Teabaggers in the Mist

Republican Think Tank (Photo: OliverWillis.com)

Republican Think Tank (Photo: OliverWillis.com)

Glenn Beck once insisted that he started his “9/12 Movement” to recapture the sense of unity in the nation the day after the terrorist attacks in 2001. That idea lasted about four minutes Saturday morning as evidenced by the signs held aloft at the event he and a group of well-funded astroturf organisations in Washington created.

Thanks to Oliver Willis’ website, we have a disturbing record of just how disturbed and out-of-touch the ragtag and often racist crowd of batty birthers, deathers, tenthers, climate change deniers, Federal Reserve haters, anti-abortionists, pro gunners and the just plain kooky turned out to be.

Like Sen. Jim DeMint (R-Crazyland). He actually autographed a sign that reads “We Are A Christian Nation.”

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I realised that one of the most disturbing things about Willis’ photo essay is that the people whose signs he captured on film – OK, I’m showing my age; he probably captured them on disc – are allowed to own checking accounts, sign contracts and have children.

Charley James
The Progressive Curmudgeon

Published by the LA Progressive on September 15, 2009
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About Charley James

If you are born in Milwaukee, chances are you're born a Democrat. So, I gravitated naturally to liberal politics as an activist and a journalist. I've been writing since I was eight and, after working in newsrooms for far too long, I have devoted much of the past decade as an independent investigtative jouralist. For much of the past year, I've been writing about homelessness - America's immorality play.