Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Quote of the Day

"A hall full of elderly white people in Medicare-paid scooters, railing against government spending and imagining themselves revolutionaries as they cheer on the vice-presidential puppet hand-picked by the GOP establishment. If there exists a better snapshot of everything the Tea Party represents, I can't imagine it... Vast forests have already been sacrificed to the public debate about the Tea Party: what it is, what it means, where it's going. But after lengthy study of the phenomenon, I've concluded that the whole miserable narrative boils down to one stark fact: They're full of shit. All of them. At the voter level, the Tea Party is a movement that purports to be furious about government spending — only the reality is that the vast majority of its members are former Bush supporters who yawned through two terms of record deficits and spent the past two electoral cycles frothing not about spending but about John Kerry's medals and Barack Obama's Sixties associations. The average Tea Partier is sincerely against government spending — with the exception of the money spent on them. In fact, their lack of embarrassment when it comes to collecting government largesse is key to understanding what this movement is all about."

-- Matt Taibbi, in an absolutely brilliant and hilarious piece dissecting the tea bagger phenomenon in the latest issue of Rolling Stone


Capt aclown said...

Matt Taibbi truly is the man.

Bill Orvis White said...

Thank the Lord for FOX News, talk radio and the Tea Party which keeps Big Gov't in check. These three branches of our society are needed now more than ever.

Under Hussein Obama, We the People now have record deficits and unemployment at levels that we have never seen before. Is Lil Hussein doing anything about the mess he got us into? NO! He's fixated on FOX News and Sean Hannity's Hummer. This is the most incompetent, arrogant, selfish "president" in history in which the media drools over.

It's high time to cut taxes and Big Gov't spending, but my Lord please keep your hands off of my Bush-era tax rates, capital gains, small business tax credits, my aunt's Social Security checks, Medicare and Medicaid. Also, please increase the size and scope of our churches and patriotic military.


L. said...

In all fairness, there are a lot of people who don't necessarily associate with the Tea Party who think that 'government handouts' are a disgrace unless they're the ones getting them.

For some reason it's easy for people to see themselves as the singular entity deserving of something they're more than willing to deny others (e.g. objects of monetary value, religious freedom, equal rights under the law, special exceptions to rules, etc.). People are endlessly ridiculous and self-centered.

That said, can we please have a PSA explaining that Medicare is paid for by taxes collected by the government? If they kept their hands off of it, it wouldn't exist.

B8ovin said...

It takes a lot of HEART to be a Tea Partier. Every issue has two sides, thus reality is an opinion, and you have to use your heart to figure out which opinion is right. The only other way is to use your head (brain) and study facts, and your heart tells you that is elitist.

Anonymous said...

While I like Taibbi, I think he's not exactly on target. I found this interview - http://beta.wnyc.org/shows/lopate/2010/sep/14/inside-tea-party-america/ - on Leonard Lopate pretty interesting. There's a core of tea party activists whom look a lot like libertarian Ron Paul supporters, and there's all these other elements that are racists, idiots, and Glenn Beck fans whom are trying to be Tea Partiers.

VirginiaO'Possum said...

Taibbi's analysis reminds me (well, the teapots remind me constantly of this anyway) of one of the most frustrating episodes in my former life as a local reporter. One campaign season, I was tasked with asking all the candidates for the city council to give their positions on a list of local issues. One of them refused, giving me this nugget of wisdom instead: "This is how I know your paper is really in cahoots with the [good government liberal organization]. I don't have positions on these issues. Because issues are a liberal issue."

dgh said...

The nation's greatest generation begot the nation's most spoiled generation. The protests last year against the health care proposals struck me as little more than "I got my health care, I'm not paying for yours". The most spoiled generation takes the benefits of government so much for granted they think that these benefits would just happen by themselves if the government were eliminated.

Anonymous said...

That's true L. I'm related to a few of them. They're the lucky bastards who've never needed any sort of handout and therefore think they never will... until they do and then they whine that there wasn't enough because someone else (less worthy) got some first.

Too bad Tabbi's preaching to the choir.