Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Tea Party and history.

You know about the Tea Party deal in the US, I know you do. And, if you're reading this and/or you know me, it's somewhere on the spectrum between "mildly unsettling" and "get the Y2K bunker back up and running if Palin gets the nod in '12".

I've spent some time thinking about this movement, and the one roadblock I keep running into is, "How do conservatives manage to coax people, especially poor people, to vote against their own best interests?" Then again, I suppose "best" is a subjective term, and I have a different view of it than your average Tea Partier — "best" to me means your health care tab is picked up by the country, but to them "best" means "get the government the fuck away from my health care" — and I'd say that I've now thought about this whole idea, just now, more than your average TPer, but that's just a little jab at those wackos. Sorry, folks.

Anyway, this article in today's Star examines the role of the US Constitution (a document I quite like, for the record) in the TP movement.* I think it nicely examines the way some Americans have thought of their country for the past few decades, and how the canonization of the Consitution has worked out.
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* I am aware of the connection between "TP" and a "movement" of a particular, bathroom, sort. I may be somewhat nerdy but, above all else, I am puerile.

1 comment:

Eve said...

I read somewhere that a fair portion of the TPers are seniors on Medicare, and since they already have free health insurance, they either don't want other people to get it or they don't care.