Wednesday, March 17, 2010
  Where's the tea-drinking Abbie Hoffman?

From Huffington:

For the second time in as many weeks, former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, who has become the corporate personification of the Tea Party movement, verbally smacked down former Rep. Tom Tancredo, another Tea Party fixture, for his unsympathetic views on immigration reform.

Armey called the Colorado Republican a “destructive” force on the Republican Party and claimed that, as Majority Leader, he made sure that Tancredo “didn’t get on a stage” to profess his hard-line views on immigration.

“Republicans need to get it right, and get off this goofiness that they have,” Armey added. “Ronald Reagan said, ‘Tear down that wall.’ Tom Tancredo said, ‘Build that wall.’ Who’s right? America’s not a nation that builds walls. America’s a nation that opens doors, and we should be there.”


It's been clear for quite a while that Goldman Sachs dba "Republican Party" has taken control of the Tea Party, which began as a truly amorphous bottom-up expression of outrage.

So we have yet another agreed-on lie, convenient for both established brands. Goldman Sachs dba "Democratic Party" can mock the Teacups, raising their level of outrage, and then Goldman Sachs dba "Republican Party" can steer the outrage against Congresscritters who get out of line.

Back in the '60s, something halfway similar happened to the hippies. Starting as an amorphous movement, we were quickly co-opted by leftish Democrats under Gene McCarthy. Most (including me) went along with this, not quite realizing what had happened. A few (eg Abbie Hoffman) saw the betrayal and took a truly separate path.

In the end it won't matter. Unlike several Euro countries, America will never have a true nationalist party. Never never never never never never never never. The machine will bomb it down to bedrock every time it's imagined, let alone suggested.

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Comrade Armey's intentionally confusing use of Reagan is both irritating and illustrative.

Nationalism means that the government of this nation should build and strengthen this nation, weaken other nations where possible, and strictly avoid hitching its fate to allies who can use and abuse us.

In living memory only three presidents have taken this side to some extent: FDR, Eisenhower and Reagan. All tried in different ways to improve this nation's internal structures and weaken our enemies; none of them engaged in foreign adventures merely to serve the League of Nations or the UN or some dubious "friend in need".

When Reagan told Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall, he wasn't making a philosophical statement about walls, for Christ's motherfucking sake. He was working the rhetorical side of a complex and multi-sided campaign to weaken the Soviets.
 


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