If I Ever Give Money to the TNDP Again, Please Smack Me Upside the Head

It was bad enough when this anti-Palin nonsense went out virally, but today we get the official email from the TNDP.

Did you hear? Sarah Palin’s coming to town – and you’ll never believe who she’s speaking to.

OK, it’s not that much of a shock. Sarah Palin, known for her outrageous lies, is speaking to the Tea Party Nation “convention,” known for its open embrace of conspiracy theorists. And Tennessee Republicans are falling in line, with Marsha Blackburn leading the way.

Our friends put together a little song to welcome her. You may recognize the tune.

Listen to “Sarah Palin’s Comin’ to Town” here: http://www.teapartycircus.com/

Never mind that before this email went out, it was already old news that Blackburn’s enthusiasm for the convention had cooled considerably. What’s a little truth-stretching when fund-raising is involved?

And the song.

I know that, when we talk about what Democrats stand for in this state, the eye-rolling gets so thick most of the state can’t see where they’re going, but it matters.

We’re not against people with mental illnesses. I can’t even believe I have to type that.

People have mental illnesses. It doesn’t discount them from serving in office. It doesn’t discount them from contributing to society. It doesn’t make them worth less as human beings. And we, as a party, are traditionally allied with advocacy groups for people with mental illnesses.

Mental illnesses are incredibly common. You know people right now on anti-depressants. You know veterans who live with PTSD. You know women who’ve suffered from postpartum depression. And so on. And the chances of you being mentally ill at some point in your life are about the same as you coming down with some other very common illness. It might not be chronic, for most people, but most people are going to experience it.

Whatever range of attitudes and behaviors might be covered by the “crazy” umbrella, we are all going to be crazy at some point.

Whether or not Palin, Blackburn, or Bachmann are crazy is not a reason to stand against them nor to raise money FOR the Democrats.

In fact, it’s deeply problematic and deeply disappointing to see the Tennessee Democratic Party raising money by mocking politicians for being crazy–”Lunacy’s headed to our backyard”; “They’re gonna fill up Opryland/ With their paranoid fantasies”; “She’s raising the bar on crazy again.”

I mean, I hate to point out the obvious BUT WE’RE THE PARTY OF CRAZIES. Even now, there are politicians in this state who believe that homosexuality is a mental illness. There are still people who believe that women who want to go to college or get jobs or put off having kids have something wrong with us, literally, something in our brains are broken. Even today, Jeff Woods is calling progressives “moonbeams.” And that’s just the tier of people who get accused of being crazy as some kind of slur against us.  We also are supposed to be the folks who care about and advocate for and with people with mental illnesses.

And yet we’re going to raise money on the idea that we can’t possibly allow the crazies to get power?

If everyone who votes Democrat who has a mental illness or has been accused of having a mental illness stopped voting Democrat, the Democratic Party would be in hot water.

Hotter water.

There are plenty of reasons to stand against Palin and the tea-partiers and there are ways of doing it that don’t get our allies caught in friendly fire.

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5 thoughts on “If I Ever Give Money to the TNDP Again, Please Smack Me Upside the Head

  1. Interestingly, some of us in California recall the origin of the term “moonbeam” as an insult. It was applied by columnist Mike Royko to former governor Jerry Brown for suggesting the state of California lease a communications satellite for purposes of emergency respoinse coordination. This was in 1978, so it was “crazy.” The state of California now leases a satellite for emergency response coordination. Sometimes “crazy” means “you’re just a little too proactive for my tastes.”

  2. I mean, I hate to point out the obvious BUT WE’RE THE PARTY OF CRAZIES. Even now, there are politicians in this state who believe that homosexuality is a mental illness. There are still people who believe that women who want to go to college or get jobs or put off having kids have something wrong with us, literally, something in our brains are broken.

    Don’t forget Charlotte Burks and her jihad against sex toys made for female pleasure. Nuttier than squirrel shit, that ‘un.

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  4. Yeah, but Chris, that gave us Doonesbury‘s “Hey, ho, go with the flow!” which is one of the best political chants ever.

    B, are there any nice rocks in TN I can go crawl under for a while? I mean, that aren’t going to be removed by mining companies some time soon?

  5. Thanks for always keeping me informed B. If it weren’t for you, Mary and a few others, I would be lost in the forest of Tennessee politics. Not that being lost in the forest is always a bad thing. Sometimes ignorance is bliss. But I do appreciate your thoughtful reporting of the sometimes stranger than life happenings in Tennessee.

    As for the song: As someone who needs anti-depressants I have to say, the fact that they used the word “crazy” and the general tone of the song didn’t feel like a slam to the mentally ill. It was more just “sing-songy” cheap shots to a few soft targets put to an upbeat Christmas tune. We aren’t stupid TNDP. We don’t need you to put together a insipid song to try to scare us about he infiltration of the enemy. These tea-party people are dislikable on their own merits. There is no need to write a song about it.

    There are legitimate reasons the TNDP could use to raise money: Health Care Reform hanging by a thread; the over burdened middle class; Guns in Bars; Guns in Parks; Tennessee counties with substantially higher unemployment rates than the national average….the list goes on and on.

    Give me a freaking break TNDP. Put your big boy/girl drawers on and deal with it. Don’t write a song about it. You just make the state party and yourselves look like idiots.

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