Teabagging for Jesus

Edward Current knows that Jesus would have been a teabagger:

I love Current’s hat and t-shirt; I, too, am opposed to socalism.

The ending is also entertaining :)

  • ursulamajor

    I have relatives that would be saying, “Amen”, without even catching the snark.

  • fiddler

    you should also check out his video regarding people getting upset at finding out that their favourite you-tuber is a poe… freaking classic. Ed ROCKS!

  • Alex

    What socialism are you opposed to? Fire or police departments? Highway and transportation systems? Public schools? Or maybe tobacco or other ill advised subsidies?

  • http://seangill-insidemyhead.blogspot.com/ SeanG

    Alex, you missed the typo. The shirt says socal- not social- . Which means you’re opposed to southern California? lol.

  • fiddler

    Just to be devil’s advocate alex (although you missed the joke); claiming that roads, schools and police are socialism and that anyone opposed to high taxes and/or socialism are standing against these ideas is…well… a fallacy based argument.
    My county has spent millions of dollars debating the future use of some property near the bay. The newest $500k bright idea is the same one that was proposed 12 years ago…and around $7 million dollars worth of $500k proposals ago.
    -No cops or teachers were damaged in the writing of this response-

  • Chrisweed

    Really? I rather like Los Angeles.

  • Purbrookian

    It seems to be a prerequisite of teabag party membership that one’s written outpourings be inarticulate, misspelled, or otherwise syntactically flawed.

  • Tommy

    Jesus was a teabbagger in the sense that he drove out the moneychangers out of the temple calling them theives and a den of vipers (don’t tread on me!)

    The tea party movement was originally inspired by Ron Paul supporters but I think it’s been hijacked by corporatists to keep the ruling class in power and use the fringe elements to ridicule liberals/progressives who ridicule them back.

    Ron Paul being a christian is much more diplomatic but he’s the only politician to hold the Fed’s feet to the fire.

    Maybe that’s what atheist Pete Stark meant by ‘keep on doing the Lord’s work’!

  • Miko

    The term “teabagger” is a derogatory homophobic slur and its use should be avoided. Contrary to the myth perpetuated by those who want to dismiss the Tea Protesters without considering their ideas, they do not refer to themselves by this term, they do know what it means, and they don’t like being referred to by it. Even as someone who has dismissed them only after considering their ideas, I think that they deserve better than such childish name-calling. (Their ideas, on the other hand, are repulsive and should be soundly criticized. But at the same time, we should remember that many of them have suffered great harm from Obama’s economic policies, and since he’s pretending to be a left-winger, it’s understandable that they’d turn to right-wingers for fake solutions, due to their ignorance of an authentic left-wing tradition that is proffering real solutions.)

    What socialism are you opposed to? Fire or police departments? Highway and transportation systems? Public schools? Or maybe tobacco or other ill advised subsidies?

    Speaking as a left-libertarian (which is typically thought of as a form of non-Marxist socialist), I’m against government provision of all of these things. They have nothing to do with socialism. All of the programs you’ve mentioned are forms of corporate welfare and are designed to 1) provide a buyer to soak up excessive production from the supply-push distribution system, 2) maintain the status quo wealth distribution by providing a safety net for the rich while criminalizing poverty, and 3) transfer wealth from the poor (in the form of taxes and rent) to the rich (in the form of increased property values due to the availability of nearby services). Cooperating individuals can provide for our safety and well-being without resort to government programs and, as the present crisis of capitalism aptly demonstrates, society must eventually fail in the provision of these goals when it is forced to operate from within a statist framework.

    You’re probably thinking of “managerial liberalism,” which is all too often confused with socialism by people who couldn’t give a proper definition of either term.

  • Miko

    Tommy:

    The tea party movement was originally inspired by Ron Paul supporters but I think it’s been hijacked by corporatists to keep the ruling class in power and use the fringe elements to ridicule liberals/progressives who ridicule them back.

    I agree with everything in this paragraph except for the implication that Ron Paul isn’t a corporatist. All politicians are corporatists.

  • cathy

    Miko, the term ‘teabagger’ is not homophobic, I don’t know a single queer person who objects to the use of the term on these grounds nor do I know of this term being used as a homophobic slur, and, trust me, I’ve heard more than my fair share of those. And, it was the tea partiers who first used the term to describe themselves, before more, ah…sexually knowledgable folks laughed them out of the room.

    Also, libertarianism, which is primarily property based and is a capitalist system, is incompatible with socialism which is by definition not a capitalist system. You really don’t have any idea what socialism is, do you? Here is the oversimplified Miriam Webster definiton:

    “1 : any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods
    2 a : a system of society or group living in which there is no private property b : a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state
    3 : a stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done”

    From Encarta, a brief description of libertarianism:

    “Libertarianism, political philosophy emphasizing the rights of the individual. The doctrine of libertarianism stresses the right to self-ownership and, by extension, the right to private ownership of material resources and property. Advocates oppose any form of taxation and favor a laissez-faire economic system.”

    Libertarianism is all about private ownership of production, to the exclusion of public works. Socialism requires by definition some degree of collective ownership of production and social wealth. You do understand that socialism means no ‘free market system’ right? You are in no way, shape, or form a socialist, if your self-description of libertarian is correct, you are a capitalist who may either lean towards a small militarized state or anarchy.

  • http://www.belovedspear.org Beloved Spear

    That is some Grade A Snark, to be sure, but I’m not sure the headline of this piece reflects the rather more insightful perspective on what Jesus taught that this neat little video indirectly presents.

  • Tommy

    Miko I guess you are right. Ron Paul has taken corporate money but compared to the other candidates in the 2008 election it was chump change. Besides he’s the kind of guy that no one can really buy his vote. He returns unused money from his congressional budget to the Treasury and doesn’t participate in the pension program.

    But I’m getting sick of reading the naming calling of teabaggers and such. I understand that just about everyone will go through an anger phase. Liberals/progressives which make up a lot of the most vocal opposition to the tea party are in conflict with the anti-government views that they protest about.

    However like Hemant tries to find some common ground between religious people and atheists, I’m seeing that happen now with the left/right who are putting aside partisan differences that we can agree on

    Four Points of Unity are:
    1. Freedom from Central & Foreign Bankers
    2. Freedom from National Debt & Bailouts
    3. Freedom from Wars & Empire
    4. Defense Of Our Civil Liberties

  • muggle

    It took me about half way through to realize that was a Poe! Scary how like the real thing they are. There is definitely an art to being a Poe.

  • Andrew

    Haha it’s funny to make fun of people you don’t agree with by calling them names and not really addressing the substance of their argument. It’s always best to call people morons when you don’t agree with what they say.
    Agree with them or not people have to realize that name calling and labeling the other side as crazy, racist, bigoted etc is probably the fastest way to lose an argument. It just makes you look uneducated.

  • http://kaleenamenke.blogspot.com Kaleena

    I’m glad I read the comments first before I ranted about “socalism”

    :)


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