The Mad Tea Party

Michelle Bachmann, for some reason, got to deliver a response to the State of the Union address the other night. I’m not pleased with this indication that we’re supposed to take the Tea Party seriously.

I can’t take them seriously because they’re not serious. They’re a bunch of shrieking loons and I wouldn’t trust them with the key to my bike lock much less the keys to Congress.

Here is the important distinction between them and the GOP. The GOP says idiotic bullshit it knows will fire up its base. The Tea Party says idiotic bullshit it actually believes. When the GOP tells you that Obama is a secret Muslim who wants to take away your guns, all they’re trying to get you to do is ignore the latest fat handout of tax money to some industry or other. When the Tea Party says it, it’s because they honestly believe Obama is a secret Muslim who wants to take away your guns. The former is simply mendacious; the latter is crazy.

Crazy people can’t be reasoned with. They can’t even be talked to. There is nothing you can do to convince them they are crazy. as we have seen, a pile of birth certificates from here to Jupiter will not convince birthers that Obama was born in Hawaii. Lying can be exposed with facts (provided the audience cares about facts and truth, which the GOP has demonstrated is not the case; there are still people who believe we found WMDs in Iraq and that we went there to find them.) Crazy people are not qualified to make decisions about the world because they don’t live in the same world everyone else does. Case in point: if, in your world, Jesus is on his way right now to redeem the saved and punish the wicked, how serious are you going to be about the future?

I am hopeful that the Tea Party fad will implode or die out. While I would love to see a new party arise that is looking to hold elected official responsible to their constituents and not just their corporate donors, this party is not that.

I can’t believe the media is giving these people a stage on which to spout their nonsense, and then suggest that we need to consider the inane things they say thoughtfully. To reiterate: The GOP says idiotic bullshit it knows will fire up its base. The Tea Party says idiotic bullshit it actually believes.

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