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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.




"America is at that awkward stage. It's too late to work within the system, but too early to shoot the bastards." – Claire Wolfe, 101 Things to Do 'Til the Revolution

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