Judgment Passed on Tea Party: Guilty As Charged (Crime TBA)

This past week has been eye-opening for many conservatives, many of whom were dumbfounded and not a little hurt by the accusations and attacks from the left.  We thought we were used to the strange mindset of leftists, that we understood that they not only disagree with us but actively loathe us.  We sure had plenty of evidence of that from the ridicule that followed the advent and rise of the Tea Party, so we were used to being called RAAAACIST and have come to ignore it or even to smile a little at that accusation’s baselessness.  We know they think we’re rubes, rednecks, hicks.  That we bitterly cling to our guns and religion because we are too mindless to do anything else.  We know that they kept saying things that, to us, made no sense: that the Tea Party was astroturfed, that we are “anti-government,” that we are violent.  None of which is true, of course, but we sort of chalked that up to their being rather stupid, or at least I did.

What I think none of us was ready for or have even yet fully processed was the vehement and shocking allegations that started within hours of the Arizona shooting.  Popping up all over the internet were “reports” and musings about how those violent Tea Partiers, led by that unscrupulous accessory to murder Sarah Palin (and maybe Glenn Beck, and quite possibly Rush Limbaugh, and almost definitely Michele Bachmann), had finally crossed the line.  The barely-restrained . . . well, it was glee, wasn’t it?  A thrill of self-righteous . . . yes, glee that they were right all along, it was only a matter of time before the Tea Party went off the rails, gave into their seething, malevolent natures and started shooting people in cold blood. 

I was in shock, to be honest.  I mean it’s one thing to have ideological differences, and it’s quite another to accuse someone, or multiple someones, not only of being capable of but of actually carrying out murder.  It’s one thing to have two different visions for the direction of our country, and quite another to so easily, so readily, so happily believe that our fellow citizens are not only capable of but actually keen on committing murder.  It’s mind-boggling, if you think about it.  And we all thought about it, I’m sure.  What in the world could we have said or done to make these people believe, really truly deeply believe that we are a second, a moment, a metaphor away from committing not only a major crime and sin but a soul-destroying act like murder?

Now, as many of you know I used to be a liberal, but I was never a leftist. Never.  I’ve always believed in our country, its Constitution, and ultimately, in the good of the American people.  So these devastating accusations and the ease and delight with which they were levied was truly shocking to me.  I just don’t understand how so many people can honestly, sincerely, in their heart of hearts believe that so many Americans are on the verge of perpetrating violent crimes, of mass murder.  I couldn’t believe my eyes as I was reading post after post, op-ed after op-ed, article after article about how this tragedy was the fault of, the result of, in any way related to the Tea Party movement.  Like many of you, I got defensive, I got angry, but at bottom, I was mostly stunned.

So it was with great interest that I read Daniel Henninger’s Why the Left Lost It.  Henninger posits that the sprogs reacted on two levels, for two reasons:  “calculation and genuine belief”:

The stakes for the American left in 2012 couldn’t possibly be higher. If then, and again in 2014, progressives can’t pull toward their candidates some percentage of the independent voters who in November abandoned the Democratic Party, they could be looking in from the outside for as many years as some of them have left to write about politics. A wilderness is a terrible place to be.

Against that grim result, every sentence Messrs. Krugman, Packer, Alter, the Times and the rest have written about Tucson is logical and understandable. What happened in November has to be stopped, by whatever means become available. Available this week was a chance to make some independents wonder if the tea parties, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Jared Loughner are all part of the same dark force.

Who believes this? They do.

The divide between this strain of the American left and its conservative opponents is about more than politics and policy. It goes back a long way, it is deep, and it will never be bridged. It is cultural, and it explains more than anything the “intensity” that exists now between these two competing camps. (The independent laments: “Can’t we all just get along?” Answer: No.)

The Rosetta Stone that explains this tribal divide is Columbia historian Richard Hofstadter’s classic 1964 essay, “The Paranoid Style in American Politics.” Hofstadter’s piece for Harper’s may be unfamiliar to many now, but each writer at the opening of this column knows by rote what Hofstadter’s essay taught generations of young, left-wing intellectuals about conservatism and the right.

