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Teabaggers; Children of the Sixties?


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Michael
- 1205 days ago - opednews.com
Although many teabaggers belong to the generation who showed the courage and will to protest against inequity in the 1960s and early '70s , they revile that courage and will by appearing as though they're using the same methodology to support, BUT...



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Michael Dewey (1034)
Friday September 2, 2011, 3:54 am
Over all, there can't be anything, very much wring, with anyone who is pissed off at the ways things are going. Just hope that someday, we can find common ground on ending the wars. That has to be first, for after that, we will have never had a life like we could make.
 

Jae A. (321)
Friday September 2, 2011, 4:01 am
As most of us know the TeaBaggers started the name themselves but then became all uptight when they found out the 'common street meaning' of the term...which by then had stuck to them like the TeaBaggers they are. I totally agree that not a single one of us should cut them any slack or show them any PC in our comments to and or about them. They are, as I see them , a bigger threat to our freedoms and rights than any foreign terrorist are. The Koch brothers found their perfect hate/racist/biogot/lying cheating greedy as their supporters in the Tea Baggers without a doubt.

I for one do not cut any TeaBagger slack on theirs or any threads that they appear and comment on here on care2 and I will continue to do so no matter what else goes on in D.C. They support the very people who got us into this economic mess to begin with and they still eagerly support them...even when, in doing so, they are supporting a political group of politicans that are against their own good as well as that of the rest of us. That makes them not only a danger to our freedoms/rights and economical recovery but as stupid as anyone can be,in my opinion.

To view an example of the insaniTEA propaganda machine,see :
http://www.care2.com/c2c/pm/read/171201304/

Thanks for the find and sharing Michael..I will return to post a comment on the topic and article only, after some much needed zzzzzzzz's this morning.
 

Carol H. (229)
Friday September 2, 2011, 5:01 am
well said! noted, thank you Michael
 

Julie van Niekerk (230)
Friday September 2, 2011, 5:25 am
I dont know much about American history or politics, but I know enough of Palin to want to hit her.
 

H Nick H. (1826)
Friday September 2, 2011, 5:35 am
I was a part of the 60's and 70's movements, "make love not war." The big difference between then and these jerks today is that we were not funded or organized by big brother (corporations or very rich). It was in the spirit of things for the best of this country, not to tear it apart or spread hate and discord.
 

Mike S. (86)
Friday September 2, 2011, 5:36 am
Noted and shared. Thank you Michael.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday September 2, 2011, 5:50 am
Noted by a Greenwich Village Flower Child....NO SLACK..they don't deserve an! Thanks Michael.
 

William Y. (54)
Friday September 2, 2011, 6:27 am
I prefer to call them TEAnutz, since they are nuts.
 

Esther Z. (96)
Friday September 2, 2011, 6:38 am
Noted. Michael Bonanno's article was spot on! Tea baggers are the evil spawns of the sixites who misrepresent themselves as a legitimate movement. They want change, but of what exactly?? They want to destroy "big" government, and the taxes that creates it, at the same time they enjoy it's services. Teabaggers hate big government, but don't mind it one bit if it means using it to control people's privacte lives and their reproductive freedoms. I wont go in detail of the hypocrisy of the teabaggers, since Mr. Bonanno did a fine job in detailing, with great examples, of their ideological inconsistencies and double talk. Yes, no slack should be given to those nincompoops who act as minions of the wealthy elite and by their actions, further erode our Democracy and destroy progressive programs that are benefical to all Americans!
 

Bob P. (424)
Friday September 2, 2011, 6:56 am
thanks
 

Miranda Lyon (168)
Friday September 2, 2011, 7:02 am
The "children of the 60s" have grown up into folks of all political stripes...just like every other generation before them. Those coming after us will do the same. But some of us young radicals have grown into old radicals, still trying to get to the root of things (the real definition of "radical") and do something positive about a problem once we understand it.
 

