Bagging the Tea Party
I have been stumped why the miscreants in the Tea Bag Party haven’t been shunned and shown the curb by now when it comes to governing our nation. Instead of summarily dismissing them for their insane, anti-American wishes, the President kowtows to them and coddles them and attempts to pacify them. The Republicans are terrified of their own radicals and refuse to control them. What now? Unrestrained hatred will flow downhill into every creek and river to poison the land and foul the watershed until we’re all dead or dying.
What happened to logic and rational dialogue that leads to consensus and compromise in our national politics?
Instead of punching away Tea Bag hatred and despise, our major media outlets bend over backward to give the them unprecedented press coverage — as if the Baggers have any sense of honor or non-contempt for our Constitution — and that 24/7 coverage only emboldens them and serves to inflame their hatred of the rest of us even more.
In a fascinating article published yesterday — in of all places, Al Jazeera — the truth about the Teabaggers is finally revealed, but will anyone listen and act against them?
Until Democrats, and their leader in the White House, realise they need to stop calling people like Paul Ryan “courageous” and “serious,” and start fighting fire with fire, Michelle Bachmann and her creepy pinwheel eyes are going to continue to get their way at the expense of American values and the middle-class that once made this country great.
The late, great historian Richard Hofstadter added further insight into just the type of “movement” we’re dealing with, in his 1964 award-winning tome, “The Paranoid Style of American Politics.” In it, he outlines the psychological origins of the type of crazed, Tea-bagger style of all-or-nothing dedication to an absolute end, when he wrote of their forebears:
“He does not see social conflict as something to be mediated and compromised, in the manner of the working politician. Since what is at stake is always a conflict between absolute good and absolute evil, what is necessary is not compromise but the will to fight things out to a finish. Since the enemy is thought of as being totally evil and totally unappeasable, he must be totally eliminated – if not from the world, at least from the theatre of operations to which the paranoid directs his attention.”
In other words, any compromise, no matter how small, is seen as an act tantamount to treason, which is precisely why we need to stop engaging these tottering tea lovers, because they simply do not believe in the workings of democracy.
Obama and the Democrats must draw a bright, harsh, red line in their blood to double down against anything and everything the Tea Partiers stand for and let the American public decide on which side of that line they will stand. Do we stand with a meek, but reasonable, President, or do we align our future with a bunch of hooligans who prefer to see the destruction of the USA in a frantic attempt to recover their contemptuous, passive-aggressive, White Power Majority rule where you either sit down and shut up or face the point of a gun.