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Dancing with the Tea Party

November 24, 2010

…like a hooker, the mainstream media gets pimped by the Palins in pursuit of dirty money, regardless of how she demonizes them or smacks them around…

The most recent season of Dancing with the Stars has come to an end, and the finale was quite the event, with controversy swirling around Bristol Palin’s extended run in the competition despite a performance that was, well let’s just say she danced pretty much like a slightly overweight, out of shape 20 year old with no prior dance training or inherent natural grace should dance…kinda clumsy, kinda clunky, and kinda cringe inducing. But still, she gave it her all.

Of course, as we now know, because of her mom’s notoriety leading voices in the Tea Party movement and the conservative blogosphere came to the conclusion that keeping Bristol in the competition despite her mediocre to poor performances would be a way to flip the proverbial bird at the liberal elite and the media. Or as one conservative blogger, Kevin DuJan of Hillbuzz.org, childishly proclaimed “You … can actually vote together and send Bristol over the top … while sending Leftist heads into meltdown.” (Really Kevin? Are you serious? This would send “Leftist heads into meltdown”? With all the things we have to worry about in this country, this is what you focus on? Good lord, the Tea Party movement is in worse shape than I thought with childish idiots like you leading the charge. But I digress.)

Due to the get out the Tea Party vote effort, as the finale approached with Palin still in the running to win over clearly superior performers, ABC found itself in quite the conundrum. On one hand, the controversy surrounding Palin and the skewed voting was a huge ratings bonanza with millions of people, like yours truly, actually watching a show for the first time. But to the negative, the fact the outcome would be an obvious travesty could potentially damage the credibility of the show for good.

Now it is kinda hard to feel sorry for ABC for finding themselves in this mess, or for the entire corporate media establishment’s messy involvement with the Palins for that matter. I mean when it comes to the Palin phenomenon, it seems that there is some sort of collective amnesia in the fourth estate, with them forgetting what happened when ‘Sista Sarah’ was introduced to the world at the 2008 GOP Convention. During her acceptance speech, she famously took on the media when she said…

“ I’m not a member of the permanent political establishment. And I’ve learned quickly, these past few days, that if you’re not a member in good standing of the Washington elite, then some in the media consider a candidate unqualified for that reason alone.”

What followed was 30 seconds of booing, catcalls and derisive chants of “NBC, NBC, NBC” that got so bad that one person in a press area located in the middle of the convention floor actually said they became frightened being surrounded by hundreds of angry red faces, some with veins bulging and spittle flying as they booed, chanted and pointed with menacing intent (you can view this part of the speech at the 6 minute mark in the video at the bottom of the article).

But judging by the slavish media attention being given all things Palin, that has all been conveniently forgotten in pursuit of ratings and revenue. Never mind that most of what Palin says or represents is counter to what’s good for the country or our democracy, like her AP Lie of the Year regarding ‘death panels’ to prevent needed reform that would help millions, or her irresponsible ‘drill baby drill’ cheerleading on behalf of corporations like BP, the architects of the disastrous spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Nope, like a hooker, the mainstream media gets pimped by the Palins in pursuit of dirty money, regardless of how she demonizes them or smacks them around. It really is a sad reflection of where the media, and our country has gone.

There is however, one ironic positive to emerge from the Dancing with the Stars debacle. In a unique twist, the Tea Party may have inadvertently helped hasten the end of that which they hold most dear.

