Response to a Tea Party Hit Job Published by U. Chicago Grad Student
Dear Mr. Anthony DiMaggio,
Friendly word of advice. Don’t publish tripe like “A Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street Alliance?” if you are working on a professional degree. Back up your claims with reason and evidence, and stop regurgitating bromides.
You refer to the tea party as “far right” “Super Republicans,” without any kind of introspection why that might be. Much like Albert Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity, if the conservative base holds still in a vacuum while the party moves to the left, the perspective of the party will be that the base is moving far to the right, when actually it is the party moving to the left.
And by the left, I only mean that the GOP is generally supportive of big government, such as stimulus, TARP, bailouts…the majority of people who foot the bill for this spending spree is unsurprisingly unhappy about it. American citizens pay for this massive big government/primarily Democrat-led waste (the Democrats did control the purse since 2006, obviously, up to 2010) whether through inflation, taxation, massive debt, subsidization of unproductive jobs, or simply lost jobs from penalizing those who happen to employ people.
Furthermore, there is no rational reason why a clique of politicians in Washington should be given preference to control the economy over private entities in a competitive and more accountable environment. Actually, the results can and historically have been disastrous when politicians are allowed to run the economy.
A few quick questions. Is being upset about the massive waste and corruption an extremist position? Or is blowing trillions of dollars the country doesn’t have an extremist position? I would side with the latter.
Collapsing the economic system with insanely wasteful spending, like the Europeans are presently doing, is not moderate, sensible, intelligent, or nuanced. Whatever the ideological blinders are that dispose one to believe it to be a necessary evil, one should take them off for a moment and question the pain that is being currently inflicted, the lives that are being ruined, and the likely result of destroying the economy. Is it liberation or misery? Historical experience points to the latter.
Another question. Why are tea partiers “significantly racist” in their attitudes? Because they don’t like Obama’s obviously disastrous policies? I suppose if some Americans didn’t like Idi Amin or Robert Mugabe, that would also make them racist. Oh, am I comparing Obama to Amin and Mugabe? No, I’m pointing out flawed logic.
Half the country did not adore the policies of John Kerry, Al Gore, Jimmy Carter before, but since Obama became elected, all opposition to the Democrats is based on racism? Not a logical conclusion.
Before you think you are among ideological brethren and can therefore post your unsubstantiated biases on the Internet, you might want to do a little harder research and undertake a little extra scrutiny of your arguments next time. There is more than one point of view, and not everyone who disagrees with yours is an abject moron.
Have a good day. Kyle
Anthony DiMaggio is the author of numerous books, The Rise of the Tea Party, due out in November 2011 from Monthly Review Press, and other works such as Crashing the Tea Party (2011); When Media Goes to War (2010); and Mass Media, Mass Propaganda (2008). He has taught American politics and International Relations in Political Science at a number of colleges and universities, and can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org