March 15, 2004
Turning Tyranny into Tea-ranny
BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
Graduates of fifth grade should know the immediate goal of the Boston Tea Party was to protest taxation without representation, not to dress up like a bunch of Native Americans and run around a ship. It was a protest done right; a delicate balance of symbolism and panache that was destined to make the history books. What that fifth grader should also understand, hopefully, is that the over-arching goal of the tea toss was bigger than taxes. It was to declare what has now become a fundamental ideology of the United States: we will NOT accept tyranny imposed upon American people by any government, foreign or domestic. King George III got the message loud and clear, as did the rest of the world.
But if the Bostonians of 1773 could see us now, it wouldnít just be tea theyíd hurl over the sides of that ship.
Weíve been living under the tyranny of the Bush administration for over three years now. Disenfranchised American voters in Florida were taxed, but their vote never counted. Gay Americans are taxed, but their love is not acknowledged. Hundreds of Americans have been imprisoned in Guantanamo, but their rights have never been recognized. And in what is the most egregious act of all, the President misrepresented a threat that didnít exist in Iraq, resulting in the deaths of hundreds of Americans and thousands of innocent Iraqi civilians. Two hundred and thirty one years ago we stood up to the tyranny of one King George, and now itís time to do the same to another. We must TEA BAG BUSH!
Americans must send a message to the White House that we will no longer stand idly by while all of our rights are eroded by a group of power mad neo-cons. The administration is already in hot water, and now itís time to add the tea. Iím calling for a national campaign to send tea bags to the White House en masse, as many as you can, for as long as you can. Send one bag a week or one box a week; send one bag a day or ten bags a day, from now until November 2. The Bush administration will soon realize that the public demands a regime change here at home.
Now, itís possible the President may not understand the symbolism, but hopefully Karl Rove or one of his other henchmen will explain it to him very slowly, using small words. But if youíre still worried he might not understand, there are plenty of pretty color pictures of the Boston Tea Party you can print out and stuff in the envelope along with your tea. For added impact, I recommend sending a nice im-Peach flavored brew, but itís your call.
The important thing is that you tell your lovers and tell your friends, and that they tell their lovers and their friends, that itís time to TEA BAG BUSH! Think of the quizzical look on Bush and Cheneyís face when millions upon millions of tea bags inundate the White House. If a picture is worth a million words, that look on Bushís face is surely worth a million tea bags.
Itís time to make our Bostonian-American ancestors proud again; itís time to show them that the principles they fought for are alive and well in todayís America. Let us turn tyranny into tea-ranny. Itís time to TEA BAG BUSH!
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
Ray Taliaferro has been broadcasting to the entire West Coast on KGO radio in San Francisco for almost thirty years. His show can be heard from 1am-5am on KGO AM 810, and around the world at http://www.kgoam810.com/
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