Thursday, November 4, 2010

Memo to Tea Baggers: You've Been Had!

For months, I've been trying to point out to my Tea Party supporting friends just how stupid their self-delusions truly are.

And not just how their fundamental principles & philosophies are inherently incoherent, inconsistent and fundamentally flawed (e.g., see much of my blog). Indeed, I have tried to illuminate the utter gullibility of hitching their stars to the Republicon wagon, arguing that they are being co-opted into supporting a Corporatist plutocracy, a conspiracy that is diametrically opposed to - and entirely uncaring for - their supposed grass roots movement championing individual liberty.

Undeterred by scientific evidence that their entire worldview is a mild form of insanity, and cinching their reality-stifling ear muffs ever tighter around their already constricted craniums, Tea Baggers and disaffected centrist independents march on boldly like lemmings into the abyss. Blithely voting against their own self-interest.out of blind, unthinking anger, they have been played as suckers.

Let the Sell Out begin!

Now, less than 48 hours after sweeping to electoral victory in the mid-terms, propelled like detritus on the storm surge of the Tea Party tsunami, Republicons are showing their true colors... and betraying virtually every Tea Party priority promulgated over the last 18 months:

First, while election tallies are still coming in, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R - Tennessee) adamantly asserts that tax cuts (NOT deficit reduction) will be priority one:

[Never mind the fact that even Rep. Erid Cantor's (R - Virginia) admitted weeks ago on national TV that extending Bush tax cuts for the rich WILL increase the deficit:

Next, within the next 24 hours Sen. Jim DeMint (R - So. Carolina) stipulates that, of course he's going to vote to raise the debt limit. Wait a minute... weren't these Tea Party scions supposed to be reducing government debt?

But the real clincher that ties it all together comes just this morning with Rep. Spencer Bachus' (R - Alabama) stunning, unabashed demand e-mailed to Treasury Sec'y Geithner & SEC regulators to NOT enforce the Volcker Rule, so that Goldman Sachs & JP Morgan Stanley can continue the exact same rapacious, speculative casino gambling for which we had to bail out Wall Street. But, I thought the whole Tea Bagger movement originated out of disgust for the bailouts & anger over Wall Street bonuses?

I [almost] don't want to say "I told you so!", but... "I told you so!"

"The ground for taking ignorance to be restrictive of freedom is that it causes people to make choices which they would not have made if they had seen what the realization of their choices involved."

Sir Alfred Jules Ayer, The Concept of Freedom, The Meaning of Life and Other Essays (1990)
 And so, rousing themselves from bed after a drunken one night stand with some fat, ugly chick who looked better the night before when the haze of alcohol was in full effect, Tea Baggers are slowly awakening to the strange bedfellow they have been spooning in their sleep.

How long until until the fog clears and they begin asking themselves frantically: "What the hell did I just do?"

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