Is the Tea Party phenomenon good for (American) Democracy?
April 5, 2010 12:45 PM Subscribe
posted by blue funk (136 comments total)
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) in her essay "Tea Time in America"
"...concentration of executive power has threatened America’s system of checks and balances and given the Federal government the authority to spy on citizens, withhold information, and aggressively arrest and even Taser protesters – or to hire private contractors to do so. In these circumstances, the Tea Party activists’ focus on supporting states’ autonomy – and even on property rights and the right to bear arms – can seem like a prescient effort to constrain overweening corporate and military power in national government."In a recent interview
on Alternet, Wolf states:
"Even though I’m appalled when racism surfaces, and I personally don’t agree with certain policy solutions and a lot of what they believe in, as someone who is very concerned about reinvigorating
democracy the Tea Parties are an answer to what I asked for." In the same interview she addresses the Partiers' comparisons of Obama with Hitler - conceding they do have some merit.
, think the Tea Partiers could be good for Democracy - including some in possibly unexpected quarters
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