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Tea Party Agenda: Smaller Government

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 9:00 pm - April 3, 2010.
Filed under: Freedom,Media Bias,Tea Party

Scan the editorial pages of some of this country’s major dailies and you’ll come away with the impression that the most energetic political movement in the United States to have emerged since Obama took office is a bunch of angry racist red necks, lead by white men berating Barney Frank not for his big-government policies, but for his attraction to members of his own sex.

As Matt Carden, one of our readers put it, the media coverage of the Tea Parties is like social conservatives’ coverage of Gay Pride marches.  They show us the freaks and call it the mainstream.

Well, today, via Glenn Reynolds, comes a piece of even-handed reporting on this movement which has galvanized hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of freedom-loving Americans.  Those reporters who look at the Tea Party movement without prejudice find that instead of representing an amalgamation of angry right-wing freaks instead represents the mainstream of Americans.

In his piece for the Christian Science Monitor, Patrik Jonsson reminds us that, “polls show that the anger at big government exhibited by tea party protesters is shared by many, if not most, Americans“:

A Pew poll in early March found 71 percent of Americans “dissatisfied with the way things are going in the country today,” while a CNN poll showed that 56 percent of Americans are more than just discontented with Washington. Instead, that majority of respondents agreed that the government is “so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens.”

Moreover, Paul Krugman’s fulminations notwithstanding, the Tea Party agenda does not include rolling back the Civil or Voting Rights Acts, but focuses on holding the line on the growth of government and its regulatory sweep:

What’s more, the release this week of the top three planks of the “crowd-sourced” Contract From America project, to some activists, shows a maturation from sign-wielding protesters to a political reform movement grounded in ideas.

The top three vote-getters among 360,000 respondents on the Contract From America website: Calling for an enumerated powers act to force lawmakers to check the constitionality of new laws; requiring a two-thirds majority in Congress for any tax hike; and a legislative backstop to prevent the EPA from “backdoor regulating.”

Looks like they left out gay-bashing too.

One day we may have to psychoanalyze the Krugmans and other Tea Party bashers to understand their refusal to understand the ideas of their adversaries–or even recognize that their adversaries have ideas which do not play into their own stereotypes of right-wingers hating the other. (more…)

My Next Cross Country “Odyssey”

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 12:36 pm - April 3, 2010.
Filed under: Dan's Cross Country Odyssey

As I’m about to finish up the chapter in my dissertation on Athene and the Iliad, I will soon move on to the Odyssey. At the same time, should I continue to write as I have done these past two months, I am preparing an odyssey of my own, though much different from that of the wily Ithacan.

His epic has more to do with his return home than about the current connotation of the word based on the book about said return. According to dictionary.com, an odyssey is also “a long series of wanderings or adventures, esp. when filled with notable experiences, hardships, etc.” I don’t expect mine to be filled with hardships, I expect it instead to be filled with friendships and family.

Because my niece’s Bat Mitzvah (in New York) in May is just a few weeks before my college reunion (in western Massachusetts) in June, I intend to make an adventure of it, driving east and then visiting friends, family and “sacred” spots along the way.

Right now, the route has me passing through Vegas, Denver, Omaha, Des Moines, Chicago, Pittsburgh.

From New York, I expect to head down to D.C., Charlottesville, Charlotte, Atlanta, then back up through Nashville, Cincinnati, Cleveland and on into New England.  The return route is yet to be determined.

Drop me an note if you’d like to help arrange a gathering for GayPatriot readers along the way.

The more we learn what’s in it, the less we like it

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 12:01 pm - April 3, 2010.
Filed under: Obama Health Care (ACA / Obamacare)

I’m sure Tano could offer a good explanation of this poll.

(H/t Classical Values.)