Friday, May 7, 2010
No, there is, I’ve seen it! Seriously. Makes ya want to slapahead. A stand against Big Government (read: bloated) might be considered a legit gripe, but Bill Maher over-simplifies with GOP loves whites blanket statements (starting at 6:00), while George Will is misguided in labeling civil rights supporters as creating synthetic hysteria.
Both however, ignore and dismiss the genuine angst in the country over immigration reform and enforcement, or lack thereof.
Hypocrisy isn’t limited to either party though, and often rears its ugly head with a host of issues. Yellow t-shirt guy leading off the clip says his money shouldn’t go to fund someone else’s personal legal choices. The bigger message from other Tea Party rallies though is clear: As long as the personal choices in question are ones we approve of, then the government can step in.
(To save taxpayer dollars though, wouldn’t *smaller* government proponents favor enforcement of existing immigration laws instead of creating new ones? #rhetorical)
The real fun however, comes in at 1:04. Damn. It sure ain’t about big government with her—it’s about hating, selfish, Obama-loving liberal public arts funding, NPR-lovin’ takers! (The HELL’s a taker?)
Still, from a campaign strategy POV for Dems, I wouldn’t ignore the vibe in much the same way the right ignored the hate out there for Dubbya.
Tea Party movements may be small, but there’s enough anger there to be packaged up, mislabled and sold for consumption come next election. They may even figure out to use Twitter to mobilize too.
They already know how to use YouTube.