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"Take back America"

A frequent theme of tea party rallies going into next week's election is "Take Back America" (or a variation thereof -- such as "We're Taking Our Country Back!"):



Some questions about this popular slogan:

1. Who is the implicit "we" (as in "We are taking America back")?
2. Who are "we" taking America back from?
3. Why is America "ours" and not "theirs"?

Anybody know?
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Old 10-27-10, 04:17 PM
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1. White folks
2. That black fella
3. not sure.
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1. Real Americans and not commie pinko liberals
2. Commie pinko liberals
3. Because we believe in the constitution and they believe in communist pinko liberals and global warming.

Fuck, seriously? You didn't know the answers?
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1. Also includes people who know that America was founded as a Christian nation.
2. Includes people who want to deny God as the embodiment of all that makes America great.
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From the picture it seems that America belongs to headless people.
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Old 10-27-10, 04:34 PM
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Public Enemy can provide the answer:

1. Anybody who isn't an incumbent
2. Incumbents, as well as Elvis, John Wayne, and Bobby McFerrin
3. We got soul
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1. Us.
2. Them.
3. Squatter's rights.
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Progressives.
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Originally Posted by kvrdave View Post
1. Real Americans and not commie pinko liberals
2. Commie pinko liberals
3. Because we believe in the constitution and they believe in communist pinko liberals and global warming.

Fuck, seriously? You didn't know the answers?
What krdave said......
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I can't see the guy's head there... maybe he's got a cartoon-style native-American headdress on with layers and layers of feathers?

I'd love to see indigenous people here protest the Tea Party's right to reclaim America. Yep... that'd make my day.
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I took America back to Costco and they accepted it, no questions asked.
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Good Christian Americans will be taking America back from the Muslims, homosexuals, and weirdos.

So if you want an abortion you'd better get one now.
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Old 10-27-10, 06:45 PM
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Mods, please correct the thread title to "Take back 'America'".
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Just like Bill Buckley said: "I'd rather be governed by the first 200 people in the Boston phonebook than by the faculty of Harvard."
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Buckley mistakenly assumed that people would be smart enough to realize he was joking.
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Buckley mistakenly assumed that people would be smart enough to realize he was joking.
Yes, a good portion of those to whom he directed it certainly concluded it had to be a joke.
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Originally Posted by Josh-da-man View Post
Good Christian Americans will be taking America back from the Muslims, homosexuals, and weirdos.

So if you want an abortion you'd better get one now.
Certainly that is how "progressives" paint them. Seems like it has a lot more to do with fiscal responsibility in the government than anything to do with social conservatives. But fuck, who is going to come out and say, "These freaks want us to quit spending more than we bring in. They are crazy!!! What next, should we develop a budget that also begins to pay back the debt? These people are deranged!!! Soon they'll want the government to do no more than what is allowed by the constitution and then we're all screwed. What if we aren't able to require people to buy health insurance? It's possible that in their 'America' we couldn't force people to buy things we deem necessary for the collective!!!"

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wow, it took just one post for someone to insinuate that anybody who wants lower taxes and less government intervention in our daily lives must hate black people.
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2. Who are "we" taking America back from?
My guess is this guy and his cronies:

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That was supposed to say "Barack".
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wow, it took just one post for someone to insinuate that anybody who wants lower taxes and less government intervention in our daily lives must hate black people.
It's code.
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Originally Posted by dork View Post
That was supposed to say "Barack".
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But is "small government" really true? I think what Tea Party people really mean is "small government support for stuff other people want but big government for stuff we want." Like I was talking to some party members at a party and I asked them if prayer should be part of school in the morning and they said yes. Same with the pledge of allegiance, same with teaching abstinence, and half of them approved the government directing teachers to teach that intelligent design is just as valid as evolution and that our government should restrict where mosques are allowed to be built.

Not one of them said the government should stay away from those topics (though they all indicated that we should not have a national religion)... though my sample size was four people from Texas. But still, it was my only in depth conversation with Tea Party members.
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Originally Posted by RoyalTea View Post
wow, it took just one post for someone to insinuate that anybody who wants lower taxes and less government intervention in our daily lives must hate black people.
Not all black people, just the President. It's certainly not how I wish I saw it, but the more I see and hear, the more I'm afraid that that's a big part of it.
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Originally Posted by Groucho View Post
A frequent theme of tea party rallies going into next week's election is "Take Back America"
Tea Partiers don't own the phrase. A few years ago, liberals were rallying around the cause:

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