Friday, April 23, 2010

Don't Ignore the Tea Party's Toxic Take on History

Ron Rosenbaum in Slate wrote Don't ignore the Tea Party's toxic take on history.

"I'd been trying to find a way to write about Tea Party ideology, and in particular about the fraudulent history and distorted language it indulges in. Listen to Tea Partiers on cable news—or read the signs they hoist or their Internet comments—and you frequently encounter the flagrant abuse, the historically ignorant misuse, of words such as tyranny, communist, Marxist, fascist, and socialist.

You hear them say, for instance, that we live under 'tyranny' because one side lost a health care vote in an elected legislative body. And that, in all seriousness, the president is a communist. For many Tea Party members, the word is not just a vile epithet; it's a realistic political description. Check out this clip in which Tea Party 'celebrity' spokeswoman Victoria Jackson flatly tells a flummoxed Fox News host, 'The president's a communist.' When the host (the Fox host!) starts to object, she responds that Glenn Beck has taught her that progressive is a code word for communist. "

"The muddled Tea Party version of history is more than wrong and fraudulent. It's offensive. Calling Obama a tyrant, a communist, or a fascist is deeply offensive to all the real victims of tyranny, the real victims of communism and fascism. The tens of millions murdered. It trivializes such suffering inexcusably for the T.P.ers to claim that they are suffering from similar oppression because they might have their taxes raised or be subject to demonic "federal regulation.""

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The Tea Party = The Republican Party.

In fact let me go one step further and say that the Tea Partiers are actually Uber-Republicans who, if the polling that I have seen is correct, are actually more partisan than "regular" Republicans in their views of the current Administration and Congress.

Neither group (for the sake of argument, I will still treat them as two separate groups) has the slightest concern for history or science or knowledge or education or any pursuit of truth in general.

The Republican party's mission is to make the wealthy wealthier and it will use whatever means is necessary to achieve that goal. Of course, in order to remain in power, they must deceive voters to act against thier own best interests (economically at least). Apparently, this is acutally fairly easy to do to people who are not inclined to truly think critically about the ideas (or facts) they are being fed. I simply don't know if it is because they can't think critically, or won't think critically.

FOX news is now the perfect propaganda vehicle for this contemptable activity.

I really am begining to think that the Democrats simply need to spend every last dime on voter turnout and stop trying to "educate" people who are beyond teachable moments simply because they are not willing to open their minds and learn.

"Take your filthy government paws off my medicare"