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Busing Conservatives Can Get Behind

February 20th, 2011

Why is this always the case?

About 200 people spent the night at the Capitol, and on Saturday morning, many walked around wearing signs declaring the protest peaceful. Several said they were concerned that the four days of violence-free protests would be disrupted Saturday when buses of Tea Party activists arrived. [emphasis mine]

Buses. They always come in buses. Whether it’s town halls or student protests, the people doing what tea Partiers don’t like are usually locals, fighting for what is right for the community. But when the Tea Partiers come, it’s always on buses. They were bused in to disrupt town hall meetings a few years ago, and now they’re being bused in to try to kill off unions.

I’d like to know who is arranging for all the buses these people use. Because for a supposedly unorganized mishmash of widely disparate people, they seem to have an incredibly fast-acting and well-organized transport network set up.

And note that when they get bused in, it’s usually to try to kill off something that Democrats are doing–not just anything central to the Tea Party principles. They don’t bus in to districts where Republicans are funneling billions in pork to their districts; nor do they get bused in to protest Republicans reneging on promises made to the Tea Party faithful. No, only when it’s a something aimed to destabilize a Democratic power base.

I mean, gee whiz, how about that.

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  1. Troy
    February 20th, 2011 at 07:45 | #1

    Quick response from the Sturmabteilung!

    Politics sure got more interesting last week.

    I’m encouraged by the show of fight, but wish we had it last year.

    Hopefully the addition of the opposite number will raise the debate and clarify the differences.

    This may or may not be a winning issue for Democrats this decade.

    From my posts here you see me adding up all the money government is costing, and it’s a lot!

    SIX TRILLION dollars this year, not counting social security checks.

    $20,000 per man, woman, and child.

    Granted, there’s about a trillion of war spending in there but there’s been a steady drumbeat of bad news about public pensions for years now.

    Whether this has been a clever media campaign to isolate public unions, it is true that plenty of horror stories can be found about retiring public workers really getting out with tons of money, either in lump sum and/or via “pension spiking”.

    The union’s party line has been, “don’t resent us — fight for what we’ve won for your own” but it may be pretty easy for the ptb to switch the narrative back to divide & conquer.

    We saw that at NCB — I was one of the people who basically broke the teacher’s union by joining the mgmt’s alternative.

    This is probably not going to be a good decade for America, and the next is probably going to be worse. We’ve got 70 million baby boomers coming, and a political system in total disarray — 30% left, 30% right, 40% clueless.

  2. Tim Kane
    February 20th, 2011 at 08:32 | #2

    Straight out of the Grapes of Wrath, which I read, or was supposed to have read, during my middle school years.

    It was a catholic education I had then, so I don’t suppose they’d allow that now.

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