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Tea Party Critics Don't Get It
Critics of the Tea Party movement suffer from the delusion that the lack of specific complaints means there isn't really anything wrong.
Have you ever had a craving for something, but couldn't decide exactly what you wanted to eat? Perhaps you remember the Star Trek episode in which Mr. Spock was temporarily in command and Scotty was complaining that the ship "didn't feel right" even though he couldn't say what specifically was wrong.
Do you sometimes feel sick, but have trouble describing exactly what is wrong with your body?
Many of the Tea Party participants are in such a situation. They believe something is wrong with the country, but aren't sure what it is.
We shouldn't expect them to have analyzed our society and government to determine what is actually wrong. Most are average citizens rather than political scientists or sociologists who devote their time to studying government and society.
Political scientists often use the term "alienated" to describe a situation in which average voters aren't connected to government officials or government in general.
Some may be reacting to the way government or politicians have treated them or just concerned about government becoming too intrusive. Perhaps they know someone whom government has mistreated. They may feel that government services aren't worth what it is costing them in taxes, particularly local taxes such as sales taxes and property taxes.
Some may be upset by overly aggressive government efforts to control personal behavior such as seat belt laws or excessive taxes on tobacco. Even many of us who have never smoked recognize that smokers don't threaten our safety the way drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs do.
Elected officials are often isolated from voters. The media encourages this isolation by hiring reporters, editors and news anchors who act as if they have a duty to serve politicians rather than the general public.
Many journalists are like the emperor's supporters in the story of the Emperor's New Clothes who refuse to consider that the reason they can't see his new clothes is because he doesn't have any. Instead of trying to keep their party "honest": by looking for flaws in its policies, they blindly support those policies. Journalists refuse to consider the possibility that "Emperor" Obama has no clothes on.
For example, Obama and his media slaves continue to ignore the obvious con involved in claims about global warming. Even those who don't know enough science to know that the theory behind greenhouse gases was disproved a century ago, recognize that claims that humans can control the temperature of the air isn't believable.
Investment cons are often recognizable because they sound too good to be true. Political cons sound too bad to be true like the claim that the polar ice caps will all melt or Saddam Hussein was about to give Weapons of Mass Destruction to al Qaeda.
Media critics complain about Tea Party supporters turning to Republicans like Sarah Palin or Glenn Beck. What choice do people have? The only choices provided by the media are the Democrats and the people at Fox.
If alternative views exist, the media are ignoring them. If media critics don't like the choice Tea Party members are making, they should look for other alternatives to the rejected ideas of the Democrats.