Chuck Schumer is an idiot. But we already knew that.
Invoking all the usual liberal cliches about conservatives, Schumer said the Tea Party is successor to “the Know-Nothings, Prohibitionists, Father Coughlin, and Huey Long.” In other words, he believes the movement is a collection of hicks, yahoos, neo-Luddites, fascists, male chauvinists, and racists fearful of what leftist academics might call The Other.
“Tea Party adherents see an America that’s not reflective of themselves, and the America they have known, and they just don’t like it.” They are bothered by changes in the “cultural, technological, and demographic makeup” of the nation. It angers them that “white Anglo-Saxon men are exclusively not running the country anymore.”
Schumer said his fellow Democrats in the U.S. Senate plan to subject the public to a massive, presumably very boring post-constitutional civics lesson from now until the congressional elections in November.
Really? This is something you think will work? Denigrating the Tea Party using talking points decades old and racist to boot? As a Celto-Bavarian of Catholic stock, I have no problem with non-WASPs in government. Meritocracy should rule the day, and the best man or woman for the job should get it. Clarence Thomas is one of the smartest men in government right now, and Thomas Sowell is one of the most well read intellectuals – though he refuses to use the term for himself due to the connotations that word has developed – among the Tea Party. It was the President – not the Tea Party – which proclaimed that ATM’s were killing jobs, it was the Tea Party – not the President – who countered that those jobs would be created elsewhere, likely in the field of ATM maintenance or another entry level service position.
But now the public is ready to fall in love with huge, overweening government. Schumer rhapsodized as the U.S. national debt stood at $17.27 trillion and 72 percent of Americans expressed the belief that big government now poses a greater threat to America than big business or big labor, a record high since Gallup started asking the question a half century ago.
I encourage you to read it all over at The American Thinker, the idiocy is too much to hold in one place.
Part of me, however, can’t help but wonder if the attack on the Friends of Abe isn’t part of this.
H/T: R. S. McCain