Hysteria, fear and wishes of a magical kingdom

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Fascist Palin and Tea Party

Steve Benen has an excellent piece in the Washington Monthly on the Tea Party’s incoherence and blind emotion.

If we take the Tea Party seriously about wanting their country back, one must ask where were they from 2000-2008 when Bush-Cheney trashed the country?

No, theirs is unfocused provincialism against anything alien, foreign, different from their white, Christianite utopia.

A comment from a reader of Benen’s piece, Walt, nails the Tea Party perfectly:

Movements without specific grievances are often just whipped-up hysteria in search of an overarching political pretext. In this case, the Right’s paranoia is the starting point. It focuses on some Other’s danger and bloviates about ridding the world of its evil. Demagogues and hucksters know this about us: that we are suckers for an explanation that oversimplifies through demonetization.

We’ll never be done with politics because it concerns real things, their costs and benefits. But paranoiacs want to short-circuit this arduous process because they’re convinced Eden was the absence of complexity. Extremists ultimately want a world without compromise and partial successes. That’s why these people are children. They don’t want a functional polity so much as a magical kingdom.

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