Jay Nordlinger breaks down over at The Corner into a pile of denatured protein goo and laments the unbearable ennui of it all:
In our culture — as manufactured by Hollywood — businessmen are the villains, time after time. And the heroes? Lawyers, political activists, journalists, environmentalists. You know the deal.
At the end of the ’08 campaign, Obama promised people that he would “fundamentally transform” our nation. Did he mean that businessmen would cease to be villains? No, no. Anyway, the people said, “Go ahead.” And they’ve now said, “We like it. Keep doing it.”
I was tremendously heartened by the tea-party movement. I had thought the country would go quietly unto social democracy. I thought they wanted to be Norway (without the oil, of course, because the people, through their elected representatives, won’t permit the acquisition of American oil). But the tea-party movement represented hope. Maybe there was life in the old gal yet. Maybe people still wanted the Constitution, fiscal discipline, and free enterprise.
They were demonized so quickly and thoroughly, the tea-party people. Tarred as racist. Once they succeed in tarring you as racist, you’re pretty much done.
Free advice, Nordlinger. If you honestly think that hordes of minority voters were easily manipulated into believing the Tea Party is unfairly racist because minorities are, you know, dumb rubes who don’t know any better, you might have discovered part of the problem as to why hordes of minority voters believe the Tea Party is racist.
I mean, businessmen came and cost the country trillions of dollars in an orgy of greed, and then said “Well, we’re not paying for this mess. You people and your children are, pony up you lazy welfare queens” and all. If you haven’t stopped to consider that maybe there’s some kernel of truth to the perception, you’ll keep on losing as you deserve to do.