You see, one of the great disconnects to the whole Tea Party movement is trying to rationalize where this white, upper middle class, middle-aged demographic was during the Bush years? Why was there no hue and cry from these people as Bush exploded the debt, expanded government, trampled Democracy like a Fascist, sent young men and women off to die in wars started on a lie, and basically let our economic foundation rot away until it was on the verge of collapse? How come there was no anger at the promises made and then broken to what was then Bush’s base and that now constitute the core of the Tea Party like repealing Roe v. Wade, or imposing a constitutional ban on Same Sex Marriage, or restoring honor to the White House, or institutionalizing prayer in schools? None of those things happened, yet nary was a peep heard from those who were lied to. My guess is, instead of paying attention to how they were being lied to and screwed by their chosen leaders, those that are now the Tea Party were, as they do now, letting the Bush apologists on Fox News tell them what they should believe. And when not dancing to O’Reilly or Beck’s siren songs of lies and misinformation, they were immersed in reality TV shows like American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, or America’s Got Talent that demanded their attention to the point where they cast more votes for who won or lost a meaningless talent show than they did for the representatives who decided how their money was spent, their laws were enforced and in some cases, whether their sons and daughters lived or died.

However, by leveraging the Tea Party demographics’ tendency to let other people tell them what to believe or do, and their sick obsession with reality TV shows to jigger the vote on Dancing with the Stars, geniuses like Kevin DuJan and his fellow conservative and Tea Party brethren may have planted the seed that will ultimately lead to the demise of the reality show genre. Much like the American quiz show scandals of the 1950s, where a series of revelations that contestants of several popular television quiz shows were secretly given assistance by the show’s producers to arrange the outcome of a supposedly fair competition, ABC has been forced into a position where they can either let unfair voting destroy the competition, or try to protect the image of the program by secretly making sure the obvious winners win. Either way, the public is likely to never view Dancing with the Stars the same way again. And much like the quiz show scandal eventually led to the downfall of the entire genre, it isn’t unreasonable to think that as doubt creeps into the minds of viewers, reality TV could suffer the same fate as the quiz shows of the fifties.

For some of us, we can only pray that it does. Perhaps then, Americans like the majority who populate the Tea Party won’t have to limit their viewing to contrived competitions and Fox News idiots like Beck, Hannity and O’Reilly. Then they’ll have the time to broaden their sights and pay attention to what is happening to them and around them so they can actually begin forming their own opinions and making their own judgments, rather than being told what is real and what to think by the corporate power brokers who control the media and try so hard to control our lives.

18 Comments leave one →
  1. December 27, 2010 12:02 am

    With the growing deficit and the recession stagnating, I feel I have a duty to share my beliefs on this, the United States. As the deficit grows with the “Economic Recovery Plan” and the remnants of the “War On Terror.” The ‘Middle Class’ in the United States is slowly shrinking, and with it goes the vast majority of the governments tax revenue. Which means that no matter who is in charge or what ideas they come up with, the deficit will continue to grow, the interest alone is accounting for over $200 Billion dollars annually now.

    The lack of taxable income from the nonexistent middle class will drive the vast lower class into a greater sense of poverty, while taxes on the upper class increase to compensate. Once taxes increase enough on the upper class, those who can still afford it will move out of the country to protect their money. The main issue with this comes when the upper 1% of the population that controls 90% of the nations wealth leaves the nation—keep in mind this wouldn’t be limited to CEOs, athletes, actors, and those handful of inventors that created the teat that our society now suckles at, but also many of the doctors, lawyers, engineers and the highly educated residents that hold places of prestige in our economy—This will drive the remaining U.S. population, nearly overnight, into the conditions of a third world country.

    Many of the people who are left in the country will migrate en mass to Canada or Central America creating job shortages, homeless problems, and an enormous economic strain on those governments, leaving an even lower population within U.S. borders. The increasingly low number of doctors within the U.S. means that even minor diseases run rampant. Meanwhile stealing what they need to survive, the citizens that are left will overrun the cities, the military will try to control the chaos, soon realizing the cause is just and the need for survival is great. The military will join the citizens and take up arms to revolt against the government that created this situation. The ensuing chaos and anarchy will eventually lead to a Chinese takeover of U.S. soil.

    This may seem a harsh exaggeration, but the ‘elected’ powers of this government have been the same bloodlines since the formation of this government, the same monarchies and dynasties our “patriots” fought so hard against, the same people who are creating the increasingly large gap between the upper class and the general population (or should I say Feudalism, the nobleman and the peasants, sound familiar?) they are the same people that raped and slaughtered the native population of this country, the same ones that enslaved Afro-Americans for nearly four hundred years. The same bloodlines that deceived and lied to the Native Americans have been lying and deceiving everyone since then.

