The image of the Tea Party voter in America depends, like pretty much everything, on the observance. To some they are new revolutionaries deserving recognition equal to the nations’ founders. To more realistic people, “Teabaggers” are seen as something quite different.
Question a Tea voter about positions and you will hear “no cap and trade!” OK, what do they suppose we should do about climate change? Just deny it? And let’s just say that all the mountains of evidence supporting global warming are wrong – we still need sound energy policy. What’s the Tea solution? More drilling. More oil. Use it ’til it’s gone,, then deal with the problem.
How about immigration? They scream about the borders and illegal immigration, but won’t acknowledge that the borders are more secure than ever and deportations are at an all-time high. And they won’t offer any single solution, not any. No path to anything for people here, and no way to deal with the obvious fact that there are millions of people here who have become a big chunk of the economy.
They talk about excess spending, yet won’t even consider cuts to the military. Do we really need hundreds of bases all over the world? They attack Social Security, yet don’t offer any alternative except to privatize. Social Security is a favorite demon of the right, even though it is sound.
Don’t let them fool you, Social Security only needs minor tweaks to be solvent for as far into the future as we can see. The easiest fix is to simply eliminate the cap. If we did away with the income cap on Social Security tax, there would be more than enough money in the system.
Tea types rail about taxes yet don’t acknowledge President Obama lowered taxes for over 90 percent of Americans, and wants to continue to do so. Republicans won’t allow that unless income over 250,000 gets a tax cut too. Yes, it’s a misstatement to say Obama doesn’t favor tax cuts for the rich. Even those making more than 250,000 will get a break on income up to that amount.
Tea candidate Sharron Angle mocks autism. Carl Paladino wants to make internment camps for those receiving aid. Christine O’Donnell claims to have classified info saying China wants to attack the United States.
And in her debate, Christine O’Donnell suggested that “communities decide” Constitutional issues like free speech and religious expression. Yes, that’s a good idea – thousands of different interpretations of Constitutional rights depending on local whim.
In summation, today’s conservatives, and especially those in the Tea movement, are like the driver who ignores all warnings and keeps on driving. Imagine a car with a busted radiator. Republicans of yesteryear were like the the driver who would put water in when it started to boil, but wouldn’t address the problem.
Today’s nutcase right doesn’t even want to add the water, since to do so might be considered “progressive.” They just want to drive, pedal to the metal, straight ahead with the same tired policies.
They don’t want to act on climate change, energy independence, immigration, health care, market regulation, infrastructure building, military reform, or any of the important issues facing us. Just keep on a drivin’.
The more grounded among us cannot allow that to happen.