After Hofstadter, the American right wasn’t just wrong on policy. Its people were psychologically dangerous and undeserving of holding authority for any public purpose. By this mental geography, the John Birch Society and the tea party are cut from the same backwoods cloth.

“American politics has often been an arena for angry minds,” Hofstadter wrote. “In recent years we have seen angry minds at work mainly among extreme right-wingers, who have now demonstrated in the Goldwater movement how much political leverage can be got out of the animosities and passions of a small minority.”

Reading through some of the terrible articles this past week, it does seem that the leftists who made those allegations, who eagerly, gleefully, jumped on the idea that the Tea Party is chock-full of violent “extremists” fueled by anger, even rage, wanted–even needed–it to be true.  That there is no reason to believe this, that it speaks a great deal more to their own mindset than ours is irrelevant.  At rock-bottom–or actually, just skimming the surface, socialist progressives honestly see us as nothing more than barbaric animals who are apt, at any moment for any or no reason, to start murdering our fellow citizens.

Henninger parenthetically makes the point that for those independents (and I would add for even moderate liberals and conservatives) who ask “can’t we all just get along?”, the answer is, simply, “no.”  With socialist progressives running the Democratic Party, there is no hope of “compromise” or of “bipartisanship.”  That it turned out that the murderer in Arizona was mentally unstable and not politically motivated does not matter one whit.  Leftists may be forced to acknowledge that in this case it wasn’t the rage-fueled, on the brink of violence Tea Party, but they seem to believe, truly believe, that it’s just a matter of time.

In all, I think this is the saddest statement about the current political climate in this country, a statement that will not be answered by (one-sided) “civility” nor by mixing up the seating at the SOTU.  Their minds are made up, and nothing will change that because socialist progressives have already passed their judgment, drawn their conclusions, and pronounced the Tea Party guilty as charged.  All they are doing now is waiting for someone, anyone, to commit the crime of which we’ve all already been convicted. 

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15 thoughts on “Judgment Passed on Tea Party: Guilty As Charged (Crime TBA)

  1. I've been mostly an observer of the phenomenon up until about 5 or 6 years ago. There was really no outlet for me and none of us Conservatives wanted to be “outed” for ridicule by, well, everyone. Being Conservative, even in the age of Ronaldus was a losing proposition. The Left controlled the conversation.

    The Left controlled the media and the conversation from probably the 1950s until the advent of talk radio and Fox News. They are losing the ability to influence public opinion and it scares the Hell out of them. It is incumbent upon them to demonize Conservatives and the TEA Party movement because we threaten their hold. But it is nothing new, it's been going on for 50 years. Reagan was just “a figurehead”, a “stupid old man”. I still have people tell me that there was no way he was able to write all those radio spots in the 70's; he was just too stupid. Follow along to Bush 43, Limbaugh, Palin, TEA party activists, et al and you see a pattern emerging. Any time a Conservative shows some leadership and popularity, that person must be destroyed. The advent of alternative media like talk radio, Conservative blogs, Fox News have made that all but impossible and the Left is in a panic.

    @Trestin: There may be two Americas, but the one for the Left will eventually be pretty small.

  2. Trestin has it pretty much on target (whoops, should I use that word)…two Americas.

    Sometimes I think we have three or more Americas and they are split mostly by the ignoramuses who think they know it all, the other ignoramuses who will never know it all, the God fearing versus the Godless, and the Humanists who are comprised of the first two in this list…

    Meanwhile back at Fuzzy's Judgement call; a commentary well said…if I say so myself. Good read!
    Norm

  3. i caught a glimpse of this with a couple of my friends. practically right after it happened i had one friend post a link about it. then another friend commented on it and said something to the effect of, “last year when i heard people talking about 2nd amendment solutions, it made me nervous.” and then they both went into the whole “heated rhetoric” baloney that the left has been bandying about ever since. it made me feel so sad because 1) i can't believe they actually believe this crap, and 2) i don't know how much longer i will be able to stay friends with them. up until this point, i've thought of them as really good friends, almost like family. now i feel like i don't know them at all.

  4. Guilty of Being Conservative.

    The Left will not be happy till anyone caught making statements to the left of Noam Chomsky is put into a re-education camp.

