U.S. Rep. Roger Williams' Cleburne Office Hung With Tea Bags, "Douchebag Republican" Signs

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In Cleburne, of all places, U.S. Rep. Roger Williams' district office door was "vandalized," he tweets, with signs that read "WE'VE HAD ENOUGH TEA. THANKS," "IT'S TIME TO VOTE YOU OUT," "ANTI AMERICAN RACIST" and, with a Donald Trump flourish, "YOU'RE FIRED."

Tea bags were also hung from the door frame, though it's worth pointing out that he actually defeated the Tea Party candidate for his seat last year.

His office says the Cleburne police removed the items and filed the incident under "criminal mischief." "This behavior cannot be tolerated," Williams tweets, referring to the signs and tea bags as "hate speech."

The incident comes during day two of the federal government's partial shutdown, caused by Republicans' insistence that a vote to continue to fund the government be paired with a delay or dismantling of Obamacare.

Apparently, even in Cleburne, there exist people (or a person) who have had enough.

It isn't clear at this point whether Williams is among the swelling ranks of Republicans willing to vote for a budget that does not contain a party platform wishlist. Asked this very question, a spokesperson from his office said in an email to Unfair Park: "Rep. Williams will continue fighting to defund, repeal or dismantle Obamacare. So far, there has been no bill put forward that funds the government without halting funds for or making changes to the healthcare law."

We pressed the spokesperson about whether Williams would vote for such a bill if it were put forward. "(Rep. Williams) stands firm on his stance that we have to get back to a budget process and regular order of bills," his office said.

It's unlikely that even a significant percentage of his district feels as the alleged vandals do. That's because the 25th Congressional District has been gerrymandered into a ludicrous form that stretches jaggedly from Cleburne all the way down to Cedar Park, just northwest of Austin. This district has been designed to be ideologically homogeneous, which is an important contributing factor to why Williams' party has led the country into this current quagmire.

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DeathBreath
DeathBreath

LMFAO.  In my opinion, Perry functions at one standard deviation below the mean IQ.  You mean to tell me that Roger Williams might function lower than Perry?  That is really low level.  Wow. 

B.D.
B.D.

Roger Williams is a dumber version of Rick Perry. Empty suit politicians measure themselves against their benchmark, Roger Willams.

It would not surprise me if this was staged by Williams or his people.

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

Looks like the douchebags have a point, the rollout was as messy and dyfunctional as Obama's foreign policy.

ericrapesbabies
ericrapesbabies

Shouldn't "douchebag" be a compliment? Making it an insult is not only sexist, it is illogical. Douchebags help keep pussies clean and tasty and smelling fresh. Douchebags are awesome! Whoever left these moronic signs is a SEXIST!!!!!

ericrapesbabies
ericrapesbabies

"Progressive" libtards and their humor are soooo intellectual and sophisticated! I'm learning comedy from them!

Check it out Brantley! Eric Nicholson rapes and eats babies! He's never denied it!

Isn't that sooooo hilarious and enlightened?!? I'm "progressive" now!

Fuck! Shit! Cunt! I learned how to do this from the observer's "journalists"! You douches should be proud LOL

oledriller
oledriller

Just another fine example of how illiterate the constituency of todays Democrats have become! 

Hulon_Pate
Hulon_Pate

The city of Cleburne  prosecutes people for digging in the trash and selling  food or baked goods with out a city permit /licence from  home, which is mostly Hispanics.    In fact I would say a larger percentage of the tickets written are to Hispanics. Which seem to be an easy target and revenue outlet for the cities police department.   

Hulon_Pate
Hulon_Pate

So the Boston Tea party was a bunch of criminals ? 

JFPO
JFPO

"Rep. Williams will continue fighting to defund, repeal or dismantle Obamacare." And he wasn't the teabagger candidate? Jesus Christ, "conservatives" are pathetic.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

" This district has been designed to be ideologically homogeneous, which is an important contributing factor to why Williams' party has led the country into this current quagmire. "

Yes, this.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

A lot of odd things about this situation.  1) Ridiculous to call this hate speech, more like free speech illuminating a voter's  (or a group of voters') dissatisfaction with things and their lack of available means to change the current situation.  2) I like how when a district is carved up in the Republican's favor, it is gerrymandering, but when the Dems do it, they're empowering a minority voting block.  Both sides do it and it is repulsive no matter what reasoning is used to justify it.  Set the districts and leave them, stop carving up neighborhoods and communities to gain a seat here or there.  If redneck hicks want their own candidate they can all decide to move someplace together and the same goes for any other group wanting their own representative. 3) The government shutdown is not an infrequent occurence.  Again, both parties have done it and both parties are responsible for it.  Want to stop this crap from happening?  Stop voting for democrats and republicans.  You get the government you deserve, yea, even the government you demand.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

Apparently, even in Cleburne, there exist people (or a person) who have had enough.