Mike M. (56)
Friday September 2, 2011, 7:31 am
The teabaggers of today may have the age of the older radicals but their thinking to quote a term they have sold out and become clones to the machine and terrorists to the true cause that the 60's were
 

Michael Dewey (1034)
Friday September 2, 2011, 7:47 am
Thank you all for your comments. I at least hope, soon enough, solutions will get played on Main-Slime-Media.
 

Myron Scott (70)
Friday September 2, 2011, 8:03 am
I'm high school class of 1968 (the Chicago Democratic Convention Police Riot, assassinations of King and RFK, the French Student Worker Revolt, I Am the Walrus, Mrs. Robinson and Let the Sunshine In, Si Se Puede, Clean for Gene, Dump the Hump and Girls Say Yes to Boys Who Say No).
The similar tactics and disparate goals of the "New Left" and the Tea Party don't surprise me. I'm not even convinced that a substantial portion of M-m-m-m-my Generation is not a big part of the Tea Party. We have become the people my generation warned ourselves again. We passed 30 and no longer deserved to be trusted. The antiwar movement continued to grow through the murders at Kent State and Jackson State; but Nixon proved cunning, abolishing the draft in 1973, turning Vietnam into a brutal air war and "disengaging" U.S. ground troops, playing ping pong with China and robbing the antiwar movement of its urgency for many of us. I participated in antiwar protests as early as 1971 in which nearly all the demonstrators were high school students who hadn't yet been through the lottery, Vietnam Vets Against the War, or over 30. The Soviet crushing of the Prague Spring and the excesses of the Chinese Cultural Revolution deprived Marxism of any attractiveness for most of us. Woodstock happened, but then Altamont happened. Charlie Manson happened. George McGovern was crushed. Watergate turned many of us against political participation, rather than activating us against political corruption. We turned "apolitical," tending our own gardens and substituting macrame plant hangers and macrobiotic cooking for political activism. Many of us never got out of that kind of "privatization" again. Disco happened. Polyester happened. Ronald Reagan happened; many of my friends voted for him, especially my Anglo male friends. The feminist movement, the environmental movement, the anti-nuclear power movement and the nuclear weapons Freeze movement
kept some of us left of center; but the center had moved far to the right. The Bonfire of the Vanities happened. Greed is good happened. Hanging chads happened. 9/11 happened and silenced nearly all of us for a time, and but the bravest of us for far too long. The center moved even farther right. Many of us drank too much koolaid somewhere along the way. Those of us who still thought of ourselves as progressives found ourselves striving to convince ourselves that Bill and Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama are at least some kind of liberal. In fact, none of them would make a patch on even LBJ's ass. Neither would too many of us anymore.
 

. (0)
Friday September 2, 2011, 8:06 am
noted with thanks, Michael, out of stars to send!
 

Myron Scott (70)
Friday September 2, 2011, 8:09 am
Just can't type anymore: "9/11 . . . silenced . . . all but the bravest of us for far too long."
 

Kamila A. (141)
Friday September 2, 2011, 10:28 am
Brave hippies, please come back, we need you NOW!!!! I will don a tie dyed shirt, put flowers in my hair and bell bottoms with enbroidered peace signs, and we will march together in the streets. Kent State was a tragedy we must walk beyond now.
Someone said that these heinous ones waited for the hippies to get too old and exhausted to fight the fight any longer. But its not over. They didn't count on the fact that the generation just after them still remembers and is ready for the fight.
 

Lisa Neste (711)
Friday September 2, 2011, 11:37 am
Noted, thank you Michael!
 

Betsy Bee (1041)
Friday September 2, 2011, 12:04 pm
Teabaggers should not even be compared with the Children of the Sixties. They are racists. The heroes of the Children of the Sixties included Martin Luther King.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday September 2, 2011, 1:05 pm
I, being of semi sound hippy heritage, will take up Camilla's call and don a tie died dress, put beads in my hair and march, screaming, yelling and otherwise trying to get the attention of all those that are still sleeping! I remember the peacefulness of my mother and fathers from that generation, I want to return to it! I hope I have instilled enough of that spirit into my children as well so that they, too, can continue to fight!
I want to say thank you to those "dirty hippies" out there that continue to fight the good fight and haven't succumbed to the greed monster! PEACE!

