I read a great article by Matt Taibbi in Rolling Stone today about the Tea Party. I knew there was something I did not like about them, but I just couldn’t seem to succinctly verbalize it. The author put his finger on it for me;
“Vast forests have already been sacrificed to the public debate about the Tea Party: what it is, what it means, where it’s going. But after lengthy study of the phenomenon, I’ve concluded that the whole miserable narrative boils down to one stark fact: They’re full of shit. All of them. At the voter level, the Tea Party is a movement that purports to be furious about government spending — only the reality is that the vast majority of its members are former Bush supporters who yawned through two terms of record deficits and spent the past two electoral cycles frothing not about spending but about John Kerry’s medals and Barack Obama’s Sixties associations. The average Tea Partier is sincerely against government spending — with the exception of the money spent on them. In fact, their lack of embarrassment when it comes to collecting government largesse is key to understanding what this movement is all about — and nowhere do we see that dynamic as clearly as here in Kentucky, where Rand Paul is barreling toward the Senate with the aid of conservative icons like Palin.”
They are full of shit. I am so sick of hearing the Repubs talk about the deficit. Why? Because when they were in power, they did more to increase the deficit and run this country into the ground than any previous administration. Its a fact folks. Bush Lite DOUBLED the federal debt in only 8 years in office.
So Tea Partiers, shut the hell up. You guys are hypocrites, with a CAPITAL H.
Matt goes on to say…
“In the Tea Party narrative, victory at the polls means a new American revolution, one that will “take our country back” from everyone they disapprove of. But what they don’t realize is, there’s a catch: This is America, and we have an entrenched oligarchical system in place that insulates us all from any meaningful political change. The Tea Party today is being pitched in the media as this great threat to the GOP; in reality, the Tea Party is the GOP. What few elements of the movement aren’t yet under the control of the Republican Party soon will be, and even if a few genuine Tea Party candidates sneak through, it’s only a matter of time before the uprising as a whole gets castrated, just like every grass-roots movement does in this country. Its leaders will be bought off and sucked into the two-party bureaucracy, where its platform will be whittled down until the only things left are those that the GOP’s campaign contributors want anyway: top-bracket tax breaks, free trade and financial deregulation.”
Thats right Matt. “an entrenched oligarchical system”. Big business, big banks, and corporate fat cats.
To read the complete article, visit here.