April 12, 2010
You may or may not know where the elephant and donkey representation of the two major political parties came from, but it was cartoonist Thomas Nast in the 1800’s that came up with the idea. Nearly all of Nast’s cartoons became very popular but none stuck like the political party symbols. Of course, Nast was a staunch Republican, so I’m sure that had an impact on his symbolic decisions. However, some wonder today what his symbol would be for the Tea Party movement. Dana Milbank has an idea and offers his reasons.
Milbank suggest that if Nast were alive today he would most certainly choose a paper tiger for the symbol of the Tea Party. Milbank points to the latest census participation rate as supportive evidence.
We all remember how Michele Bachmann, later joined by hundreds of other whacko extremist from the right, said she wouldn’t be filling out the 2010 census and strongly suggested others follow her lead. (Other notables were Sarah Palin, Karl Rove and Glenn Beck.) Millions echoed her, waving their symbolic fist. Of course, most of that was because Bachmann and others were insisting certain questions would be on the census such as ‘how many guns do you own’, who did you vote for in the last election’, etc., and that the census would lead to ‘internment camps’ and ‘increased slavery’, etc. With all this, millions declared they wouldn’t participate in the census. Wellllllllllllllllll…………..
Republican participation in the census is currently running about 65 percent — about 5 percent lower than 2000, but better than at the same time in 2000. Therefore, Milbank is insinuating that the tea party’s roar is louder than its bite. He uses another of several examples: the party’s pep rally at the Capital over health care reform was dwarfed by the pro-immigration rally on the Mall the same day. But as reported just today on CNN, the extremist from both the left and right are a small minority, however they are getting all the attention.
According to this article, tea party folks put a lot more importance on employment and the economy than they do reducing the deficit and debt. Further evidence they are toothless. But when you consider their real objective, that’s understandable. And a large number of them are echoing their Republican idols: More tax cuts for businesses!
There was even a more telling stat in Milbank’s article. 28 percent have a favorable view of the tea party. And half of them get their news from Fox Liars. Now there’s a huge shock! Not!!!!!!
Follow the census figures details here.
Never underestimate the difficulty of changing false beliefs [with] facts.
Economist Henry Rosovsky