Sunday, January 09, 2011

Political thought for the day

Ultimately any comment about the "Tea Party" has to have lots of qualifications because the TP isn't really centralized, hierarchical, or unified. Beyond common ideas about smaller, limited, accountable government, the Tea Party is different things to different people.

Some of the ideas and quotes that have given the TP a bad or controversial name may have come from some or a few TP-ers but not really define the whole TP. So, one can't fairly say that the TP itself is racist or xenophobic or defined by birthers or such, but one might say that the Tea Party harbors more than its share of people with these beliefs and that some TP leaders or groups are congenial to or guilty of them. Now, if you can demonstrate that leaders of say seven or eight or nine out of the ten largest TP groups have shown themselves guilty of something, then you could call that something a Tea Party characteristic.

But to say that everyone who goes to a TP rally or believes in their core economic and constitutional message is a racist is wrong, poisons civil debate, and makes the accuser sound guilty of the same intolerance of which she or he is accusing the TP-ers. Too bad life isn't simple.


At 8:48 PM, January 09, 2011, Blogger bonnie said...

A very, very good point to remember right now.

Unfortunately while the squeaky wheel may get the grease, it's the blowhard that gets the press.

At 12:41 AM, January 12, 2011, Blogger Doc Häagen-Dazs said...

Here's what I'll say about all Teapartiers: They're a stupid (at best) or dangerous (at worse) bunch of demagogues. They are pretend-populists. But, unlike the original Bostonian version centuries ago who pitted the people against a foreign imperial power, these useless idiots are trying to pit the people against their own government. Do I have that right? I think so. Now you are a reasonably smart person, Pat. But what's wrong with you? Why can't you hike your knickers up and become part of your own government?

At 9:56 PM, January 12, 2011, Blogger Doc Häagen-Dazs said...

Question asked, but unanswered.....


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