My state Senator, Mike Doherty, is endorsing Ron Paul for President today at noon at the State House. The Democrats are staging a little welcome of their own to protest his arrival. No speeches, just a stand that the Tea Party that Ron Paul’s candidacy represents is wrong-headed. If you want to join them, find them at Dem state HQ, 194-196 West State Street, Trenton.
I can’t go, but I wish I could. If only to spot the misspelled signs that make their appearance at pretty much every Tea Party rally.
Ron Paul is commonly known as the intellectual godfather of the Tea Party movement. Paul, an interesting dude, is often referred to as the intellectual godfather of the Tea Party movement. I don’t think Paul is any dummy, but the idea that there’s any common understanding that the Tea Party movement has much intellectual heft only proves how nonsensical the idea of a ‘liberal media’ really is. The Tea Party was conceived and funded by people whose corporate interests directly benefit from the swing in policy the Tea Party proposes. And it’s peopled by, well, many of my neighbors here in Hunterdon County. God’s country, as the local Democratic Chair loves to remind people.
I have a love-hate relationship with the Tea Party. I like, and am charged-up by the fact that thousands of people who were for the most part non-voters who did not engage much with politics – but of course engaged with their communities all their lives as we all do – were encouraged to jump in. I have to like that; I’m a civic-engagement junkie myself. My appreciation of the movement does not in any way extend to its leaders. The Tea Party was conceived and funded by people whose corporate interests directly benefit from the swing in policy the Tea Party proposes. So, they can go to Hell. And, once they’ve got their followers hooked (and hook them, they do) they do nothing to encourage their people to think for themselves. Therein lies my strong dislike. I’ve been to a few big Tea Party gatherings And this brand of scary-assed crap is common.
Mike Doherty is my Senator. For now. Legislative redistricting blessedly lifted me out of his LD-23 and into LD-16. And I agree with Doherty on, I think, only one thing:
I don’t think the United States should be the world’s policeman. It’s bankrupting the country and chewing up a lot of good young men.
Right on, right on. Beyond that, Mike Doherty and I don’t have much in common. We won’t be supporting the same presidential candidate. And the fact that Doherty doesn’t agree with much in Paul’s platform but is still aligning himself, has much to do with the fact that Doherty’s looking for powerful friends and allies as he considers his next move to challenge Bob Menendez. Of course, Joseph Kyrillos also has that move in mind. And he already has a powerful friend.
His name is Chris Christie.