I went to a “tea party” in Virginia last week to voice my disgust with a government that has spent my children, grandchildren and probably great-grandchildren into a debt from which they may never recover. The only way the country will recover is by increasing their tax burden.
Before the tea party, the Homeland Security Department released an ambiguous, sensational warning about “right-wing extremists.” That irritated me enough that I decided to dress the stereotype for the protest. I donned a camouflage shirt and Aussie-style camouflage hat, along with a pig nose from Citizens Against Government Waste, to make a statement. I briefly considered carrying my son’s Nerf gun for added effect.
After the tea party, I had to listen to bigoted actress Janeane Garofalo call me a racist redneck because I’d like our government to be smaller and America’s tax burden lighter.
Here’s what she said on Keith Olbermann’s MSNBC showboat:
Garofalo’s slam covered not just me, a guy who embraces his inner redneck, but hundreds of thousands of other concerned citizens — black and white, blue-collar and white-collar, young, middle-aged and old. She wrongly accused a broad swath of the American population of bigotry aimed at one man (President Obama) even as she aimed her own bigotry at everyone who disagrees with her politically.
Apparently I’m going to have to repeat this over and over until it sinks into the heads of closed-minded liberals: “Redneck” and “racist” are not synonyms. And rednecks are not monolithic; we are everywhere.
We’re not going away, either, Janeane Garofalo, no matter how many times you lie about us and play the hypocrite. And those of us care about public policy will keep screaming about high taxes until the government listens. Get used to it.
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