Tea Parties On April 15th

So today is tax day and many Americans are rallying around waters to rebel against the government by planning a tea party.  Supposedly, it’s supposed to copy the Boston Tea Party before the Revolutionary War.  To me, this is ridiculous.  In the olden days, when you dumped tea in the waters, it was a symbollic statement because dumping tea made the English lose money.  However, if you’re dumping tea, the American government isn’t losing money; YOU ARE!  You’re buying the tea, and then you’re wasting it.  In fact, this just boosts the economy of where you’re buying the tea from.  Since most tea probably comes from China, having a tea party boosts the Chinese economy.  What irony!

At the same time, I realize that having a tea party on Tax Day is supposed to represent the anger that the American people have towards the Obama government.  But this Tax Day is when you file for taxes in 2008.  That was when Bush was in office.  So, if one is going to be consistent, they should have the tea party on April 15, 2010 and the tea must somehow come from the government (instead of some company).  I think that a true rebellion would be to take the bailout money from the government and burn it on April 15, 2010.  However, I don’t think any state will do that.  In fact, if anyone does that, Americans will find that person stupid.  So much for rebellion in America.

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I have just completed a visiting position as an assistant professor at Dalhousie University. My ideas are not associated with my employer; they are expressions of my own thoughts and ideas. Some of them are just musings while others could be serious discussions that could turn into a bigger project. Besides philosophy, I enjoy martial arts (Kuk Sool Won), playing my violin, enjoying coffee around town, and experimenting with new food.
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4 Responses to Tea Parties On April 15th

  1. julielebo says:

    What about business that have offshore accounts? They don’t pay any taxes and they make millions.

  2. thekillerj says:

    Come on, I’ve heard you say American’s don’t get involved enough in politics. So once somebody besides your homies at ACORN decide to get involved in a grass root movement, you talk trash? Are the tea baggers a little lame? Perhaps. I like seeing people actually doing shit though. It might be hokey, but at least people are taking an interest in their lives and not being apathetic.

  3. shaunmiller says:

    That’s a good point. When I’m thinking of rebellion, I want a full-out rebellion. These wimpy protesters aren’t true rebellions. It’s kind of like eating a Thanksgiving Dinner. You might as well go all the way. So when it comes to protesters, I want someone like Cindy Sheehan. That’s true protesting. After all, she did get arrested. When someone’s protesting against Obama, you’ve got people like O’Reilly whom I think does a good job fighting against Obama policies. But these tea parties are just wimpy rebellions.

    But that wasn’t your question. Your question was given the choice, would you rather have total apathy or wimpy rebellions? Hmmm. . . you’ve got me there. I really don’t know how to answer that. I’ll have to think about it.

    By the way, I’m reading this book about rebellions so maybe after reading it, I’ll have a good answer.

  4. thekillerj says:

    Fair enough. 🙂

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