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Teabag Express Drops into Nevada

get_a_brain_morans.jpgAn update on the cross-country Teabagging from CNN.

Hundreds of people turned out for a series of weekend events as the Tea Party Express cruised across northern Nevada.

The caravan of tour buses, RVs, cargo trucks and SUVs kicked off a cross-country tour Friday in Sacramento, California, and plans on holding events in 33 cities en route to Washington, D.C. for what organizers hope will be a big rally on September 12.

RVs, trucks and SUVs. Sounds about right.

At an event Saturday in Winnemucca, Nevada, Carolyn Rowe came to the tea party in a T-shirt depicting Obama as the joker from "Batman." In place of the familiar "Hope" logo of Obama’s campaign was the word "Joke."

She says she is concerned about the number of so-called "czars" in the Obama administration and she fears losing her choice of doctor if health care reform passes.

"I believe he’s trouncing the Constitution and taking control of our country in a direction we don’t want," says Rowe, from beneath a wide brimmed straw hat. "I think he has a hidden agenda, and I think he doesn’t tell the truth and that in itself bothers me."

So to review, George W. Bush started a war on false pretenses, illegally spied on American citizens, held people without warrants and tortured them, ginned up phony terror warnings for political gain, pissed on the Geneva Conventions and led the universe in signing statements — but Obama’s "trouncing the Constitution" because he wants everyone to have access to health care. Interesting.

Husband-and-wife team Barbara and Pete Jones drove up from Reno, Nevada. Barbara’s red T-shirt said "Impeach Everyone," but she said Obama is first on her list.

The Joneses, who are in their 60s, have never been what they call "protesting people" before, but they think the tea party movement is picking up speed and they are happy to be spending their Saturday afternoon out the blazing midday sun of the Winners Casino parking lot. They even made a sign that reads, "Don’t borrow, tax and spend our children’s future."

I guess the Joneses missed the past 28 years during which Ronald Reagan borrowed and spent their children’s future, followed by George H.W. Bush’s borrowing and spending even more of their children’s future — only to be topped by George W. Bush’s all-time record breaking borrowing and spending of their children’s future. Little late to the party, I guess.

Later Saturday the tour arrives at a park in Elko, Nevada, where Johnny Burwell minces no words. His sign (and just about everyone has a sign) reads, "I will not be a socialist." He holds it up between the tines of a pitchfork.

"They want to make us a socialist state." He says, "I got a good life I don’t want em messing it up."

Fear not, Johnny. Our dreams of a socialist state, though quite elaborate and extensive, will not interfere with your doublewide, ’86 F-350, or twenty-five cent Happy Hour hot wings at Hooters — in any way.

You’re good, man.

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