The holiday bollixed up my Monday chores and I have to slice one item from the list. Folks? It’s you. Sorta. I leave you with this long, long, long NYT examination of the Tea Party movement, which you may discuss, if you like. I’m not entirely sold on it; there are too many passages like this, that meander on and on, making some pretty sweeping assertions without any actual human beings offered as proof:
They are frequently led by political neophytes who prize independence and tell strikingly similar stories of having been awakened by the recession. Their families upended by lost jobs, foreclosed homes and depleted retirement funds, they said they wanted to know why it happened and whom to blame.
That is often the point when Tea Party supporters say they began listening to Glenn Beck. With his guidance, they explored the Federalist Papers, exposés on the Federal Reserve, the work of Ayn Rand and George Orwell. Some went to constitutional seminars. Online, they discovered radical critiques of Washington on Web sites like ResistNet.com (“Home of the Patriotic Resistance”) and Infowars.com (“Because there is a war on for your mind.”).
Many describe emerging from their research as if reborn to a new reality. Some have gone so far as to stock up on ammunition, gold and survival food in anticipation of the worst. For others, though, transformation seems to amount to trying on a new ideological outfit — embracing the rhetoric and buying the books.
But it generally tracks with what I’ve observed anecdotally, and it underlines a fear I’ve had for a while, i.e., that someone from this gang is going to make an attempt on the president’s life:
…in Indiana, Richard Behney, a Republican Senate candidate, told Tea Party supporters what he would do if the 2010 elections did not produce results to his liking: “I’m cleaning my guns and getting ready for the big show. And I’m serious about that, and I bet you are, too.”
Here’s where Richard Behney stands, by the way. He hasn’t a chance of being elected to anything, but funny how his story — jus’ a plumber/entrepreneur who enjoyed sittin’ on the back of his truck at the end of the day, talkin’ about life — is pretty much a word-for-word match to the typical teabagger profiled in the Times piece.
This part tickled me:
(Ron) Paul led Mrs. Southwell to Patriot ideology, which holds that governments and economies are controlled by networks of elites who wield power through exclusive entities like the Bilderberg Group, the Trilateral Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations.
These folks used to call my radio show, many years ago. They’re Jew-haters to the last man. Maybe Joseph Sobran has a future in journalism after all.
OK, now I must away. Tomorrow should be better. Alan’s off this week, and we’re thinking of going to Windsor for dim sum, like the effete yuppies we are. Is dim sum worth traveling for?