Tea “pottymouth” at July Fourth parade in GV

Why did the guy marching with the Tea Party protesters in Saturday’s Fourth of July parade in Grass Valley have to carry a sign reading, “Bend over for change”?

Is that the kind of image the Tea Party protesters want to convey to our community, including the children who show up for public events like this? Is that persuasive?

We found it tasteless regardless of your politics. My wife, a registered GOP, was the one who pointed it out to me. Oops.

According to The Chronicle, the organizer from here — Mark Meckler — also is a national coordinator of the events. He told The Chronicle, the Independence Day protest was more of a “celebratory event.”

Celebrating what? Intolerance?

Meckler said many participants Saturday will be asked to “hammer” their Washington representatives for supporting the energy and climate bill that narrowly passed the House last week.

The Facebook site for the Grass Valley Tea Party protesters is here. The group was asked to wear any red shirt (hmmm), though some wore red, white and blue, thankfully.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

2 thoughts on “Tea “pottymouth” at July Fourth parade in GV”

  1. Ot-nay oo-tay ight-bray. Krugman had a column on this kind of thinking, titled Know-Nothing Politics –

    (“The party’s de facto slogan has become: “Real men don’t think things through.””)

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