Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Bonus Quote of the Day


“I have a message. A message from the Tea Party. A message that is loud and clear and does not mince words: We have come to take our government back.”

-- Rand Paul, political neophyte and son of Ron Paul, crescendoing his victory speech after winning yesterday's Kentucky primary

First, Paul's win should shock absolutely no one; if ever there was a place where unfocused and largely incoherent white resentment grows up out of the ground like weeds right now, it's Kentucky. The important thing to keep in mind here is this: He won the Republican Senate primary because he's a Republican -- and for some strange reason, I suppose in an effort to be taken more seriously and to deflect accusations of racism, the tea baggers often like to pretend that they eschew political affiliation, which is horseshit. The reality has always been that the "Tea Party" is nothing more than the militant wing of the GOP -- it's what Hamas is to the PLO (minus all the acts of terrorism -- for now). The tea baggers feel like the Republican party just isn't crazy and scary enough on its own these days, so they're pulling a Vince McMahon and creating an XFL to "compete."

Second, I don't want to hear one more supposedly high-minded asshole trying to convince me or anyone else that Ron Paul is someone who should be taken seriously -- at least as far as his ideas are concerned. Anyone who names his child after Ayn Rand -- and does it ostensibly as an adult and not some pissy, arrogant teenager who stalks the halls of his high school trying to convince himself that the world is beneath him and he's secretly more evolved than the kids who are regularly flushing his pack of cloves down the toilet and stuffing him into lockers -- doesn't deserve even an ounce of credibility.

Finally, how chilling is it getting to hear this "take our government back" crap?

23 comments:

Peter L. Winkler said...

Rand Paul's birth name is Randall Paul. His wife suggested he shorten it to Rand and it is not an homage to Ayn Rand, as he explains in this video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oD-R_OeP6tU

ntx said...

Here's the best thing I've read lately on the tea baggers:

My Countery, Tis of Me
http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2010/06/my-country-tis-of-me/8088

It's from the June issue of Atlantic Magazine. I'm usually kind of lukewarm on Michael Kinsley, but he hits the nail on the head:

"The Tea Party Patriots will be an answer on Jeopardy or a crossword-puzzle clue....

"It is an illustration of what ails America. Not because it is right-wing or because it is sometimes susceptible to crazed conspiracy theories, and not because of racism, but because of the movement’s self-indulgent premise that none of our challenges and difficulties are our own fault."

L. said...

Psst...Guys...This is your government. The people in power were voted in by a majority in democratic elections you participated in. Sucks for you that you lost, but them's the rules.

I mean, there have been elections where it didn't go my way but I didn't claim I'd 'lost my country'. I might have gotten depressed because more than half of the people who voted chose someone I didn't agree with, but I didn't and couldn't pretend that the majority didn't get what they asked for.

Donal said...

According to Nate Silver, Rand Paul is a run-of-the mill conservative who used his Dad's Libertarian rep to endear himself to the Tea Party. I suspect that the dire economic climate is forcing moderates of each party to court the fringes. Obama is dancing around in the middle, but it seems to be No Man's Land for lesser candidates. In this climate, Specter found that he couldn't fool enough people enough of the time.

Che Grovera said...

The reality has always been that the "Tea Party" is nothing more than the militant wing of the GOP -- it's what Hamas is to the PLO (minus all the acts of terrorism -- for now).

Gawrdam, boy! That's the kind of commentary that keeps me coming back.

Web Dunce said...

Hey Rand - I have a message from Jack Conway. 226,773 votes.

Alanna said...

The second sentence in the 2nd paragraph is probably one of the best things I have read in weeks!

And, to note, I smoked a clove this weekend for the first time in - 15 years - and I guess Djarum has been renamed and are now called Djarum BLACKs? I felt...old. And my lungs were so raw I sounded like Bea Arthur the next day.

Chez said...

Interesting, Peter. I actually did read somewhere that it was intended to be an homage to Rand -- but it's true that it's tough to know who to trust these days. If I'm wrong, then obviously I apologize.

There's no denying, though, that in an effort to endear himself to the tea party he's milking that apparent connection for all it's worth.

The Bacon said...

Hamas??

I hope you aren't chasing that dragon again??

I haven't seen a whole lot of "Death to the Jews" chants going on at the tea party rallies.

When you compare the tea party people to Hamas, it isn't them that you make look bad.

dick_gozinia said...

If anything, this is an indictment on the candidates that the Republican Party is running out and supporting in elections.

kanye said...

His bio says that he and his wife are practicing Presbyterians. That alone throws a bucket of water on the Ayn Rand fire.

Look to Ludwig von Mises if you want to know what this guy's about.

Chez said...

Relax, Bacon. The analogy fits insofar as the tea baggers are -- as I made perfectly clear -- a much more hardline and radical offshoot of the mainstream Republicans.

Kara said...

You know what still cracks me up? When the liberals had their pants in a twist during the Bush era and were bitching about taking back the government, these were the same fuckers that told them to STFU or GTFO if they didn't like it. Sure wish they'd take their own advice.

I'm sure we could fit them all in Alaska.

Larry The Kidman said...

They want their country back.........from that kellered guy.....they didn't care when Bush was raping the country....

Che Grovera said...

Good grief. Don't the schools teach logic anymore? Saying "A is to B as C is to D" says nothing about the relationship between A and C (or B and D). Thus, "The Bacon is to the pig as The Feces is to the colon" should not imply that The Bacon is shitty...but read it however you see fit.

Ref said...

I've felt like I "Lost my country" for about the last thirty years. It's not because I'm a Teabagger (which I'm not) or a leftist (Guilty!) but because I've seen my country increasingly falling under control of a corporate kleptocracy. These Tea people, their corporate sponsors, and their sycophants in the media are just more of the same.

A Bowl Of Stupid said...

I haven't seen a whole lot of "Death to the Jews" chants going on at the tea party rallies.

Bacon, I'ma guessin' the only reason you didn't "see" them chant was cuz they was wearing them pointy white hoods -- I'm sure if you was listening, you'da heard 'em, ol' hoss.

Mart said...

Yes Ref - why the Dems can not figure out that they will have a fifty year run if they turn their backs on their corporate masters and kiss the middle class ass (just a ltittle - no tongue) is beyond me.

Tabi said...

I agree with Ref. And let's not forget the rise of one Justin Beiber. Yikes.

kmbs said...

Um, er...I would just very much like to point out that not all Kentucky residents are badly informed racist idiots. But then, I'm a crrrrazy Louisville liberal--the lone blue island in an otherwise red sea.

That being said, here's a tidbit that's just horrifying--his idea on how private business should totally be able to discriminate, no problem. http://bit.ly/b1fJOw Lord save us. I thought when Bunning finally crazied out we'd be better off, but obviously there's a store of lunacy in reserve.

I'm just going to keep reminding myself he's actually from Texas.

Chez said...

To borrow a line from Bill Maher --- I kid Kentucky. Actually, part of my family is from there, as well as one very good friend who's the furthest thing from some ignorant rube.

Ethnic Redneck said...

What kills me is that these "independent and proud" Americans seem to be hellbent on bringing back the monarchy - why do they keep trying to create these boy kings whose biggest accomplishment is having a daddy who accomplished something?

namron said...

Paul's Libertarian bullshit started with Rachel Maddow interview and NPR appearances on Wednesday. The Libertarians want to end Social Security, Medicare, unemployment comp, OSHA, EPA, DOE. Their arguments are logical and wholly consistent with their dogma, and that's what will scare the fecal matter from most voters.
No matter how "R-worded" Kentuckians may be, they will not want to give up food stamps, SSI, unemployment, and work-place safety.