It's kind of sad.
Populist movements have made a major positive influence on the history of our country. The Antitrust movement of the 1890s the Huey Long in the 30s when the civil rights movement in the 60s have been a remarkable effective way to change the status quo of our governance.
However, as great as fiscal responsibility is as a movement concept, The Tea Party is going off the tracks.
At the recent convention in Nashville, speakers on the podium and attendees in the crowd spoke endlessly about things that had nothing to do with fiscal responsibility. Racism, xenophobia and suspicion of science were unfortunately the things that got the biggest crowd roars from the main stage.
This blog has been making fun of The Tea Party from the earliest days, but honestly what American can argue with the idea that the funds we collect should equal the funds we spend (except in some special circumstances like war or recession)?
However, since the wingnuts on the stage have more agendas than just spending control, The Maddening Crowd is going along with them. It's kind of scary. The opening speech at the Tea Party Convention looked a lot more like a Ku Klux Klan rally, an American speaking about fiscal responsibility.
The worst part, is that our fabulous media and even the fake media like Fox news, are failing to pick up on this dark and evil turn. Yes I said evil. These media companies and their pundits are avoiding to point out the absolute hypocrisy and selfishness of the allegedly "populist" tea party leadership, as they distort the message to the lowest common denominator.
Not good. Not good ago.
If I was Anne Frank, I start looking for an attic to hide. Metaphorically speaking of course.