On “Teabaggers,” as the Obama Administration Now Calls Them
November 2, 2011 21 Comments
Okay, I’m officially disgusted. I let the whole “teabagger” pejorative go for a long time, consigning it to blogosphere hate-speech that didn’t matter that much.
But now the Obama administration is weighing in — and apparently “teabagger” is an official Obama administration term. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis addressed the Florida Democratic Convention last Saturday, and called the Tea Party “teabaggers” and promised to take them on.
“Teabagger” is possibly the stupidest and most offensive designation imaginable for the Tea Party, and the fact that it evidently has wings with the Obama administration speaks volumes.
“Teabagging,” just so everyone knows, describes sticking your testicles on someone’s face or in their mouth for sexual gratification. It’s a term with long-standing homosexual currency. And it’s therefore ironic, to put it mildly, that “teabagger” is a term of contempt by the left for the Tea Party. Are they condemning that particular sexual practice? Not likely. Just assuming that a sufficient number of people will get the joke.
Everybody gets it. Ha ha, “teabaggers” permits the “humorous” suggestion that Tea Party members, um, can be associated with this practice, while, ha ha, never having to take a moral position on tea-bagging (notwithstanding the implicit moral condemnation of tea-bagging). Oh my, we wouldn’t actually condemn tea-bagging, we just hate conservatives.
For the record, gays, teabag as much as you want. It’s your right. Or have trouble with it, as some of you do, also your right — and indicative of a healthy range. But I would respectfully suggest honorable opposition to use of “teabaggers” to describe political opponents. It rings profoundly untrue.
For the record, liberals who recklessly use the term “teabaggers” are massive hypocrites. It wouldn’t have bothered me so much until the Obama administration weighed in officially. That takes this administration yet another backward step in post-racial politics or any politics of conciliation, yet another confirmation that the Democratic party will cynically exploit the worst rhetoric, and yet another indication that American political discourse has stepped backward during this administration.