What to make of the Tea Party?
Anything else? Not sure.
It is not good enough to simply be against stuff. First off, shouldn’t one know what one is against? The Tea-baggers say, “We’re against taxes!!” But if there is a pothole out front of their house they want it fixed. But the budget for street repair is blown. They want it anyway!! NOW!! Bureaucrat! NOW! Didn’t you hear them? They are the Tea Party folks. It’s not taxes – its control. Control of and defense from the insanity that we all see in our lives every day.
I personally can’t blame them for their anger.
I’m angry too. Where did the surplus from Bubba go? I AM ANGRY!!! WHERE DID IT GO!!! Trillions, yes trillions, spent under the Republican house, senate and administration. Remember Bush? Are the Tea Party folks against the Republican big government, corporatist welfare spending. No! They seem to be alright with spending billions, nay trillions, on rewarding the rich with tax breaks. While the treasury is bled out with off-budget wars. And the bailout of Wall Street? Remember, Bush did that the first time. It was the most hurried of all the bailouts. The Bush administration had the audacity to present a 3 PAGE BILL calling for nearly a trillion dollars of bailout without any oversight. To benefit whom? Who benefited from that bailout? Who benefited from IRAQ? I think it more the rich, than we the kept. I think all of this goes outside the purview of the talking points of the Tea Party folks.
Thousands yes thousands of Tea Party protestors get wall-to-wall coverage on the 24-hour news cycle. Yet four years earlier half a million protestors of the war in IRAQ could not find so much as a “Thousands of protestors gathered today to protest the war.” One thing is for sure the Tea Party is connected. They get coverage and then some. Big money is using them as shills in the continuing circus of politics as usual.
When the Tea Party folks finally figure out that they are not very far away from the liberals that they HATE, with little or no forethought, then they will find out that they are angry about many of the same things that liberals are angry about. The only difference is that liberals have thought about the situation and have a different set of people and circumstances to hold accountable.
And why do the Tea-baggers hate liberals? Could it be that they have been brainwashed to do so by the constant not-always-so subliminal drum beat of talk show radio and T.V. ?
Tea Party folks, wake up! You are being used. Used by the Republicans as mindless voters. Used by the left as mindless bogeymen.
If the Tea Party is to contribute to the political discussion in the U.S., they must understand the forces at play in what they are angry about. Is it really taxes? Is it the immigrant forced off his farm by NAFTA? Or is it the policies and large scale economic decisions that produced the symptoms that threaten the Tea-baggers’ lives? These policies were put in place to serve the corporatists that run the Republican Party and more and more influence the Democratic Party.
We all should be able to rally around, “Corporations are not people.” Well Tea Party folks, is that true or not? Or are you just angry?