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....that if these members were typical, they are shockingly stupid and elephantshit insane.

So Steve and I went to a gun show, which was both cool and terrifying at the same time. More on that later. In the "terrifying" column was a table for the San Antonio Tea Party. I told Steve that I was not going to troll them, that I just wanted to know what they were about.

They were all older white people. I said I had no opinion on them and that I wanted to know their stance on things. I was told they were pro-small government, pro- fiscal responsibility and pro-free market. Well heck, I like those things too. However, at the same time I was poking around at their buttons and bumper stickers. One was in praise of the governor of Arizona doing what the federal government would not. Now, what they mean is how Arizona is keeping out illegal aliens. In the kind of society they allegedly support (few to no social programs/free market) there wouldn't be any reason to keep out illegal aliens, but they obviously hadn't thought so far ahead. Another was "Liberal logic: anti death penalty, pro abortion". I'll let all of you have fun with the disjointed logic there; it exists on many levels. They also told us excitedly that the San Antonio chapter had been founded by Glenn Beck. I am kicking myself now for not asking who he is, (yes, I do know) because I wondered if any of them would see the irony of decrying "mainstream media" and yet embracing a shill whose show is beamed into every home in America by radio and until this past week, on TV.

Steve had earlier noticed, on a different table, a California Secession bumper sticker. Having gotten them to talk about how the Constitution is the ultimate law of the land, he asked them about Article 4, Section 3. Dead silence. None of them even picked up a copy of the Constitution, which were on the table, to see what it is.

That's not three strikes, that's four. These people were idiots. I don't know if they're a representative sample, but I suspect they were, too dumb to realize that they're following a "grass roots movement" co-opted though not created by Fox News.

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fitfool
Jul. 9th, 2011 10:23 pm (UTC)
I love that!
azelmaroark
Jul. 4th, 2011 03:57 pm (UTC)
My mom likes them. That's good enough for me.

(Dear Mom, if you were wanting to throw away a thousand dollars, you could have just given it to me instead of Glenn Beck.)
khandreia
Jul. 4th, 2011 05:51 pm (UTC)
Well, with that kind of logic there, now I know what kind of people are likely responsible for the "liberalism is a mental disorder" sticker I saw up here recently... *sigh*

Though better that the two of you dealt with these people than me. I would've lost my cool pretty quickly.
rockahulababy
Jul. 4th, 2011 11:54 pm (UTC)
I haven't had any run-ins with any Tea Party folks (yet). I don't know if I should be disappointed for missing out on an unintentional comedy show or relieved.
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dancingcarrot21
Jul. 5th, 2011 05:11 am (UTC)
My only pet peeve is when people insist that Tea Party = anyone of the Libertarian or Independent party. Hell to the no on that strawman. A lot of Tea Party people, if not 99% of them, tend to be Neo-Conservatives. While Libertarians and Independents tend to be put off by the extremist Conservative views and do read up on the Constitution.
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kitten_goddess
Jul. 6th, 2011 11:29 pm (UTC)
A lot of people on the left seem to equate the Tea Party with mainstream Republicans. I'd bet a lot of mainstream Republicans HATE being compared with the Tea Party.
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