Is the Tea Party's Over Now?
We here on The Enviro Show have been taking the so-called Tea Party to task not only for their anti-planet mindset, but also for their over-the-top rhetoric. Last summer one of our Bus Stop Billboard entries concerned the weekly peace vigil in Greenfield and the fact that Massachusetts teabaggers and folks from the Glen Beck 912 Project planned to "show-up in mass and surround them". As it turned out, the hostile Beckians were hopelessly outnumbered and ended up two blocks away in a pathetic little clutch. That's how we hope all teabaggers will end up after what has taken place in Tucson with the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others by Jared Loughner, someone who apparently shares many of Glen Beck's views.
Our producer and co-host, D.O. has posted a short screed on his own blog that pretty well sums up the political crisis we are engaged in these days and the inflammatory language used by teabaggers that has led to this tragedy. We re-post it here for you and invite you to make your comments.
It's official: The inmates are in charge of the asylum
As you have no doubt heard, the U.S. House of Representatives, already a snake pit of Kafkaesque proportions, is now under the control of perhaps the most bizarre collection of sociopaths ever to set foot on Capitol Hill. Regardless of their own sketchy personal histories, from thug to torturer, to bible-banging crackpot, the new Repugnican majority in the crazy House are not only proof that the human species is highly flawed, but that they are also dangerous to our health.
Wasn't it Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) who refered to elected Democratic officials as the "enemy," and to keeping her supporters "armed and dangerous"? And wasn't it Glenn Beck who spoke on national TV of a coming "civil war" led by militias (Beck said he "believes we're on this road") and questioning whether the U.S. military would follow the President's orders to stop the violence? And wasn't it Tucson teabaggers who held a shooting event with shooting victim Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in mind? Guess who has left a trail of Glen Beck talking points in his internet wake? Jared Loughner, the guy who shot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. I'll grant you that Loughner is a bit of a paranoid nutcase, but he is just the sort of nutcase that is enabled by the crackpots listed above and their like-minded ideologues.
My hope is that this tragic incident that took place in Tucson will be the last gasp for the likes of Glen Beck and the so-called Tea Party. I trust that Repugnicans in Congress who may still be in control of their senses will pull the reins in on their more volatile colleagues and try to restore some sanity to the crazy House. My hope is that my hope isn't just wishful thinking.