Update: After it was pointed out that I hadn’t made it sufficiently clear that the graphic wasn’t intended to be an attack on the entire Tea Party but only on those corporatists who have co-opted the name, it became obvious that the graphic had to be tweaked to make sure people didn’t misconstrue the point. Since there are so many versions of the “in name only” meme in political circles, it seemed the clearest and easiest way to explain the point was to label the so-called “Tea Party caucus” in Congress with a more accurate description: Tea Party In Name Only, or TPINO (too bad PINTO doesn’t work!). Maybe someone will refine that into something better down the road but, for now, TPINO works for the graphic and, I hope, makes it clear that I’m not targeting activists with this graphic, just professional opportunists doing the bidding of corporate feudalists.
There’s a big difference between the original grass roots Tea Party and the astroturf version backed by Freedomworks and Americans for Prosperity. But there’s no difference between the corporatist agenda behind those front groups and the Congressional representatives that self-identify as Tea Partiers. Shutting down the government that gave them life, gave them security and gave them wealth is the height of corporate hubris and ingratitude. Make no mistake, the corporatists have done this and will keep doing it until either they destroy the country or we stop them. (click for full size)