Jewish World Review August 10, 2011 / 10 Menachem-Av, 5771
Wake Up and Smell the Tea
By Jonah Goldberg
"Is this a wakeup call to
"Well, it's a partial wakeup call. I believe this is, without question, the tea party downgrade."
Shortly after pointing fingers and assigning blame, Kerry went on to lament how Republicans insist on pointing fingers and assigning blame in this national crisis.
Over on the other channel, at least Obama political consigliere
Many on the right bristle at this, and they have many of the facts on their side. After all, the tea party's only been protesting excessive spending and borrowing for two years. Some liberals want us to think that it was
But that's not what
Rather, what offended the fiscal pundits of
And one could go on defending the tea party and the
But the usual Beltway scorecard is inadequate. First of all, we all deserve blame. This is a national foul-up of historic proportions and no party or constituency can completely avoid culpability.
And that definitely includes the tea party. A of lot people talk as if the tea partiers came out of the ground, like fully grown orcs, shortly after Obama was elected, ready to inflict "terror" and "take hostages" (to use the preferred lingo of the supposed lovers of civility).
This ignores the prehistory of the tea partiers. They're largely core conservative voters who held their noses while spending ramped up for a decade under
Liberals see it as hypocrisy. Tea partiers see it as finally getting serious, which is why they keep threatening to "primary" any Republican who wavers from the new sobriety.
If you've ever known anyone with a serious addiction, the easiest thing for friends and family to do is pretend it's not a big deal. Who wants to have a confrontation? Far easier to let things slide and have a good time. "Let's have a nice
The tea party is like the cousin who's been through AA and refuses to pretend anymore. As a result, he spoils everyone's good time. For the enablers, and others in denial, he's the guy ruining everything, not the drunk.
Uncle Sam is the drunk and the tea partiers are the annoyingly sober -- and a bit self-righteous -- cousin. Measured by spending, and adjusted for inflation, the federal government has increased by more than 50 percent in 10 years. Some have enabled the drunken spending, others continue to deny it's even a problem.
The tea party is sounding the wake-up call. If America didn't have a problem, then there really would be good cause to be furious with the forces of sobriety. Nobody likes a party-pooper, especially the people hooked on partying.
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