Friday, October 15, 2010

Teabaggers: You and Me and 'That One'

Matt Taibbi's blog the other day, Tea Party Hilarity, was a masterstroke in illustrating the "they just don't get it" attitude of the Teabaggers:

Quelle surprise! So it turns out that one after another of the Tea Party candidates is in one way or another mooching off the government. The latest series of hilarious disclosures center around Alaska’s GI-Joe-bearded windbag Senatorial candidate, Joe Miller, who appears to have run virtually the entire gamut of government aid en route to becoming a staunch, fist-shaking opponent of the welfare state.
...when a nice white lawyer with a GI Joe beard uses state aid to help him through tough times and get over the hump – so that he can go from having three little future Medicare-collecting Republican children to eight little future Medicare-collecting Republican children – that’s a good solid use of government aid, because what we’re doing is helping someone “transition” from dependency to economic independence.
This of course is different from the way other, less GI-Joe-looking people use government aid, i.e. as a permanent crutch that helps genetically lazy and ambitionless parasites mooch off of rich white taxpayers instead of getting real jobs.
I can’t even tell you how many people I interviewed at Tea Party events who came up with one version or another of the Joe Miller defense. Yes, I’m on Medicare, but… I needed it! It’s those other people who don’t need it who are the problem! Or: Yes, it’s true, I retired from the police/military/DPW at 54 and am on a fat government pension that you and your kids are going to be paying for for the next forty years, while I sit in my plywood-paneled living room in Florida watching Fox News, gobbling Medicare-funded prescription medications, and railing against welfare queens. But I worked hard for those bennies! Not like those other people! This whole concept of “good welfare” and “bad welfare” is at the heart of the Tea Party ideology, and it’s something that is believed implicitly across the line. It’s why so many of their political champions, like Miller, and sniveling Kentucky rich kid Rand Paul (a doctor whose patient base is 50% state insured), and Nevada “crazy juice” Senate candidate Sharron Angle (who’s covered by husband Ted’s Federal Employee Health Plan insurance), are so completely unapologetic about taking state aid with one hand and jacking off angry pseudo-libertarian mobs with the other.
As Taibbi points out so eloquently, it is that concept of "the other" that drives these morons to display the ludicrous attitudes and pointless points of view that they seem to espouse. They just can't see the vast discrepancies between their own actions and their own beliefs.

I'm reminded of that passage from their bible, the so-called new testament, where their prophet -- and not just a prophet but an actual living and breathing SON OF GOD -- asks (I'm paraphrasing because I'm too lazy to look it up) in essence, "Why are you so concerned about a speck of dust in your neighbor's eye when you have a 2X4 sticking out of your own?"

Having a 2X4 sticking out of your eye would make for a pretty big blind spot, I would guess...