Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Are The Tea Party And Wall Street Two Sides Of The Same Coin?

Andrew Sullivan points to this James Sinclair post and chart.

Sinclair posits the following:

He concludes,
Yeah, I'm oversimplifying, but only a little. The greatest threat to our economy is neither corporations nor the government. The greatest threat to our economy is both of them working together. There are currently two sizable coalitions of angry citizens that are almost on the same page about that, and they're too busy insulting each other to notice.

Sinclair is probably right in the main; I would offer two small additions.  First, these divisions have been exacerbated by the Republicans' recent actions.  Second, there will be no reconciliation between the Tea Party and the Left until social issues like abortion and generational issues like Social Security can be de-politicized. (I know de-politicized may not be a word, but you get my drift.)

1 comment:

John T. Spencer said...


I would also add that the Tea Party began with a large left-wing libertarian buy-in (myself included). People were pissed about the bailouts. Over time, social conservatives hijacked the Tea Party and it became a bastion of xenophobia, anti-immigration and paranoia about the role of government.