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The Looney Right & The Tea Parties

by @ 8:54 am on April 11, 2009. Filed under Dumbasses, Politics

Here’s video of a Glenn Back “Project 9-12″ Tea Party

It gets really good at about the 2 minute mark:

And then there’s this at around 5:00

Woman: [Shouts] “Burn the books!” [applause]

Man: “I don’t think you were serious about that, were you?”

Woman: “I am too.”

Man: “Burn all the books?!”

Woman: “The ones in college, those, those brainwashing books.”

Man: “[laughs] Brainwashing books?”

Woman: “Yes.”

Man: “Which ones are those?”

Woman: “Like, the evolution crap, and, yeah…”

If this is even partly representative of the kind of people this movement is attracting, then it’s even worse than I thought.

H/T: Little Green Footballs

17 Responses to “The Looney Right & The Tea Parties”

  1. I believe they will have great success in their campaign to teabag liberals.
    I’ve asked the Tea Party to hold a contest to see who can teabag the most liberals.
    The winner could be titled World’s greatest Teabagger.

  2. James Young says:

    If you truly believe that this is “even partly representative of the kind of people this movement is attracting,” then I seriously question your Libertarian credentials.

  3. Are those Frederick Fanatics?

  4. Talking about broad generalizations. Glen Beck is having his own tea parties and get togethers. Don’t claim that all Tea Party organisers or participants are Glen’s brigade. I am getting pretty damn f***ed off with my fellow rightists pointing out a few arsehats and claiming they represent us. You are as bad as the bloody left when you do that.

    And you got to realise some of us organisers are dealing with groups trying to hijack the cause. We are resisting and making sure to keep things loony/partisan agenda free.

    A little support would be nice man.

  5. flapper says:

    man…………the trouble one black man can cause. you didnt see anything like this when clinton was elected. there was a lunitic fringe when he was in office but nothing like this. this has nothing to do with the fact he is a democrat and everything to do with him being black. according to the lunitic right we are faceing armegeddon….for christ sakes.

  6. I said, if didn’t I ?

    Mostly I think the tea parties are a waste of time, especially if most of the people attending them end up voting for Republicans in the end anyway.

  7. Zeph says:

    These people are not the people i know involved in the true tea parties. These are Beckians and we don’t appreciate him and his “followers” stepping into something that has its roots going back a couple years. They have nothing to stand for beyond not wanting to pay their taxes.

    These people don’t represent us and i just hope they fade off from the protests in the short term before they ruin it. Because, if the protests progress to what they’re meant to stand for, those of you blasting them will be joining us in them. We are non-partisan. We do not like the extremes of either side.

  8. There are many individuals who remain solidly in the camp of liberty and the Constitution, who question the theory of evolution. As a Christian who unapologetically believes in literal Biblical creation, an adherence to the principles of our founding fathers is still very much a focus.

  9. And if the book burners are allowed to be taken seriously as members of this “coalition” it will suffer the same fate that Ron Paul did when he did nothing about the Stormfront endorsements and the newsletters

  10. Shaun Kenney says:

    Doug’s got a point — an awful valid one at that.

    The video is just a microcosm of everything wrong with the reactionary movement at this point. The third parties are ineffective and not serious about making an impact, most members refuse to participate in the political arena in a meaningful way (why this is better than losing elections, I have no idea), and in order to aggregate numbers we find ourselves surrounded by the truly weird.

    Any small wonder why most liberty-minded folks just stay away from it all?

    Until we get serious about who we are — and not what we’re against — we’re never going to take back the country. Book burning? Stormfront? Brainwashing? Libertarians and Constitutionalists surrendering the GOP to the “right wing of big government”?

    Those aren’t the answers. But they sure as hell are part of the problem.

    Good post, Doug.

  11. Shaun,

    Its really a two-prong problem. To the extent the tea parties are co-opted by GOP officials like Newt Gingrich (who supported the biggest bailout in American history back in September), they lose credibility. To the extent they do nothing about the nutcases within their ranks, they are easily dismissed.

    Personally, I don’t see how “movements’ like this accomplish anything.

  12. Shaun Kenney says:

    They succeed if and only if they elect good, pro-liberty candidates to public office who will reduce the size, scope, and power of government.

    They fail if we’re just venting opposition.

    Movements such as these (and this one is more reactionary than liberty-minded) are good because they allow others to sit up and realize they are not alone. It’s what Jefferson might call “natural manure”, insofar as the movement is willing to weed itself of the nutcases and the opportunists — and not confuse those with their friends.

    It’s a tightrope, but not entirely unprecedented. After all, the conservative movement did take the GOP over (albeit briefly) from the country club set. Maybe now is the time for the liberty movement to do the same?

  13. tfr says:

    My Looney-ometer is showing some movement.
    Unfortunately, that’s the end of it. Once it becomes fringe, it’s laughed off as non-mainstream.

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