"Teach your children well..." Crosby, Stills and Nash
"Teach the children quietly for someday sons and daughters will rise up and fight where we stood still.." and "..We open up a quarrel between the present and the past, we only sacrifice the future...." Mike and the Mechanics
 

Bruce Van Tassell (7)
Friday September 2, 2011, 1:19 pm
If these are the children of the 60's I am proud to be born in another decade, one where we fought in the streets against injustice and a war that so many innocent people died.
 

Agnes N. (717)
Friday September 2, 2011, 1:36 pm
Thanks Michael..noted
 

Deb E. (63)
Friday September 2, 2011, 1:37 pm
October 29th, front lawn of the Capital Washington DC ... time for all of us old hippies to get back in the game and the ones who want to follow in our footsteps to do so. A Citizens Filibuster open microphone is planned. Be there and speak your mind. Show you mean what you say. Are you just talk? Or can you walk the walk?
 

Jae A. (321)
Friday September 2, 2011, 1:54 pm
The hate/fear mongering racist are at it big time again on care2...check out the latest post of NE Talk about trying to divide people and put fear into them .....

"New Black Panther Party Member Teaches 'Black Survival' Tactics With Guns and Machetes...to Kids"
http://www.care2.com/news/member/714476182/2930298

Sorry about the interruption Michael but this thread was the perfect gathering place I think for helping to spread the word about the difference between then and now ..but with many similarities going as well in both eras as to tactics and so forth. Different people and mindsets but the same unrest,politically/racially. We are being proded from all sides to fear and hate and we must do something to change this and pull together or we are not going to make it as a free and progressive nation for much longer.
 

monka blanke (82)
Friday September 2, 2011, 2:16 pm
Noted.
 

Kimberly G. (6)
Friday September 2, 2011, 2:25 pm
I was born in 1969 (one month after Woodstock) - I always felt I was born in the wrong generation. I always felt gipped I missed the 60s (yeah, I went to Woodstock 94 - it was pretty cool but not exactly like the original I would guess). I wonder if the Teabaggers were the "squares" of the children of th 60s who hated the "long hairs" and such or perhaps they were jealous of those who made a difference because they didn't have the same ideals and felt their was no movement for them - and now they think they have one "teabaggery" (lol). Just a guess - because they seem to be the anti-thesis of everything the protestor and politicos of the sixities stood for. I am always happy and interested when I met someone who was a teenager or in college at those times because I tend to have a lot of in common with them (well not the teabaggers of course I mean the hippie anti-government types). I am involved in a lot of same sort of groups and issues today that would have been popular back than and I am always excited to see these people are still around and, believe it or not, even us middle agers that missed the 60s, their are large groups of us who believe in these issues. The enivronment, human and women rights, animal rights, equality - all of these issues are very important to me - the lack of inequality in the world makes me sick and I know lots of others my age it does to them too. I honestly think as generations go on (and some older ones die off - sorry if that sounds crude) that there are more people who will withhold the ideals of the 60s than those who are against them. I really think there will be less and less of the teabagger types in the future because the rest of us are being discriminated against and treated unfairly and people are getting mad! I look at what people did in the 60s to fight against this as an inspiration to me. I still think the world can change - yeah, it is slow and we have to deal with idioits like the teabaggers but I can still see it happening. I think the 2010 will be a starting ground for more 60s type change. :)
 

J. R. (0)
Friday September 2, 2011, 2:54 pm
Just because these soggy tea bags also come from the 60's era - it surely does not make them one of us!!!

Even at that time, stinkers where not uncommon; they just stink more now.
 

