keep *cough* abusin’ that chicken, Dave

David Brooks has some points about the Tea Party movement.

The public is not only shifting from left to right. Every single idea associated with the educated class has grown more unpopular over the past year.

The educated class believes in global warming, so public skepticism about global warming is on the rise.
[emph mine - e~C]

US Morons believe in Physics.

The educated class supports abortion rights, so public opinion is shifting against them.

This seems to be stated as a cause -> effect phenomenon:  it’s not.  It’s a clear difference in Values.

The educated class supports gun control, so opposition to gun control is mounting.

Again, stated as a cause -> effect phenomenon.  Again, it’s not.  And I think Madison / Jefferson / Washington, et al, could be considered “educated.” And they all supported the Second Amendment as an antidote to tyranny.  US Morons generally see that point past the distracting flack of “hunting/sporting rights.”

The educated class is internationalist, so isolationist sentiment is now at an all-time high…

Remaining a sovereign nation independent of the veto of Turd World TinPot DickTaters is not “isolationist?”

The educated class believes in multilateral action, so the number of Americans who believe we should “go our own way” has risen sharply.

Self-determination is the definitional of a free nation and a free people.  But I guess Brooks would rather we wander about in a cluster, a multi-legged herd beast governed by the whim of the lowest common denominator educated class

Just a question:  what if Marx and Rousseau had stuck with the herd—where wouldja be, then, Brooks?

The tea party movement is mostly famous for its flamboyant fringe.

Consider that a media effect:  in my area, the Tea Parties were remarkable for the un-remarkableness of the participants.  It was fun to see which ordinary folks from your daily life you’d run into there.

The Obama administration is premised on the conviction that pragmatic federal leaders with professional expertise should have the power to implement programs to solve the country’s problems. Many Americans do not have faith in that sort of centralized expertise or in the political class generally.

Neither did the Founding Fathers.  Nor does History.  Marx did, though, as did Stalin.  And Mussolini who believed that, although he could allow the private sector to own the means of production, the “experts” and “pragmatic leaders” in government really should make the actual decisions for the people.

Mr. Brooks ought to check out how well that worked.  And is still working.

Moreover, the tea party movement has passion. Think back on the recent decades of American history — the way the hippies defined the 1960s; the feminists, the 1970s; the Christian conservatives, the 1980s. American history is often driven by passionate outsiders who force themselves into the center of American life.

“Outsiders” The guy at the hardware store, the teacher, the coffee girl, the housewife, the guy with a small machine shop, the lady with the fast-food franchise store, the farmer, the retired folks, the cube-worker, the grocery checker—the Citizens:  these are the folks you call “outsiders,” Mr Brooks.  To you, who is an insider?

And this person is what the NYT calls its token “Conservative.”

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