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(BBC)   "If young Americans knew what was good for them, they would all be in the Tea Party"   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 203
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2012-06-17 04:35:20 PM
Not everybody wants to put Grandma on the ice floe.
 
2012-06-17 04:40:52 PM
Because racism, anti-intellectualism, and xenophobia is JUST what a growing child needs.

/fark off, teabagging trash. Even kids are too smart for your little cult.
 
2012-06-17 04:43:15 PM

Dingfod: Not everybody wants to put Grandma on the ice floe.


That, and typically young people aren't interested in the socially regressive, environmentally irresponsible agenda of the Tea Party.
 
2012-06-17 04:45:54 PM
Yah...maybe the tea party should release a rap CD to appeal to young kids. You can have tracks called "Don't tax the rich" and "Throw momma off welfare" and "deport the brown people".

I'll bet it would be a real hit!
 
2012-06-17 04:55:42 PM
If young white rich Americans knew what was good for them (and only them), they would all be in the Tea Party.
 
2012-06-17 05:07:49 PM
Young poor minorities in this country aren't Real Americans anyway and probably need to be deported.
 
2012-06-17 05:09:54 PM

Confabulat: Young poor minorities in this country aren't Real Americans anyway and probably need to be deported.


"Probably"?
 
2012-06-17 05:14:47 PM
"If young Americans knew what was good for them, they would all be in the Tea Party" ... kicking some fat old butt.

Take a look at the demographics of the Tea Party versus the demographics of young Americans: already, in urban areas, there are schools with scarcely a white face among the pupils. In the next twenty or thirty years, that brown shadow is going to fall across the faces of the American majority.

It has won the cradle already and is moving through the toddlers.

More of these kids are poor. Poverty used to be for the elderly. Liberalism, trade unionism, social welfare, etc., solved that problem. High wages and high employment (as well as high taxes) helped a lot. But the high taxes are gone, the high employment is gone, the high wages and benefits are gone and the 1%, massively white, middle-aged and elderly have reaped the benefits--they are right back where they were ante-bellum (I mean before the War on Poverty).

The interests of young people are not congruent with the interests of the retired well-to-do. The Poujadists of the Tea Party have nothing in common with the youth of the Banlieux, the blackshirts of the Nationalists have nothing in common with the brown-skins of Asia and the West Indies, and the Tea Party is the Party of Old White Farts.

I'm not saying that they are all Rednecks, but they are all rednecks. Too much time on that lawn chair can burn you as badly as a long day's work in the hot, hot Sun.

Politicians encourage and exagerate divisions while talking about good sounding but non-forthcoming things like uniting and points of light and going to Mars. But in the real world, the reason that the Tea Party isn't embraced by anybody under the age of 60 is that it is the reaction of a dying breed. America has always belonged to the living, not the dead. In 2045, how many Tea Partiers will still be living seeing as many of them are in their 70s and life expectancy is less than 85 for children born today?

Will granny be voting at 100? Who's going to drive her? Who's going to have a car? If voting can be done online and with a reasonable degree of confidence that your vote will be tallied accurately and not washed out in anti-democratic fraud, who's going to care how she votes any way?

To survive a stampede, you must ride it, outrun it, or hide from it. Only the third option is a truly conservative option.
 
2012-06-17 06:01:48 PM
Maybe they mean it in that scared straight sense. Like the way they used to take kids to jails

As our economic difficulties have worsened, we voters have struggled to find the appropriate scapegoat.

Uh, Republicans have all kinds of scapegoats. Just not themselves and most certainly not Reagan, Bush 41 & 43 and tax cuts for the rich
 
2012-06-17 06:07:59 PM
Bah! Pointy-headed intemellectual. We don't care what no ivory tower pinhead says, right fellow 'baggers?
 
2012-06-17 06:15:25 PM
Since when do young Americans know any f*cking thing at all?
 
2012-06-17 06:19:26 PM
Their misguided idealism farks with their abilities to do basic math.
 
2012-06-17 06:34:55 PM

RobertBruce: Their misguided idealism farks with their abilities to do basic math.


actually, if people 'do the math' then they sure as hell won't vote tea party.
 
2012-06-17 06:45:48 PM

Weaver95: RobertBruce: Their misguided idealism farks with their abilities to do basic math.

actually, if people 'do the math' then they sure as hell won't vote tea party.



Numbers have a liberal bias.
 
2012-06-17 06:53:01 PM
Obviously the solution is to cut all social services, and increase tax cuts for the rich and DoD spending.
 
2012-06-17 06:53:16 PM
I liked the Ascent of Money but Niall Ferguson is a total douche from what I've seen him say on news shows.
 
2012-06-17 06:55:03 PM

Antimatter: Obviously the solution is to cut all social services, and increase tax cuts for the rich and DoD spending.


That's a good start, but needs more God and less gays.
 
2012-06-17 06:55:28 PM

Antimatter: Obviously the solution is to cut all social services, and increase tax cuts for the rich and DoD spending.


and throw MORE people into jail cells! because hey, why not right?
 
