Tuesday, September 7, 2010

By Adele M. Stan 5 Ways the Tea Party Agenda Screws Tea Party Supporters

The resentment of Tea Partiers toward liberals, East Coast elites, the poor and people who don't look like them has been effectively marshaled in service of a "free market" ideology cleverly packaged as "freedom." Never mind that free markets are anything but free for ordinary people. The packaging strikes the necessary emotional and moral chords: Free markets = freedom = liberty = endowed by the Creator, as written in the Declaration of Independence by the founders. It's the perfect exploitation of the worldview of conservative middle-class white people -- all in the service of enriching the super-rich at the expense of their unwitting, patriotic ground troops.

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1 comment:

  1. I posted this before but it didn't show up. I agree strongly with most of what the author wrote (there are a few things I don't know enough to feel strongly about). I have tried to understand why intelligent middle-class people would support the super-wealthy's agenda when it clearly won't benefit them. Here's what I concluded: Americans identify with winners. We regularly side with the mighty against the powerless -- not our best trait. It's in our DNA, which makes it nigh-on impossible for us to see that people who are "superior" to us do not have our best interests at heart.

    Yes, I'm generalizing, standard disclaimer (not all Americans).