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Teabagging, July 3

teabag2.thumbnail.jpgSo we went to Tea Party July 3 in La Canada Flintridge, a suburb about 20 miles from Hollywood in the foothills of the Angeles Crest, at an estate used for weddings and other events. It was, like all Tea Parties, a mix of fed-up-with-tax-folks, anti-Obama-ists, No-New-World-Order organizers, UN haters, anti-immigrationists, and waaaay too much BeDazzled red, white and blue clothing on the 300 attendees.

One speaker was really proud of being a Chrysler dealer; it was listed next to his name everywhere on the program. The few folks I spoke to about Palin had nothing but praise for her as a fine conservative woman who would raise a lot of money for conservative Republicans.

Speeches ranged from “the bread you eat is not bread, it’s a loaf of taxes, from the land the wheat grows on, to the seeds, to the machines to till the ground, taxes are paid. The gasoline that runs the tillers, the machines that that thresh the wheat, taxes are paid on those. The truck that hauls the wheat taxes were paid to buy it, to run it to put gas in it; the driver has a drivers license, which is a form of tax…” Yeah, well whatever, taxes are foundation of a civil society. So we went to the food area to grab a some grilled meat on a heavily taxed bun and mayo-plus starch salad which our $10 admission covered.

The head teabag grill guy, proud in his "We the People" tee shirt barked

Jose, we need more burgers!

There was no please, no thank you. And I wondered about Jose and his family and how they would be affected by all the plans these teabaggers had, and about the other maintenance staff at the estate who were Hispanic, the guys I saw sweeping up and emptying the trash and the whole thing was so effing gross especially because the guy yammering now at the mic was going on about how we are giving jobs to foreigners and outsourcing phone center jobs to “Bangadore.” Fer realz, he said “Bangadore.”

At one point, a speaker talked about the power of the vote and how We The People recalled California’s governor and put a conservative in power. Uh, you mean voting out Grey Davis and electing Schwarzenegger. Yeah, THAT really worked out well, fuckos.

We spotted Victoria Jackson, from the 1980s cast of Saturday Night Live, who has made a name for herself in the niche market of Christian conservative stand up comedy. She was one of the closing acts; and gods help us, we tried to stay through all the speeches and bad music, but the burgers on the heavily taxed wheat buns and mayo salads were starting to make us a little queasy, so left mid-way through a screed about One World Government; which was after some guy asking the crowd if we wanted the Constitution crafted by Our Founding Fathers, or one rewritten by the likes of Rockefeller and Jimmy Carter.

The only thing that made sense the entire time was this:

We have to vote.

Yes, we do.

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Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.