Bei der großen Tea Party-Demo am vergangenen Wochenende liest eine Frau vor dem Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. das Buch von Glen Beck.
If you followed the news recently, you probably noticed something about the big "Restoring Honor" rally last weekend in Washington, D.C. Organized by Glen Beck, the very influential conservative commentator for Fox News, the rally was held at the Lincoln Memorial, the same spot where, exactly 47 years earlier, Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous ‘’I have a dream’’ speech. Beck and others billed the rally as a non-partisan event, meaning it was not meant to take sides politically, but its über-conservative subtext was loud and clear.
To try to understand the Tea Party, you must understand that, for many years, Americans of all political affiliations have believed that our federal government is broken. Political newcomers often run for office with a message to ‘change the way Washington does business.’ Yet the widespread belief is that honorable lawmakers who are able to actually accomplish anything in Washington are extremely rare. Whether you be Republican, Democrat or Other, your elected leaders will eventually shame you.
In no small way, the Tea Party is riding a tidal wave of this populist disgust. Although many of the things the Tea Party wants to ‘fix’ have evolved over the years, including the two presidential administrations of our previous president, many Tea Party supporters focus their anger sharply at President Obama, painting him as a communist and even a Muslim, which is not only untrue (he’s Christian) but also, many would argue, racist. That kind of talk only stirs the fires of these ultra-conservative Americans who have stepped out of the fringes and become an overnight sensation in the national political discussion. So who exactly are these people, you ask? For one thing, many Tea Party activists believe that nearly all government-subsidized programs should be completely dismantled. The most extreme among them like to fiercely display their constitutional rights by, for example, carrying guns in public places. Even in the picturesque little Old West town of Jackson Hole, in the vast state of Wyoming, where I have lived the last five years, a few Tea Party supporters tried to make some kind of political statement this past Fourth of July by marching their guns around our charming Town Square, a popular tourist attraction.