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Political Stupidity in Washington

Posted by John Mason on October 15, 2013 at 9:35 PM

How will this stupidity in Washington-the Tea Party types in the House scaring Boehner from doing the sensible thing and allow a bill to raise the debt ceiling-end? The tea partyers in the House are on a nihilistic drive to end the Affordable Care Act-the evil "socialized medicine"- and they act like they don't know or care if the American and world economy both collapse.

We have seen the ridiculousness of the tea party idols, Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz, at the rally in front of the White House, protesting the closing of national parks and monuments brought about by the cutting of funding of the federal government caused by their own party-as well as the Confederate flag among the crowd, the classic symbol of racism in this country. Have NO doubt that race plays a role in this mess-the tea party "movement", in spite of the outward complaint about "escessive" taxation, but of a Black man as President, upending assumptions of what it means to be "American."

 (Are we really so "overtaxed" in this country? Have we ever questioned that assumption? Or has it been all this time a part of the myth that "non-white minorities don't work but leach off the welfare system, and honest hard working white folks don't want to pay for this"?)

The tea party movement is the latest incarnation of an organized ultra-conservative movement determined to undo the New Deal and every worthwhile social advancement, including Civil rights for African-Americans, women, LGBT people, and laws to protect consumers and workers (mainly the same people). It was the Birch Society in the 1960s, the Religious Right movement in the 1970s and 1980s, and now the tea parties, with the emphasis on "goverment spending going too far" and "oppressive taxes", without questioning the basis of these ideas. It's a matter of repackaging for the ultraconservative movement, finding any excuse to fight what is in reality the effort of formerly trod-upon people from asserting themselves, and trying to preserve any assumed and alleged privilages based on skin color or religion.      

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