“That’s because the Tea Party doesn’t really care about issues — it’s about something deep down and psychological, something that can’t be answered by political compromise or fundamental changes in policy. At root, the Tea Party is nothing more than a them-versus-us thing. They know who they are, and they know who we are (“radical leftists” is the term they prefer), and they’re coming for us on Election Day, no matter what we do — and, it would seem, no matter what their own leaders like Rand Paul do.
The elder Paul will object to this characterization, but what he represents is something of a sacred role in American culture: the principled crackpot.
"...Too many people are living off the government."
"But," I protest, "you live off the government..."
Wow. I have no words to describe this...
"A loose definition of the Tea Party might be millions of pissed-off white people sent chasing after Mexicans on Medicaid by the handful of banks and investment firms who advertise on Fox and CNBC."
mccarty.tim > [The Tea Party] is about herding cats to the voting booth.
"It would be inaccurate to say the Tea Partiers are racists. What they are, in truth, are narcissists. They're completely blind to how offensive the very nature of their rhetoric is to the rest of the country. I'm an ordinary middle-aged guy who pays taxes and lives in the suburbs with his wife and dog — and I'm a radical communist? I don't love my country? I'm a redcoat? Fuck you! These are the kinds of thoughts that go through your head as you listen to Tea Partiers expound at awesome length upon their cultural victimhood, surrounded as they are by America-haters like you and me or, in the case of foreign-born president Barack Obama, people who are literally not Americans in the way they are.
It's not like the Tea Partiers hate black people. It's just that they're shockingly willing to believe the appalling horseshit fantasy about how white people in the age of Obama are some kind of oppressed minority. That may not be racism, but it is incredibly, earth-shatteringly stupid. I hear this theme over and over — as I do on a recent trip to northern Kentucky, where I decide to stick on a Rand Paul button and sit in on a Tea Party event at a local amusement park. Before long, a group of about a half-dozen Tea Partiers begin speculating about how Obamacare will force emergency-room doctors to consult "death panels" that will evaluate your worth as a human being before deciding to treat you."
The bad news is that the Tea Party's political outrage is being appropriated, with thanks, by the Goldmans and the BPs of the world. The good news, if you want to look at it that way, is that those interests mostly have us by the balls anyway, no matter who wins on Election Day. That's the reality; the rest of this is just noise. It's just that it's a lot of noise, and there's no telling when it's ever going to end.
Just looking at the pictures, I swear you would think the movement was mostly made up of women.
I have some GOP family members who are, at the very least, Tea Party sympathizers. Very anti-big government, the whole thing.
Anyone who automatically thinks 'racist!' upon hearing the words 'Tea Party' is either willfully ignorant, hateful, or hopelessly deluded.
According to the Constitution, American Presidents must be “natural born citizens.” Some people say Barack Obama was NOT born in the United States, but was born in another country. Do YOU think Barack Obama was born in the United States, or was he born in another country?
Born in US 58 41
Another country 20 30
DK/NA 23 29
In general, do you think the policies of the Obama administration favor whites over blacks, favor blacks over whites, or do they treat both groups the same?
Favor whites over blacks 2 1
Favor blacks over whites 11 25
Treat both the same 83 65
DK/NA 5 9
In recent years, do you think too much has been made of the problems facing black people, too little has been made, or is it about right?
Too much 28 52
Too little 16 6
Just right 44 36
DK/NA 11 6
"Quite honestly, I don't think anybody can be proud of the fact that this scheme went on for more than a decade. The feds didn't see it. We didn't see it. It took a while, and that probably is not a great reflection on government," Bennett said.
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