I’ve been out of commission with work and whatnot for a while, so I’m just now taking a moment to remark on the big Tea Party Fest that the Tea Party festers held a couple of Saturdays ago in the rain. I couldn’t help noticing this from The Ledger story:
County Commissioner Randy Wilkinson had just stepped up to the podium at the TEA party protest Saturday in Lakeland when plumber Charles Paleveda of Tampa – who’s nicknamed himself “Charlie the Plumber” – stomped toward the stage, waving his American flag.
“I am angry!” he barked from beneath his U.S. Marine Corps cap.
“And you should be!” Wilkinson replied, to cheers.
Organizers estimate about 2,500 people attended the event at Lake Mirror Amphitheater, held in conjunction with protests across the country Saturday, including a massive march on Capitol Hill.
Now I love Randy, for his wackiness and, it should be said, his willingness to annoy the power structure of both parties and business establishments. But, now that he’s running for Congress on the Tea Party platform, I want him to commit to refusing to accept the health insurance the federal government will provide for him and his family if he defeats Dennis Ross and Lori Edwards. You’ll do that, right Randy?
Because Dennis spoke before the earlier Tea Party gathering back in the spring, I guess that I should put the same challenge to him. Come to think of it, any Republican running on the Tea Party platform should be required to say whether they’ll allow me to provide health insurance to their families with my money. Principles, folks, principles. Come on, prove to me that conservatives exist. Live up to your rhetoric for once.