Teapartiers ‘Die-In’ a Sad Spectacle of the Deluded

December 16, 2009

(ChattahBox)— Dick Armey’s Tea Party Patriots planned an ambitious anti-health care reform one-two punch on Tuesday with a “code-red” rally on Capitol Hill combined with a “die-in” protest dubbed “Government Waiting Rooms,“ with teabaggers planning to “storm senate offices” and “pretend to die” from government controlled health care. A small group showed up, bused in from tea party enclaves, such as North Carolina, Kentucky and Georgia. The buses were paid for by Americans for Prosperity and the predominantly older crowd were given refreshments, corporate talking points and sent on their way to the halls of the Senate to stage their die-in.

But there was not the promised entertainment of staged deaths. Instead, the teapartiers made their way into Senators’ waiting rooms and were offered additional refreshments. They then rambled on incoherently about fascism and birtherism, while displaying a complete lack of understanding about the health care reform bill they were protesting against. A sad spectacle indeed.

David Weigel of the Washington Independent described the scene, as Mark Meckler the organizer of the die-in rallied the troops with false attendance numbers for the DC 9/12 march:

“Meckler psyched up the crowd–which grew to around 60 people as members trickled into Senate offices–by giving bigger and bigger estimates of the 9/12 march’s attendance. “We put over a million people in D.C. on Sept. 12,” said Meckler. “How many of you were here? So you know, really, roughly 2 million people out here and they didn’t listen to us.”’

A group of teapartiers entertained the assembled media contingent with the holiday song: “The 12 Days Of Obama,” which included fears of “welfare for all,” “the loss of liberty,” and “czars with power.”

Think Progress was on hand to report on the day’s events and spoke with a group of teapartiers from Kentucky relaxing in Sen. Bunning’s (R-KY) office, regaling his staff with their bizarre beliefs that President Obama is not legitimate a citizen and he is a lying secret Muslim, who promotes Fascism just like Adolf Hitler. The assembled group then wanted to ask the Senator how they could withhold their taxes, because taxes should be voluntary:

“But the bottom line is Obama needs to resign and go join a liars club.”

“We’re going to take from you and we’re going to give to those who don’t work. And on the other side of the coin, Adolf Hitler said the same thing.”

“That’s why a lot of people in this movement don’t really accept Obama as our president. Because he’s not legitimate. He got in by fraud, corruption, vote rigging”

“We have a lot of people who are ‘birthers,’ but if the President was a legal resident and he has documentation, if he were an honorable person and aboveboard, I think the first thing he would do is say, ‘Here it is.’”

“Yeah, but then he went to the Middle East and all the Muslim countries and when he spoke he admitted he was a Muslim. He said the most beautiful sound he ever heard was the call to prayer, and he was speaking Arabic also.”

“How can we withhold our taxes?“ […] “The thing about taxes; they are supposed to be voluntary.”

Later in the afternon, Dick Armey’s FreedomWorks and the Americans for Prosperity group, founded by oil billionaire David Koch and run by lobbyist Tim Phillip, staged its rally with speeches from lawmakers, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), and Rep. Tom Coburn (R-OK). The wacky Bachman inexplicably invoked the famous poem by Lord Tennyson and compared the teapatiers’ efforts to the charge of the Light Brigade.

What stood out from the day’s events, was the absurdity and ignorance of the tea party movement. A sad group of corporate dupes herded around by astroturf corporate lobbying groups, with their approved talking points in hand, were protesting against something that doesn’t exist. There is no planned government takeover of health care. Whatever weak public option measure was originally included in the Senate bill, is now gone.

And the notion that a public option would cause deaths is ludicrous. About 45,000 Americans die every year from lack of health insurance and rationing of health care by private insurers.

It’s hard to envision this sad deluded group of teapartiers becoming a national political party.

Watch the Kentucky teapartiers in Sen. Bunning’s office:


3 Responses to “Teapartiers ‘Die-In’ a Sad Spectacle of the Deluded”

  1. Jon from Ohio on December 16th, 2009 4:24 am

    The claim of this being a ‘corporate’ event is total BS. We are all citizens who traveled to DC on our own initiative from locally organized groups, we paid for our own buses, our own meals, etc. Neither any ‘corporate’ group or any Senators gave us any ‘refreshments’ whatsoever.

  2. O.B. Ron Quixote on December 16th, 2009 4:20 pm

    “Sad spectacle”???

    If several thousand Tea Party attendees at the Code Red Rally is a “sad spectacle”, then how would you describe the liberal MoveOn.org rally staged the same day at the White House which drew an underwhelming 50-60 people???

    How totally pathetic is that? Especially considering how many local SEIU, ACORN, and inside-the-Beltway liberals are in such ready supply in the immediate vicinity!



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