The Tea Party: More Like Al-Qaeda by the Day
One does have to wonder what is in the minds of the Tea Party. Really…what are they thinking?
Listen folks, I know about disappointment, and losing when you felt you had a moral imperative to win. Hell, I grew up in Cleveland and I’m a lifelong Browns, Cavaliers and Indians fan. I lived through the Drive, the Fumble, the shot by Jordan (1) and the shot by Jordan (2), Jose Mesa’s 9th inning melt down in Game 7 of the 1997 World Series, and the Cavaliers choke versus the Magic just last year. Yea, I’ve seen my share of heartbreaks and gut wrenching losses.
But at my lowest I never threatened the fans of the winning team with death and destruction. I never spit on them. I never went to their homes and severed gas lines, threw bricks thru their windows, or left messages on their voice mail promising them they would die.
I know, I know…how can I compare the loss of a pro sports team to the Armageddon of the Health Care reform bill, which will bring the Republic down and represents the end of times. Well, the truth is, none of those things that Republicans, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity or any of the other extremists have claimed will be a result of the healthcare reform passing, will actually come true. So at the end of the day, what the sadly stupid core of the Tea Party is left with is really something that is similar to their favorite team losing the Super Bowl.
Why do I say that? Because only 48 hours after the vote to pass the Healthcare Reform, many of those that led the charge that enraged the Tea Party, the leaders in the GOP who raged against death panels, are now subtly shifting their positions and claiming they helped contribute to parts of the bill that they think will help them get re-elected. So, much like a disappointing end to a championship season, the fans feel betrayed, but the team and the players move on to the next season and the next game.
The problem for the GOP is what they are now left with. The insurance companies, pharma companies, and other rich fat cats on Wall St., accomplished what they wanted; they ramped up a core of Americans who usually pay more attention to voting for American Idol than they do voting for their elected representatives, and who will soon figure out that what they railed against are the things that will help them most. And as they were doing it, the CEO’s, the Lobbyists and the politicians pulling the strings were laughing their asses off.
But now, it has vectored out of control. The insane ranting of Glenn Beck (just watch Jon Stewart of the Daily Show reveal the insanity), the extreme hyperbole of Limbaugh, and the serial lying of Fox News will not stop. And the Tea Party folks, so enraged and so indoctrinated by the pied pipers from Fox and the GOP, will not stand aside and move on quietly to the next season. No…they actually believed the lies and disinformation they were fed. They actually think the nonsense about death panels, socialism and the death of our country will come true. And consistent with their limited ability to process complex thought, their default is to turn to that which they understand best…KICK ASS BABY!
So now we have bricks thrown through windows of government facilities, death threats on voice mail, gas lines cut at the homes of government officials, and congress members being spit on and called vile names.
In other words, what we have is a de-centralized group of loosely affiliated cells across the country, following the Fox News and Heritage Foundation version of a fatwa, delivered by spiritual leaders wrapped in messianic fantasies, all dedicated to the destruction of American property and democratic institutions, as well as the murder of American citizens. What do you call that?
Will Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly, John Boehner, or any of the other cheerleaders of this madness step up and say enough is enough? Well, to quote the aforementioned Mr. Boehner…HELL NO! And why should they? They are still making millions and getting fat and rich on the backs of the ‘proletariat’ who they twist into doing their dirty work while keeping their hands relatively clean and raking in the money.
Wake up Tea Party people. Stop being used and abused. Your movement is in a death spiral, so you might as well accept it and go back to watching American Idol. They were only using you for their gain, and it will only hurt you in the long run.