way back in 2008, i remember a presidential candidate saying that there are folks who "[cling] to guns or religion" and have distrust of federal government. that comment got said candidate lambasted in the "liberal" media. right-wingers said that that kind of rhetoric was racist. (or reverse-racist, or whatever.)
"But the truth is, is that, our challenge is to get people persuaded that we can make progress when there's not evidence of that in their daily lives. You go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania, and like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing's replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."
considering the rise of the "tea party," and the re-emergence of christian whack-jobs with guns advocating taking up arms agin' the fed'rals, i think the candidate's remarks were fairly prescient.
now, who was that candidate?
in any case, it seems to me that these "patriots" are criticizing democrats for something that hasn't been done to them: raising taxes. i'm going to go out on a limb and say that there are no tea partiers who reside in the the top 2% of wealth or income.
if debt and deficit are your complaint against the current administration, did you get outraged when congress raised the debt ceiling to $10 trillion at the urging of the previous administration where was the tea party then?