Ron Rosenbaum

Tea Party R.I.P., Part 2--Thank You for Helping to Pass Health Care

I’m glad to se that others are coming to the realization that the Tea Party has become a national disgrace. I’ve been saying it all along, judging from the commenters to my Tea Party posts. Yes this collection of ignorant, thuggish buffoons is the true face of the Tea Party

But now the whole nation has seen it on display last weekend and the reactions are becoming more widespread.

In fact I think it’s fair to say that with your spitting, slurring, mob behavior that weekend, you probably are as much responsible for swinging undecided votes toward a yes on health care than has been acknowledged. With so slim a margin I would imagine at least four undecided Democrats decided to vote yes after realizing that whatever they thought of the health care bill, being associated with the bullying bigots of the Tea Party would sicken their soul

As the New York Timescolumnist Bob Herbert puts it in the column linked above:

“It is 2010, which means it is way past time for decent Americans to rise up against this kind of garbage, to fight it aggressively wherever it appears. And it is time for every American of good will to hold the Republican Party accountable for its role in tolerating, shielding and encouraging foul, mean-spirited and bigoted behavior in its ranks and among its strongest supporters.” (That’s you, TPers)

He cites in particular what I think may have been the turning point, the Tea Party’s most emblematic moment. Or it’s defining viral video. I’ve written about it, linked to it: the despicable harassing and humiliation of a guy with Parkinson’s Disease.

By the way how many of you Tea Partiers have followed my suggestion and, for consistency in your principles, volunteered to refuse Medicare and Obamacare and all other government care that you consider part of a communist/fascist plot? (I know you’re confused about these terms, being largely ignorant of any “history” not on Glenn Beck).

Remember when, God forbid, you should get Parkinson’s or some other horrible disease, you’ll have your fellow TPers you can count on to throw dollar bills at you and mock you. By the way health care has passed. Are we in a tyranny yet?

Who would want to be associated with the type of people who identify themselves as Tea Partiers in the streets of the capital and in the Tea Partier comments on this blog. I savor these comments because they give me the kind of direct access to the TP brain that few liberals have, and I have had great fun laughing at your ignorance and writing about it too. But I won’t laugh at you if you get a disease, count on it. I’ll help sign you up for Obama care.

And thank you for being such a disgrace that you helped pass health care. with your repellant language and behavior.