With all the hyperventilating hot air being spewed by the likes of Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin and Erick Erickson and Ted Nugent, et. al., it might appear the tea-bagging right wing is gaining momentum. The incendiary rhetoric being encouraged and even generated by Republican politicians egging on fanatical teabaggers to translate this into real violence can’t be simply written off as trivial; such behavior deserves as much exposure to the light of media as is possible to shine on such moral cockroaches -- mostly to show how very little support it actually does have with the vast majority of the American people.
Most children tend to grow out of the Terrible Two stage where ‘No!’ is their favourite reaction to everything. But however loudly Boehner screams ‘No, you can’t! at the top of his lungs, the softer tones of hope are becoming stronger every day, on both the right and the left, in spite of the Becks and the Boehners and the tea-baggers. It is comments left in on James Poniewozik’s post with a clip of a new viral video based on Will.i.am's "Yes We Can" from the 2008 primaries that give me hope the grown-ups are finally coming back.
‘I am yet another 50 year old small business owner for whom the tea party is a scary group,’ says Donnafre. ‘We can't sit back and assume it is okay to be a silent majority.’
‘Approaching my 70th year,’ says kbsamurai, a self-professed fiscal conservative and a social liberal, ‘Mr Boehner is [the] voice of fear trying to shout down the voices of hope. I did expect to see the left praise this video. I did not expect to see avowed Republicans speak the same language.’
And: ‘I'm 65, white, male, regular at church,’ says mcr57. ‘Yes We Can!’
There it is. That one little word. Yes. With such immense power in three little letters. Yes, we did. Yes, we will again. Yes. We Can.
So you can shout ‘No!’ as loud as you like, Mr. Boehner, not many are listening to you anymore. And just as the three – count them, three – teabaggers who showed up outside of Congressman Steve Driehaus’s home Sunday afternoon were scolded by a neighbour, ‘My family lives on the street, don’t do this to his kids,’ consider this video your well-earned trip to the naughty chair.