I've spent the last couple of weeks giggling along with Dr. Maddow, Anna Marie Cox and John Stewart about the whole Teabagging phenomenon, and the particular use of the term by folks unfamiliar with the Urban Dictionary . Anyhow, this guy Rick Santelli, News hack extraordinaire over at CNBC, who seems a little fuzzy on US history, called for a ChicagoTea Party, targeting the $75 billion set aside to sort out the mortgage crisis. As the aforementioned Ms. Cox pointed out at the time, he hadn't suffered a similar attack of The Vapors when the Trillions were being ladled into the top end of the big Trickle Down Funnel.
So immediate hilarity ensued . Libertarians were out rubbing shoulders with Book Burners and frightened creationists. Michelle Malkin got into a terrible row with conspiracy nut Alex Jones, anti-taxers held signs opposing Taxation With Representation, and the only points that most could agree on was that they were unsure about Obama's birth certificate, but positive that he was sending the storm troopers to disarm them and shuffle them off to FEMA camps. The fact that almost every one of 'em got a chunk of Obama's largest tax cut in US history, and that it was the last guys that got us into this mess, does not impress. So I guess my take away from all that was that I just wish Michelle would smile once in while. The Sneer gets old.
Other minds were less trivally oriented. Koch, Scaife, Bradley, Olin, and Forbes got their frontman Dick Armey to crank up the Freedomworks Machine online. The Radio crowd dug into it, while Rupert and Roger Ailes let Beck, Hannity, and the gang loose over at FOX. I'm sure there'll be lotsa fun, but actual conservatives are gonna get burned by the company they keep. Well ok, that'll be fun too, I guess.
In about the same time frame, we've been dealing with the Temporary Autonmous Zone of Somalia. In this libertarian paradise, there are no taxes, no speed limits, no uniform building code, and there is no Gummint pushing you around and telling you what to do. Of course there are also no police, roads, hospitals, and so forth and a reasonable career move to head out and make your fortune on the High Seas. The down side of this Paradise of Free Will and Self Determination is that your best career option may lead to having a hole drilled in your forehead from a distance by people who are fans of a slightly more regimented regime.
So if you get that familiar feeling that you are like Atlas holding the Socialist state on your shoulders, Shrug it off. Your paradise awaits. It's just like Burning Man only you don't get to slide back into society's snug embrace after a good shower and a nice bottle of Methven's '05 Pinot.