    The current economic state has been stewing for the past two generations; we have been duped into thinking that the pursuit of the American dream means a lack of general humanity! Who cares if the unemployment rate in our own country is nearing 22% (8-12% that we’re made aware of is typically only the people that are collecting unemployment) if I can save $0.001 a unit to have them manufactured in sweat shops overseas that’s ok. If I can save $3 million a year on labor, who cares if I shut down these factories and lay off thousands of people right here in my city. All it took to stop this was a “Made in USA” sticker when you went shopping, rather than the “Made in Pakistan,” or “Made in Taiwan,” or “Made in Hong Kong.”

    I have to question, did we really “win” the American Revolution? Or have the British been behind the scenes the whole time teaching us the illusion of freedom? Another exaggeration I admit, but I feel my point remains clear.

    People fight constantly, it’s the Democrats fault, or it’s the Republicans fault. How about the simple fact that it’s both parties faults. Why? Because the parties are really the same thing; face it, it’s the same select bloodlines that have been running this country since the beginning. The same kinds of monarchies and dynasty rulers our patriots fought so hard to break way from, have been masquerading as democratic elections. People say, it’s a democracy if you don’t like it, vote third party: two things wrong with that; there is no third party choice, the popular ‘third party’ now is the “Tea Party” but every elected official from the “Tea Party” has immediately aligned with the Republican Party after taking office because without being elected en mass, third parties can never hold any power. The second is that this country is not a democracy and never has been, it’s a socialist republic. We elect the people into office who the Republican and Democrats parade in front of us, we might get six or eight to choose from but they are all part of the same money, same bloodlines, that have been in power since the beginning, and it’s the same corporations and private sectors that back both parties.

    There’s no change, no hope, and no relief coming from this government. Our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal, unfortunately with the same regime we tried so hard to escape. The bottom line here is that the people need to realize after nearly two hundred and fifty years, mistakes have been made in the government of this country that cannot be corrected until a shift of power has occurred. We need to remove the two party system, remove the candidates that are backed by capitalist corporations that have been outsourcing all of our jobs, so their CEOs can make a couple extra million, and remove the “Patriot Act” in all forms. The government has taken away our inherent right to privacy in the guise of ‘national security’ to tap the phones or in a recent case apply GPS trackers to the cars of individuals with absolutely no cause, meanwhile there’s little to no evidence pointing towards the effectiveness of this act. The government is trying to keep tabs on those individuals either of Middle Eastern decent or the ones who could create trouble for the ruling class, just like they did in the 60s and 70s when MLK, JFK, RFK, Malcolm X, and Medgar Evers were assassinated

    The only way to improve the government at this point is to revolt against it.

    Copywrite 2010 Devlyn Blackwell

  2. Gringo in Baja permalink
    November 28, 2010 10:12 am

    Oh yeah, a grass roots movement? Yeah, Youbetcha.
    Freedomworks and Dick Armey and all the funding they lobbied is not what is called a grass roots movement. You were duped. Give it time. You’ll see. Just wait for them to turn on you ” loyalists “.
    Bwahahahahahahahahahaha. suckers.

  3. Gringo in Baja permalink
    November 28, 2010 10:08 am

    Hold the Mayo!
    I ask you, Robert. Explain to me how Palin is qualified for higher office?
    And explain also, what it is that the teabagggers are now, when they weren’t vocal during the Bush admin? Yes, I know there were some people being vocal about Bush’s spending. But, by in large, there weren’t many from the GOp. It seems that you teabaggers are a few years late and a lot of money short. You should have thought about all of this when you backed your half wit Bush . All of you who voted, backed and supported Bush are the ones responsible for the condition of the country. Without you, he wouldn’t have been so successful. So, cry me a river bud. And please, support Palin for office in 2012. Please.
    Oh, one more thing. I loved the saying “keep your government hands off of my social security.
    Pure comedy gold.

