One of the things that endears the tea party “patriots” is their tolerance for others and a diversity of opinion. I absolutely adore their lemming philosophy. Increasingly, they are showing themselves to be mindless followers, taking cues from those they “respect”.
The real problem is the fact that the tea party types don’t appear to understand the Constitution they claim to adore. They don’t seem to understand that other people besides them have a right to have an opinion and to express their opinion.
It is a case of the Constitution for Me but not for Thee.
They don’t quite grasp the concept that in the United States, until Ron Paul is elected God and succeeded by Rand Paul (rather like those delightful folks in North Korea) everyone has a right to express their opinion. When you start limiting just who is or isn’t to speak or be allowed to have an opinion, that’s not quite “constitutional” is it?
It also reeks of absolutely repulsive manners, or a lack there-of. The irony is the fact that the “country” people – the ill-bred tea party “patriots” who have the manners of slugs, are attacking #41 and Mrs. Bush. They have the reputation of having some of the finest manners of a First Couple in many years.
Oh, wait, if you are a Constitutional “Patriot” you don’t need manners. All you need is a loud mouth, an aptitude for bullying, and an ability to lie about the number of “tea party patriots” there actually are. If that is “country” and not elite, I’ll stand on the side of the elites and the blue-bloods every day of the week.
If you don’t know the difference and think you don’t need manners, then please, slither back into the sewer where you obviously live. Eat with your elbows on the table, chew with your mouth open, and belch at the table. Don’t bother with deodorant. Blow your nose on your sleeve (oh wait, Obama suggests we do that). Do practice your armpit symphony. You see, manners are what separate us from the animals. Obviously the “country” types have yet to evolve into higher beings. They have no manners.
There is something even more alarming and that is the determination to rob the “elites” and the “blue-blood” of their Constitutional right to say what they want. In other words, the tea party types have decided that those of us who are elite or blue-blood (and that includes anyone who embraces the Republican Creed).
I do not choose to be a common man.
It is my right to be uncommon.
If I can seek opportunity, not security,
I want to take the calculated risk to dream and
build, to fail and to succeed.
I refused to barter incentive for dole.
I prefer the challenges of life to
guaranteed security, the thrill of fulfillment
to the state of calm utopia.
I will not trade freedom for beneficence,
nor my dignity for a handout.
I will never cower before any master,
save my God.
It is my heritage to stand erect, proud and
unafraid. To think and act for myself, enjoy the
benefit of my creations; to face the whole world
boldly and say, “I am a free American.”
If this is the case, that the tea parties are the “common” country folk, then they are indeed at war with the Republican Party, as many of us have been stating.
Even more dangerous is this attitude of populism where one group of people is better than the other, and wish to prevent the other group from speaking and from being heard. When this happens, freedom begins to die, and so do those who are not allowed to be heard nor to speak.
Is this what Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Laura Ingraham, and the tea party types truly want? If so, then maybe we need to start speaking out against them, even louder and more frequently than we are currently doing.
According to Allahpundit:
“…Incidentally, this isn’t the first time recently that Rove’s urged Sarahcuda and her supporters to grow a thicker skin about criticism. Whether he means that as earnest advice to her base or rather to stoke the sort of complaints aired here by Ace among conservatives outside her base, I leave for you to judge. Exit question: Is what he says near the end of the clip about having little influence over the primary really true? It’s certainly true that Beltway Republicans can’t keep anyone from running, but they can pull an awful lot of strings for a favored candidate in terms of raising money and generating media coverage. That was my point about Pence and name recognition last night. Voters will pick the nominee, but well connected party leaders can do an awful lot to shape the options from which they’ll do the pickin’….”
It’s like this – how much longer are these people going to have any real cache? After all, they cost the GOP the Senate. One of these days people are going to realize what has happened. It is not going to be pretty.
Sibyl West authored one of the most reprehensible pieces for the American Thinker I’ve seen in ages. It reeks of pitchforks, and witch-hunts. Is that the next step? Are the tea party types going to declare an actual purge and come for anyone who disagrees with them? Then again, West is exposing herself as a Ron Paul Bot. THEY are the ones who detest anyone who disagrees with them.
“…Here in affluent America, we have legislators who make laws but are somehow exempt from them. Now identified (thanks to A.M. Codevilla) as the Ruling Class, they are special, and therefore, they never have to learn what we are forced to learn about their programs.
We Country Class little people are not supposed to notice that, by the way.
Such a Ruling Class member is Bush the Elder, the unlikely bosom buddy of fellow blue blood B.J. Clinton. Yet since “like attracts like” is a reliable principle, the question arises: how has G.H.W. flouted the restraints of normal protocol and loyalty?
Bush was the GOP establishment (Ruling Class) pick against Reagan (Country Class), who won the nomination by popular vote. Didn’t Reagan, in the interest of unity, take Bush as his running mate? And yet wasn’t it Bush who dropped the constitutional baton of American exceptionalism after the Reagan years and publicly used the phrase “New World Order”? Bush later said to Mikhail Gorbachev at the end of Reagan’s term that “Reagan is a conservative, an extreme conservative. All the dummies and blockheads are with him.”
There we see the requisite contempt for the people that singles Bush the Elder out as blue blood Ruling Class. And now he is publicly endorsing Mitt Romney as the preferred GOP candidate for POTUS in 2012. Can you say kiss.of.death? Sarah Palin should consider herself lucky….”
From the Political Wire:
“….In an interview on the Laura Ingraham Show, Sarah Palin blasted back at Barbara Bush’s recent comments suggesting she stay in Alaska and not run for president.
Said Palin: “I think the majority of Americans don’t want to put up with the blue bloods. And I say it with all due respect because I love the Bushes. The blue bloods who want to pick and choose their winners instead of allowing competition to pick and choose the winners.” …”
I do think Allahpundit is starting to get it.
“…For another thing, I thought one of the virtues of both Christie and Palin (and Barbara Bush?) is that they’re willing to speak their minds and show you where they stand. So here’s Christie on national television, daring to do what no other prominent Republican will in making his lack of enthusiasm for a Palin candidacy clear, and suddenly he’s being knocked for … speaking his mind. He surely knows the risks in doing so — criticizing Palin is the quickest path to official RINO status that one can take — and he did it anyway, and now he’ll have to be a big boy and deal with the pushback. And before anyone says “11th Commandment,” no one had much of a problem violating that when social cons ripped Mitch Daniels for suggesting a truce on social issues or when libertarians ripped Jim DeMint for saying you can’t be fiscally conservative without being socially conservative or when umpteen thousand Republican commentators ripped Romney for RomneyCare. In fact, when it comes to Mitt or Huck or virtually any other major presidential contender besides Palin and Christie, our comments section is one big exercise in breaking the 11th Commandment. So what’s really the problem with what Christie said? Is it that he’d dare to speak ill of a fellow Republican, or that he’d dare to speak ill of her specifically?…”
Someone told The Pink Flamingo if you crunch the tea party numbers, you keep coming up with people who are unemployed. Makes sense. So does some numbers crunched at FiveThirtyEight.