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The Kinsley Retort

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They’re talking about this:

My Country, Tis of Me: There’s nothing patriotic about the Tea Party Patriots. By Michael Kinsley

I guess it’s okay to “question the Patriotism” again, kids!

Good–cos’ I was getting a little tired of the old-“We’ll bash America on foreign soil, undermine her economy, dissolve her borders and work ceaselessly to see her lose her wars–and then pretend we’re just as patriotic as you!”-paradigm.

Do they know what they are supporting, or opposing?

Well, they’re free to choose their foreign policy from among these options:

Republicans: “Confront the threat.”
Libertarians: “There is no threat.”
Democrats: “The threat is America.”

Tea Party Patriots reveal a fondness for procedural gimmicks (like a ban on congressional earmarks), constitutional amendments (term limits, balanced budget), and similar magic tricks or shortcuts to salvation.

A constitutional amendment enacted by a vast supermajority is some kind of parlor trick…but one cooked up by five liberal justices is sacrosanct and inviolable!

Apart from a general funk, though, the one common theme espoused by TPPs is the monstrous danger of Big Government.

Except for Bootsy, I don’t know a General Funk. But General Washington & Co. espoused common themes such as

* “Congress shall make no law”
* ‘the right of the people shall not be infringed’
* rights are ‘retained by the people’
* rights are ‘reserved to the States or to the people’

In short, the Founders foresaw “the monstrous danger of Big Government”, even if Kinsley’s pet frogs are mindlessly enjoying a leisurely swim around his quickly-warming hot tub. That’s why the Bill of Rights is a catalog of limitations on government power.

Second, although the 1960s ultimately spread their tentacles throughout the culture and around the world, politically there was just one big issue: ending the war in Vietnam for Hanoi.

Tea Partiers want to End the War, too…The War on Prosperity.

And Micheal Kinsley is AWOL–Absent While Obliviously Liberal.

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