I’ve been thinking this, but my brother said it first and better than I would have.
Have you ever seen one of those adolescent males, maybe 20 years old, who loves The Matrix too much? He’s the guy who has gotten it into his head that if he just drapes his too-skinny or too-pudgy body in a full-length leather coat … why, then surely he looks just like Keanu Reeves and can date Carrie-Anne Moss.
That was rather my impression of the GOP’s new Pledge to America… The one which clumsily tries to evoke the Declaration of Independence ….
… Whenever the agenda of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to institute a new governing agenda and set a different course.*
Okay, so the GOP has no one who can write like Thomas Jefferson. Who does anymore? But… [h]ow do you get from the ringing challenge of “it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government” to the mewling “institute a new governing agenda”?
You get there by indulging your fantasies of 1775, even while recognizing that the comparison is just beyond ridiculous. Even for the people who can write the absurdities above (only a bare sample, I assure you), the Declaration is an embarrassment to them, because they simply are not oppressed the way their ancestors were.
Oh, they feel oppressed, no doubt about it. And they certainly do imagine themselves as modern day Sam Adamses and Paul Reveres, bravely standing up to tyranny. But when they begin to state the causes of their discontent, the truth is so embarrassing that they have to scramble and scratch for some formulation that won’t invite, no, demand ridicule.
The colonists famously rebelled against “taxation without representation.” Our GOP revolts against losing free and fair elections. They dream of themselves as heroic Sons of Liberty, bravely pledging their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor against a tyrannical government; in reality, they whine because they don’t get their way every time. But they can’t say that out loud. So they…lie instead
Well said. Hey, I don’t like what’s going on, either. But I think this equation of “we lost the election” with “we don’t have any representation in government” just shows how thoughtless and spoiled the Tea Party movement is. I remember listening to some students who had met with the President of their university so they could register their protest against some proposed course of action. When he took that course of action, they were bitter and complained that he didn’t even listen to them, although he spent a couple hours in his office with them. I think they actually got my point when I explained that being able to participate in the system did not mean you would always win, and that they knew full well that there were other students–as well as alums–who supported the president’s action.
They were young, just college students, and it was probably a true learning experience for them–exactly the kind of experience college students should get. The Tea Partiers haven’t learned that lesson yet. They think the only fair system is the one they win. That’s an adolescent concept.
* This is undoubtedly true, but it’s true in the sense of “whenever my motor oil gets old and gunky it is my right to change it” is true. Nobody’s arguing the other side. It’s a protest against something that isn’t happening.