This weekend, Richmond, Virginia, hosts what they’re calling the biggest Tea Party gathering ever, with 2,000+ people expected.
Makes me glad I’m an indoor cat and can’t leave the house.
The TP and I do agree on some things, such as the need to stop government spending on stupid stuff, like any pork Sarah Palin finagled for Alaska when she was governor. And Obama shouldn’t make anyone contribute to private health insurers’ profits with hard-earned money they should be spending on actual healthcare.
That’s about it. Dig one inch deeper and the TP becomes its own worst enemy. Anti-gay (marriage), anti-female (no abortions), anti-senior (cut Medicare), anti-child (whack the Department of Education), anti-poor (cut Medicaid and other social programs), and anti-anybody-unwhite (Yeah, TP, can the denials. Who’s at your rallies?).
What I find utterly ridiculous is their smug certainty that they themselves will ALWAYS have a good job, ALWAYS have excellent healthcare through an employer, and live out their days in comfort. They’ll never need nuthin’ from nobody because they’re immune to hardship of any type.
And they do themselves no favors by rallying around dangerous ditzes like Sarah Palin, applauding her efforts to stuff Congress with more like her, such as Rand Paul and Christine O’Donnell.
Virginia’s attorney general, Ken Cuccinelli, a Republican with considerable cuckoo-cred of his own, describes himself as “Not a member – a groupie [of the TP]. I don’t think they really appreciate having elected official members. We’re all suspect to some degree…”
It’s one of the most insightful things he’s ever said.
The TP doesn’t seem to have considered what they’ll do if their empty-headed candidates actually get to DC, where greed and temptation lurk everywhere.
The TP is in for a rude reality check when they discover that their inexperienced idols are capable of being just as corrupt, self-serving, and decadent as the worst career politicians of either party. That’s because it usually requires a broad streak of power-hungry egomania to even want the job.
If they think Congress is bad now, just wait until they pack it with cocky loose cannons who proudly make themselves No. 1 — just like a Tea Partier — and who lack the political savvy to even pretend they remember why they were elected, or who elected them. It will be total chaos.
That’s why I can’t take the Tea Party seriously. If they were as smart as they think they are, they’d pick figureheads who are thoughtful, intelligent, and capable of expressing bona fide ideas and reasonable, detailed plans — not nitwits who just tear down everything while offering no alternatives and spew empty blather about God and country.