I think it's funny that there's no mention of her musical icon status in the piece or the interview. This is how I imagine a tea party meeting with Moe Tucker:
Moe: "Hello, my name is Maureen Tucker. I used to be the drummer in the 60's for a rock group called the Velvet Underground."
Bewildered faces in the crowd look at each other, all wondering the same thing: "Who?"
The only catch to what you're saying is...guess how old the mostly white teens that listened to the Velvet Underground in the 60s are now?
Oh, that's right...over 50.
By the way: Tea Parties are events, not a political party...yet. Whether it stays that way remains to be seen. They range in age from teens to old age, mostly in the 35-60 category, and are working people who are sick and tired of seeing government grow and grow and grow and their taxes constantly outpace their income along with it. Members include both Republicans and Democrats and unaffiliated conservatives as well as libertarians...only group missing is liberals/socialists/communists because, well...guess who likes to grow government the most? Oh, and people who make careers of living on the dole, since they don't have to pay taxes anyway.
And yeah - I've not gone to any events but I'm sure as hell sympathetic with their movement. My pay hasn't increased in several years, but my taxes constantly increase, and the big one - income tax - is now set to increase by about 40% in a few months.
So please think twice before ridiculing this. It's entirely reasonable. _________________ <(: @ >
I read about this on nme site. I didn't know what the Tea Party movement was but was told it was a "new extreme American right-wing, full of batshit crazy racists who like to draw Hitler moustaches on “Muslim terrorist” Obama" and are who "terrifyingly, set to make huge gains at the next election."
Reading what Charicture wrote, I see there are two sides to this story.
Outlaw, what Caricature wrote is what the Tea Party is in theory. The description you posted is what they are in practice. _________________ I love all music. It makes you feel like living. Silence is death.
First of all , this shouldn't be in the music section as it has become and will probably continue as a political discussion:
Two things: First off, the tea partiers largely represent the most far right wing of the republican party, period! The demographic is largely middle-aged and white. If teenagers are going to these things, it's because they are not educated and/or haven't started questioning authority yet.
The tea party can argue that there is too much government interference in our lives, and they may be right, but I wonder how many of these people were against the Patriot Act. Also, if you have candidates who believe government should legislate morality as it's likely Christine O'Donnell and Sharron Angle do, that isn't less government, that's more, and it's government that's more in the direction of fascism, which is actually a worse evil than socialism. Having said that, I don't support socialism as whole, but there has to be some form of government regulation or else, capitalism can become a form of tyranny. The health care industry is a classic example of this, in that your very life could be dependent on how much money you have or factors you have no control over.
If the tea party is supposedly not in league with the Republican party, why are they having more influence in who is nominated on that side of the aisle? Give me a break! The tea party may have started out non-partisan, but it didn't take long for it to get co-opted and manipulated by the neo-conservative wing of the Republican party. Myth #2 is that the tea party is independent. Oh, really? Let's examine who or rather what institutions are funding the Republican senate and congressional races this year. It's not ordinary citizens, I'll tell you that much. Actually, if the republican party continues to nominate candidates the tea party loves, it will eventually drive the party off the cliff because the truth is these candidates don't represent the way most Americans think.
You know why your wages haven't gone up? Because to put it simply, the issues of the common American are not what those in power care about. Now you probably think the government has the power in this country, and you would be at least partially wrong. The power is concentrated in the hands of big banks, big multinational corporations, and big business like the health care industry. They then buy off the politicians and get them to do their bidding. How would you getting a raise help the bottom line of the CEO and help the stock market? Although it can be argued that there are sell-outs on both sides of the political aisle, it is absolutely clear which party is supporting big business interests: the Republican party. Their ideology and policies are the reason why 90% of the wealth in the US is controlled by the top 1% of the population. But the rich deserve a tax cut, right? On that note, do you know where most of the Bush tax cuts went the first time around? In investments, overseas. And of course, we know what some of the Wall Street bankers did with the money, they made bets on toxic assets and brought down the whole economy in the process. But if the rich get their tax cut, maybe the economy will improve and you'll finally get that raise you deserve, right?
Now these new maverick candidates the tea party supports are supposedly independent of these interests. If any of them get in office, watch how fast that changes. It will happen almost over night. The tea partiers are right in thinking there is something wrong with Washington, but supporting conservatives who will inevitably get absorbed by the Republican party and will inevitably do the bidding of big business is not the answer.
The tea partiers ultimately need to stop watching Fox News and listening to anti-intellectual demagogues like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck and start thinking for themselves. The only way the people will take back the government is to unite around common values we all have in common in regards to this country. So far, the tea party has done nothing but divide us more. True change can't happen when the political climate is this toxic and divisive. It's tragic, really.
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