Teabaggers storm the Hill

Worked up into a foaming spittle-flecked lather by Congresswoman Michele Bachman (R-Batshit), busloads of teabaggers (fares compliments of “Freedomworks”) stormed Capitol Hill today for the “High-Noon-Whites-of-their-Eyes” protest against, astonishingly, affordable health care for all Americans:

The next stage of the Capitol Hill Tea Party has begun — the storming of the Hill!

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), who heavily promoted this event, has frequently promised that this protest will involve bringing conservative citizens inside the Capitol and the House office buildings to personally confront members of Congress. As she said last week on Sean Hannity’s TV show: “I’d love to have every one of your viewers to join me so we can go up and down through the halls, find members of Congress, look at the whites of their eyes and say, ‘Don’t take away my healthcare.'”

Fortunately, that demand should be easy to meet since the proposed health care bill doesn’t “take away” anyone’s health care, it just ensures that everyone has coverage.  The deal is that those who are satisfied with their current plan are welcome to keep it.

But never mind that:  imagine for a moment what would have happened 4 years ago if Iraq War protesters had pulled something like this.  “Don’t waterboard me, bro!”

And one other point of interest:  how can a state that elects Al Franken also elect a screeching nutcase like Michele Bachmann?  They are both from Minnesota, right?

UPDATE: Predictably, teabaggers behaving badly:

As thousands of activists converged on the lawn of the Capitol for a midday rally against Democrats’ health-care reform legislation, Capitol Police arrested nine protesters Thursday morning in the Hart Senate Office Building.

The protesters were arrested about 10 a.m. on the seventh floor of the Hart Building and were charged with unlawful entry, a Capitol Police spokeswoman said.

“They were inside an office and didn’t leave,” Sgt. Kimberly Schneider said.

I wonder if Bachmann will post their bail?

UPDATE II: Someone from DKos attended the thing and got some pics.  The usual pig-ignorance on parade… “I will not be an indentured servant to Big Government”… unless it’s big Republican government like the last 8 years.   There, fixed.

10 Responses to “Teabaggers storm the Hill”


  1. 1 Torontonian Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    See what happens to older white people when
    their insulin count goes funny?

  2. 2 Jasper Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Torontonian,

    I didnt know you were such a racist..

    get help.

  3. 3 Phatbiker Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    These people have been totaly brain-washed by the right wing media. Their idea of “freedom” is to be gouged $600 a month by some health insurance corperation and then get denied coverage for any little excuse, when they really need it.
    I know of a carpenter who has lived in the US for the last 25 years, is laid off and needs knee surgery. He can’t afford the 600 a month payments and has to go back to England to get it for free from their health care system.

  4. 4 Torontonian Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    Jasper.

    Oh, yeah! All those mashed potatoes and gravy and the
    treacly music of Lawrence Welk and corn-fed schlock of
    Johnny Cash et al. Add to that DollyLand and the
    sugary sweetness of Jim Bakker and his next wife, Lori,
    and you’ve got a recipe for the old-age equivalent
    of the “Twinkie” defense.

  5. 5 Bleatmop Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    Phatbiker – The only freedom the authoritarian right cares for is the right for corporations to exploit our resources and workers. Everyone else can go to hell, unless they too can afford millions of dollars in campaign contributions.

  6. 6 burpster Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    From the pictures I’ve seen of their little rally, as many as half were probably of Medicare age. Looked like a Golden Girls reunion.

  7. 7 JJ Friday, November 6, 2009 at 5:50 am

    Torontonian – From the pictures I saw, the median age was around 55. But who else can come out in the middle of the work week but retirees? Who are mostly on Medicare *cough*

  8. 8 JJ Friday, November 6, 2009 at 6:01 am

    Phatbiker

    I know of a carpenter who has lived in the US for the last 25 years, is laid off and needs knee surgery. He can’t afford the 600 a month payments and has to go back to England to get it for free from their health care system.

    That’s a familiar scenario. One of the problems they’re having stateside with getting health care reform passed is that the system works *if* you can afford it, especially for those who can afford top drawer coverage. But for those who can’t it’s a disaster.

    Looking at pictures of the teabagger-people, I’d guess that few of them are wealthy, so ironically they’re probably the ones who’d benefit most from a Public Option. (And even more ironically, a lot of them are retirees who are already on “socialized medicine” — medicare.)

  9. 9 JJ Friday, November 6, 2009 at 6:05 am

    Bleatmop

    The only freedom the authoritarian right cares for is the right for corporations to exploit our resources and workers.

    Yes, and it’s amazing how easy it is for them to convince people to work against their own best interests.

  10. 10 JJ Friday, November 6, 2009 at 6:09 am

    burpster

    From the pictures I’ve seen of their little rally, as many as half were probably of Medicare age. Looked like a Golden Girls reunion.

    LOL, I know. Amazing how they don’t even pick up on the fact that they’re already on socialized health care.

    The Obama Administration made a big mistake in their approach to this thing — they should have just said they were extending medicare to cover all citizens who wanted it.


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