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You know what's really patriotic? Shut up and embrace big government.

How's about I take a break from cluttering up the homepage with photo funnies? I hesitate to throw the word "hack" around what with me being to hackery what Jimmy Page was to music thievery - a blatant and obvious practitioner - but reliable left-wing hack Michael Kinsley bitch slapped me with a doosie.

My Country, Tis of Me
There's nothing patriotic about the Tea Party Patriots.

Go read the whole thing. It's chocked full of revisionist goodness about how the 1960 counter-culture protests were youthful excess centered on selflessness and ending the Vietnam war (presumably before getting drafted...) while the tantrums of today's middle-aged Tea Party Patriots are an embarrassing spectacle of anti-government selfishness. Cut through the fog of 60's nostalgia and a couple of paragraphs really jumped out, though.

"I like what they're saying. It's common sense," a random man-in-the-crowd told a Los Angeles Times reporter at a big Tea Party rally. Then he added, "They've got to focus on issues like keeping jobs here and lowering the cost of prescription drugs." These, of course, are projects that can be conducted only by Big Government.
Of course, keeping jobs here and lowering drug costs can only be conducted by big government. I have no doubt he sincerely believes that to be true. I would argue quite the opposite. Jobs go overseas in response to some kind of external stimulus. We're still making lots of cars in America, we just aren't doing it in Detroit anymore. Michigan is Obamanomics Exhibit A. California is Exhibit B. Maybe that man-in-the-crowd was referring specifically to the Golden State rather than the collective 50.

How does big government lower drug costs? By becoming such a large dispenser of drugs it can coerce pharma companies into accepting lower prices through leveraged buying power? With price controls? Frankly, I'm not enthralled with a choice between stifled innovation and shortages.

You know who's done a lot to lower drug costs? Wal-Mart. Four dollar generic prescriptions. Everyone else had to follow suit. Now that's the norm. Yet for some reason the Obama cheerleading set hates Wal-Mart and looks down on the people who shop there. I'll bet Wal-Mart is pretty popular with the Tea Party participants.

Without getting all ask-notty about it, I think a movement labeling itself patriotic should have some obligation to demonstrate patriotism in a way other than demanding a tax cut. In their rhetoric, the Tea Party Patriots do not sound as if they love their country very much: they have nothing but gripes. Yes, of course, these are gripes against the government, not against the country itself. But that distinction becomes hard to maintain when you have nothing good to say about the government and nothing but whines to offer the country.
Well allow me to retort.
For the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country because it feels like hope is making a comeback.
If I may direct your attention to the current occupants of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue you'll see a man whose whole raison d'etre has been bellyaching about the status quo in America. A man who didn't vomit with rage and storm out when his long-time preacher declared the events of 9/11/2001 to be America's chickens coming home to roost. A man who thinks America is the greatest country in the world...now he wants all of you to shut up and get out of the way so he can change everything about it.

Michelle? Never felt a lick of pride for America during her adult life until the Democrats nominated her husband for President. Her words, not mine.

Projection, Michael, it's not just a river in Uruguay.

All in all a thoroughly enjoyable column, drink it in for yourselves.


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Comments (10)

Not to worry, Kinsley is go... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Not to worry, Kinsley is going "to get bitch slapped" in November. He and his pals will then scratch their asses as they try to figure out what happened.

"These, of course, are ... (Below threshold)
Marc:

"These, of course, are projects that can be conducted only by Big Government." - Kinsley.

Gee asshole, wasn't that BIG GOVERNMENT that banned cheaper drugs from Canada from being imported to the USA?

Of course I have little doubt Kinsley had a different opinion then as that happened under ChimpyMcBushHilter.

Surely this nitwit was ALL AntiBigGovernment then!

you'll see a man whose w... (Below threshold)
john:

you'll see a man whose whole raison d'etre has been bellyaching about the status quo in America. ... A man who thinks America is the greatest country in the world...now he wants all of you to shut up and get out of the way so he can change everything about it.

Then you must have really hated this guy:

I will not stand by and watch this great country destroy itself under mediocre leadership that drifts from one crisis to the next, eroding our national will and purpose. We have come together here because the American people deserve better from those to whom they entrust our nation's highest offices, and we stand united in our resolve to do something about it.... I pledge to restore to the federal government the capacity to do the people's work without dominating their lives. I pledge to you a government that will not only work well, but wisely... First, we must overcome something the present administration has cooked up... Can anyone look at the record of this administration and say, "Well done?" Can anyone compare the state of our economy when the Carter Administration took office with where we are today and say, "Keep up the good work?" Can anyone look at our reduced standing in the world today and say, "Let's have four more years of this?... The Carter Administration lives in the world of make-believe. Every day, drawing up a response to that day's problems, troubles, regardless of what happened yesterday and what will happen tomorrow... The American spirit is still there, ready to blaze into life if you and I are willing to do what has to be done; the practical, down-to-earth things that will stimulate our economy, increase productivity and put America back to work. The time is now to resolve that the basis of a firm and principled foreign policy is one that takes the world as it is and seeks to change it by leadership and example; not by harangue, harassment or wishful thinking... The time is now, my fellow Americans, to recapture our destiny, to take it into our own hands.

I pledge to restore to the ... (Below threshold)
RYan:

I pledge to restore to the federal government the capacity to do the people's work without dominating their lives.

YOu have very limited reading comprehension, John.


"I plan to insidiously get out of your way!!!"

That speech is in fact the exact opposite of Obama, John.

Leave Jimmy Page out of thi... (Below threshold)
Steve:

Leave Jimmy Page out of this as you are not fit to string his guitar.

I just ran across this grea... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

I just ran across this great quote.


"People who bite the hand that feeds them usually lick the boot that
kicks them." - Eric Hoffer

If that doesn't describe Democrats, I don't know what does.

"PATRIOT, n. One to whom th... (Below threshold)
James H:

"PATRIOT, n. One to whom the interests of a part seem superior to those of the whole. The dupe of statesmen and the tool of conquerors."

-- Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary.

YOu have very limited re... (Below threshold)
john:

YOu have very limited reading comprehension, John.

Way to take a single phrase out of multiple paragraphs to hang you whole argument on.

Regardless, the argument is not whether you agree with him, is that he's "bellyaching about the status quo in America". So the reading comprehension fail is on you.

The single phrase, as you c... (Below threshold)
Ryan:

The single phrase, as you call it, changes the entire meaning.

There is a huge difference between the approaches, and if you can't see it then you are really woefully blind.

... the 1960 anti-America p... (Below threshold)

... the 1960 anti-America protests were youthful excess centered on ending the Vietnam war before being drafted ...

If you can believe that, you will also probably soon claim that the "collective-ist" cowards "anti-war" movement ended (coincidentally?) with the Draft?

(Which of course it did)




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