I have never thought the Tea Party was a solvent answer to any of the problems of this country. It is a movement of visceral anti- positions, in which there is no cohesion except ‘less government’. While it is a good start, it is for the most part the wrong means. A great column this morning called Prepare to Be Betrayed sums up my feelings well:
It’s another revolutionary season in American politics, with voters preparing to do everything they can within the structure of the law to throw out the bad guys and the bad system they represent. The focus is on this amorphous thing called the Tea Party, which embodies a huge range of political impulses from libertarian to authoritarian, united under the common belief that everything is going wrong in Washington, with a common goal of upending the status quo.
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You might as well know right now, however, that the Tea Party, no matter how successful it is at the polls in November, will certainly betray the party of liberty. There are several reasons for this, but the fundamental one is intellectual. The Tea Party does not have a coherent view of liberty. Its activists tend to be good on specific economic issues like taxes, spending, stimulus, and health care. They worry about government intervention in these areas and can talk a good game.
But just as with old-time conservatives, there are many issues on which the Tea Party tends toward inconsistency. The military and the issue of war is a major one. Many have bought into the line that the greatest threat this country faces domestically is the influx of adherents of Islam; in international politics, they tend to favor belligerence toward any regime that is not a captive of U.S. political control.
On immigration, the Tea Party ethos favors national IDs and draconian impositions on businesses rather than market solutions like cutting welfare. On social and cultural issues, they can be as confused as the Christian right, believing that it is the job of government to right all wrongs and punish sin.
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The Tea Party’s ends seem to favor less government in some ways, while increasing it in others that are just as, if not more, dangerous to civil rights and freedom.
Additionally, the Tea Party’s mouthpieces, Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin, are simply unappealing to me. They might have a few right answers, but the way they arrive at such conclusions is wholly wrong and disturbing…
No matter the case, this is telling:
Notice how the majority of the clip is uncut. That is a stark contrast to the edits of the videos I have posted about ignorant right-wingers. Just thought that was interesting…
A few more political issues reared their ugly heads this past week as well:
- Big alcohol doesn’t want pot legalized either. Props to the government for keeping them in a monopoly of mind-altering products.
- We don’t need another stimulus package, says people who actually study the economy.
- The average American works 231 days in servitude for his or her government. Man, I love facts.
- Thomas Sowell dissects the “Money of Fools,” or the senseless meanings words have taken in today’s political discourse, in a series. Parts I, II, III, IV. Read them. Even if you disagree with the conclusions drawn, the way words are used today sure change debates.
- Finally, Dennis Prager shows that I may not have thought out this gay marriage thing very well.