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gopBizarrely, Tim Slagle seems to think that there’s no representation for conservatives in our government:

The popular meme circulating throughout the “unbiased” media yesterday was: The original Tea Party was about taxation without representation but Americans HAVE representation and Republicans are just mad because they lost. The more I twist that in my head, the more absurd it sounds. What they’re really saying is: you are only allowed representation in government if you’re the majority.

Well, there’s a difference between being unrepresented, and being in the minority.  There are, in fact, lots of conservatives in our government.  They are full, voting members.  They have committee assignments.  They have special-interest caucuses.  They’re in the minority, sure, and so do not have nearly as much power as they did a few short months ago.  That’s what elections do!  I’m not sure what else Slagle expects a 2-party government to look like.  If Slagle wants to make an argument in favor of European-style coalition governance or something, I’d love to hear it, but I don’t think that’s his point.

I honestly did not see much of the Tea Party coverage other than the stuff that was floating around the internets (the Shuster thing, that CNN reporter freakin’ out in Chicago,  Fox’s non-stop pimping) and the 100% sympathetic coverage from my local Fox affiliate (and I live in a liberal urban hellhole!).  

So I’m unsure where the scale finally landed.  I do think that, generally, what both the Media Matterses and MRCs of the world, in their scrambling to find any instance of political bias, miss about our national press is that they’re not particularly liberal or conservative, they are just enamoured of their own power.  They are flattered by their access, they are synchopants for whoever is in power, and/or whoever is good at gaming them. 

Anyway, off my soap box.  

And lest you think I’m being hyperbolic with that argument: Taxation is involuntary servitude. When you work for money you don’t get to keep, it’s forced labor.

It’s funny how Democrats only support democracy when it skews in their favor. Things like abortion rights, gun control, and nontraditional marriage, are just “too important” to leave up to the electorate. But when it’s a decision to limit salaries, ban smoking from bars, tax the rich, or any other thing the Left wants, populism rules.

Some things are civil rights issues!  Some things are not!  Like, for example, the power of Congress to tax citizens and spend the revenue.  The Constitution is pretty clear on that score.


Written by dieblucasdie

April 17, 2009 at 5:18 pm

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