Friday, April 8, 2011
Why should I take the Tea Party seriously?
This is an honest question. I've done my best to give the new House Republicans the benefit of the doubt with a lot of their crusades and take their stances seriously. In some ways, I have found their hell-bent insistence on cutting spending to be admirable. But when you've gotten the cuts that your party originally demanded, only to double your demand just to make sure there couldn't possibly be an agreement made, and now put everyone on course for a government shutdown over Planned Parenthood funding because they couldn't find anything bigger to actually keep squabbling about, why the hell should I take any of them seriously? They're a sanctimonious bunch of cranks who think they're the only ones who could possibly know what's best for this country (because the obvious solution to our deficit issues is preventing abortion funding). They've claimed to be regular people coming to Washington to stop all the politicians from their meddling politicking, and yet here they are pulling the cheapest of political stunts by making the funding into a government into a debate about abortion. It's pathetic. Next thing you know they're going to vote for us to default on our debt this summer because raising the debt ceiling goes against God's will or something along those lines. /endrant