After years of relative silence around some of our most savage government policies, America sees a black President and a sea change to blue and how does she he respond? With a surge of irrational fear that can best be explained by a perceived threat to the collective unconscious of white privilege.
I watch the demonstrations, the actions, and the propaganda of these raging consumers and have to ask "why now? Why not earlier? What is threatening these people?" and I conclude it must be some triggered deep-seated shame that is fed by FOX and friends and the safety such institutions provide with their lack of confrontation.
So I say thank you, Michael Bennet. I'm sure you were at Hamburger Mary's (right?) when you said this, which is safe territory, but seriously, right on.
JeffcoTruBlue points us to a speech Andrew Romanoff made about the Tea Party. If you haven't seen it yet, you can here.
"It's not just an accident, it's not just misinformation, it's a deliberate campaign of deception and disinformation that we're fighting against. Distortions and inaccuracies and dangerous lies and we outta call them for what they are. Whether it comes from Sarah Palin, or Rush Limbaugh, or Glenn Beck, the Tea Party placard-waving activist down the street, we outta stand up for what we believe in. If we don't do that, nobody will. We cannot rely on the news media. We cannot rely on the goodness of the hearts of our neighbors. We're gonna have to take ownership and reclaim this democracy as our own. I know you do that everyday single day with the work put into this Democratic Party, for that you have my admiration and my thanks.
And I would like to mention that another way to take ownership and reclaim this democracy as our own is to ...wait for it...