Sometimes old white people get it right

even if it’s only in fiction:

…this community is an insult to the world!

…you can only destroy. You can only punish.

…because fanaticism and ignorance is forever busy, and needs feeding. And soon, with banners flying and with drums beating, we’ll be marching backward, backward through the glorious ages of that sixteenth century, when bigots burned a man who dared bring enlightenment and intelligence to the human mind.

I’m stealing this reference from Keith Olbermann’s “Special Comment” from a few nights ago, wherein he delineated a laundry list of wackofuck Tea Party candidates and ideas, then implored viewers to stand against the coming tsunami of stupid that’s poised to make landfall tomorrow. As with all things Olbermann it is wordy, long-winded, exhaustive… and pretty much on the money (I think I know someone like that…).

One can be forgiven for grasping at apocalyptic rhetoric when things seem so, well, apocalyptic. One cannot be forgiven, however, for failing to exercise what small bit of influence they have in fighting this impending onslaught by the forces of those whose worldview promotes economic disparity, minority marginalization, sexual repression and Bronze-age morality. If you can vote, for the love of fucking (and I mean that quite literally, because some of these people are decidedly anti-fuckage), vote. And if you don’t know everyone on the ticket, it’s very simple: vote for the D’s.

While I’m loathe to shill for a political party, the current climate just doesn’t afford us the luxury of standing firm for all our principles at the expense of legislative losses. Trust me, I despise compromise, and on a whole host of issues I find the Democratic party to be sorely lacking. But a choice between a party committed to actual governance, that promises to at least try to accomplish some form of the things I care about, and a party where the inmates have control over, and are currently in the process of burning down the asylum, is no choice at all. If Democrats won’t create, at least they won’t destroy. Republicans, conversely, are frothing at the mouth to get to work on doing just that.

Despite the Tea Party re-branding, this is still the same Republican party that only a few years ago got the U.S. into two disastrous wars of colonization that bled us of blood and treasure while making us less secure in the process. It’s the same Republican party that opened up the cash register and let people who were already drowning in wealth grab what they could. It’s the same Republican party that tried to pass the Federal Marriage Amendment and ban stem cell research, the same Republican party that allowed white collar serial-thieves to run amok on Wall Street, the same Republican party that ensured our Supreme Court is at least two-ninths thoroughly fucked for the next half-century, the same Republican party that turned the post-9/11 U.S. from victim to victimizer in the eyes of the world with its embrace of imperialism and torture.

I could go on. Their incompetence is proven, their list of crimes innumerable, their sense of responsibility thoroughly blunted. “Throw the bums out” has caught on the last few months as a rallying cry of the disenchanted voter. And while it sounds nice and all, it’s really just an ill-considered temper tantrum on the part of people with an appalling case of short-term memory loss. Those of us who stop to think for a moment remember that temper tantrums get you nowhere; instead, you just look like an idiot.

Welcome to the Tea Party.