The Tea Party's real purpose is to prevent change that threatens privileges enjoyed by middle aged, white Republicans, who feel America is under assault by the poor, people of color, gay Americans and immigrants.
What's most politically disturbing about the gulf spill is the cowardice of the right in failing to take any responsibility for its positions. Let us not forget the primary plank of the 2008 GOP platform: "Drill baby, drill!"
Fox News relentlessly sounds the "socialist" chorus, rallying some Americans with posters featuring hammer-and-sickle drawings next to our elected leader. But for the rest of the world, this all seems pretty silly:
Obama is the President already. Even if you disagree with what he says, it matters. Instead of refusing to allow your children to be up to date on current affairs, it's possible to tell them why you disagree with the President.
Right-tilting pundits have fallen all over themselves to insist that the U.S. remains some sort of "center-right" nation -- this despite the fact that positions they once advertised as "extreme" are now, quite clearly, embraced fully.