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.
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.