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April 22nd, 2010 (06:27 pm)

This whole tea party movement thing is difficult for my brain to assimilate.

On the one hand, I LOVE seeing people getting active in politics and concerned about the way the country is run.
I AGREE that our govenment is systemically corrupt and entrenched powers are obstructing the improveent of that government.

But at the same time, I wonder aren't these the same folks who four years ago were behind The President 100% just because he was The President?
And when it comes to the factuality of what they're talking about and supposedly rallying for/against, some of them clearly have their heads up their asses. How can you complain about taking health care away from senior citizens when the whole point is to make health care more accessible to more people? They say the government shouldn't tell people what to do and not do, but isn't that exactly what our entire legal system is?

What really irks me the most is that this is really just an US versus THEM battle, but no one will admit it. They couch their complaints in supposedly substantive arguments, but when the content of the complaint is analysed, their arguments fall apart. Why don't you just admit that you don't really care what the end result is and that what you really want is just to be right.


Posted by: Will Warner (ww0308)
Posted at: April 23rd, 2010 11:39 pm (UTC)

Interestingly, tea partiers turn out to be demographically urban and suburban as well as rural, female as well as male, young as well as old, and mostly middle class rather than rich, despite all the Koch Industries funded low-tax rhetoric, but they are almost all white and they are almost all passionately Christian, and they definitely don't have any coherent, consistent ideology drawing them together.

So, I don't think they even want to be right, they just want to drive everyone who isn't both white and Christian out of US politics.

The real question is whether they'll manage to do any damage to any of their enemies before the impossibility of their quest becomes apparent and the movement dissolves. Perhaps ironically, the ones suffering most so far seem to be moderate Republicans, especially Crist and McCain.

Posted by: jared (jfrands)
Posted at: April 24th, 2010 02:16 am (UTC)

Pretty much tea party is summed up by the Phrase "America for Americans". Or the according to the eloquent Sarah Palin :“The real Americans are the America-loving Americans who stand up for America and the American way. Because what would America be without these real Americans?"

If you are having trouble following this:
American = Christian people who aren't niggers or immigrants.

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