Myth #1: The Tea Parties are all about right-wing bitterness that McCain lost.
Busted. This talking point has been repeated about eight zillion times by the shallow-minded sheep of the left because they heard Jon Liebowitz say it on The Daily Show. First of all, the fiscal right didn’t like McCain either. Second, McCain threw away any claim to fiscal responsibility when he flew back to DC to vote for TARP. Third, there’s an inherent admission in here that the last years of tantrum throwing by the left weren’t about the war, or “torture,” or any of that. They were throwing tantrums because they lost.
Myth #2: The Tea Parties were organized by a sinister conspiracy of FoxNews, Glenn Beck, and the RNC.
Busted. If anything, the RNC and the conservative media were late to the party, and hitched their wagons to the movement the way Madonna picks up on a trend two years after it breaks. Naturally, the left feels this way because all of their “grassroots” and “netroots” movements were, in reality, Astroturf movements paid for by George Soros, MoveOn, and unions. They wouldn’t know a grassroots movement if it showed up and held 2,000 peaceful protests across the country.
Myth #3: The Tea Party protesters never cared about deficits when Bush/Republicans were in power.
Busted. First, Bush’s spending was criticized by everyone from Rush Limbaugh, to Sean Hannity, to National Review, to insignificant blog commenters … everyone except maybe the mushy moderates at the Weekly Standard knew Bush s-u-c-k sucked on restraining government. Second, an astute observer may have noticed the Republicans lost control of the Congress in 2006. A major cause of this was that they were abandoned by the base for their profligate spending. Under Bush and Republicans, deficits had been steadily declining. The deficit began shooting up in FY2008… the first budget prepared by a Democrat Congress. Under Obama, deficits are at a level many that we on the fiscal right say is unsustainable.
Myth #4: The Tea Parties are anti-tax protests
Busted. And I would add, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong… The media have latched onto this idea as a way of acknowledging the existence of the Tea Parties while obscuring their real purpose. If any of them had even bothered to go to the Tea Party website, they would see that the protest is against big deficits, and big spending. Smart people realize that the more government spends, the more power it has over the people.
Myth #5: The Tea Party Movement Has Been Hijacked by Extremists and Nazis and suchlike.
Busted. This is a favorite smear from former Bush supporters who now fawn over Obama… like Andrew “Milky Loads” Sullivan and Charles “Nancy” Johnson of the Little Green Footballs weblog. Much as they wish it were so, it just isn’t true. This is movement made up of regular folk, taxpayers who see an out-of-control Federal government fueled by unsustainable deficit spending… and they’re fed up with it.
To a left-wing progressive fascist, that is probably just as threatening.