Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Why government has betrayed Us

Here's an interesting survey from the University of Washington. Would you believe that those anti-government Tea Partiers are a bit, um , selective about when they oppose government action and when they approve it?*

Compared to TP opponents, as well as middle-of-the-road respondents, Tea Partiers are much more likely to favor wiretapping, indefinite imprisonment without trial, and racial profiling. Extraordinary police powers? Government good!

On the other hand, they're less likely to agree that "society should do whatever is necessary to ensure equal opportunity in this country," far more likely to agree that "We have gone too far in pushing equal rights in this country," and very unlikely to agree that "We don't give everyone an equal chance in this country." Enforce the 14th Amendment? Government bad!

But the strongest disagreement with the rest of the world shows up in their contempt for Barack Obama. He has no virtues. Few of them can even acknowledge that the President is knowledgeable and intelligent - but maybe that's because Fox News didn't let them see Obama single-handedly outclass the collective brainpower of an entire roomful of Republican Congressmen.**

So there's your Tea Party for you. Equality is bad, especially when it results in a black President. You're supposed to spy upon and imprison the people who scare me, not help them vote and work and get access to health care. Stinkin' traitors, letting Them run free in my country. We're gonna load up the RV and go tell that dang Congress how downtrodden we are.

* Rhetorical question. Of course I'd believe it.

** Give Obama credit for being bright, but let's face it - outwitting an entire roomful of legislators ought not to be possible. If Kobe Bryant goes 1 on 5, even he only wins if the five opponents are punks.

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