Nomi at I Dreamed I Saw Grace P. Last Night quotes Michelle Malkin. Malkin warns of spies, infiltrators and provocateurs, probably from ACORN, blending into the vast teabagging crowds and advancing their nefarious agenda.
She is tempted to go to the State House herself. I think if I had more time to make them, hats shaped like acorn caps would be really fetching. But how can you spot the undercover acorns? If anyone starts trying to register voters, you’ll know you have your double agent. Unless they are trying to register Republicans. But that could be a triple cross. Who can you trust these days?
My advice to the teabaggers is based on a painful, real-life experience of a meeting of the Clamshell Alliance. It was about six hours on, three hours overtime. People who had traveled far and had to get back home to work the next day were leaving and feeling disrespected. A man was blocking consensus over whether the word ‘struggle’ or ‘struggles’ would be used in our statement to the press. Was he a provocateur? I have often wondered.
There was a rumor that the FBI had people in our organization. Apparently that was true. However, there was another bitter truth. We obstructed ourselves more effectively than any infiltrator could have hoped to do. Rampant egos, an insistence on consensus decision-making in large groups where there was not enough commonality to make it work, lack of an organization that could fight the good fight for the decades it will take to change our dependance on centralized energy helped ensure that our movement would be short-lived.
On the other hand, we did some things right. Decentralized structure made it harder for any one person to grab control of the movement. A commitment to nonviolence protected us from the most likely scenario–that the guy who is ramping up the anger is there to provoke an outbreak that will discredit us and result in arrests and convictions. Clamshell was the first group I ever encountered that required the participation of women in decision-making. That helped, I think, to get us to think more creatively.
Teabaggers, you are right to demand that our tax dollars be spent wisely. If the General Assembly starts bringing bag lunches I think it would be a good start. While you’re at it, ask the Governor to do that too.
I heard a guy on the radio today, he was a financial advisor. He said he always pays his taxes promptly. He said that when he was a child his family was on welfare, and he feels his country helped him get to a place where he could get a good education, and ultimately a career where he makes good money. He hoped that some of his taxes might help other children who needed a start in life.
We still have troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, some on multiple tours of duty. What do we owe to our country, and what does our country owe to us? Respect for our sacrifice, however we serve. But we are not subjects of a foreign king. Paying taxes is a responsibility of citizenship, and so is making sure our money is used fairly and honestly. I hope you teabaggers are on to that.