If this person had meant to refute me, that person failed miserably. What this person did show was the nasty callousness and selfishness that defines the tea party.
Below are the original lines, the tea party member's answer and then my answer (which are in red):
You didn't get mad when the Supreme Court stopped a legal recount and appointed a President.
Bush won. Multiple independent recounts completed in the years since have confirmed that fact. Get over it
Let's see those multiple recounts.
You didn't get mad when Cheney allowed Energy company officials to dictate Energy policy and push us to invade Iraq .
Democrats voted unanimously to send us to war. Twice. And Democrats have approved every spending bill to keep our troops there since.
Everyone, including the Democrats were lied to about weapons of mass destruction. And come on, who in their right mind will turn down spending bills for troops in war?
You didn't get mad when a covert CIA operative got outed.
Plame lied. Journalism died.
You are gonna have to do better than that. How did Plane lie? And if there wasn't any wrongdoing by the Bush Administration, then perhaps you should set up the "Scooter Libby went to jail for nothing" fund.
You didn't get mad when the Patriot Act got passed.
Of course we didn't. We wrote it.
The Patriot Act was definitely a demonstration what Beck always accuses Obama of doing - taking away our freedoms. How ironic that you don't have any problems with it.
You didn't get mad when we illegally invaded a country that posed no threat to us.
We invaded Canada?
How was Iraq a threat to us? It had no link to Osama Bin Laden or Al Qeda.
You didn't get mad when we spent over 800 billion (and counting) on said illegal war.
Shame to have all those really cool weapons and not use them.
Cool weapons? That remark was both callous and cruel. You wanna repeat that line to the families of those who died? How about Pat Tillman's family?
You didn't get mad when Bush borrowed more money from foreign sources than the previous 42 Presidents combined.
Actually, that's kind of what started our getting mad.
I missed the protests, marches, and tea party expresses to Washington.
You didn't get mad when over 10 billion dollars in cash just disappeared in Iraq.
Yes we did.
Again I missed the protests, marches, and tea party expresses to Washington.
You didn't get mad when you found out we were torturing people.
Yes we did.
Once again I missed the protests, marches, and tea party expresses to Washington.
You didn't get mad when Bush embraced trade and outsourcing policies that shipped 6 million American jobs out of the country.
Yes we did.
Nope. Again no protests, marches, and tea party expresses to Washington. I think this would have been a perfect time for some of those "I want my country back" primal screams. Those seemed not to have taken place either.
You didn't get mad when the government was illegally wiretapping Americans.
Yes we did.
You all were using the Jedi mind trick to show your anger, weren't you?
You didn't get mad when we didn't catch Bin Laden.
Yes we did.
You must have been communicating your anger to each other by a huge mind meld, like the Borg on Star Trek.
You didn't get mad when Bush rang up 10 trillion dollars in combined budget and current account deficits.
Yes we did.
That must have been when you all started writing ugly letters to each other rather than protesting and marching in Washington.
You didn't get mad when you saw the horrible conditions at Walter Reed.
Yes we did.
Let me guess. You didn't protest or go to Washington with signs during this time or any of the other times? You sure you all got angry?
You didn't get mad when we let a major US city, New Orleans drown.
Yes we did get mad -- at the Democrats that ignored 30 years of warnings that the levies were inadequate. We got mad at the useless governor who blocked Federal assistance at every level. We got mad at the useless mayor who refused to evacuate his city. We got mad at the useless Democrat emergency management officials who didn't HAVE an emergency evacuation plan. We got mad at the useless Democrat citizens who sat around waiting for their useless Democrat officials to save their useless Democrat butts. We got mad at those same useless Democrat citizens who re-elected the same useless Democrat mayor. And we're still mad that the same useless Democrat emergency management department STILL HASN'T WRITTEN AN EVACUATION PLAN!
Yes it was the Democrats who told Michael Brown, "you are doing one heckuva job, Brownie." And a lot of those people were either unable to move because they had no transportation or was in the hospital or in nursing homes. But those "stupid people" deserved to die, right?
You didn't get mad when we gave people who had more money than they could spend, the filthy rich, over a trillion dollars in taxbreaks.
No, because those rich folks are our employers. The money they don't send to the government in taxes is what we call "pay checks".
Standard silly line about rich people. You sound like you live in a feudal society. I love the world you live in where rich people should get big tax breaks but people in nursing homes should be left to die in a flood because they are too stupid to get out.
You didn't get mad with the worst 8 years of job creations in several decades.
Because we don't live in the Democrat-controlled states where all those jobs were lost.
So only states controlled by Democrats had high unemployment? South Carolina had an unemployment rate of of 11.5 in August. Didn't know the Republican governor Mark Sanford was a Democrat. Georgia at the same time had an unemployment rate of 10.3. Who knew the Republican governor at the time, Sonny Perdue was a secret Democrat. Need I say more?
You didn't get mad when over 200,000 US Citizens lost their lives because they had no health insurance.
Red herring. Every hospital in the United States is required to administer life-saving health care to all patients, regardless of ability to pay. Look it up.
So you don't refute this fact, you just call it a red herring. And imply the notion that if these people die, it's their stupidity. According to a 2002 study -
* Uninsured people with colon or breast cancer face a 50% higher risk of death.
* Uninsured trauma victims are less likely to be admitted to the hospital, receive the full range of needed services, and are 37% more likely to die of their injuries.
* About 25% of adult diabetics without insurance for a year or more went without a checkup for two years. That boosts their risk of death, blindness and amputations resulting from poor circulation.
But it's okay as long as those tax breaks for the rich keep coming, huh.
You didn't get mad when lack of oversight and regulations from the Bush Administration caused US Citizens to lose 12 trillion dollars in investments, retirement, and home values.
Oh we got mad -- mad at the Democrats who have been in control of the institutions that CAUSED the financial meltdown. We also got mad at Bush for not taking action when the fraud was uncovered.
Bush was President at the time, but it was the Democrats' fault. That makes sense. Whatever happened to the "buck stops here?"
My friend, you really shouldn't have bothered to answer. If your aim was to defend the tea party, you failed. Your comments, especially the ones about the "cool weapons" demonstrate the real tea party - a group created by resentment and so cowardly that they can't even admit their own prejudices so they wrap it up in jingoism and phony patriotism. Sad.