Sue freaked when she read the previous post because she thought I agreed with the majority of the Tea Party’s positions. No, I do not agree with everything he said. Not hardly. But on some things, sure.
Right now the Tea Partiers are mostly inchoate with a right-wing slant. Sooner or later they will probably find a leader and a voice. If the left doesn’t get involved in this process now, then the result could be scary right wing, zenophobic, racist (and heavily armed.)
But it doesn’t have to be that way. That’s my point. Their anger is based on real grievances, and those are shared by many on the left. Washington DC is indeed unresponsive, mired in corruption, while the banksters continue to siphon off billions. That’s the core of the problem.
Liberals and progressives need to stop defending Obama and DC, hoping he’ll somehow come to his senses and do the right thing. Good luck with that. The far left, which successfully organized massive Iraq antiwar protests, is comatose now during this crisis of capitalism they say they’ve waited for decades to happen. Most curious indeed. But they are no help now.
If the left doesn’t want Tea Partiers to end up going scary right-wing, then they need to get involved, get off the sidelines, and stop defending the status quo. Get involved in shaping the dialogue or suffer the consequences for not doing so. That’s my primary point.