A blogger, Patrick Britton, in a piece he wrote for his blog at the beginning of this month, makes one of the most absurd arguments against the Tea Parties I've ever heard in my life. He starts off by claiming they fall into the hands of the Republican Party no matter what they do (who is he trying to kid?). Then he goes into claiming the Tea Partiers support “health care for the privileged”, claiming “they would rather see 47 million die because of a lack of insurance than tax the highest income earners”. Gee, I didn't know I needed health insurance to live! Wow, after almost a decade, I've been a walking dead man!
The next section of this guy's piece focuses on the Birthers. He uses the now tired weapon of guilt by association to paint Tea Partiers as being Birthers (in other words, fringe kooks). The fact no irrefutable proof has been provided to prove either side is right on this issue, nor the fact his side does nothing but dismiss and defame some people who have genuine concerns about the President's past doesn't stop this guy from implying the Tea Partiers are filled with nutcases.
More absurd crap follows about “lunatics” carrying guns to Tea Parties and making the Left fear for the President's safety (good grief!) and Tea Partiers wanting free markets to be in charge (as if that's a bad thing?), thereby helping the corrupt corporate fat cats (oh brother!). The conclusion in his piece is that the Tea Partiers advocate more radical ideas than the Left has, and that the Tea Partiers are nothing but a mob unhappy with a black President not being a conservative. I get the distinct impression by mentioning “black President”, Mr. Britton is hinting at some kind of racist accusation (what do you think?).
Of course, the idea that the Tea Partiers (and also the 9/12'ers and like-minded individuals) are advocating more radical ideas than the Left is has to be the most absurd thing I've read in this already absurd blog post. Coming from a guy who thinks Sarah Palin “and company” hijacked the Tea Party movement, his remarks are not that surprising; I've come to expect that kind of idiocy (and much worse) from Palin critics.
Anyway, I don't come across tripe like this often, and that's what this is: pure absurd tripe.