Sunday, August 07, 2011

Tea Party Downgrade

I have been relatively unimpressed with the Tea Party movement in terms of the actual brain power that it generates. The first time I attended a TEA Party rally to check out the phenomenon I was astounded at the near lack of factual accuracy the speakers could conjure up, and amazed at what can only be characterized as political naiveté.

One speaker, one of the leaders, really, actually spoke emotionally about the dire news that there was going to be an election later that year where several amendments to the Texas Constitution were going to be voted on. “They are trying to amend OUR constitution,” the speaker emoted.

Something that happens like clockwork during any odd year.

So combined with their utter lack of knowledge about how government works and their inability to discern truth from bat guano crazy fiction, the remarks this morning by political consultant David Axelrod and former governor Howard Dean seem to be spot on correct. The S&P’s downgrading of American longterm debt from AAA to AA+ is entirely inspired by the TEA Party Movement, and the radical right.

Said Axelrod:
“‘For months, the president was saying, let's get together, let's compromise,’ Axelrod continued. ‘We thought we had such an arrangement with the Speaker of the House... then he went back to his caucus; he had to yield to the most strident voices in his party. They played brinksmanship with the full faith and credit of the United States. This was the result in that. The fact of the matter is that this is essentially a Tea Party downgrade,’ he declared. ‘That clearly is on the backs of those who were willing to see the country default.’”
“‘This is a tea party problem,’ Dean said Sunday on CBS's "Face the Nation." ‘They are totally unreasonable and doctrinaire and not founded in reality. I think they've been smoking some of that tea, not just drinking it.’”

“‘This is ridiculous what's going on here,’ he said.

And then some. When the children are in charge of Nursery School this is what we have to go through.

Time for the adults to get the hickory switches out.

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