The teabaggers have succeeded in one area: Without making much of an effort, the MSM and even much of the progressive media calls the 'baggers a "movement." Not Citizen K.It's a mean old townTo live in by yourself-Johnny Winter, "Mean Town Blues"
William Lloyd Garrison led a movement to abolish slavery. Susan B. Anthony formed a movement so that women could vote. John L. Lewis and Samuel Gompers helped lead movements that allowed millions of Americans to work in safe conditions for a decent wage. Martin Luther King led a movement that brought social and political equality to disenfranchised black Americans. The student leaders of the 60s helped end a costly and divisive war and created the moral climate for lowering the voting age to 18 and including young voters in the political process. ("Old enough to fight, old enough to vote.")
In each case, the movements in question enabled millions of people to seize political and economic rights from a system unwilling to give them up.
The teabaggers, though, represent nothing that I think of as a movement, unless a movement is a hysterical zero sum game in which I have mine and screw the rest of you. They are certainly not interested in living peaceably. Nor are they interested in any sort of equality: In fact, they're all about keeping what they have and denying it to everyone else. Their vision of the country -- the one that they keep saying that they love and want back -- is brutish and cramped, a struggle between races while their betters among the elite look on. And laugh...