For reasons unknown to me, I have wound up on a mailing list for the people who think of themselves as modern-day New England revolutionaries.
I am, of course, referring to those who have been throwing "Tea Parties" to denounce anything and everything President Barack Obama is trying to do as "taxation without representation". Now, I am a native of New Hampshire. We are notoriously anti-monarchy... Live Free or Die... folks. So, when I hear people saying they are throwing "tea parties" against our current government, I laugh, and think, "Oh, yeah. Isn't it awful! They are trying to find a way to provide people health care, and they aren't going to let your elected Congress people debate and discuss this bill at all!" Sheesh!!
Still, the funniest part of this for me as a lesbian, is to watch these folks with their tea bags talking about "teabagging". "Teabagging", when said to a person of the queer persuasion, recalls images best left to a John Waters movie. Because of this, gay people across the country have been chuckling shamelessly as arch conservatives talk about being "teabaggers".
Well, somebody finally let the tea out of the bag in southern Ohio. According to a "news" release I received via email, a Congressman who is being harassed by the football coach from a Christian private school used the term in reference to this crowd of right-wingers... and somebody didn't appreciate it:
On Wednesday, Thornville resident David Daubenmire was on Fox News channel's "America's Newsroom" with Megyn Kelly. Daubenmire is a local football coach at Fairfield Christian Academy. He has been sleeping on the sidewalk outside Democrat Representative Zack Space's office in protest of the Congressman's refusal to hold a town hall meeting for his constituents in southeast Ohio.
In the interview with Daubenmire, Fox News' Megyn Kelly read the following statement which came from Rep. Zack Space's office:
"Coach doesn't comprehend reality. The rain or fatigue must be getting to Mr. Daubenmire. There was a town hall meeting yesterday five blocks from where he is setting up camp featuring Secretary of Energy Tom Vilsack, Senator Brown and Congressman Space. It had been publicized for days by all offices. If it was "secretive," then more than 300 people found out the secret, including a number of Mr. Daubenmire's teabagger colleagues who were there and talked to the Congressman."
Local small business owner Darin Hill took offense to Space's remarks.
"The unmitigated gall of Mr. Space's comments is shameful," says Darin Hill, owner of Hillsway Ag and Turf in Gratiot, Ohio. "Those words are disrespectful, condescending, and more than that, they're dishonest."
"I don't feel comfortable with my Congressman using sexually perverse terms like teabagging. He shouldn't be talking that way to constituents," continues Hill. "If Zack Space needs a history lesson on taxation without representation and the Boston Tea Party, I'd be happy to enlighten him. There's nothing perverse about an American citizen questioning his government."
True, there is nothing perverse about questioning government. But I guess "teabagging" coming out of the mouth of a Republican is different than when it comes out of the mouth of a Democrat?? Suddenly, the term the Republicans have become so fond of is about oral s-s-s-s-s- bwahahahahaha!!! Come on!
Welcome to the secret chuckling behind your backs, southern Ohio!! Chris Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly... all into "teabagging"! That's a hoot!!