A reflection. The scariest thing on earth at the moment is not Iran, or North Korea, or the Taliban or terrorists. One need look no further than the Tea Party supporters in America. They are our greatest threat.
Point one: I spent much of last week on business in the United States where the talk of the town, erupting volcanoes aside, was on the Tea Party and their various rallies on the East Coast. In my wanderings and discussions, Americans – as is their wont – brought up the Tea Party on several occasions and I was face-to-face with the unbiased hatred these otherwise sane Americans have when speaking about Obama and the work being done by Congress and the Obama administration.
Point two: On Sunday morning I chatted with my papa, who is freshly returned from six weeks at the condo in Bradenton, Florida, and who was so repulsed (tough word I know, but it applies) by the conversations of Tea Party supporters at the condo pool, he had to leave. His interactions with Americas mirrored my own.
Point three: The New York Times had an interesting (if sad) article on this group of passionate (if sorrily misguided) Americans on Sunday and a recent poll conducted on them by a New York Times/CBS News poll. See here. It makes for thoroughly disturbing reading.
All this to say …
America, as I have long said, is a nation in severe decline. Currently, eighteen percent of Americans identify themselves as Tea Party supporters. A Tea Party supporter’s world world is black and white – not the necessary gray so vital to civil understanding. A Tea Party supporter’s world advocates the elimination of Congress and President. This in a country that calls itself a democracy.
We have in America at the moment roughly 60 million people who have turned their noses up at the very notion of elections and voting. They seem to believe, despite an election they participated in and a democracy they purport to support, that their views trump the democratic process.