Serfs Up

June 4th, 2013

Inspired by Wetumpka Tea Party President Becky Gerritson’s testimony to the House Ways and Means Committee today.


“I am not here as a serf or vassal. I am not begging my lords for mercy. I’m a born free American woman, wife, mother and citizen. And I’m telling my government that you’ve forgotten your place. It’s not your responsibility to look out for my well-being, and to monitor my speech. It’s not your right to assert an agenda.” –- Wetumpka Tea Party President Becky Gerritson testifying today to the House Ways and Means Committee
“By the Lord before whom this sanctuary is holy, I will to [my Master] be true and faithful, and love all which he loves and shun all which he shuns, according to the laws of God and the order of the world. Nor will I ever with will or action, through word or deed, do anything which is unpleasing to him, on condition that he will hold to me as I shall deserve it, and that he will perform everything as it was in our agreement when I submitted myself to him and chose his will.” – the serf’s Oath of Fealty
“Serf: A person in a condition of servitude, required to render services to a lord, commonly attached to the lord’s land and transferred with it from one owner to another” –


Becky Gerritson feels she was turned into a “serf or vassal

Because applying for tax-free status was such a hassle.


Ms. Gerritson seems these words to have misunderstood,

So a feudal history lesson might be good.


The term vassal includes lords and knights;

Serfs had much lower status, and fewer rights.


A serf swore fealty and service to his feudal lord,

And was given land to farm as a reward.


The serf had to stay on that land, and tend it,

And if outsiders attacked, help defend it.


When the feudal lord called, the serf went to war,

Sometimes without knowing what he’s fighting for.


(It was usually to protect the interests of the feudal master,

Who was rich and getting richer, but wanted to do so faster.)


Of course, we’ll never know exactly what modern-day royalty

To whom Gerritson swore her political loyalty.


Her 501c4 status lets her hide WTP’s donors,

Who are of course the Tea Party movement’s true owners.


I’m betting that the power behind those brave Wetumpka dissenters

Was the Koch Brothers, GOP donors, or local point-one percenters.


They’re happy to have local serfs raise their pitchforks and axes

So the super-rich can make even more money and pay even lower taxes.


Giving serfs another target to be attacked

Is also a great way them from the real problem to distract.


Maybe some day when that misplaced anger dries up,

The serfs will against their true oppressors rise up.


Here’s Gerritson’s testimony.


PS: Speaking of feudal history, I found it instructive that the Wetumpka Tea Party website prominently features the following quote:

“The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant.” — Maximilien Robespierre

For those unfamiliar with Mssr. Robespierre and his Reign of Terror, as the Wetumpka Tea Party seems to be, he was an advocate and regular practitioner of murdering one’s political opponents en masse, a discomfiting allusion giving the political violence inherent in much Tea Party rhetoric, and the violent actions that Tea Party members have occasionally resorted to. Here’s is a more illustrative Robespierre quote:

If virtue be the spring of a popular government in times of peace, the spring of that government during a revolution is virtue combined with terror: virtue, without which terror is destructive; terror, without which virtue is impotent. Terror is only justice prompt, severe and inflexible; it is then an emanation of virtue; it is less a distinct principle than a natural consequence of the general principle of democracy, applied to the most pressing wants of the country … The government in a revolution is the despotism of liberty against tyranny.” — On the Principles of Political Morality

Sounds a lot like a Tea Partier, doesn’t he? Thankfully, the masses finally tired of Robespierre’s mass murder, and he himself was sent to the same guillotine to which he sent so many others (Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote an epic poem about that). (He was right about the ignorance part though.)

The website also announces that their next meeting will feature Susan Tully, Field Director for the Federation for American Immigration Reform (ironically, FAIR), which opposes any immigration “reform” involving…immigrants. So, it seems the Wetumpka Tea Party doesn’t just hate taxes


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