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Great Read On The Tea Party
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The individuals in the Tea Party may come from very different walks of life, but most of them have a few things in common. After nearly a year of talking with Tea Party members from Nevada to New Jersey, I can count on one hand the key elements I expect to hear in nearly every interview. One: Every single one of them was that exceptional Republican who did protest the spending in the Bush years, and not one of them is the hypocrite who only took to the streets when a black Democratic president launched an emergency stimulus program. ("Not me I was protesting!" is a common exclamation.) Two: Each and every one of them is the only person in America who has ever read the Constitution or watched Schoolhouse Rock. (Here they have guidance from Armey, who explains that the problem with "people who do not cherish America the way we do" is that "they did not read the Federalist Papers.") Three: They are all furious at the implication that race is a factor in their political views despite the fact that they blame the financial crisis on poor black homeowners, spend months on end engrossed by reports about how the New Black Panthers want to kill "cracker babies," support politicians who think the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was an overreach of government power, tried to enact South African-style immigration laws in Arizona and obsess over Charlie Rangel, ACORN and Barack Obama's birth certificate. Four: In fact, some of their best friends are black! (Reporters in Kentucky invented a game called "White Male Liberty Patriot Bingo," checking off a box every time a Tea Partier mentions a black friend.) And five: Everyone who disagrees with them is a radical leftist who hates America.

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.
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  -Great Read On The Tea Party DemocratSinceBirth  Oct-09-10 02:33 PM   #0 
  - I know people who are exactly how he describes them  lunatica   Oct-09-10 03:05 PM   #1 
  - I just stormed a tea party in my area. Lord help me I walked into  The Wielding Truth   Oct-09-10 03:30 PM   #2 
  - Can't argue with a stupid person. They wear you down and beat you with experience. n/t  Exilednight   Oct-09-10 04:41 PM   #5 
  - In the belly of the beast today,I found them different from this article writer's assessment.  The Wielding Truth   Oct-09-10 04:49 PM   #6 
     - You will get over it..  butterfly77   Oct-09-10 08:48 PM   #12 
        - Wow, thanks butterfly. I really needed some commiseration. I have been  The Wielding Truth   Oct-09-10 08:58 PM   #13 
           - I know the feeling..  butterfly77   Oct-09-10 09:19 PM   #15 
              - That happened many times today. I must have talked to about 40 people.  The Wielding Truth   Oct-09-10 09:53 PM   #17 
  - Why did you do it?  Diamonique   Oct-09-10 05:52 PM   #7 
  - I was making calls at the local office and the woman at the same table  The Wielding Truth   Oct-09-10 06:59 PM   #8 
  - Consoled..  butterfly77   Oct-09-10 07:53 PM   #11 
     - Only I approached them and tried to tell them how wrong this was.  The Wielding Truth   Oct-09-10 09:47 PM   #16 
        - We get so angry as we..  butterfly77   Oct-10-10 12:15 AM   #19 
  - Terrific piece. The entire article is well worth the read. nt  Parker CA   Oct-09-10 04:15 PM   #3 
  - Nicely said  jimlup   Oct-09-10 04:31 PM   #4 
  - When you enter a "fact free zone", don't take facts as your weapon ...  JoePhilly   Oct-09-10 07:14 PM   #9 
  - The teaparty just...  butterfly77   Oct-09-10 07:50 PM   #10 
  - You can't reason with them. All I have spoken with are hopelessly narrow-minded and driven by  Cognitive_Resonance   Oct-09-10 09:15 PM   #14 
  - This is the product of 8 years of fear and ignorance...  drlindaphd   Oct-09-10 11:38 PM   #18 
  - I felt like the canary in the coal mine. I thought that if I put some truth out  The Wielding Truth   Oct-11-10 03:38 PM   #20 
  - You can't fix stupid. nt  COLGATE4   Oct-11-10 03:58 PM   #21 
  - Their rationale, their stories, confirm a rejection of Sanity, Reason, and Logic.... a sure sign of  opihimoimoi   Oct-11-10 07:09 PM   #22 

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