The Tea Party rubs me the wrong way, but it took me a while to really come to grips what exactly is it that is wrong with them. It took me a while, but I think that I finally understood what exactly is wrong with the Tea Party. 1. Their goals are vague and irrational So, what exactly ARE the goals of the Tea Party? On the surface it seems to be a bunch of people who are mad as hell. When you look below the surface you see... more anger. So what are their goals? Just about the only ones I have seen are "opposition to excessive taxation" and "opposition to government waste". But statistics show that overall taxation in USA has remained more or less flat. So their anger about taxation is misguided and illogical. So, what about "government waste"? I assume that means government spending. So, does the Tea Party support cutback in defense-spending? I mean, defense is the biggest consumer of federal funds. And since USA's defense-spending is about half of the total global spending, I think it's safe to say that USA is quite well prepared to defend itself, even with significantly less spending. But for some reason I feel that Tea Party is not prepared to cut back on defense, even though biggest savings could be made there. Yet again, their demands are illogical. Where exactly should those savings be made then? 2. The rank-and-file Tea Partyers There's something seriously wrong with the Tea Party rank-and-file. In short: they are sheep. The Tea Party-leaderships tells them to do something, and they do it. Is there any original thought among Tea Partyers? Why did they vote for that dingbat O'Donnell? Because they were told to do so, and they did. 3. The movement's rhetoric are lies Tea Party leaders and others in the right keep on repeating things are that utter lies. Let's address just two of them: No, Obama is not a muslim. Seriously, he's not. There's no evidence that says that he's a muslim. Yet Tea Party and other right-wingers keep on claiming that. In other words, they are repeating a lie. And since Tea Party rank-and-file do what they are told, they believe that Obama is a muslim. If Tea Partyers say that "Obama has not proven that he's NOT a muslim!". Well, so what? How do you prove a negative? Glenn Beck has not proven that he's not a pedophile, and Sarah Palin has not proven that she's not a satan-worshipper. Rush Limbaugh has not proven that he's not a traitor and a spy working for the Chinese. Yet we do not go around calling Beck a pedophile, Palin a Satan-worshipper and Limbaugh a traitor. No, Obama is not a Marxist (or socialist) either. If he were, USA would look very different from what it does today. You want socialism? Go take a look at former East-Germany. Marxism? Former USSR. Both of those are _very_ different from USA. If anyone makes either of those claims, they are lying. And Tea Party leadership are making those claims. That makes them liars. And those are pretty big lies. So why do they say them? Well, one famous and powerful person once said "great masses of the people are more willing to accept a big lie, than a small one". That person was Adolf Hitler, and Tea Party leadership is following his advice. In fact, I believe that USA will ever get a totalitarian government, it will get it with the help of the Tea Party. I find it quite amazing that this mass-insanity is as widespread in the USA as it is.