Frankly, I find it tiresome listening to what teabaggers are against; now, let’s hear about what they are for. Nothing positive will come out of this “tea party” in Nashville if it is just one big whine fest; if that is all it is, then its effect can only be seen as negative for getting anything accomplished in Washington. Up to this point, if you press an “independent” teabagger, you might get an unenlightening criticism of bank bailouts, the budget deficit and the policy stalemate in Washington (who doesn’t?); but when you ask them what they want done alternatively, they can’t get any more specific than maybe tax cuts—revealing themselves to be nothing more than the indolent followers of right-wing propaganda, or the unwitting pawns of corporations and Wall Street they claim to be independent of. Or maybe they are just purposefully uninformed and confused.
Instead of gathering together in Nashville to engage in self-indulgence, they should come out and say what they want lawmakers to do, and I don’t mean tedious generalities. Do they want health care reform, and what kind? Do they want a jobs bill? Do they support a green energy policy? Are they prepared to accept the steps necessary to bring such policies to fruition? Republicans don’t want any of these things and (most) Democrats claim to, so it ought to be obvious who needs to be moved. But if they just want to blame everyone equally, and in fact leave this convention without any firm and clear statements of action they want Washington to take to tackle present and future challenges, then where does that leave the country? To have right-wing politicians to give these people a level of power and influence that is more media creation than real, and claiming that this is a “mandate” for tax cuts and nothing else—and leave left-wing politicians hand-cuffed, groveling to please a constituency that can’t be pleased, and doesn’t even know what it wants?