  4. Robert Mayo permalink
    November 27, 2010 6:43 pm

    Your rant is no better than any other rant about the Palins that has been written and it is as full of misinformation as the rest of them as well. For instance, take your reference to Kevin DuJan being a Tea Party leader: “Good lord, the Tea Party movement is in worse shape than I thought with childish idiots like you leading the charge.” According to your rant, you said he was a conservative blogger and yet somehow he was elevated to the level of Tea Party leader. Also, you imply that there was some form of “Get out the Tea Party vote” but your only support for that accusation is a link to an AP writer’s quote that was supposedly taken from Mr. DuJan’s blog. Unfortunately, there is no link to the actual blog in the AP writer’s story nor does that quote mention the words “Tea Party” anywhere. If Mr. DuJan had called for a “Get out the Tea Party vote” as you stated above, I am positive you would have included the words in your rant. You and many other writers complain about the “siren song of lies and misinformation” from television hosts like O’Reilly and Beck and yet you do the same exact thing, which means you are no better or worse than they are. Pretty much, you are their equal.

  5. sdcloke permalink
    November 27, 2010 6:12 pm

    This is the first time I have watched this, and i have a few questions; Todd is a proud member of the United Steel Workers Union, how un-republican; her parents worked at the local school? am I wrong in guessing, probably Democrats? New ethics laws for Alaskan Gov’s office? would these be the same laws she violated? and finally does anyone know the story of the young lady being escorted out of the building?

  6. janek51 permalink
    November 27, 2010 10:50 am

    Anyone with eyes to see and ears to hear would know what a fake Sarah was from the get-go. Snarkiness and bitterness ooze out of her like a slow leak.

  7. Gringo in Baja permalink
    November 27, 2010 10:46 am

    Oh, one more thing. I loath this scramble brained mouth with feet. She needs to go run for office in North Korea. Her allies there will welcome her with open arms i’m sure.
    Death panels? Haaa! If they follow Simpson’s recommendations to cut SSI, they’ll get their “death panels”. Kinda funny when you think about it( in a dark humor kinda way) They create all this bruhaha about death panels, then, the GOP recommend cutting SSI. And Palin just says” You Betcha.

  8. Gringo in Baja permalink
    November 27, 2010 10:41 am

    Well done. 1st time poster here. I’ll be back.

  9. weezilgirl permalink
    November 26, 2010 11:59 am

    Good post. Thanks.

  10. cokids permalink
    November 26, 2010 8:22 am

    You asked, ‘Where were these people when….” The answer is that they were asleep as the lack of a draft left them free to fantasize without fear of THEIR sons or daughters going into forgeign wars; getting their butts shot off! Bring back the draft and you’ll hear even these old, white men getting upset at the foolhardy antics of the likes of Geo Bush!! All of a sudden, deficit spending, false premises for war and the other circumstances you describe will change! BRING BACK THE DRAFT! It will make us a healther nation, which is why it won’t happen!

    • Sad permalink
      December 28, 2010 10:51 am

      With the “Don’t Ask, Dont Tell” being thrown out, I hate to say the draft is imminent. I could explain why, but it’s much more fun to watch it as it’s happening.

  11. November 26, 2010 7:46 am

    Excellent as always E.

    I happen to quite enjoy your “lame” website. The only tea that kicks my ass is SleepyTime.

    • November 27, 2010 10:01 am

      Thanks BP! BTW, put your very cool site on my blogroll. Thx!

  12. Dan Pet permalink
    November 25, 2010 6:03 pm

    What a lame website. The TEA Party kicked your asses. Later

    • November 25, 2010 10:30 pm

      My ass is just fine, thank you very much for stopping by…

    • LaMayimba permalink
      November 26, 2010 12:19 am

      The Tea Party represents the height of ignorance in the US. I have not heard a single solution – only ranting and raving with illogical conspiracy theories and baseless allegations – nothing makes sense.

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