Vandalizing politicians' offices is de rigur now?  Cool, the addresses for various Dem congresscritters are all over the internet.


Oh, that's right, Republicans have something Democrats don't.  Self-control.

MaxNoDifference
MaxNoDifference

Gerrymandering is endemic to both parties.  Both sides had a role to play in this shutdown fiasco.  If a budget had been presented and passed (instead of continuous Continuous Resolutions), we would not be in this mess.  As my mother used to tell us as kids - "It takes two to fight." - right before she swatted both of us.

traceyhannahan
traceyhannahan

@ColonelHapablap Stay the class warfare route, Republicretins.

traceyhannahan
traceyhannahan

@ruddski Oh, I admit that his policies aren't rife with creative jackassery, like hysteria over WMDs not in evidence.

traceyhannahan
traceyhannahan

@ericrapesbabies Well, now, we know we have to work up a sweat if we expect to poke holes in the palaver clouds created by gaseous Cons. It simply isn't cricket for us to continually make a bumper crop of bons mots over a bevy of illiterate posts, nonsensical theories and paranoid harangues when we're so clearly upstaged by your wild, maniacal laughter over our ludicrous preoccupation with such foolish topics as affordable health care, jobs for veterans and acquisition of a decent education for all. I mean, we have to work hard to keep a straight face when we speak of such folderol. 

mtex11
mtex11

@RTGolden1 i live in the district you are so quick to label as red neck hick. i have no choice in how my district is shaped anymore than you have a choice about yours. I do not label  you a rabid liberal with he IQ of an eel. If the best you can do is make personal attacks on members of his district then you are missing the facts or afraid to view them before giving a knee jerk or other jerks unspecified before spouting off

Thornton
Thornton

@RTGolden1 If all of our citizens walked away from this with that attitude and a fire under their belly to do something about it, I could live with the GOP being at fault for this shutdown. 

strathound
strathound

@MaxNoDifference The ACA was passed in the House!!! They already approved it. That's why it's a law. They sent it to the Supreme Court. It passed there too. They then voted to repeal it 42 times. All 42 attempts failed. Now they are shutting down the government putting 800,000 Americans out of work. There is only one party to blame here. Nobody can be confused at this point. The Republicans are to blame.

ericleemata
ericleemata

The Senate did pass a budget this year but the House hasn't voted on it.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@mtex11 Calm down.  I am, by most definitions of the term, a redneck hick.  I'm not labeling any particular district here, I'm saying if people want a district where everyone is just like them, they should all get together and move to the same sensible locations.

roo_ster
roo_ster

@strathound @MaxNoDifference Passage does not equal implementation.  A Border fence on between Mexico and America has gotten majority votes 6-7 times, along with POTUS signature.  Still hasn;t happened, because it has not been funded. 

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@strathound @MaxNoDifferenceThere is only one party to blame here. Nobody can be confused at this point. The Republicans are to blame.

Then why won't Obama negotiate with them?  If he's willing to negotiate with NorK and Iran, he should at least be able to negotiate with the Opposition.

It sounds like the problem here is that Obama and Reid are exceptionally shitty statesmen.

pak152
pak152

@strathound @MaxNoDifferenceyes the House under a Democratic Supermajority rammed the bill through without a single Republican vote. 

as for SCOTUS. it was not sent to them to affirm there were numerous court cases that called into question the constitutionality of the law. "the Supreme Court where five justices say that Congress can't regulate inactivity and seven justices say that the federal government can't coerce states into accepting Medicaid money." and the other question concerned whether or not the penalty for not having health insurance was constitutional was decided by Roberts who said it was actually a "tax" because the Congress can not pass a law penalizing people http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/29/roberts-ruling-obamacare-taxes-penalty_n_1637916.html
and this video will be informative
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wcfc0otysNw&feature=share&list=PLITlW7t_3O1Qj_A_ezmHbrGGJTznKbt4D

roo_ster
roo_ster

@ericleemata Budget/spending bills originate in the House, according to the COTUS.  Any actual budget bills have to be voted and passed by the HOuse, then go to the Senate.  That is, if hte COTUS means anything.

traceyhannahan
traceyhannahan

Poor old sack ticklers! Anything beyond monosyllables and playground taunts eludes their gnats' craniums.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@Thornton @RTGolden1 @everlastingphelps @TheJeremyAdams I don't like the use of drones on any people, anywhere. I certainly don't condone their use on American citizens without due process.

