But its main point is an examination of the Tea Party mindset. Now, I know my conservative friends don't want to hear this, but what is written describes with stunning accuracy the things I hear from many of the folks on talk radio, Facebook or at social gatherings when they see my skin color, baseball cap and collared shirt and think I'm part of their club. What he describes are not real conservative thought processes, though they are marketed as such politically.
By doing so, he inadvertently enunciates my main problem with the Tea Party specifically, and the overall GOP narratives since at least 2000, on page 2:
Everyone who disagrees with them is a radical leftist who hates America.
It would be inaccurate to say the Tea Partiers are racists. What they are, in truth, are narcissists. They're completely blind to how offensive the very nature of their rhetoric is to the rest of the country. I'm an ordinary middle-aged guy who pays taxes and lives in the suburbs with his wife and dog — and I'm a radical communist? I don't love my country? I'm a redcoat? Fuck you! These are the kinds of thoughts that go through your head as you listen to Tea Partiers expound at awesome length upon their cultural victimhood, surrounded as they are by America-haters like you and me or, in the case of foreign-born president Barack Obama, people who are literally not Americans in the way they are.
It's not like the Tea Partiers hate black people. It's just that they're shockingly willing to believe the appalling horseshit fantasy about how white people in the age of Obama are some kind of oppressed minority. That may not be racism, but it is incredibly, earth-shatteringly stupid.
And you can try to say this is some sort of fringe or "gotcha" journalism where Taibbi goes after the most ludicrous quotes just to make the story, but the GOP has established their mainstream bonafides of this way of thinking. You can view this hyperbolic part of the Republican mission statement here, if you're having trouble believing me.
There is only one place this administration leads us to a socialist, fascist America. It is the same place this nation has come to where we are today from some idyllic past where everyone was free and prosperous and life was simpler for everyone. That place is the Land of Make Believe.
(HT's: Jeffrey's Facebook, and The Daily Dish)