So a gaggle of Kansas teabagging enthusiasts decided they wanted to hold their mass foot-stomping tantrum at a Veterans Memorial. Veterans, understandably, were concerned about having a partisan political, ahem, "protest" being held at the Memorial Ampitheater:
– “It’s everybody’s right to have a protest, but our complaint is that it’s at the Veterans Memorial. Most people think of the Veterans Memorial as a sacred place. It’s a place to reflect, to remember why we’re here today and the people who have sacrificed for that.” [Bob Torbett, director of the American Legion Riders and a member of the Kansas Patriot Guard]I'm sure that these teabaggers, 100% of whom I'm sure would identify as "conservative," or "Republican," or "libertarian," the loudest shriekers of "Support the Troops!" would respect the wishes of the Veterans, and hold their tea party elsewhere, right?
- “I’m not so sure the Veterans Memorial is the appropriate place for a tax protest.” [Charles Heath, Commander of American Legion Post 64]
– “This is something that really upset me. The Veterans Memorial, as far as I’m concerned, is hallowed ground. To have a partisan, political ‘tea party’ there really offends my sensibilities.” [Bob Torbett, veteran of the Korean War]
When asked for comment, Jenkins’s spokesperson said that while the congresswoman has the “utmost respect” for veterans, “What’s going on in Washington now, with spending and taxes, affects everyone – from veterans to small businesses and single moms and working families. The congresswoman feels it’s important to talk about these issues.”Fuck you, Veterans. Our mass whine is more important than respecting your sacrifice. Fuck you, Veterans. We know more than you do. Fuck you, Veterans. We're stomping over your hallowed ground because we're pissed we lost an election. But hey, we respect you! Just not enough to listen to your wishes!
John Minton, head of the Crawford County Republican Party, defended the tea baggers, saying that they were probably having their protest at the amphitheater because it was one of the few places in the country that “could accommodate a large crowd.”Fuck you, Veterans. We're too goddamned lazy to find another venue for our wankfest. Obviously, this is the only place in the country that can accommodate all fifty-or-so of us.
Support the troops! Unless they get in our fucking way.