I have to voice out on a political topic either people are feeling very passionate about or know nothing about. Personally, this time I wish I were on the latter end of the spectrum.
Right now people are protesting the abuse of federal income tax through these “tea party” protests where they dress like 18th century colonists or Mad Hatters and yell things at big buildings or hold up funny signs. For weeks previous to these rallies people were encouraged to send tea bags to their representatives in Washington to let them know, “Hey, we’re pissed you’re forcibly taking our hard-earned money and putting it towards programs we don’t support, assholes.” Turns out a lot of people in Washington didn’t get the ridiculous memo about the bags of orange pekoe and thought they were being poisoned with anthrax again.
I agree that federal income tax is completely unjust. I believe that the income tax is exploitative and totalitarian, and at this point the Government is doing nothing more than abusing the trust that the people have in a system that is supposed to represent them. Why people trust them to begin with, I don’t know. I don’t think a lot of people understand that our tax money is what supports a corrupt corporate welfare system, bank bailouts, a useless space program, a dangerous drug war among other things. You know, there was a time in history when it was considered unconstitutional for the Federal Government to take income tax. The Government was a lot smaller and didn’t need to force the people of this nation to fork over their money. Those were simpler times.
It’s not that I don’t support the intentions on the protesters, or even the protesters. I don’t necessarily think these methods are effective as much as they are…ridiculous. But that is the least of our problems.
The real problem I have with it, is that all of a sudden the Republicans have jumped upon the bandwagon and decided they are pissed about income taxes too. Never mind that their last president used the tax dollars collected from the people’s income to wipe his ass and blow his nose, this was an attack on the current administration and they had to jump in and, frankly, take over. All of a sudden Glenn Beck and the rest of the nutjobs on Fox News are covering the rallies and showing their support, and now it’s become another Republicans vs. Democrats charade. This has always been an issue in opposition to big Government, which whether they admit it or not, modern Republicans are proponents of along with their more liberal counterparts.Yeah, counterparts, not enemies. As far as I am concerned they are the same fucking thing.
Those sons of bitches came in and bogarted a very important Libertarian issue. Was anyone ever aware that these rallies happened in 2007 and 2008? Yeah, there were even more people dressing like 18th century colonists reenacting the Boston tea party, and no one paid any attention. I’m pissed.
On a similar note, I have a love/hate relationship with Glenn Beck. I know everyone thinks he is insane and hateful, and sometimes they are absolutely right. He is a Alex Jones-esque fearmonger, and because of that he fits right in on FoxNews. He is also very supportive of Libertarian beliefs. He regularly invites Ron Paul, Penn Jillette, Bob Barr, and other important Libertarians on his show. And then invites Toby Keith on and talks about how people are taking too many medications and drowning out the voice of God.