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ABC, Spain

The Misguided Demonization of the 'Tea Party' Movement

 

"Assuming it was true that the Tea Party movement, this great anti-Obama electoral galvanizer, had been a far-right movement, we would have to ask ourselves what went wrong over the past two years for such a movement to emerge out of nowhere."

 

EDITORIAL

 

November 3, 2010

 

Spain - ABC - Original Article (Spanish)

A somewhat contrite President Obama takes questions the day after a devestating blow to Democrats.

 

BBC HARDTALK: Is it time to prepare for gridlock in the U.S. Congress?, Nov. 3, 00:05:19RealVideo

The Barack Obama who just faced the polls has very little to do with the one who faced them on November 4, 2008, when he achieved an election victory of historic proportions. Up until Monday, not a single public opinion survey has improved on the diminished image of the president, from whom his party comrades have fled this campaign season as if he were a biblical plague.

 

Confronting this evidence, as is often seen in the Spanish media, the easiest recourse is to discredit political movements that have managed to galvanize the campaign. Notably in this case, the Tea Party, which is usually characterized as an ultra-right movement. How easy it is to argue based on labels!

 

Assuming it was true that this great anti-Obama electoral galvanizer had been a far-right movement, we would have to ask ourselves what went wrong over the past two years for such a movement to emerge out of nowhere. Why, three months after Obama presented his first budget, did this movement in the form of "tea parties" emerge like mushrooms all across the Union to denounce the increase in public spending by 8.4 percent and the federal government's willingness to subsidize large corporations? And one that is, according to Anglo-Saxon terminology, a libertarian movement - liberal to us - that does nothing to threaten the solid foundations of the great American Republic.

 

It's true that the "Tea Party" movement - which the Republican Party has managed to captivate even though it cost many pro-government Republicans their jobs - has proven a useful platform for numerous demagogues and radicals that have long been a part of American politics. But in no way should this confound us about the real issue at hand. And that is, two years after his historical victory, Obama's interventions have disillusioned his people, as has his insistence on governing against the clear wishes of Americans - as was the case with his imposition of health care reform and his unwillingness to attend to messages opposing his policies coming from the electorate.

 

SEE ALSO ON THIS:

Folha, Brazil: Obama: An American Anomaly?

Le Monde, France: Charting the Tortured Path of the Tea Party

Liberation, France: American 'Anti-Statists' Claim Midterm Victory

La Jornada, Mexico: A Dire Midterm Result for the U.S. and World

Le Figaro, France: Tea Party: An 'American Fever' that Will Quicky Pass

Wen Wei Po, Hong Kong: Blaming China Led Obama to Midterm Defeat

Le Temps, Switzerland: Obama Pays Big for Anemic Growth

News, Switzerland: Obama: Don't Bargain with Your 'Political Assassins'

La Jornada, Mexico: Obama 'Bit Off More than He Could Chew'

Le Temps, Switzerland: Cheap Advice for President Obama

Tageblatt, Luxembourg: Prepare for 'Tea Time' in America

El Pais, Spain: As U.S. Exposes its Divisions, China Powers Ahead

Global Times, China: The West is Forming an 'Axis of Evil Ideology'

Hispanidad, Spain: How Spain Can Build its Own Tea Party: Copy Palin

El Universal, Mexico: Immigration Reform: Obama's Ace in the Hole

Le Temps, Switzerland: America's 'Cry of Agony' Through the Tea Party

Izvestia, Russia: Evil Obama and China's Yuan: It's About the Midterms

Liberation, France: Christine ODonnell at the 'Oral Stage'

Financial Times Deutschland, Germany: West Must Halt Slide Since 9-11

El Mercurio, Spain: The 'Neo-Nazi' Campaign Against President Obama

El Mundo, Spain: Beck and Palin Search for Mythical 'Paradise Lost'

Der Standard, Austria: In Despair Over Democracy - Both America's and Ours

National Post, Canada: U.S. Democracy Suffers 'Death By Talk-Show Host'

La Jornada, Mexico: Beck and the New U.S.-Right: 'Like a Horror Movie'

Iraq News Agency, Iraq: Sarah Palin: The 'Seductress' of the American Election

 

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[Posted by WORLDMEETS.US November 5, 10:48pm]

 







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