Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Taibbi on Tea Party People

Tea Party zealots. What is wrong with these people? They're pissed off. I can certainly understand that. But they're not pissed off at the real cause of their pain, the people who are pissing all over them. The real worrisome thing is that these angry, misguided, yea, duped people are going to have a large effect on elections. They already have, and it's only going to get worse.

I so agree with Matt Taibbi, who says it better than I can:

We, the Tea Partiers

We protest against a heavy-fisted form of government that seeks to further regulate private enterprise and hinder future profits (i.e., banking and energy industries…). via We, the Tea Partiers – The York Daily Record.
The writer goes on to protest cap and trade, which I also think is a bad idea, but not for the same reasons, obviously. But that other line — that is why the Tea Party “movement” is not a movement but a top-down manipulation, a misdirection.

These are people who’ve been gouged for years by the deregulated banking, mortgage lending, and commodities trading business, and when Obama sends down very weak, watered-down regulations to deal with those problems, they howl that he’s against “private enterprise” because that’s what they’ve been told to think by the Glenn Becks of the world.
Did you know that insider trading isn’t even illegal in the commodities trading business? Do you honestly think gas prices were high in 2008 because we weren’t drilling enough in the Gulf of Mexico?

You idiots are being used. Think for yourselves. If the Fox Network believes it so wholeheartedly, how could it possibly be in your interest? They’ll take your ratings, sure, so they can sell you Charmin and $5 footlongs. I mean, Jesus, how can you not see that? If you had real allies that powerful, don’t you think someone would have taken care of you by now?
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