Cognitive Dissonance

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We're Headed for a Major Battle with the Tea Party Crowd over the Constitution Itself

Indeed, the Tea Party crowd so loves the Constitution that the new Republican House majority will take the apparently unprecedented step of reading the document aloud at the start of the new congressional session, presumably including the part about enslaved African-Americans being counted as three-fifths of a white person for purposes of congressional representation.

One also has to wonder if these “constitutionalists” will mumble over the preamble’s assertion that a key purpose of the Constitution is to “promote the general Welfare.” And what to do with Section Eight of Article One, which gives Congress the power to levy taxes, borrow money, regulate commerce among the states, and “establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization”?

Also, see Slate Magazine’s take on this. The Tea Party’s view of the Constitution is almost fetishistic - except when it comes to protecting the rights of those “less than” your average Tea Partier. Progressives can be excited about the renewed interest in the Constitution and Civil Liberties, but, as both articles point out, we cannot let the Tea Party redefine the Founding Father’s as right-wing ideologues.

Filed under Ideology Ideologues Founding Fathers Constitution Tea Party Teabaggery rewriting history

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Tea’d Off
Forfeiting a both-houses Republican victory, rational conservatives ignored or excused the most hateful kind of populist claptrap (e.g., the fetid weirdness of Glenn Beck’s 9/12 Project). The poison they’ve helped disseminate will still be in the American bloodstream when the country needs it least.
 By Christopher Hitchens

This article is a frightening summation of what happens when crisis begins and brings nationalism and wing-nuttery along for the ride. Read more…

Tea’d Off

Forfeiting a both-houses Republican victory, rational conservatives ignored or excused the most hateful kind of populist claptrap (e.g., the fetid weirdness of Glenn Beck’s 9/12 Project). The poison they’ve helped disseminate will still be in the American bloodstream when the country needs it least.

By Christopher Hitchens

This article is a frightening summation of what happens when crisis begins and brings nationalism and wing-nuttery along for the ride. Read more…

Filed under Christopher Hitchens Tea Party Ideology Scary Teabagger Teabaggery STFU Glenn Beck Sarah Palin John Birch Society Seriously GOP Republican republicans Conservative conservatives