It is a tough call though, when you're talking about a person who has turned his back on freedom, embraced terrorism and is in a foreign country actively inciting terrorism.  Did he give his victims due process?  Was his due process for them any more open and transparent than what he received from the USG?  You reap what you sow.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@Thornton @everlastingphelps @TheJeremyAdams More likely get prosecuted.  I don't think we're lazing people from orbit yet, nor are we waterboarding people for violations of domestic crimes.  Nice sensationalism though, and with a democrat in office, the use of drastic force against civilian targets IS more likely (ref Waco/Branch Davidians, Ruby Ridge, etc.)

Thornton
Thornton

@everlastingphelps @TheJeremyAdams No, because KKK and Nooses are actual hate speech. Calling someone a racist is not hate speech. Saying 'you're fired' is not hate speech.

The fact that they labeled this a hate crime means that an American could get lazed from orbit, legally. At the very least, waterboarded at gitmo. 

roo_ster
roo_ster

@strathound @roo_ster @MaxNoDifference 

My point stands.  No fund-ee, no implement-ee is not unique in Congress.

A fence will cost less than Obamacare.  Also, it will help reduce spending on illegal aliens and their anchor babies.  Maybe, just maybe, we might see county/public hospitals re-open in border counties.  So Americans can get health care, dontcha know.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@strathound @everlastingphelps @MaxNoDifference It's here.  You're already crying about it.

Obama has already telegraphed his caving with the "negotiations" that should be starting about now.  ACA is going to be delayed for at least a year, and then he's going to get paddled again on the 19th or 20th when he finally caves on the debt limit, accepting more sequester.

He's a lame duck who already had to have a supermajority to pass even watered down socialized medicine, and that is likely to be undone.  Personally, I think the GOP should have gone the other way, and insisted on no waivers or delays and make the country take the full pain of Obamacare right now, but I guess the GOP is kinder than I am.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

 @strathound @everlastingphelps @MaxNoDifferenceWhy won't he negotiate with them? BECAUSE HE ALREADY HAD TO NEGOTIATE WITH THEM TO GET THE LAW PASSED.

No. He didn't.  He passed it with complete control of the legislature.  He only negotiated with his own party.  The law passed without a single Republican vote.  There was no negotiation with Republicans.

 In response The People took away the control the Democrats had.  This is the result.

Elections have consequences, motherfucker.

strathound
strathound

@everlastingphelps @strathound @MaxNoDifference LOL. Well first, good job remembering the talking points the Republican message machine churned out for you to repost. Good job. So let me answer your question. Why won't he negotiate with them? BECAUSE HE ALREADY HAD TO NEGOTIATE WITH THEM TO GET THE LAW PASSED. That's why we don't have a single payer system like we originally wanted. We tried to get that passed, but the House rejected it. So we compromised on an idea that came out of a Conservative Think Tank, and that got us enough votes to pass the law. It's now A LAW, passed by our Congress (both houses), approved as Constitutional by the Supreme Court of the United States. It then survived 41 attempts to repeal it. That's why. Game is over. We've already solicited your help. Thank you very much. The democratic process was followed. Time to grow up and deal with it. Bunch of cry babies. Next time, maybe choose a candidate that is electable. Till then, quit your crying.

strathound
strathound

@pak152 @strathound @MaxNoDifference Look, I understand. Being part of a democracy is hard. And sometimes, you get butt hurt. This is one of those times. But lets be honest. Having a hissy fit when you don't like something other people voted for ... doesn't make you look good. The Republicans have already gone from being the party that brought down the Berlin Wall to the party of angry white out of touch old guys. Now, after this, you'll become the party of "if I can't be quaterback, I'm taking my ball and going home." Pathetic bunch of whiney babies. It's a good time to be a Democrat. Lets turn Texas Blue!!

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@Thornton @pak152 @strathound @MaxNoDifference The bigger question is why would any of them vote for it?  Pelosi herself admitted that she didn't even know what was in the bill when she voted it into law!

You are correct though, neither party cares about anything other than keeping a two-party system and holding on to their own power base.

Thornton
Thornton

@pak152 @strathound @MaxNoDifference rammed through with a supermajority. That's how democracy works. The majority wanted this. If they want to change the law, then later when they have power, they can change it. Please explain how holding a gun to someone's head is considered collaboration. The fact is that YET AGAIN, they have you thinking that they give a shit about you. No one does, not on either side. Stop empowering them.

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