Mary T. (185)
Friday September 2, 2011, 2:56 pm
I also was involved in the protests in the 60's and 70's and it was about Peace and Love, not hate what these teabaggers are doing, I am still a peace loving hippie and would love to get a bunch of people that think like the ones did in the 60's and 70's and have a huge protest against what these teabaggers all stand for, I am very proud of what we hippies did then and I wish the younger people would follow in our footsteps.
 

Roger Garin-michaud (113)
Friday September 2, 2011, 3:14 pm
thanks
 

Kathy B. (103)
Friday September 2, 2011, 4:21 pm
I would imagine that if you called a teabagger a dirty hippy they wouldn't like it very much.

I'm insulted that what the teabaggers think what they are doing compares even remotely with what was going on in the 60's.

They may be of that generation, but somehow have lost their way - or maybe it's their minds.
 

Penelope Ryan (175)
Friday September 2, 2011, 4:22 pm
Thank you Myron for a reality trip down memory lane. Many of us who were there in the 60's can't beleive what has happened. I too hoped the Clintons and Obama would go left of the now right center. Not so, we are hanging off the far right teacreeps edge. LBJ would have blasted those lying sacks of manure and there fearless filthy rich leaders....When will we be able to time travel back to sanity.
 

Azaima A. (225)
Friday September 2, 2011, 5:07 pm
interesting
 

Yvonne White (233)
Friday September 2, 2011, 5:21 pm
Right on Nick H & Kathy B.! The Teabaggers I know are slightly Younger, on the cut-off for Baby Boomers, and busy biting off their own noses to spite their faces! They buy into the Libertarian bull, not thinking about what they'd do if they needed Social Security or Disability...idiots. THEY are why the Pill was Invented!;)
 

Past Member (0)
Friday September 2, 2011, 5:32 pm
Thanks Michael. I think we are already in the Dark Ages..perhaps the bumper sticker should say "back to the Ice Age".
 

Roni Jo Patterson (4)
Friday September 2, 2011, 5:35 pm
I'm beginning to really miss the Weather Underground. They could come in handy about now.
 

William Y. (54)
Friday September 2, 2011, 5:42 pm
@ Kathy B. If they were from that generation, they have been indoctrinated or brainwashed. No one in his right mind from the 60's could be that stupid.
 

William Y. (54)
Friday September 2, 2011, 5:44 pm
@ Penny Ryan, One thing Johnson had that neither Clinton or Obama had was a favorable congress & senate and a non Fascist Supreme Court. That really helps the lower 98% of the population.
 

Lindsey Williams (234)
Friday September 2, 2011, 5:51 pm
Thanks for sharing.
 

Lyn Z. (290)
Friday September 2, 2011, 6:02 pm
Noted. Thanks Michael.
I graduated H.S. 1960 (will not comment on what came after that, thanks you).
 

Lydia s. (163)
Friday September 2, 2011, 7:29 pm
Thanks for posting.
 

Aletta Kraan (146)
Friday September 2, 2011, 7:57 pm
Noted , thanks !
 

Michael Carney (212)
Friday September 2, 2011, 8:36 pm
Noted...I too am a child of the 60's, and if those TeaBaggers, are also children of the 60's, they had to be the square, uptight, miserable, sad kids we Hippy kids, used to get stoned, and make fun of...then try to turn them on, but they'd never give it a try...So sad, look what they turned into...
 

Matthew Cloner (122)
Friday September 2, 2011, 9:12 pm
Thanks for sharing, Michael. The spirit of the children of the 60's and those of the Teabaggers are completely different. The civil rights and anti-war movements of the 1960's were all about hope, love and endless possibilities for our nation. The Teabaggers are simply a bunch of frustrated, angry people with way too much time on their hands. There is no comparison!
 