2012-06-17 06:56:19 PM
That is the dumbest shiat I've read since the last right wing derp fest link.
 
2012-06-17 06:56:54 PM

St_Francis_P: Antimatter: Obviously the solution is to cut all social services, and increase tax cuts for the rich and DoD spending.

That's a good start, but needs more God and less gays.


And the death penalty for anyone who says "vagina".
 
2012-06-17 06:57:15 PM
Young Americans only care about their iDevice, Xbox, how many friends or followers they have on Facebook or Twitter, and how they can be more like the Situation.
 
2012-06-17 06:57:19 PM

kmmontandon: Weaver95: RobertBruce: Their misguided idealism farks with their abilities to do basic math.

actually, if people 'do the math' then they sure as hell won't vote tea party.


Numbers have a liberal bias.


everything has a liberal bias when their political party goes from conservatism to absurdism.
 
2012-06-17 06:57:43 PM
Which part of the tea party's agenda should young people be excited about? The part where the tea party is undermining their education for the short term profit of wealthy charter school owners? Maybe the part where the tea party is cutting holes in our already weak infrastructure so they won't have safe roads and bridges. The part, perhaps, where the tea party is working to guarantee that over 99% of the country will be wage slaves to a few thousand super-wealthy individuals who control nearly all the wealth? Maybe the part where the tea party is actively working to ensure that health care will be affordable only to a wealthy few and those who haven't actually had to use their insurance yet, ensuring that those with more than one serious problem or less than exorbitant salaries die in pain and poverty and leave their families in debt for generations for nothing?

The only people who think the tea party is a good idea are the ones who can't think even five seconds into the future to foresee the consequences of their current actions. The tea party is one of the most anti-American things the world has ever seen and will do more to undermine the success of this country as a whole than every enemy we've had in the last sixty years combined was able to manage.
 
2012-06-17 06:57:44 PM

Vodka Zombie: Because racism, anti-intellectualism, and xenophobia is JUST what a growing child needs.

/fark off, teabagging trash. Even kids are too smart for your little cult.


THIS
 
2012-06-17 06:58:00 PM

brantgoose: More of these kids are poor. Poverty used to be for the elderly. Liberalism, trade unionism, social welfare, etc., solved that problem. High wages and high employment (as well as high taxes) helped a lot. But the high taxes are gone, the high employment is gone, the high wages and benefits are gone and the 1%, massively white, middle-aged and elderly have reaped the benefits--they are right back where they were ante-bellum (I mean before the War on Poverty).


The thing about the progressive racial equality in the 70's and 80s was that white people didn't suffer. Their incomes and lifestyle steadily improved at the same time racial minorities played catch-up at a faster rate. It's just they didn't see themselves as *as much* better off than the Rodriquez's, Chan's, and Washington's, so they thought they should be doing better than what they were.

Now they see many people of a different racial background as, if not more, economically successful than themselves, and they think "white people have fallen behind" not realizing how much white people have advanced economically from where they were in the 60's.
 
2012-06-17 06:58:12 PM

3_Butt_Cheeks: Young Americans only care about their iDevice, Xbox, how many friends or followers they have on Facebook or Twitter, and how they can be more like the Situation.


iPads!

*drink*
 
2012-06-17 06:59:09 PM
F*ck the Tea Party.
 
2012-06-17 06:59:19 PM

Weaver95: Antimatter: Obviously the solution is to cut all social services, and increase tax cuts for the rich and DoD spending.

and throw MORE people into jail cells! because hey, why not right?


They can pay for themselves by working for pennies a day, especially since the alternative is slowly going insane while staring at the walls of your cell.
 
2012-06-17 07:00:49 PM

3_Butt_Cheeks: Young Americans only care about their iDevice, Xbox, how many friends or followers they have on Facebook or Twitter, and how they can be more like the Situation.


Yeah...people who don't agree with you are shallow and stupid!!
 
2012-06-17 07:00:52 PM

ox45tallboy: Weaver95: Antimatter: Obviously the solution is to cut all social services, and increase tax cuts for the rich and DoD spending.

and throw MORE people into jail cells! because hey, why not right?

They can pay for themselves by working for pennies a day, especially since the alternative is slowly going insane while staring at the walls of your cell.


it still blows my mind that in this country you can be arrested for resisting arrest, and that's the ONLY charge. think about the logic behind that for a moment.
 
2012-06-17 07:00:54 PM

Splinshints: The tea party is one of the most anti-American things the world has ever seen and will do more to undermine the success of this country as a whole than every enemy we've had in the last sixty years combined was able to manage.


i.thestreet.com
 
2012-06-17 07:01:12 PM
A bunch of fat, loud, middle-age dimwits rolling around on medicare scooters in cheap, Chinese made American flag T-shirts holding poorly constructed, misspelled signs.

Why wouldn't young people think they're cool?

Just because someone gets older doesn't mean they're suddenly wise.
 
2012-06-17 07:02:24 PM

YoungSwedishBlonde: F*ck the Tea Party.


