Alice, who famously said in Alice in Wonderland, “it’s the stupidest tea party I ever was at in all my life,” today retracted that statement.
In a press conference held earlier on the lawn of The Mad Hatter’s summer home in Amagansett, Long Island, Alice declared, “after experiencing the current political state of affairs in America, and after witnessing first hand this thing you have here called – and here she made the air quotes gesture – The Tea Party, I can now safely say, without fear of contradiction, that I spoke way too soon.”
When reporters pressed her to elaborate on her statement Alice said, “This tea party you are currently having is really, by far, the stupidest party ever – tea or otherwise! This is a party filled with boobs of all types who have no clue as to which end is up, on which side their bread is buttered, and how green your own grass is. Nor do you have even the foggiest notion. And, you serve the worst processed foods as well.”
Alice took a sip of tea and continued, “I have spent the last 30 odd years observing America’s condition – and odd is a fitting word. It seems to me that 80% of your country’s citizens are either ill-informed, non-informed, uneducated, or so financially pressed as to be all-consumed by the day-to-day task of merely putting food on table – or roof over head. You are gullible, resigned to your lot, unquestioning, and just plain disgusted, and thus you have abdicated all power, and, most distressingly, all power to reason, and ability to connect the dots.
The terrible thing is; almost half of you in the 80% manage to vote – and because you are so ill-informed, and so easily misled, you continue to elect the very people that have caused the calamity that is your existence – and except for the 1% who are doing the misleading – the remaining 19% of you – who do know which end is up – is left to live with the moronic voting decisions of the majority in this 80%.”
Alice was on a roll; “Which brings me to this 1% – this odious bunch that I still do not count as culpable as I do the sheepish 80% among you. This 1% is so transparently vile in their greed and wanton destructiveness as to amaze that anyone in their right mind believes anything that any of this bunch utters. This is undeniable proof that my Wonderland is a place of sanity compared to the asylum you call your country.
This 1% cannot help being greedy. It is their nature to make 10 million dollars, keep eight-an-a-half of it, and decry the fact that someone living on a pension – which they have paid into all their working life, is getting an entitlement! They scream “socialism!” This, while taking millions in a government bailout of their banks. It is the very nature of these people to be selfish, win-at-all-cost, and unwilling to even consider that their actions might adversely affect the majority of your country.
And these people, this 1%, have systematically set about to destroy government – along with any regulations that may keep them from robbing you blind – so they can point their finger and say – “See? Government doesn’t work!”
Alice took another sip of tea; “And I understand the pathology of these people. At bottom, they haven’t a trace of the empathy most “normal” humans possess, nor do they possess a conscience. They believe with all their heart that they are the center of the universe, and that they are therefore more important than anyone else. They do not posses a sense of the cosmic connection of all life. They do not believe in Karma. They are not philosophers – they are here to amass. And you are in their way – unless, and until, you can be used.
So them I understand.”
She took another sip of tea and continued; “Who, and what, I do not understand, are you in the 80% who have lived through the failures of the policies of this 1% (Of course, the 1% would say that their policies have been most successful –wouldn’t they?) And, having lived through Reagan, and Nixon, and Agnew, and Kissinger, and Bush 1, and Bush 2, and Rove, and Cheney, and now Norquist, and Gingrich, and Santorum, and Bachmann, and Romney, and still Rove, and seeing how your unions are being busted – because unions threaten the robber baron rich by keeping workers united, and are able to collectively bargain for a fairer share – and seeing how this 1% is attempting successfully to disenfranchise some of you – to take away your very right to vote – you, the majority of the 80%, still vote for these liars, these greedy self-servers, these callous uncaring criminals.
You still believe the words and the promises of the 1% rather than their actions. Still believe their words, and their promises, instead of your own eyes, and your experience. You still believe in what has repeatedly failed to work. You still believe the fairy tale – which none of us who actually live in a fairy tale believe – that one day you too shall be as rich, because the 1% – who never gives anything away – is going to make it possible for you to be so.
Yes, my friends – this America of yours is what I find to be the true Wonderland, the true land down the rabbit hole.”
The Mad Hatter leaned over and whispered something into Alice’s ear. Alice smiled and said, “my friend the Mad Hatter wanted you all to understand that at least his craziness had a good reason – mercury poisoning – but, other than sheer breathtaking stupidity, you people have no such valid excuse for your lunacy.”
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