Beck purports to offer advice to Tea Partiers "as an outsider"
Giving a bit of "outside" friendly advice, Glenn Beck took to his show yesterday and suggested that Tea Party folks not dress up too much, and leave the signs home. Here's a link to his "outsider" advice
I'm not sure what the point of all this friendly advice is, except that maybe Beck is thinking that Tea Party folks dressing up like George Washington, Betsy Ross and a whole host of colonial era icons might be giving "ordinary" American's a case of the jitters. I don't know about you, but the only time I ever see ordinary Americans dressed up like this is during the local 4th of July Parade. Furthermore, there is a bit of irony in all of this, coming from a guy that has his own penchant for playing Mr. Dress Up.
Now, I keep being told that Tea Party folks are just everyday, run of the mill, hard working Americans with conservative values. Recent primary results have given Republican Tea Party candidates victories with O'Donnell in Delaware, Paladino in New York and Miller in Alaska, to name a few. O'Donnell has a history of being involved in programs of abstinence for America's young people, has admitted dabbling in witchcraft, and has advocated against masturbation. Paladino has proposed housing welfare recipients in jail, teaching them (welfare recipients) hygiene and has sent out fliers to would be voters, that smell like garbage. Among Miller's views: He wants to eliminate the Department of Education, believes the government shouldn't pay for unemployment insurance and says of climate change on his campaign site that it "may not even exist." Among the more mainstream GOP positions he's taken: Miller would cut welfare; eliminate health care for the poor by scrapping Medicaid; and the Anchorage Daily News reported that he has has called for sweeping cuts to Medicare and Social Security with a goal of phasing them out entirely in favor of total privatization.
I don't know. Maybe it's me that's out of touch with this new sense of what passes for normal in today's state of US politics. I'm open to suggestion and convincing that I should go out and buy a costume that might be required in the future. And don't go accusing me of being an elitist. I didn't attend a liberal infested institution of higher learning, and quit high school. (I did receive a diploma after joining the US Military, and subsequently attended junior college.)
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