Monday, June 21, 2010
The Tea Party Republicans won
Tea Party Republicans got their wish for highly limited federal government...239 years ago, when America first organized itself, under the Articles of Confederation.
That's the document Tea Partiers want to return to, not the Constitution they claim to adore.
America lived under the Articles of Confederation from 1781 to 1789.
There was just one teensy problem with this fantasy of "getting the Federal boot heel off our necks." It didn't work.
Oh, and those who opposed this and urged a big powerful government called themselves Federalists, led by Alexander Hamilton.
Today the Republicans trying to restore the Articles of Confederation call themselves Federalists.
But that's in keeping with their topsy-turvy, "black is white, up is down" Goodspeak, isn't it?
I consider myself a Federalist because I realize that in this world--even more than with that of the 18th century--we need a strong central government.
Yet when I say this, the Republican propaganda machine has been so successful at redefining political language that people assume I mean the exact opposite of what the word actually means.
They've done the same thing with the Constitution, the word "conservative," and more.
I'm saying all this as a centrist, not as a Liberal. All ideologue try to warp the language and rewrite history, Left and Right.
But here I'm just talking about the Republican sins, and whether Democrats do the same or not has nothing to do with whether they're sins--unless you're arguing at the level of an 8th grader.