02. October 2013 · Comments Off on On the Tea Party. · Categories: Blog Miscellania · Tags: , ,

So, I’ve been moved to rant quite a bit politically today on the Facebooks. The following is kind of a distillation of all of it. I’ve been listening to the apologists for the GOP off and on all day today. How this isn’t their fault.

Fine.

I quoted Charles Pierce over at Esquire saying this is why, whether or not you like the ACA, you should be enraged at your Congresscritters: “…there has never been in a single Congress — or, more precisely, in a single House of the Congress — a more lethal combination of political ambition, political stupidity, and political vainglory than exists in this one, which has arranged to shut down the federal government because it disapproves of a law passed by a previous Congress, signed by the president, and upheld by the Supreme Court, a law that does nothing more than extend the possibility of health insurance to the millions of Americans who do not presently have it, a law based on a proposal from a conservative think-tank and taken out on the test track in Massachusetts by a Republican governor who also happens to have been the party’s 2012 nominee for president of the United States. That is why the government of the United States is, in large measure, closed this morning.”

Yeah you can’t see the Washington Monument today, and the USDA website is offline. The Army/Navy game might be cancelled. That’s important, right?

But think on this: The poorest and most voiceless among us, children dependent on WIC for their food, are officially screwed. There is no funding for these programs as of the shutdown. So, hey, taking food – literally – from the mouths of babes is what this has come to, to once again attempt to scuttle the ACA.

My advice – if you voted a Republican ticket the last election, you go now and gather up the contents of your pantry. Hie yourself down to the nearest shelter, church or women & children’s charity. Make good your Christian blathering about God and Country and how charity should provide instead of that Evil Socialist Government run by the scary black man. Go out there and personally stand in for the programs you so vehemently hate. Or burn in fucking hell, hypocrite.

Here’s what one of the teabagger types has had to say about what drives him to fight against the evils of Big Government.

“The role of citizens, of Christians, of humanity is to take care of each other, but not for Washington to steal from those in the country and give to others in the country.” – Tenn. Congressman Stephen Fincher

So, Stevie. I assume you’re out collecting donations for hungry children this morning? Ya stopped those thieving USDA bastards and their WIC scam. So, which poor mother in a Knoxville ghetto are you sponsoring today? Asshole.

The share of blame here is not equal. One side has clearly chosen to ally itself with an ideological faction that sees it as their duty to dismantle the underpinnings of federal government. To obstruct at every turn. To do as little as possible, apart from countering the other side’s actions just enough to stymie it but short of solving the actual problem. One side has chosen to play to stalemate because they don’t have the talent, strategy, or smarts to actually win the game.

I was a lifelong registered Republican, a comfy white dude politically born and bred in the warm, cozy post-coital afterglow of the Reagan Years. I cuddled up with a political party in my naive youth. Only to find out after getting hitched that she was totally nuts, and she kept hanging out fucking things up even after I kicked her out. Now I’m sick to death of the idealoguing, the mule-headedness, the bible-thumping, the denial, and outright idiocracy they now stand for. I am their dream demographic, and they have alienated me for life. Fuck the GOP. And a dope slap to anyone who makes the wishy-washy platitude that “well, they’re all crooks.”

I’m done being polite. I’m done “respecting differences of opinion.” Because the opinions of the Tea Party demagogues are just deserving of outright derision and mockery. They are contrary to fact, ignorant of history, and delusional to the point of being self-contradictory. They are the lunatic, diseased ravings of a paranoid faction. They deserve no more serious debate or consideration than the ramblings of the schizophrenic who hears voices coming from his appliances.

I would propose that forced civility has brought us to the current state wherein the crazies have interpreted our strained polite smiles as proof that we really do agree with them, or at minimum their ravings have actual merit. Listening to teabagger bullshit and doing the polite smile-and-nod is the moral equivalent to uncomfortably laughing along with some asshole’s racist jokes. And I, for one, won’t do it anymore.