No to the Tea Party/Yes to the Beer Party

On Tuesday, June 8  I stopped at the Lemon Grove Cafe. I enjoyed visiting with some others who, like myself, had just left the Pig Iron Presses second Tuesday poetry reading. I enjoyed a lemon grass iced tea and listening to Teddy Pantelas play some cool jazz. It’s a great place in the heart of downtown Youngstown you should check out. Stop in Monday, June 28 at 7:00 PM to hear 2004 Green Party presidential candidate David Cobb. He will be talking about amending the constitution to eliminate corporate rights. It’s time we end our corporate rule so I’ll see you there.

On June 19 I attended the Oakland Center for the Arts play, “Back of the Throat.” It was an excellent play dealing with the racism and religious bias directed at people of Middle Eastern descent after 9/11. I also enjoyed the panel discussion following the play with Martha Katz, Ray Nakley, Julia Shearson, the director and cast. In light of the recent Arizona immigration law that promotes racial profiling, this was a timely play I hope you were able to see.

Along with some family I stopped at Yankee Lake Inn on Rt. 7  for dinner. I enjoyed their wings that are a great deal at $5.79 a dozen. They are available in boneless also for the same price. Also check out their onion rings or pepper rings. Great food at a great price so it’s Elecpencil friendly!

I was recently chastised by an in-law for my comments against the Tea Party. My in-law has attended Tea Party events and has  not denounced the racist signs or speakers that participated in the events. I agree with my relative that things need to change in our country. I am willing to participate in events that call for social justice and that are willing to denounce racist or violent elements in their mix. The biggest thing that needs to change is to free our politicians and courts from lobbyist and corporate control. So why would I attend Tea Party events that have corporations and their lobbyists behind the scenes pulling the strings? A Tea Party event in Warren, Ohio had enough fumes of racism in the air that a member of the American Nazi Party took the stage  thinking he was among his element.

I’d have been ashamed to be at an event where Nazis felt comfortable. I  recently saw the perfect example of an event I’d be proud to attend.  It happened in Trenton, NJ  outside the statehouse. Some 35,000 people rallied after Gov. Chris Christie (R) vetoed a plan to fix the state’s budget crisis. The plan featured creating a new tax bracket on residents making more than $1 million. A household making $1.2 million annually would have to pay $11,598 more a year. Instead, Gov. Christie wants to make cuts to public services, like $820 million to the state’s education budget. The 35,000 New Jerseyans, angry at Christie’s choice to protect the wealthiest citizens of his state rather than its schools and infrastructure, gathered to send Gov. Christie a message.

Gov. Christie was asked for a comment while at a racetrack signing  a bill. He dismissed protestors saying, “I’m here. They’re there. Have a nice day.” Of course if this had been a regular right-wing Tea Party protest the  Teabaggers would have been hesitant to protest a republican governor. At a Tea Party event in Trenton last month, only about 400 people attended. In other words when people have a real issue they will take to the streets and outnumber angry racist Tea Party events 87-to-1.

To my in-law I say, “I’ll stand shoulder to shoulder with you when you’re not surrounded by racists and have a legitimate social justice wrong to right.” The Elecpencil is always available for free beer or a cause that will make a better planet for my kids. Drop me a line about where the beer or your fight for justice is. We’ll call it the Beer Party!

Sam Seder fights bullshit: Social Security is not broke.

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K’naan: Fire in Freetown

“What does labor want? We want more schoolhouses and less jails; more books and less arsenals; more learning and less vice; more leisure and less greed; more justice and less revenge; in fact, more of the opportunities to cultivate our better natures.” ~ Samuel Gompers


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