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Thursday, April 15, 2010

"This is the stupidest tea party..."

The crowd that assembled on Boston Common yesterday certainly didn't seem strange. No one had more than one head, they were courteous and polite and carried signs expressing love for Sarah Palin and disdain for the state of the union.

Perhaps because they assembled near the site of the one and only Boston Tea Party, the demonstrators were mindful of history -- even though the descendants of men and women who arrived in boats from foreign shores railed against immigration.

And they took pains to insist they were not kooks, toting signs that declared “I am not a racist. I just disagree politically.’’

But a poll in today's New York Times suggests they need to touch base with the hard reality of what appears to be the state of the Tea Party these days.

Only 41 percent of those responding think that Barack Obama was born in the United States. It's a finding consistent with similiar polls, including one where 14 percent of respondents thought he was the anti-Christ.

It's an understatement to say it's disturbing that significant minorities of people ascribe to such ludicrous propaganda being spouted by talkmeisters like Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh.

The poll also reaffirms previous ones -- and basic observation -- that the movement is a direct descendant of the Reagan Revolution:

Tea Party supporters are wealthier and more well-educated than the general public, and are no more or less afraid of falling into a lower socioeconomic class, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.

The 18 percent of Americans who identify themselves as Tea Party supporters tend to be Republican, white, male, married and older than 45.

What also became clear they are comfortable with what they have an fearful of sharing. Social Security and Medicare are just fine, thank you very miuch for this anti-government crowd.

But consider extending benefits to those who don't have them, well, we might as well start a revolution to protect "us" against "them." The "I got mine, f-you" philosophy.

As the caravan rides into Washington this morning for a Tax Day protest, it's important to keep some perspective. And that warning is especially true for the media that have made a vocal minority into the political stereotype of the day.

But don't just take it from me. Go ask Alice:
"Of all the silly nonsense, this is the stupidest tea party I've ever been to in all my life."

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1 Comments:

Blogger cadetcap said...

Thank you for talking about the Tea Party protests in Boston, I mentioned Scott Brown's aversion to them in my blog post a while ago. Its sad to see there are such misled and conservative people in the great city of Boston. Check out my blog post on this issue, I've added your blog to my blogroll.

http://politicalcartographer.blogspot.com/2010/04/looks-like-being-from-massachusetts.html

April 15, 2010 3:07 PM  

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