Confessions of A Crasher
Reading The Leaves
I don't know if Glenn Beck chose today, the day Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous "I Have a Dream Speech", to hold his rally. I'd find a bit odd that someone like Beck who sees "community organizers" as a threat to his vision of America would be so concerned with honoring King's memory.
The controversy though shows that there may be a growing, or more vocal, number of people trying to crash or at least challenge the Tea Party. I am among them, as my handle indicates. A hubber who sympathizes with the Tea Party posted a critique of these activists. To the writer, the crashers are basically young, college students. The writer probably sees the crashers as similar to the 'hippies' from the 1960s who stood against the Vietnam War.
I can understand this view. One does not need Beck or Limbaugh to tell someone that Obama did draw tremendous support from younger people, who also became an integral part of his 'ground team'. A major problem in this election has been getting these people re-activated and active again. Of course, the idea that young people would support a member of a conservative "outgroup" could be a sign that the movement that Martin Luther King was a leader of, and would inspire other groups to follow in the footsteps of, has succeeded. The notion of White, Male, Fundamentalist Protestant, dominance of America may be a few generations from fading.
The disdain for college students is a sign of another trait of the American Right, and many other totalitarian movements of both the left and right. A fear of the educated; one need only look at the folksy style of Palin or GW Bush to see that the American Right draws much of its support from those who see the educated as intimidating. The attacks on NPR, PBS and the arts that come from any rightward shift in America are a further example. The attacks from religious fundamentalists on secular education; from vouchers to textbooks show the desire to make it so that people are ignorant.
This may have to do with where I come in to crash the party. I'm far from young; at 35 as of my writing this piece, I'd say I'm younger. I am though fairly well-educated, and can see the Tea Party as a corporate creation. I also see the elements of fear and perhaps even hate that make up so much of the Tea Party.
My fellow crashers may be like me, they may not. They may be members of those conservative "outgroups"; women, Hispanics, homosexuals, or Muslims. They may be anti-corporate activists, union activists, or other people working towards economic equality. We all have one thing in common, we see the Tea Party as people who are resisting progress, who wish to see America go back to the failed polices of GW Bush, and perhaps even the policies of Reagan, who may actually be responsible for a lot of the mess that Obama is trying to get us out of, both here and abroad.
That though, is for another hub and another time. . .
- Warren Curtis
Another person who sees the threat that the political power of corporations poses.
Likely the best of the "Crashers" on Hub Pages
There's a lot of overlap between the 'Tea Party' and the American Fundamentalist Right. This guy attacks both. . .
- Mimi721wis on HubPages
Married. I have two daughters. One grandson. He's spoiled and a good kid. Love my family, country and my state North Carlina. I enjoy politics. I...