No thanks. Have you SEEN those people?

*shivers*
 
2012-06-17 07:02:53 PM

Weaver95: Antimatter: Obviously the solution is to cut all social services, and increase tax cuts for the rich and DoD spending.

and throw MORE people into jail cells! because hey, why not right?



More *PRIVATE PRISON* jail cells. Duh! (lol)
 
2012-06-17 07:03:08 PM
Young americans? I prefer Let's Dance.
 
2012-06-17 07:04:59 PM
We should not be responsible for the debts of our fathers.
 
2012-06-17 07:07:14 PM

theteacher: We should not be responsible for the debts of our fathers.


yeah, but if we don't put the slave collars on 'em when they're young then they'll fight back. And that's just inefficient.
 
2012-06-17 07:08:15 PM

Weaver95: ox45tallboy: Weaver95: Antimatter: Obviously the solution is to cut all social services, and increase tax cuts for the rich and DoD spending.

and throw MORE people into jail cells! because hey, why not right?

They can pay for themselves by working for pennies a day, especially since the alternative is slowly going insane while staring at the walls of your cell.

it still blows my mind that in this country you can be arrested for resisting arrest, and that's the ONLY charge. think about the logic behind that for a moment.


Why does that blow your mind?

Arrests can be made without eventually charging someone.

Also, does "resisting arrest" apply to resisting an investigative detention?
 
2012-06-17 07:10:12 PM

3_Butt_Cheeks: Young Americans only care about their iDevice, Xbox, how many friends or followers they have on Facebook or Twitter, and how they can be more like the Situation.


And ButtGuy demonstrates how right-wingers are out of touch with the youth of the nation.
 
2012-06-17 07:13:03 PM

Tea party is a good name when you consider they're all mad as Hatters.

youngnotions.files.wordpress.com

2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-06-17 07:14:21 PM
Perhaps if Prof. Ferguson had a background in economics rather than philosophy and history, two studies regarded by the tea party as worthless, he would be wise enough to know that austerity is a terrible policy during a recession and recovery. But let's do look for policy advice from a bunch of old racist revolutionary war cosplayers who value hillbilly common sense over empirical evidence and careful research and study.
 
2012-06-17 07:14:31 PM
Hear that, Young Americans?
The Tea Party thinks you're stupid.
 
2012-06-17 07:15:04 PM
If us young people knew what was good for us we'd invent a time machine, go back to a bunch of points in the past few decades, and tell a bunch of people to rein it in. It's too late.

/I'm 26. That's young enough, no?
 
2012-06-17 07:15:08 PM

ThePastafarian: 3_Butt_Cheeks: Young Americans only care about their iDevice, Xbox, how many friends or followers they have on Facebook or Twitter, and how they can be more like the Situation.

And ButtGuy demonstrates how right-wingers are out of touch with the youth of the nation.


He also drinks ass tears.

i.imgur.com
 
2012-06-17 07:17:34 PM

ox45tallboy: ThePastafarian: 3_Butt_Cheeks: Young Americans only care about their iDevice, Xbox, how many friends or followers they have on Facebook or Twitter, and how they can be more like the Situation.

And ButtGuy demonstrates how right-wingers are out of touch with the youth of the nation.

He also drinks ass tears.


Nice.
 
2012-06-17 07:18:35 PM
This is a standard issue rant by a right-winger from the U.K. who is apparently under the impression that the teabaggers have something to do with fiscal conservatism.
i18.photobucket.com
 
2012-06-17 07:18:37 PM

ox45tallboy: ThePastafarian: 3_Butt_Cheeks: Young Americans only care about their iDevice, Xbox, how many friends or followers they have on Facebook or Twitter, and how they can be more like the Situation.

And ButtGuy demonstrates how right-wingers are out of touch with the youth of the nation.

He also drinks ass tears.

[i.imgur.com image 600x480]


LOL, fekkin ewwwwww!
 
2012-06-17 07:18:39 PM

ThePastafarian: 3_Butt_Cheeks: Young Americans only care about their iDevice, Xbox, how many friends or followers they have on Facebook or Twitter, and how they can be more like the Situation.

And ButtGuy demonstrates how right-wingers are out of touch with the youth of the nation.


Ah, you hangin with the youth....doesn't your restraining order prevent that? Stop touching the youth bro.

ox45tallboy:
He also drinks ass tears.

Like you don't. Pfft.
 
2012-06-17 07:18:58 PM
IS THAT TEA BAGGER SURE HE HAS ENOUGH FLAGS ON HIS PANTS!!??

Oh my gods, he needs more flags on his pants!
 
2012-06-17 07:19:40 PM

ps69: Perhaps if Prof. Ferguson had a background in economics rather than philosophy and history, two studies regarded by the tea party as worthless, he would be wise enough to know that austerity is a terrible policy during a recession and recovery. But let's do look for policy advice from a bunch of old racist revolutionary war cosplayers who value hillbilly common sense over empirical evidence and careful research and study.


b-b-b-b-b-but gold standard! Tea Party knows economics!
 
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