And they are scary, not least because they are about 18% of Americans. They are ill-informed, think in slogans and are inconsistent. The false and inconsistent beliefs are not uniform, but some are common. E.g., they love medicade and social secuity, but not any ‘socialist’ programs that involve big government.
They each express a sense of estrangement and alienation from the US government, which they see as very menacing and out of control They also think that it favors other people. It is hard not to see racist coding all through the talks.
As I read the article, I kept thinking, “Forget about the tea party and have some madeira, m’dear.” The second part of the sentence comes from a Flanders and Swann song which – amazingly enough – they can be seen performing in 1967 on youtube. Delightful though the melody is, it is a tale of a failed seduction, and so hardly going to cheer one up, I think. Well, see what you think. If it seems offensive (I really can’t decide), try the next one, which is just fun.
The point of the second one is that it has absolutely nothing to do with current politics. Go look at the Tea Partiers and you may get a sense of why that’s a good thing.
If you have a child who has heard Flanders and Swann on the Gnu, today might be a good day to fill them in!