|Rep Randy Neugebauer dresses down a Park Ranger at the WWII National Monument for following through with the consequences of Tea Party 'governance'.|
One of the definitions sometimes used to describe crazy is the lack of connection with consensus reality. This definition can often lead to defining someone as mentally ill strictly based on whether or not the way they live their life or view life is consonant with the current cultural definition of consensus reality. The most obvious example of this is how the American Psychiatric Association changed it's policy on gays, determining in the early 1970's that homosexuality was no longer an 'official' mental illness. I'm beginning to think the current APA should add a category to DSM-V listing Tea Partyism as mental illness.
Here's an illustration of Tea Party reality in which up is down and down is up. It's taken from this article at Huffington Post.
......But Mark Segraves, reporting for NBC News' Washington affiliate, managed to capture the howler highlight of the Great World War II Memorial Bleat-n-Repeat -- Rep. Randy Neugebauer's (R-Tex.) Wednesday confrontation of a poor park ranger on the scene -- who was doing nothing more than her job -- blaming her for the closure he voted for and telling her that she should be ashamed of herself. (This is an example of a truly crazy person who lives in a reality not connected to the consensus reality.)
Seriously, this actually happened. Per Segraves:
"How do you look at them and ... deny them access?" said Neugebauer. He, with most House Republicans, had voted early Sunday morning to pass a funding measure that would delay the Affordable Care Act, a vote that set up a showdown with the Senate and President Barack Obama. With the parties unable to agree on how to fund the federal government, non-essential government functions shut down Tuesday.
"It's difficult," responded the Park Service employee.
"Well, it should be difficult," replied the congressman, who was carrying a small American flag in his breast pocket.
"It is difficult," responded the Park Service employee. "I'm sorry, sir."
"The Park Service should be ashamed of themselves," the congressman said.From there, Segraves reports, "a crowd of onlookers got involved," and began loudly demanding that Neugebauer lay off the park ranger, pointing out again and again that the reason everyone was in the position they were in was due to the fact that Congress very specifically put them there. Neugebauer countered that it was all really Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) fault, but that failed to impress anyone. (The kind of logic that Rep Neugebauer demonstrates rarely impresses people who live in the real world.)
"I'm not ashamed," replied the ranger. (Nor should she be as she lives in the real world.)
What's really ghastly about this is that the whole "Harry Reid shut down the government" line is a talking point.....(And a talking point is one way politicians like Neugebauer attempt to make their personal delusional view of reality our reality. It's a perfect example of why most Americans find Congress has gotten unbelievable.)
The line in the above excerpt that I found exceptionally indicative of Tea Party reality is the one telling the Park Ranger that the Park Service should ashamed of themselves. Really? Why? In truth the ranger is doing exactly what the Neugebauer's of the GOP forced on the Park Service. Does he expect her to quit her job rather than enforce the consequences of his political posturing? Consensus reality would be more likely to accept that Neugebauer is the one who should be suffering from shame. Only truly crazy people project what should be their own shame on the innocent people charged with carrying out the results of their shameful decisions. Apparently not in the Tea Party.
I've read a lot of analysis around this fiasco of the 2010 House of Representatives and the insanity of what the media would want us to believe is still a legitimate political party. Bill Lyndsey at Bilgrimage has done great work bringing some of the best of this commentary to my attention. From my reading I have unfortunately come the conclusion that the Republican Party is no longer a legitimate party. It's too schizophrenic to be a legitimate party and the crazy side of the party has utterly overcome it's more rational components. The GOP is no longer viable as a productive voice for the American people. It is instead a divisive voice with an agenda that attacks most Americans and simultaneously blames Americans for bringing on these 'corrective' GOP attacks.
Speaker of the House John Boehner acts utterly torn between keeping his title as Speaker of the House or letting the government slide into both default and shutdown. In truth his decision is between being a patriot and acting in the best interests of the American people or choosing his personal ego and essentially allowing his Tea Party faction to bully him into committing a virtual act of treason against the American people. If Boehner truly cares about his legacy in American history he would do well to think long and hard about the state of his party. Right now it looks very much like the agenda of the Republican Party on his watch is not to participate in governing, but to destroy the government's ability to govern. That's acting as if up is down and down is up. That's not just crazy, it's pretty close to treason.......and now we have this: Shots Fired Outside Capital
This idiot is from Texas .... you expected better?ReplyDelete
Than you are as smart as I have presumed you to be.ReplyDelete
T-publicans have dumbed down the entire idea of governing with any kind of integrity at all. I imagine if the media deem this party a real party, then they'd give coverage to the Nazi Party if they were in the Congress. It would seem so to me.ReplyDelete
I wish I had a magic wand to make them disappear!!!
How long do we have to put up with this insanity that is holding the USA hostage? Who needs terrorists when we have these bullies in Congress?
Really sick and tired of the politics that seems to just get dumber and more lame.
The feeling truly is how you put it, Colleen... Down is Up and Up is Down.
Regarding the "There were Shots Fired...." link. I've been following that story. They shot the driver dead with her little child in the car. Did she have a gun? The latest I read is they're not saying. Someone in a comments section said "What if her brakes failed & she just couldn't stop the vehicle?" I wonder too. Maybe the police are too trigger happy. I'm just shaking my head and wondering what other kind of nonsense we'll hear in the news. Between the NRA, Sarah Palin, the right-winger treason Party, Bone-Head Boehner, Up is Down and Down is Up might be the new norm that we can expect.
Mt personal take on the Tea Party politicians - of which set I do not count the current speaker - is they they have confused the spewing of political hyperbole with actual governing. Boehner might use them for for his own purposes. At some point, the markets will fall far enough that Boehner and the business side of the GOP will sort out the Tea Party. Of course this is IF it is simply a case of politics as usual. I have to admit what little I've heard about the Capital being locked down is a sign that certain members of the Tea Party are going to get what they want - some form of the Revolutionary War Part 2.ReplyDelete
My personal take on the Tea Party politicians - of which set I do notReplyDelete
count the current speaker - is they they have confused the spewing of
political hyperbole with actual governing. Boehner might use them for
for his own purposes. At some point, the markets will fall far enough
that Boehner and the business side of the GOP will sort out the Tea
Party. Of course this is IF it is simply a case of politics as usual. I
have to admit what little I've heard about the Capital being locked down
is a sign that certain members of the Tea Party are going to get what
they want - some form of the Revolutionary War Part 2.
"delusional"----PERFECT! since Boehner is from a large Catholic family I am wondering what the folks/voters/his family think of the situation--my guess is that personal integrity has long been compromised and that we are watching practiced puppetry. Michael Moore --- Occupy --- time for voices now!--today's M Dowd mocked Boehner: not enough although I appreciated her anger.ReplyDelete
What the Treason-Party is doing is nothing short of a counter-Revolution. In my opinion.ReplyDelete
Sorry for the double posting. Nut sure how that happened.ReplyDelete
I think you are right. But I also think the political theater being put on by the Tea Party has some true believers in the Second Revolutionary War. To them it is not theater.
Sorry for the double posting. Not sure how that happened.ReplyDelete
I think you
are right. But I also think the political theater being put on by the
Tea Party has some true believers in the Second Revolutionary War. To
them it is not theater.
For there to be counter-revolution, there has to be at least the attempt at a revolution.ReplyDelete
Are you suggesting that they want to bring back the British Crown as head of state? What other revolution has the US had or tried to have?