Sunday, April 18, 2010

Teabagistan

The good Generik ventured out into a Tea Party rally last week and returned with a worrisome post and some nifty pictures. Check 'em out. One quickly notices some recurring themes: old white people, visceral hatred of Nancy Pelosi, and a resort to tried-and-false old-school far-right rhetoric, like the "Silent Majority" poster and this one, my favorite:

I doubt that Columbia- and Harvard-educated, U of Chicago-teaching, Wall-Street-friendly President Mandates and Bailouts has even met that many actual communists, let alone had close relationships with them, but never mind. This Zombie Rhetoric just goes to show how right Rick Perlstein is when he points out that the Tea Party is nothing new under the sun: movements of "angry, ill-informed, overwhelmingly white, crypto-corporate paranoiacs" have cropped up with astonishing regularity every time Republicans have lost power over the last fifty years. (I'm sure it's just coincidence.) There ain't much new about them—not even their slurs.


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