It adds texture, it adds flavor, it even adds color. The crushed up bush in each tea bag gives the tea its essence, and character. You can really get to know a tea by the bush that its made from – - whether it be Lipton, Chi, or the hundreds of other choices bush teas offers.
However, the teabag in this article is not the small, thin bag with the string and tag attached, nor is it used to make tea. Nor is the bush in the teabag that I refer to from this point on the green, leafy substance that grows on the hills in rainforests.
Teabag here, refers to the human transparent containers of the extreme far right ideology of the fiscally conservative, who primarily reside in the south, and praises their bush no matter how bitter the flavor is. And yes, that crushed up bitter bush is none other than the former President of the United States, George W. Bush!
How else would these Teabags be characterized? The word ‘transparent’ is not even beginning to shed light on what is so painfully obvious with this group of Americans. Their love for this Bitter Bush has totally blinded them from the devastation his policies have caused this country. And today, they still sing his praises as if he was the best thing that happened to America since the last President who got an Iraqi journalist’s shoe thrown at his face.
The Policies of a Bitter Bush
Wartime Policies: President Clinton once said that his time in office cannot be called great, because he never presided over a war. Okay, then George Bush should be looked upon as the supreme leader, because he presided over two wars. But the bitter reality of Bush’s wartime policy decisions is completely different, and his policies are just one branch on the bush of the utter failure that was his presidency. Bush’s decision to invade Iraq on false pretenses and doctored intelligence, and his decision to force the cost of his expenditures from the war on this nation’s budget, shows a level of irresponsibility not seen since President Reagan instituted “Trickle Down Economics.”
On Education: No Child Left Behind, Bush’s brainchild that was to promote better education in America, leaves our schools and teachers competing against each other through standardized testing and a measuring stick that many observers calls deeply flawed and biased. No Child Left Behind is leaving the Education of Americans behind, thanks to the Bush in these transparent Teabags.
On National Debt – When Bush took office in 2001, the national debt was $5.73 trillion. When he left office in January 2009, Americans collectively had a bitter taste in their mouths to the tune of a $10.7 trillion in debt. This figure was largely due to Bush’s ill-informed policies, his wartime decisions and his contribution to Reagan’s Trickle Down Economics through two different Tax Cuts for millionaires and billionaires.
On Domestic Issues: The tea was extremely watery here. The ineffectiveness of this Bush was highlighted when hurricane Katrina hit the coastal areas of Louisiana. Bush’s handling of the problem, in which American bodies were laid out sidewalks in streets of Louisiana, was a travesty. He was seen congratulating the head of FEMA, the agency supposedly responsible for helping those affected by the storm, with that ‘ good job brownie‘ statement. Bush, who had appointed Michael D. Brown in 2003 to head the agency, praised Brown shortly after the storm hit, saying “Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job.”
On Foreign Relations: Bush really had very little or nothing to show as a foreign relations policy Some might even call his dodging of the pair of shoes hauled at his face as his finest moment in foreign relations. His decision to invade a foreign nation led to hundreds of thousands of deaths for American troops and Iraqi citizens, and his claim that Iraq is better off now, would be laughable if it weren’t so devastating.
In the eyes of the Teabagger however, the policies and decisions made by their Bush is not bitter, but an acquired taste. These teabaggers have shown their transparency and yes, we can see right through them. The Bush that was tasted by those with a sense of taste and the slightest bit of humanity was rejected. He was, however, embraced by the Teabaggers as the greatest President this country has ever elected to office.
They were silent when he single-handedly turned the rest of the world’s leaders against America. The teabaggers were silent when American bodies laid lifeless in the streets of New Orleans while their Bush-tea pronounced all was s being done to help the Katrina victims. They had nothing to say when the education levels of American children plummeted because of the Bush-tea education policies enacted by Georgie boy, and when he doubled the nation’s debt, it was all good too. The Teabaggers had nothing to say, because the person doing all the spending was a Republican.
An acquired taste indeed. A bitter tea to the rest of the country and the world for that matter, but a sweet tea to those who choose politics and party over the progression of this country.
- Rush Limbaugh: “Keep Your Hands Off My Teabag, Mr. President” (mediaite.com)
- ‘real green teabag’ by hyung gyun jung + il seop so + han bi jung + jae young heo – iida awards 2010 (designboom.com)
- Teabagging Republicans (eschatonblog.com)