The Tea Party: An
'American Fever' that Will Soon Pass
the outcome of the vote on Tuesday, they represent nothing but a sinister
bubble that will disappear as quickly as it formed. Because the Tea Party is
nothing but an obsessional crises seen regularly in America. … America loves
these obsessions. That's the fever of the Puritans. They love to see the fever
rise so they can delight in the repentance that follows."
For months, people have
spoken of nothing else. It's the Tea Party, a collection
of people who believe in creationism but deny the reality of global warming; who
decry an overly-intrusive state, but dig into the government archives to track
and publicly denounce those they accuse of being on American territory illegally;
and the poeple who constantly refer to the Founding Fathers, yet violate the spirit
of the republic sought by Washington, Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, James
Madison and the rest.
These bigots with their oversized
waists and gas-guzzling 4x4s have taken center stage when in reality they represent
only themselves - which it must be said is not very much. Above all, whatever
the outcome of the vote on Tuesday, they represent nothing but a sinister bubble
that will disappear as quickly as it formed.
Because the Tea Party is
nothing but an obsessional crises seen regularly in America. Whether it's the witch trials of Salem
or the witch hunts of Joseph
McCarthy, the impeachment process of Bill Clinton, Prohibition or the
rhetoric of Newt Gingrich's Contract with America,
a pact that would pave the way for a Republican majority that evaporated two
years later, America loves these obsessions. That's the fever of the Puritans. They love to see the
fever rise so they can delight in the repentance that follows.
Obviously, behind the Tea
Party faithful are huge financial interests, They'll still be there, but the agitated
and paranoid people who imagine that the state will soon send in its political
commissars or that they're on the eve of a Stalinist purge will disappear as
quickly as they emerged. One would have liked for those who now so loudly and
so often proclaim the cardinal principles of the Constitution to have had the
same outrage when the Supreme Court ignored their voices and decided that
George W. Bush won an election that he lost, receiving total of 544,000 fewer
votes than his opponent, Al Gore.
Therefore, the new Tea Party representatives
will undoubtedly arrive in Congress where one will hear of them for a few
months. And like all of those who preceded them, they will eventually disappear,
victims of their own incompetence, after voters regain their senses. Not too
late, one hopes.
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