Apr 11 2009
Update: If the Tea Party movement is being lost to the far rightÂ we will have lost a real opportunity to challenge the liberals. Key statment:
If this is any indication of whoâ€™s trying to run the show, count me out. Itâ€™s hard enough being a conservative without this kind of baggage.
Make sure to follow the links a bit they go to some interesting places – end update
Where is the sane opposition to the liberals in DC? I knew when the far right went on their purityÂ putschÂ they would repulse a majority of the conservative coalition – because the far right has been and always will be a small minority of the groups who oppose uncontrolled liberalism. I knew that the migration of the center right away from the far right would distill the conservatives down to their most fringe and most ‘pure’. But I had no idea how fringe the ‘true conservatives’ were – until now.
Charles Johnson at LGF posted the following videoÂ showing how far right lunatics have taken over the Tea Party movement – and in the process destroyed any hope of a ground swell arising from the grass roots to oppose the liberals in DC. If I had been in the room I would have been walking out, half laughing at the idiocy and half crying at how far the conservative movement has fallen from its glory days under Presidents Bush and Reagan. At the end of the clip, after some nut job claims the age of digital TV is actually a plot for the government to plant mind control devices in our homes, we get to the evil of evolution – which people demand be dealt with by book burning. It is a truly sad testament to how a lack of a minimal, public school education can really hurt you for life.
These people are keeping Obama in power because they keep reasonable and sane opposition from forming. This crazy mob-think is going to repulse many times the people than it attracts. This poisonous thinking will keep the dems in power for years to come because it will scatter any ground swell that starts to build.
Even worse, now we have ‘conservative icon’ Glenn Beck out there talking about preferring suicide to providing an acceptable path to immigration reform, while playing out some bizzaro fantasy about setting a person on fire with gasoline. Â
While in both cases there are occasional moments where these people come back to Earth, for the most part they have lost their minds and are suffering from serious delusions. This foolishness better not be the future of the GOP, because that leads to oblivion. From the link above I learned this tidbit about what happened next on the Beck show:
(Unfortunately, not captured in the video is what happened next, when Texas Gov. Rick Perry came on and Beck asked, “Governor, you’re regretting being on this program at this point, are you not, sir?” Perry responded, “Not at all, Glenn Beck. I’m proud to be with you.”)
I don’t know about anyone else (as Beck said in his version of “Jumping The SharK” on TV), but I miss having a wholesome, smart, family oriented (and family rated) symbol for the conservative movement. No more hyperventilating paranoid fools screaming about the end of the world. Not for me. I want a symbol of what is good about America, not the lunatic side.
When I think about the shining city on the hill, and the opportunity for anyone to achieve anything in this country, right now I find myself going back to one person who reflects the best of Â conservatism and the average American family all at once:
Palin deals with gasoline as did Beck, the difference is she discusses it seriously and not as some lame skit. I challenge all GOP congressional candidates to get Sarah Palin supporting their team and speaking on their behalf both in ads and on the stump. I would bet that by doing so, a wave of new GOP leaders could be taking their seats in DC in 2011 and begin rolling back the mess the DC liberals are putting in place.
If they go with Beck and kowtow to the book burners they are doomed. This ain’t all that complicated.