I follow the adventures of the Tea Party crowd quite a bit, and it’s hard not to draw what seem seem to me to be rather inescapable conclusions. For all of their posturing, waving the Constitution in one hand and the Bible in the other, filling the room at town hall meetings across the country, and at corporate-created “grassroots” demonstrations outside of Congress, not to mention revival-style meetings where they are taught how to organize, there are places you just won’t catch them.
Local government committee meetings.
Well, they may turn up, but only to grab the microphone to remind the members of their duties as patriotic Americans But after the meeting is over, and their posturing is done, the hard work of government goes on - and they lack both the patience and the sintellectual stamina for that.
Committee work is drudge work. I have been on more than a few committees in my life, and though I often say that committee work is the bane of my existence, I know that this is where a lot of the work of local government gets done.
If the Tea Party folk really wanted to make a difference, they’d volunteer for these committees, instead of prancing around Facebook and American Majority conclaves, learning how to “hold government accountable.”
Whenever I mention this to anyone on Facebook (I regularly engage in Facebook Debate with Tea Party folk) I am ignored. Volunteer on committees? They’ve got bigger fish to fry!
They have to prance, posture and point their fingers at elected officials; they ain’t got time to actually try to make a difference from within - and maybe learn that they are full of hooey on some issues, while they are at it.
What’s the fun in that?
Quote of the Day
Know yourself. Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful. - Ann Landers
NWA Times: Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted?
Despite all of the information available to the Northwest Arkansas Times about the antics of the board of directors of Community Access Television, they wisely sided with those in authority, and dumped on manager Sky Blaylock in today’s editorial.
“Prove your innocence,” they snarled.
The Wicker Man
The true test of a movie novelization is this - can you enjoy the book without seeing the movie? The Star Trek adaptations fit pretty well into this category, as well as a handful of others. Most, however, are barely qualify as novels.
The Wicker Man, by Robin Hardy and Anthony Shaffer, falls into the category of great novelizations. The story of a conflict between Pagan and Christian beliefs, it is an exciting and disturbing horror novel. It’s been re-issued, so it shouldn’t be too hard to find.