I’ve been fascinated by the ferocious contempt that many left-leaning commentators feel somehow compelled to heap upon the Tea Party movement and its sympathizers (among whom I’m happy to count myself). Agree with them or not, the overwhelming majority of the members of the Tea Party, in my experience anyway, are pretty mainstream Americans — productive, law-abiding, decent, public-spirited, concerned about their children and their country — who are simply exercising their rights as free citizens of a Republic.
Yet it’s routine to hear them referred to with open hostility, condescension, and even hatred. The expression Tea Party is an honorable and patriotic one, for example, drawn from the formative history of our nation, yet many on the Left, including a number of my acquaintances, routinely refer to the modern movement that uses that name as “Tea Baggers” — which, as many of them well know, is a gross obscenity (one that I will not explain on this family-oriented blog).
It’s as if a certain elite feels that such ordinary, common people should simply shut up, fork over their ill-gotten gains, and agree to be ruled by their self-appointed Betters.
Anyway — big surprise — many of the stereotypes of the Tea Party are incorrect. Not a few, in fact, appear to rest on flat-out lies. As one Yale professor recently discovered: