“If you want to destroy social security for others, but after your father died when you were 16, you used your father’s social security survivor benefits to help pay for your education at Miami University of Ohio … you might be Paul Ryan.”
A video made at the August 2010 Glenn Beck rally in Washington D.C.
This set of interviews by New Left Media is a very revealing portrayal of many of the Tea Party Republicans.
The interviews were conducted respectfully.
Racism, lies, insults, and wilful ignorance are on full display here.
It’s 13 minutes long. If you don’t have time to watch it now, come back when you do.
These people can vote. In fact, these people come out to vote a helluva lot more than progressives do. Just FYI.
We’ve obtained a foot-tall stack of letters from Tea Party-friendly politicians seeking cash from the government. Go, saunter on into the hypocrisy.
The first letter annoys us the most. Eric Cantor trying to get money for a JetBlue route from NYC to Cancun? Lamesauce. Suggestion to Newsweek: Create a Tumblr called PoliticiansAskingForMoney.tumblr.com. It would be awesome.
^^^ Fantastic suggestion.
The point Josh makes is a clear one. A political assassination cannot be dismissed as non-political. And even if one argues, as I would, that Palin bears no direct responsibility at all for this act of violence and that the idea of her as an “accomplice” of some sort is offensive, it remains true that a) Palin specifically targeted this political opponent for “re-loading” within literal gun-sights, b) this was noticed at the time by thefuture victim as a dangerously violent provocation, c) Palin upped the ante when confronted with this criticism and refused to back down, and is even now apoplectic that this should be in any way about her. If your response to these set of facts is to deny that there is anything awry here, you are part of the problem, it seems to me.
There is no way to understand the politics of this without Palin. She has long been the leader of the movement that drapes itself in military garb, that marinates in violent rhetoric, that worships gun culture, that has particular ferocity in the state of Arizona, and that never ever apologizes for anything.
My hope is that this horrifying momentary conflation of politics, guns and mental illness will lead responsible figures on the right to eschew the path of Palin. I hope this ends the appeal of Palinism’s primordial emotions and divisiveness. I hope it brings us back to a more responsible center-right that seeks dialogue rather than warfare. The signs among the hard core of the far right are not, alas, promising.
And so we wait for a Republican leader who is not a Palinite or in fear of them. And we wait.
One of the best distillations of Palin’s role in all this I’ve heard. It’s ridiculous, reactionary, and yes, offensive, to claim Palin is directly responsible for this tragedy, but the idea that her rhetoric and her insistence on warlike/polarized politics and gun-fetishizing language had nothing to do with this culture of violence and misguided, psychotic machismo is folly at best. “Don’t retreat, reload” indeed—ditto for Angle’s thinly veiled threats about ‘Real Americans’ taking advantage of their 2nd Amendment rights should the elections not go their way. Not to be dramatic, but if there’s any wisdom or goodness left in this flipping world, she and the rest of her ilk should be cast into political and social oblivion for good.
“There are plenty of progressive champions lobbying, rallying, exposing, suing and organizing at the national, state and local level."
In a letter To The New York Times, Ralph Nader takes issue with the paper’s editorial asserting that Tea Party victories show there is “no progressive champion” for the poor and powerless.
The problem, he says, is that the mainstream media, including The New York Times, fails to cover their efforts.
In April, the photographer Jason Andrew boarded the Tea Party Express III for the final ten days of a three-week, forty-seven-city tour through the small towns of America. The “Just Vote Them Out” tour focussed on the competitive districts of Democratic incumbents, spreading a message against taxes, spending, and big government. Here is a selection of Andrew’s images, followed by a short Q. & A.