rs at robertsheridan.com
Sat Sep 18 07:18:22 PDT 2010
Resigned former governor Sarah Palin weighs in. She wants "to take our
From me, thank you.
She can see it clearly from her window up in left field at the other end
of the bridge to nowhere.
On 9/18/2010 6:14 AM, Mae Kuykendall wrote:
> It does seem that the idea of "getting back to the Constitution" is
> not about text or original intent, but about a symbol of purity. One
> can argue about what the purity embodies, since the assertions by the
> adherents of the Tea Party are relatively content free. Wanting less
> government and to stand on one's own is a nostalgia for an agrarian
> past, with the idealization of independent, self-sustaining farmers.
> It's hard to think there is no race element whatever in the nostalgia,
> since the content free appeal to an earlier time, with founding
> generation icons who were all white, at least implies a longing for
> racial homogeneity. Some of those longing for homogeneity have names
> that were not present at the founding, but those ethnic distinctions
> have become less salient, enabling them to imagine the founding
> generation as being like them and themselves as being welcome
> compatriots of the founding generation. The good news is that the
> candidates are quite photogenic.
> >>> Robert Sheridan <rs at robertsheridan.com> 9/18/2010 12:12 AM >>>
> On 9/17/2010 7:23 PM, Jon Roland wrote:
> > The essence is libertarian constitutionalist, not social conservative.
> Oh, so that's what makes the Tea Party movement okay, part of the Great
> American Mainstream!
> Isn't this the argument that the right-wingers use to condemn nominees
> like Sotomayor and Kagan, that they're out of the mainstream? As tho'
> the R-wing owns the rock in midstream?
> The Know-Nothings were libertarian constitutionalists, too, protecting
> the America they had in their sclerotic little minds and to hell with
> anyone else.
> Changing labels from OCD to Bi-polar doesn't make the TPM fans a single
> bit less crazy, not with Sarah Palin leading the charge. And Rand
> Paul. And Mike Huckaby. "We ARE America," their new champion, Ms.
> Donnelly, was heard to proclaim today. Well bully for her. So are the
> Mexican-Americans and the Muslims, along with the Irish, the Jews, and
> Italians, the latter all the backwater people when I was an infant,
> since then becoming first-class Americans, after a lot of struggle over
> a lot of time. The TPM loves black people, too, I bet.
> Where is Tina Fey when we need her?
> Pity the TPM folks've lost their constitution and can't seem to find
> it. Perhaps if they read a facsimile under the light they could find
> and make sense of it.
> Do Scalia, Thomas, Roberts and Alito claim to have lost the
> constitution? Or are the TPM folks so far to the right of these four
> conservatives that they've gone totally around the bend?
> Can you imagine Scalia cheering on the TPM version of Conlaw, hollering,
> "Yes, you've got it!"?
> Somehow I doubt it.
> For one thing, I hear he can read.
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