Every major news organization in the country covered Wednesday’s tea parties. And, in doing so, they all ignored the fact that residents of Washington, D.C., are subject to the very conditions that led to the Boston Tea Party.
It’s not like this is some big secret. On their way to work on Wednesday, reporters who are based in Washington would have passed countless cars bearing license plates that offer the reminder “Taxation Without Representation.” Many of them probably have such a license plate on their own car. Then they went out and covered tea-party tax protests in which people who have representation complained about “taxation without representation” — and it didn’t occur to them to mention the situation in Washington, D.C. If any reporter asked any tea-party participant or advocate if they support giving the District of Columbia a member of Congress and two senators, I can’t find evidence of it.
Even The Washington (D.C.) Post didn’t mention the surreal situation in which right-wing activists, who no doubt favor taxation without representation for D.C. residents, held a rally in the District of Columbia that they claimed to model after the Boston Tea Party protest against taxation without representation.
Foser forgets: the teabaggers are ‘real’ Americans, and we just should be thankful that we get to live their country. How dare we question our betters…