Tea Party values in a coloring book for kids?

I’m reading some of the dispatches from Tea Partiers who are in Washington D.C. this week (including some locals), and they sound like “kids in a candy store,” visiting all the tourism sites like the Capitol and Air and Space Museum, as well as knocking on the doors of offices in the Rayburn building for a “high five” — or a quickie “freedom lecture” for the uninformed.

Tea Party co-founder Mark Meckler is in D.C. for the swearing in of a new Congress. On his blog, local tea party activist Barry Pruett discloses he is tagging along with his wife, who is a staffer for Tom McClintock, in our county. I’m sure there are more.

Having brought my wife along on a few business trips over the years, I know how you can leverage the hotel room bill, for example, for a little getaway. I jokingly asked if Barry’s trip was partly funded by “We the people.” He promptly erased it. BTW, I’m OK with “an excellent adventure” every now and then; I just find that ideologues are often just like the rest of us when you dig deeper: only human.

The tea party means business this week. “Join us on January 5 as we walk the halls of Congress to welcome the new members and make our expectations clear,” according to its website. “We will remind them that when push comes to shove, the American people will support the principled positions they hold, despite the heat they may feel in standing by those values.”

Wow. Make our expectations clear. There’s more:

“On Friday, January 7, we encourage you to visit, call, fax or email your Congressional district office to deliver the Tea Party Patriots message in 2011: defund Obamacare; cut spending; tax reform; entitlement reform; devolve power to state & local governments; greater transparency and accountability.”

I guess environmentalism isn’t part of list of expectations, because that’s a lot of fax paper. Come to think of it, Tom is among the biggest spenders around when it comes to Congressional mass mailings. I personally prefer email.

Meanwhile, having lived and worked in Washington, as well as visited there regularly over the years, I enjoy the travelogues. We’ve taken our son to D.C. for education and sightseeing.

Now, as it turns out, there’s a tea party coloring book to go with a trip to D.C. — for parents and children alike. “This book is designed by the official Tea Party Patriots Organization. So children and parents may learn more of freedom. This book is mixed with songs, puzzles and tons of coloring fun.” It’s only $4.99. More details here.

Just like this week’s Tea Party trek to D.C., there’s a serious side to the coloring book too. If you recall the Tea Party’s 40-year plan, it includes influencing culture and education with their own values. Here’s a review of the plan, presented by Mark Meckler:

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6 thoughts on “Tea Party values in a coloring book for kids?”

  1. Putting aside my first liberal response to the coloring book, that it probably is appropriate to the mentality of the average Tea Party adherent, and taking a more serious and objective view, I did learn something from the Meckler video. To clarify, after seeing the Tea Party contingent for the first time in a 4th of July parade with their, I thought, nasty and vulgar signs, I thought them basically just thugs, scoff-laws, and exhibitionists, with no real intellectual basis or purpose; a view re-inforced by what I saw on T V of T P gatherings. Watching the Meckler video, I realized that the grass roots Tea Party, which does exist, apart from the national Dick Law corporate sponsored and controlled faction, is really just the old Christian Right, which became politicized and joined the Republican Party, saving it from extinction, after the Richard Nixon Scandals, and gained control of the GOP leadership, culminating in the “Born Again” George W. Bush Administration, a control lost when he was disgraced and the party defeated in 2008. Through Tea Party, this same Christian Right is struggling to regain control of the GOP from its more moderate present leadership. My opinion, not going to happen. The national (and in Nevada County, very much the local) press, and this is not just FOX, have given T P far greater coverage than the movement actually warrants, due to the antics practised by some members in the search for anything new under the sun on which to report. The Christian Right will go on voting Republican, since they were never strong enough politically to form their own party, home-schooling their children to keep them from being contaminated by the popular culture, putting forth, as in the case of Nevada County Tea Partiers, 40 year plans, but having minimal impact outside their own ideological group.

  2. Mr. Meckler needs to see about using a lighter hair product to “cover his grays”….it seems to be seeping in on his gray matter too. I love “coloring” in color books though…the trick is to color in tiny circles! Kate Hancock

  3. Sure, Mr Meckler is very much in favor of “limited” government…well, except for that time when he wanted to use the government’s power to shut down the winery next door to him.

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