Symbolic Tea Party Protest Going Symbolically Wrong

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So the tea partiers boarded the corporate-sponsored buses to come to Washington DC today to let their Congressmen know that they don't want socialism blah-blah-blah.  Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn, who fell out of the right wing crazy tree and hit every branch on the way down, was the one who called for the protest.  She's not known for her truthfulness when it comes to healthcare.

A couple thousand are there, along with B-list celebrities.  Well, two B-list celebrities.  Actors Jon Voight and Jon Ratzenberger ("Cliff" from Cheers).

And things aren't going well.

First, one speaker forgot the Pledge of Allegiance, after giving a fervent speech about its importance:

Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) had the honor of leading the anti-health care protesters on Capitol Hill today in the Pledge of Allegiance. To show his fervent devotion to the Pledge, he gave a short speech about the importance of the phrase “under God.” However, when it came time to actually recite the Pledge, he was so excited about that one phrase that he forgot to say “indivisible” before “with liberty, and justice for all.” The crowd seemed to remember the actual words though, which threw Akin a bit off track.

Ironic how the divisive GOP forgets the word "indivisible".

Later on, the flag dropped to the ground.

UPDATE:  Steve Benen adds more:

Almost as embarrassing was House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), who decided to wave his pocket copy of the U.S. Constitution around. Boehner, with voice raised, pledged to "stand here with our Founding Fathers, who wrote in the pre-amble: 'We hold these truths to be self evident …"

In our reality, that's the preamble to the Declaration of Independence, not the U.S. Constitution.

Now, I'll gladly concede that these were fairly inconsequential errors, which were part of a fairly inconsequential right-wing rally. But the flubs were nevertheless a reminder — self-righteous conservatives, who enjoy nothing more than lecturing others on patriotism, should hesitate on using the Constitution and the Pledge as some kind of partisan weapon, especially if they don't know what they're talking about.

By the way, here's one of the signs out there today (click to embiggen):


That's right.  Health care reform is just like the Holocaust.

UPDATE — More rally signs, these having little to do with health care:


UPDATE — More from TPM just now:

At the Capitol Hill Tea Party, TPMDC's Christina Bellantoni happened upon what looked to be a series of several arrests — for an as-yet unidentified offense. She reports that a crowd of Tea Partiers began heckling Capitol Police and singing "God Bless America" while several people were being detained.

There's also a massive backup of people outside Longworth office building. They've blocked traffic and some supportive cars are honking. Many protesters are shouting, "Kill the bill!"

UPDATESome arrests were made.