Great piece on why so many progressives continue to believe that their solutions for what ails America, more spending by the Federal Government, is the right course of action and we would understand this if we weren't so stupid and uneducated. The reality is that the people of this great nation fully understand that spending money we don't have, and burdening our children with unpayable debts is what got us in this mess in the first place and that more of the same will lead to this country's demise.
The Democrats and many of the Republicans in Washington have tried to dismiss the Tea Party movement as nothing more than a bunch of kooks, when in reality the majority of Americans continue to show that they support the movement's ideas of limited government and less spending by electing candidates that profess to believe in these ideas over Washington insiders.
The President and his friends truly believe we are just a bunch of Homer Simpsons who should just be happy to have a job and a mug full of Duff at Moe's but should leave the heavy thinking to them as they plan our lives. The President recently stated that "part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now," are that "facts and science and argument [do] not seem to be winning the day all the time is because we're hard-wired not to always think clearly when we're scared. And the country is scared." Yes, Mr President Americans are scared, but they are scared of what you and you friends have planned next and what that means for our children's futures. However, just because we are scared doesn't mean we are too stupid to understand your policies. In reality we fully comprehend your policies and that makes us highly motivated this November to vote out members in Congress that believe, as you do, that your plan for America is the right one.
Why Liberals Don't Get the Tea Party Movement
Our universities haven't taught much political history for decades. No wonder so many progressives have disdain for the principles that animated the Federalist debates
You can find the rest of the editorial here.By PETER BERKOWITZ
Highly educated people say the darndest things, these days particularly about the tea party movement. Vast numbers of other highly educated people read and hear these dubious pronouncements, smile knowingly, and nod their heads in agreement. University educations and advanced degrees notwithstanding, they lack a basic understanding of the contours of American constitutional government.
New York Times columnist Paul Krugman got the ball rolling in April 2009, just ahead of the first major tea party rallies on April 15, by falsely asserting that "the tea parties don't represent a spontaneous outpouring of public sentiment. They're AstroTurf (fake grass-roots) events."
Having learned next to nothing in the intervening 16 months about one of the most spectacular grass-roots political movements in American history, fellow Times columnist Frank Rich denied in August of this year that the tea party movement is "spontaneous and leaderless," insisting instead that it is the instrument of billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch.
Washington Post columnist E. J. Dionne criticized the tea party as unrepresentative in two ways. It "constitutes a sliver of opinion on the extreme end of politics receiving attention out of all proportion with its numbers," he asserted last month. This was a step back from his rash prediction five months before that since it "represents a relatively small minority of Americans on the right end of politics," the tea party movement "will not determine the outcome of the 2010 elections."