I am apparently still a naive doofus because I just don’t get how a professional columnist like David Brooks can be either so idiotic or so steeped in his own bias to write this drivel.
I asked the election guru Charlie Cook if there were signs that the Tea Party was scaring away the independents. “I haven’t seen any,” he replied.
How/Why on earth would the Tea Party scare away independents, when it’s independents who are at the core of this movement?
He goes on to link the Tea Party with the GOP at the hip. Yet not does he mention who the Tea Party is in an honest way or what they are about. Instead he focuses on whackjob individuals that are quite clearly not representative of the movement and dismisses Palin and Beck outright as not being attractive to moderates.
It doesn’t matter that public approval of the G.O.P. is now at its all-time low. It doesn’t matter that the Tea Party rhetoric is sometimes extreme. The poll suggests that roughly 50 percent of Americans haven’t thought about the Tea Parties enough to form an opinion. They’re not paying attention because they don’t see it as one of the important dangers they face. Who knows? Maybe they even sort of like the fact that a ragtag band of outsiders is taking on the establishment and winning.
This doesn’t mean that the Tea Party influence will be positive for Republicans over the long haul. The movement carries viruses that may infect the G.O.P. in the years ahead. Its members seek traditional, conservative ends, but they use radical means. Along the way, the movement has picked up some of the worst excesses of modern American culture: a narcissistic sense of victimization, an egomaniacal belief in one’s own rightness and purity, a willingness to distort the truth so that every conflict becomes a contest of pure good versus pure evil.
The bold and italics are mine. The bold, just to draw your attention to Brook’s completely immature and unprofessional writing without analysis and the italics to highlight that what I would use as a description of the far left Obamaites he’s using to describe Tea Partiers.
The Tea Party started after Rick Santelli had a big cow about the government refinancing people’s mortgages for them. Feb 2009.
He suggested holding a tea party for traders to gather and dump the derivatives in the Chicago river on July 1.
It was not a bad idea.
People from all walks of life came. Democrats came who couldn’t believe the amounts of money being thrown around by this government.
It still isn’t very organized. It’s still independent though of course leaning right as it’s all (yes, I said all) about fiscal conservatism. Anything else is just individuals speaking their peace, be it about gay marriage, or illegal immigration or even Obama’s birthplace.
The movement is about fiscal conservatism. The rest is bull. Here is it’s “contract”.
The Contract lists 10 agenda items that it encourages congressional candidates to follow:
1. Identify constitutionality of every new law: Require each bill to identify the specific provision of the Constitution that gives Congress the power to do what the bill does. (82.03%)
2. Reject emissions trading: Stop the “cap and trade” administrative approach used to control carbon dioxide emissions by providing economic incentives for achieving reductions in the emissions of carbon dioxide. (72.20%)
3. Demand a balanced federal budget: Begin the Constitutional amendment process to require a balanced budget with a two-thirds majority needed for any tax modification. (69.69%)
4. Simplify the tax system: Adopt a simple and fair single-rate tax system by scrapping the internal revenue code and replacing it with one that is no longer than 4,543 words – the length of the original Constitution. (64.9%)
5. Audit federal government agencies for constitutionality: Create a Blue Ribbon taskforce that engages in an audit of federal agencies and programs, assessing their Constitutionality, and identifying duplication, waste, ineffectiveness, and agencies and programs better left for the states or local authorities. (63.37%)
6. Limit annual growth in federal spending: Impose a statutory cap limiting the annual growth in total federal spending to the sum of the inflation rate plus the percentage of population growth. (56.57%)
7. Repeal the health care legislation passed on March 23, 2010: Defund, repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. (56.39%)
8. Pass an ‘All-of-the-Above’ Energy Policy: Authorize the exploration of additional energy reserves to reduce American dependence on foreign energy sources and reduce regulatory barriers to all other forms of energy creation. (55.5%)
9. Reduce Earmarks: Place a moratorium on all earmarks until the budget is balanced, and then require a 2/3 majority to pass any earmark. (55.47%)
10. Reduce Taxes: Permanently repeal all recent tax increases, and extend current temporary reductions in income tax, capital gains tax and estate taxes, currently scheduled to end in 2011. (53.38%)
Sorry Mr. Brooks, there is nothing “extreme” or “dangerous” in that.