Writing at the Corner with NR’s biggest bloggers, Jonah responds to the five most frequent complaints from liberals about the tea parties (via Glenn).
Among my favorites are these two.
These protests are unpatriotic astroturfing by plutocrats:
So much for “dissent is the highest form of patriotism”!
I find it sort of amazing that when groups like ANSWER, a Mos Eisley cantina of America-hating nut cases, take to the streets it’s a full-flowering of democracy in action. When ACORN pays their ragamuffins to protest, or when Rainbow/PUSH shakes down businesses through racial extortion, it’s the sort of direct democratic action Thomas Paine dreamed of. And when labor unions pay people to protest, it’s populist. But when a bunch of independent Americans, talk-show hosts, and email campaigners organize hundreds of protests around the country, it’s astroturfing.
Republicans are hypocrites for suddenly caring about deficits.
Well, maybe. But then so are liberals for suddenly not caring about deficits. (That part always gets left out.)
Moreover, I don’t get it. Republicans didn’t care enough about the deficit when it went up a “little” under Bush (to pay for a war), therefore they can’t complain when Obama sends it through the stratosphere (to pay for socialized medicine)?
Read the whole thing!