job search each week or you will report to a “government” job… in other words, if you can’t find something to do then I will find something for you to do. It may be cleaning the roadways of trash, painting and repairing public housing, whatever we find for you. You WILL pull your pants up, remove the tats and piercings, cut your hair, bathe, and dress and present yourself in an acceptable manner conducive to impressing a potential employer. We will sell your 22 inch rims and low profile tires and your blasting stereo and speakers and put that money into an interest bearing escrow account that you may withdraw upon leaving the public dole.
This jobs thing has some merits, but then goes clear off of the deep end. Removal of tattoos is a medical procedure. Also, supporters of this agenda are talking about taking away every luxury item you may have acquired before even being in a position to where you needed help. Theft, sanctioned by the state. Keep in mind that these are the same hypocrites that complain about things like “eminent domain”!
All of this would be totally voluntary. You are asking for the money that the rest of us worked very hard to earn and are living under our roof; we are feeding and clothing you and seeing to your health needs. In short you are our ward and have the choice of accepting our rules or moving along. Our money. our rules. In the process you will be doing something to get your act together and develop esteem and respect for both yourself and others. There is nothing more demeaning than being a tapeworm on perpetual charity.
More blatant and elitist ignorance. There are those now on government aid that at one time, were completely independent. They had good jobs, stable pay and decent homes. Then, our economy tanked. Businesses, which had merely a few years prior been lucrative, now closed by the droves. Chains such as Circuit City, Mervyn’s, CompUSA, Linens and Things and Border’s Books vanished. We are now in the midst of a double-dip recession, with record unemployment across the nation. According to this, even these newly economically disadvantaged are simply drains on society, and should be treated like the “tapeworms on perpetual charity” that the author and those that embrace this agenda see them as.
I would end the system of rewarding poor judgment, bad decisions and anti-social attitudes and use your life mistakes as teachable moments. If I am expected to help you then you are obligated to help yourself, or, again, hop a Greyhound and move on to the next sucker. The government employees or private sector contractors who distribute my charity to you will be required to document constant positive results in the form of successfully transitioning recipients from being kept by me like a dog in a kennel to being productive members of society. Those ratings will be reviewed periodically and employees or contractors who fail to meet my standards will be fired.
Now this is where it gets hateful. This rant’s supporters now see the disadvantaged as being kept like “a dog in a kennel.” In addition, they fault the person for ending up on government aid. (Remember those people I mentioned before, who were displaced when their jobs disappeared and entire companies folded?) Anyone caught in the storm of the recession is now sub-human, according to this.
AND, finally… for the duration of your dependence on me, you will not be allowed to VOTE! Yes that is correct. For you to vote would be a conflict of interest – to say the least. And by viture of the very fact that you cannot survive without my charity proves that you are not capable of making sound decisions, nor should you have the ability to access what I earn without my having veto power. You will voluntarily remove yourself from voting while you are receiving my charity. If you want different, then get a job.
This last paragraph shows the true nature of the more radical Tea Party element; they are the enemies of freedom. They would seek to wreck the very foundations of our system of government, depriving entire sectors of the populous of even basic constitutional rights. They only desire freedoms…for themselves. The words “with liberty and justice, for all” have no meaning to them.
(ADDENDUM) In light of a recent reader-submitted comment, I have been convinced of the prudence of including some source citations for this material. Therefore, I will provide not one or two, but seven:
1) The Veterans Voice website, attributes the material to one “Alfred W. Evans” of Gatesville, Texas.
2) The Conservative Daily News, where the material is attributed to an original article from 18 November, 2010 in the Waco Tribune Herald, by an unnamed 21-year-old female author.
3) Mark Williams, Talk Show Host website, where the host has re-purposed the material, appearing as if it is his own submission. (This link is key: Mark Williams has established ties in mainstream conservative media.(1) Mr. Williams includes a PostScript at the end, in which he voices his opposition to what has been presented.)
4) Persephone Magazine website, where the material is quoted as part of an article in vociferous opposition to its concepts.
5) Jokeroo website, which also attributes the material to have originated in the Waco Tribune Herald , by “Alfred W. Evans” of Gatesville, Texas.
6) The Mountain Democrat, in a letter to the editor from 09 January of this year, where one “R.E. Mohr” of Placerville, California has re-purposed part of the material.
7) …and finally, the Fellowship of the Minds weblog here on WordPress, which confirms the veracity of the “Alfred W. Evans” / Waco Tribune Herald source. The article mentions that indeed, the letter has “gone viral” as of July of this year.
Ladies and gentlemen, it was only a matter of time until these elements within the Tea Party provided us with proof of their true motivations. Now, I will concede the fact that there are people who are on aid, that have been on aid for quite some time and have abused the system. Those should definitely be addressed. But to engage in mass recriminations and punishment, to attack everyone at the same time is simply “bathwater and the baby” thinking, and it’s wrong-headed. In all actuality, it smacks of Fascism! With every painful paragraph above, I hear jackboots.
It has been said that the pen is mightier than the sword. I can only hope that the same can be said for the keyboard, the mouse and the CPU. This is a fight that needs fought, against enemies of the constitution and of freedom. When I joined the Army in 1989, and again in 2000, I swore to defend that constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. The radicals and Dominionists within the Tea Party certainly fall in to the “domestic” category, and my blog and I are now IN THEIR FACE.
(I never considered myself a “leftist” before, more of a Centrist / Moderate instead. However, the increasing hypocrisy of many who identify as “Christians” and the hate displayed by the neo-conservative right seem to be pushing me in that direction. So be it.)