  5. If we on the Right, Teapartiers, rednecks, bible thumpers, or gun toting rubes had been as the left thinks we are … there would be no doubt in there minds. Their collective knees would be knocking right now. As we know, we are not as they believe, so it's safe to come out from under that rock they're hiding under.

    Oh …. get along my ass!

  6. Fuzzy, they want violence to be committed by a Tea Party member. Remember their disappointment when a small airplane was crashed into a Texas building? Remember how they hoped and prayed it could be blamed on the Tea Party? Since conservative Americans dared leave their kitchens and living rooms for the streets the left has been aghast. They have been desperate to put a stop to their opponents using their traditional venues against them. The left were supposed to be the ONLY people who cared enough to protest anything. The left were supposed to be the ONLY people savvy enough to take to the internet, blogs, Twitter and Facebook in order to publicize their issues.

    That we have done so, and done so exceedingly well, it has them beside themselves, desperately grasping at any shadow of a straw so they can construct a straw man to represent the Tea Party then burn it to the ground.

    Sorry, progs. Sorry to disappoint you.

  7. “Their minds are made up, and nothing will change that because socialist progressives have already passed their judgment, drawn their conclusions, and pronounced the Tea Party guilty as charged. “

    Fuzzy – Their minds were made up a long, long time ago. The Tea Party was guilty as charged in their minds before the Tea Party was even an idea. The stereotype of a Conservative is that of an unsophisticated, stupid, mindless follower of unscrupulous, cunning, warlike leaders. Most Conservatives that I know in my area are careful not to voice their political opinions in front of other than trusted Conservative friends. It's too risky for most. Think about that. When people are certain of their moral, spiritual, and intellectual superiority, they can get very mean. And, let's face it, there are more socialist progressives who are certain of their superiority than there are socialist progressives who can tell you what socialism is or progressivism means. To admit that Conservatives are not a species of knuckle draggers would be to admit that sprogs have been wrong. What are the chances of that?

  8. Ref:Opus#6 “…they want violence to be committed …”

    Go here: http://normanhooben.blogspot.com/2010/11/is-jihadi-going-after-your-big-mac-have.html

    and scroll down to the video at the bottom of the page. Read the comments above and below the video. Let me know what you think…I have over 3000 hits on this one page, mostly form schools including top univerites from all over the world.
    You can also go to Pamela Geller's Atlas Shrugs to read more of what 'Communist Card Carrier' had to say.

    Norm

  9. all the finger pointing by the left is nothing more than a mere tactic to try and shut up anyone who interferes with their agenda. I don't own a gun but I feel more secure with people who cling to them and their religion than the agenda of the left .

  10. Beautifully written, Fuzzy, great job. I wasn't surprised by the baseless accusations, but I was saddened (and then angered) by the ghoulish gleeful manner in which they hurled them, en mass, even long after the truth had come out – heck, they are still doing it!
    No, we can't compromise & play nice, because even when they pretend to want 'civility' it's just to get us to be still long enough for them to line up the next shot. And no, I'm not apologizing for using that word. πŸ˜‰

    I'm giving this post some linky love over at my place.

  11. @Trestin, well, it seems that way, but we've beaten the commies back into the shadow a couple times before, and we can do it again.

    @Deekaman, you're right, but this was seemed even more malicious, more disgusting than “usual.”

    @Norm, aw, thanks! πŸ™‚

    @Kerry, hmm, now you have me wondering who you mean. Anyone I “know”?

    @JACG, Yeah, I heard it. The man's a boob.

    @Kingshamus, heh, yeah, they're completely unhinged and determined to control everyone and everything. It's shameful and anti-American.

    @Odie, that's a good point. If we were what they said we are, they'd have known it long before now.

    @Kid, no can do. πŸ˜‰

    @Opus, this is stated perfectly. They're stunned not only that we awakened but that we are giant. Yay!

    @QR, no chance. None at all.

    @Blue, thanks so much! I've been enjoying your posts, too.

    @Lisa, hell, yeah! No way do I feel in the least secure with the loons in charge now.

    @MJ, thank you so much πŸ™‚

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