Next Tuesday, a uniquely deranged political party is going to take over the most
powerful country on earth.
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The key word here is “unique.” The Republican
Party in 2010 is the only major political party in the Western world, the only
one shooting for national leadership, that has been supercharged by crackpots
with crackpot ideas – i.e. Tea Partiers, the generic name for America’s
xenophobic, libertarian, right-wing Christian conspiracy freaks.
are lunatic fringe movements all over, but only in the US is there a major
party, a governing party, of this nature. And in Tuesday’s congressional
elections, this unique modern political phenomenon, the 2010 Republican Party,
is going to neutralize a sane, moderate president and “take back
This is not entertainment; this is serious.
exceptionalism, you betcha. What other country has a Sarah Palin – a defiant
ignoramus with so much political power and influence, with such a good chance of
becoming head of state?
Where is there an equivalent to Glenn Beck – a
multimedia force who brainwashes millions every day into believing they’re under
the heel of totalitarian dictators, Bolsheviks or Nazis?
Where else is there a
, a top-rated “news” program that shills for the Right, that describes a
high-five between Barack and Michelle Obama as a “terrorist fist-bump,” that
asks about the president: “Do we know he wasn’t a drug-dealer?” – and that gives
a platform to a grinning, teary-eyed demagogue like Beck?
In what other country
can a movement like the Tea Party, which worships Palin, Beck and Fox,
radicalize a major party and steer it to the brink of an historic electoral
This is unique.
YET ANOTHER fun fact about the GOP (Grand Old
Psychos) is that while the whole world has been burning up and drying up, while
everyone except a few eccentrics now understands that global warming is real and
mankind has to change or we’re all going to die a horrible death, the
Republicans say this is all a hoax. This is just “the man-caused climate
change mantra of the Left,” to quote Sharron Angle, who is expected to unseat
Nevada Democrat Harry Reid, leader of the Senate.
Find me another major
political party anywhere that says man-made global warming is a myth. Find me
one prominent center of scientific research where such a view is taken
seriously. There is, in fact, a debate going on over global warming, and
it’s between scientists and Republicans.
This would be entertaining,
except that America’s involvement, and probably its leadership, is needed to
save the Earth, and America is about to be taken over by the criminally
When boiling waves are rising over the Capitol building, the
Republicans, with their dying breaths, will be shouting, “It’s all – glub, glub,
– Al Gore’s fault! – glub, glub, glub, glub, glub...
strange to remember that two years ago, the symbol of everything wrong with the
GOP was George W. Bush. Today, Bush seems to be the most sober, judicious
statesman compared to this new generation of Republicans. Next to Palin,
Newt Gingrich and some of these people coming into Congress, Bush was Adlai
It amazes me how gullible American voters are. Some
“outsider,” or insider pretending to be an outsider, gets up and says, “I hate
politicians, I hate Washington – vote for me for senator.” And they do!
The insurgents are raging against socialism, against big government, against
taxes, against regulation – you’d think it was 1980, you’d think the Reagan
Revolution had never happened. You wouldn’t know that even a Democratic
president, Bill Clinton, announced nearly 20 years ago that “the era of big
government is over.”
These people do
make one good point – Obama is
cranking up ridiculous, dangerous deficits. But he also inherited a huge deficit
from Bush, while Bush, by the starkest contrast, inherited a tremendous surplus
from Clinton, then spent it all and much, much more on tax cuts and two wars,
which left Obama with a country deep in the hole. If deficits were the Tea
Partiers’ beef, why didn’t they rise up during the last administration instead
of this one?
No, this is not about deficits. This is about that weird old
cowboy, survivalist, paranoid, angry white streak in American politics, and it’s
coming out now because of economic hard times, and because the man in the White
House is personally too alien and politically too liberal for Middle
You don’t have to be paranoid to think Obama’s a bad president;
there are plenty of rational claims to be made against him from Right, Left or
center. But the alternative to him and the Democrats – the Tea Party GOP; rabid
radio hosts like Rush Limbaugh (who calls the president “Imam Hussein Obama”);
countless conspiracy-fixated bloggers; Gingrich, Palin and Beck – these people
aren’t rational. These people are nuts. There’s no grand-scale political
movement on earth remotely like theirs. And it appears that on Tuesday, they’re
I used to dread the idea that China would one day replace
America as the world’s most powerful nation. Now, the way things are going, I
think I’d be relieved.