New York Tea Party son Carl Paladino thinks homosexuals are “brainwashed” and lead less valid lives. He thinks people on public assistance should be moved into prisons converted into dorms and forced to attend hygiene classes.
Ohio Tea Party candidate likes to run around on weekends re-imagining the devastation of Eastern Europe by the Nazis.
Christine O’Donnell of Delaware is on tape seemingly caught somewhere in between an unhealthy fascination with the “evils” of masturbation and the myth of wanton debauchery associated with witchcraft.
Sharron Angle in Nevada talks about people dealing with autism in air quotes and doesn’t want them covered by insurance. She claims Dearborn, Michigan and a non-existent Texas town have been taken over by Muslim Sharia Law.
Colorado Senate Tea candidate Ken Buck thinks a good reason to vote for him is because he’s “not a woman.”
Rand Paul thinks the Civil Rights Act shouldn’t tell private businesses what to do, he thinks they should be able to run their places as they see fit, even if that includes discrimination.
One by one, every Tea candidate that gets national attention is exposed as something far different from just a “fiscal conservative” concerned about spending. When they are forced to look into a mirror that others can see too, the reflections are often very ugly and hateful.
I’ve long said that teabaggers ranting about freedom are concerned with nothing of the sort. They imagine freedom and liberty to be something entirely different than most people do. The freedom to be like them and the liberty to follow their beliefs and religion is fine – just don’t be different, mind you.
The views and actions of the Tea candidates and many of their supporters is indeed despicable. The only person listed above who could possibly draw any sympathy is Ohio congressional candidate Rich Iott, who dressed as a Nazi during re-enactments. Read the story in The Atlantic here.
War re-enactments are something many Americans do, and learning about history is a good thing. Still, the unit the group Iott was in re-enacted wasn’t exactly admirable. Not regular German military, but Waffen SS. At Nuremberg the Waffen SS was dismissed as a criminal organization and many of it’s veterans were denied benefits given to regular German veterans. Why did Iott’s group want to emulate them?
The reality is, when Tea candidates and darlings are looked at in the light of day, they lose their corporate-crafted image of valiant reformer. It’s understandable that many Americans are frustrated with government and the economy. The answer isn’t to take a hard right, but to consider progressive programs to put Americans to work and secure a stable economy.
The best chance Tea candidates have for winning seats is for the election to happen soon. The more time goes by, the less attractive and more reprehensible they look.