Thursday, July 21, 2011

TEA PARTY Remedial Ed: The Truth Hurts ... Unless You Read Rolling Stone

It was bound to happen. The Tea Party extremists representing a narrow slice of the electorate — the white racists toting execrable ani-Obama signs from two summers ago ostensibly protesting a black president who didn't cut their taxes enough, lashing out at Latino immigrants and non-Christian religions — now control the House of Representatives and are dictating terms to the rest of the nation, at least 80 percent of us. When Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz criticized Teabagger Allen West for supporting the Tea Party's insane "cap, cut and balance" bill (it cuts spending to 1965 levels when people could live on an $8,000 salary), the wingnut went ballistic. In an e-mail to Wasserman Schultz cc: to House leadership (good move, Einstein), he said:
“You are the most vile, unprofessional, and despicable member of the US House of Representatives. If you have something to say to me, stop being a coward and say it to my face, otherwise, shut the heck up. Focus on your own congressional district! You have proven repeatedly that you are not a Lady, therefore, shall not be afforded due respect from me!”
This individual is clearly unbalanced and won't be returning to the House after 2012. Such conduct is completely unacceptable. One gets the sense the guy has unresolved rage issues that could erupt unless he gets help and attends anger management classes. It's up to the House leadership to censure his conduct. *CRICKETS* In the meantime, Rep. Wasserman Schultz responded mildly, that "the truth hurts."

Allen West is but one example of Tea Party extremism. Rep. Joe Walsh, a bomb thrower from Illinois, called President Obama a liar for warning of dire consequences to the economy should the government default. This is another "crazy" dude who has to go. HOW DO THESE PEOPLE GET ELECTED? Their anti-government nihilism is hurtling us toward a Teabagger anarchist grand finale. The hard deadline is August 2nd. So far they have voted to SLASH  Social Security, KILL Medicare, Medicaid, jobs, health care for women, shut our government down, as they hurtle headlong toward plunging our economy, and the world's, into another Great Depression.

MEMO to Chris Matthews: Tom Coburn voted for every one of these measures. Explain why "kids who read Rolling Stone" should "love" Senator Coburn unless, to use your term, they're "HARD RIGHT." Why, is it because he's a folksy extremist that stands up to Grover Norquist, who's been making the rounds saying the President is having "a hissy fit"? Or is it because he's a right wing Southerner with an ounce of civility and manners that sticks out like a sore thumb among the extremists he keeps company with? Bottom line, Coburn's proposal is every bit as radical as what the Teabaggers want, outside of destroying our government and economy. These days, that's a real distinction.

But wait. This is the new normal — our millionaire President (from Lawrence, the fake lib wordsmith) "welcomes" it — stick it to the poor and the middle class. It stands to reason that affluent kids "who read Rolling Stone" should feel good about stomping on the middle class, the poor, and the underprivileged. I'm sure Senator Coburn is a decent man. But he'd help more people by quitting his full-time job and concentrating on his medical practice. The end of his term cannot come soon enough. Along with West, Walsh, and as many Teabaggers as can be bagged in 2012.

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