Friday, December 23, 2011
The Tea Party Mentality
Then the Negroes finally found a unified voice and began loudly complaining about their station in Life. Their efforts to that point had been erratic, hit or miss, no real leader had consolidated their message. Martin Luther King and his coalition of bright angry blacks declared the current delusion of quiet peace and tranquility I call "Father Knows Best Era , Chapter One", was not going to continue.
Suddenly the Left erupted. Civil Rights marches were now making room for white guys and gals with New York accents. The racist Democrats of the south and the Commie Democrats from industrial America found themselves doing battle with each other. Add in the stupidity of the Viet Nam War, and my family's observation that the Left were nothing but lunatics seemed spot on.
I find it amusing that the Left is now seen as limp wristed cowardly peace loving appeasers. I remember when many carried guns and actually used them at least as implements of intimidation instead of using them as part of some protest uniform. Black Panthers, the Symbionese Liberation Army, the SDS and a host of other less well known groups actively used violence to get their point across. The Tea Party of today is but a comical parody of the real badasses of the Left from back in the day..
Once the Civil Rights Acts were passed and enforced, once the Viet Nam War was headed for failure, suddenly a huge void of issues resulted. The new radicals of the Left were not out of steam, but it seemed they were out of topics. No, this just would not do. They reached further into their bag of injustices to address and pulled out new ones. Environment, Women's rights, Gay Rights, and some just general we are still pissed off about this or that issues. It seemed the only issues they really wanted to push were their anger issues.
America stopped paying attention. This country entered what I call "Father Knows Best Era, Chapter Two." But while the issues of the left had been successfully blunted by complacency and neglect, on the Right, resentment from having their asses handed to them some years back festered. Under the radar of mainstream America new radicals rose. Only this time, they came from the Right. Minute Men, Oath keepers, white supremacists, and again a host of smaller groups formed and grew over displeasure that America had shifted to far to the Left.
And so it goes, back and forth, up and down, the pendulum, the teeter totter, the winds of change all move in response to the perceived movement of the other side. Most of the time, the rest of America sits in between mildly amused, maybe somewhat pissed, but we get on with our business hoping all of them will go away.
Seeking validity and over the top patriotism drive the anger on both sides. Neither the Left nor the Right seem willing to acknowledge that in the long run the other side wants a better America. Instead the fringes rhetorically and categorically relegate each other as losers and lose touch with the rest of us sitting confused in their dust.
I posted another short fiction piece over to BoZone ll - "Till Death Do US Part"