Toni C. (508)
Friday September 2, 2011, 9:59 pm
Noted and thanks for the great article. Camila, there are still more of us around than you might realize. I was there during the 60's just as Nick was, and, Miranda, I was still called a radical when going to college in the early 80's... we've never lost the spirit and we will never stop. Yes, Matthew, the 60's was anti-war, anti-prejudice because we believed they were wrong for our country.... today we still have the wars and prejudice, so it's time to bring out the tie dyed shirts and peaceful protests again in 2011!
 

Gloria H. (88)
Friday September 2, 2011, 10:30 pm
Never was a hippy, never took drugs, was square but wasn't a conformist either. Somewhere, between wars, I started to sense that there was something not right, not clear cut and honest. I had become involved in animal rights which opened my eyes to the nature of humanity wanting to not question where food comes from, the suffering of research animals, the destruction of the environment, pursuit of the dollar, policies and alliances with questionable heads of state, civil rights,etc.I had tasted the forbidden truth of knowledge.
Ignorance is bliss, but through curiosity sometimes we uncover unpleasant truths -then we have choices to make- be apathetic, side with the lies, be disgruntled, or stand up for what's right even if we are the only one standing up.
 

Arild Warud (169)
Saturday September 3, 2011, 2:19 am
Thanks Michael.
 

Michael Dewey (1034)
Saturday September 3, 2011, 2:35 am
On this boiling melting pot called Mother Earth, its got to be a good thing for anyone to be pissed off. The fruits of Corporate Empire, will soon enough be exposed as rotten to the core.
 

Hartson Doak (33)
Saturday September 3, 2011, 10:50 am
I understand the Teabaggers thinking. They are disillusioned by the political system. It is inherently corrupt. They are trying to fix it. It is a moribund system. It can not be brought back to the life that it was created for. To serve the people.
 

Michael Dewey (1034)
Saturday September 3, 2011, 11:38 am
I do too Hartson. Its just that they have cut out needed social services, in this age of Fascism.
 

Simon Pearson (95)
Sunday September 4, 2011, 6:16 am
Thanks for the interesting article and debate.
I think that I shall give up using teabags and start making tea in a pot as I did in the 60s.
 

Kathy Javens (104)
Sunday September 4, 2011, 10:08 am
Noted. As always, excellent article, Michael. I have, from day one, had a dislike for the teabaggers. The more i see and read, the more I dislike them. As long as they are around, things will be a mess. Is there no way we can put them on an island all their own,so maybe they will leave us alone.
 

Mary Robert (2)
Sunday September 4, 2011, 6:07 pm
Although the activist hippie is the symbol of the 60's, the actual number was not a majority of even the youth population at the time. There were lots of kids who let their hair grow and wore the fashion industry's version of hippie garb, but actual on-the-streets and/or in-the-commune folks was much smaller. The difference is that the news actually covered our protests and even covered the Vietnam War in graphic detail. There actually WAS news back then. Now the teabaggers can muster a thousand people and it is reported as if it were the height of political protest. Whereas comparable or even much larger progressive protests get little or no coverage anywhere.
 

Pamela D. (16)
Tuesday September 6, 2011, 6:27 am
I really believe that if one canvased a teabag protest/rally; you would find that many are just pissed off people mad at a variety of different issues and want to do something to be heard. I think that so many of them don't really understand what this "Teabag" entity really stands for. They are just happy that they think someone is listening and that they are getting attention. They are ignorant of the fact that most of them are middle class people really shooting themselves in the foot. Having no other alternative way to speak out, many of these people are following these ultra conservatives like lambs to slaughter. I hope they educate themselves quickly on what their candidates really stand for. Yes, I too am a child of the 60's; but I think most of us knew exactly what we were fighting for. I don't think these teabag people do.
 

Lika S. (130)
Saturday September 10, 2011, 10:17 pm
I have found that even if I disagree with a lot of the Republican party, I can still find some credibility there. The Tea Party is a derogatory faction of the Republican Party, so I don't see why they're offended to be called Tea Baggers. I actually think it's an appropriate term.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 11, 2011, 10:06 am
No use for Teabaggers
 
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