with no job, plenty of time for a tea party
In der New York Times gestern über die „health care reform“-Gegner, die sich in Anlehnung an den Widerstand gegen die britische Kolonialpolitik der Amerikaner am 16.12.1773 im Bostoner Hafen bedeutungsschwanger „Tea Party Activists“ nennen:
„SOUTH BEND, Ind. — When Tom Grimes lost his job as a financial consultant 15 months ago, he called his congressman, a Democrat, for help getting government health care. Then he found a new full-time occupation: Tea Party activist.In the last year, he has organized a local group and a statewide coalition, and even started a “bus czar” Web site to marshal protesters to Washington on short notice. This month, he mobilized 200 other Tea Party activists to go to the local office of the same congressman to protest what he sees as the government’s takeover of health care.
Mr. Grimes is one of many Tea Party members jolted into action by economic distress. At rallies, gatherings and training sessions in recent months, activists often tell a similar story in interviews: they had lost their jobs, or perhaps watched their homes plummet in value, and they found common cause in the Tea Party’s fight for lower taxes and smaller government.“
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„The fact that many of them joined the Tea Party after losing their jobs raises questions of whether the movement can survive an improvement in the economy, with people trading protest signs for paychecks“
Das ganze erinnert mich ein wenig an meinen verstärkten Demonstrationsdrang, als ich noch zur Schule ging. Während des Irakkriegs 1991 marschierte man entweder mit selbstgemalten „Kein Blut für Öl“-Schildern auf die Straße oder saß in der Mathestunde. (la)