There are many potential or would-be leaders for the Tea Party craze - from libertarians to conservatives to Christian dominionists like Sarah Palin. It does not seem to be only conservatives lining up for tinfoil hats but libertarians with a fear of big government who have perhaps let their imaginations run away with them. The "New World Order" phenomenon is by no means limited to conservatives and Christian apocalyptic millenialists awaiting the return of Jesus but is embraced by some libertarians as well.
Tea Partiers present themselves as average, everyday Americans who have been pushed too far. From their perspective, they are us. They are America. But they are no America I know or am familiar with. Their America seems to be a phobic, paranoid little place rife with conspiracies intent on overthrowing “real” America. They claim to represent the ideas of the Founding Fathers, but the Founding Fathers did not wear tin foil hats.
On his Fox News program yesterday Glenn Beck was asking his panel for one book that is a must read. The Federalist Papers were suggested. Beck said, "The one that makes your head hurt. We need really smart people who can take The Federalist Papers and rewrite them for the common man." Teabaggers are so stupid because reading is hard.
On his MSNBC show Countdown, host Keith Olbermann reminded the teabaggers, who just now seem to have figured out what the name means, where the term teabagger came from. Hint: it wasn't Maddow or Olbermann but the teabaggers themselves who coined the term.
MSNBC's Keith Olbermann recently declared that former Vice President Dick Cheney is a traitor, but I would take Olbermann's comments about Cheney's traitorous activities one step further. Plain and simple, Dick Cheney is a TERRORIST.
At a town hall meeting in Arnold, MO, President Obama took a not so veiled shot at Fox News and the tea bag protests. Obama talked about a certain news channel where he isn't very popular and people waving tea bags around. Obama said that these people are playing games and pretending that the problem is the Recovery Act.
Here is a dose of reality for Republicans. As Geraldo Rivera pointed out last night on FNC's Hannity the 2006 Great American Boycott drew more people in Chicago, than the entire Tea Party movement did across the country. 400,000 people attended the 2006 Chicago rally compared to roughly 200,000 for tea parties around the country.
Some veterans in Pittsburg, KS are unhappy with the decision of Republican Party to hold their tea party protest at the veterans' memorial at Pittsburg State University. The veterans point out that memorial is not an appropriate place for a political protest.
The organizers of the April 15 Chicago Tea Party claim that they rejected a request from RNC Chairman Michael Steele to speak at the event, but Steele claims that he never asked to speak. The real story here is that the GOP is trying to muscle in on the Tea Party Movement, but not all Tea Parties will be alike. Republicans will find themselves unwelcome at true grass roots events.