[Posted by Karl]
Rolling Stone political reporter Matt Taibbi confesses ignorance in a piece titled, “The peasant mentality lives on in America”:
It took a good long while for news of the Teabag movement to penetrate the periphery of my consciousness — I kept hearing things about it and dismissing them, sure that the whole business was some kind of joke. Like a Daily Show invention, say. It pains me to say this as an American, but we are the only people on earth dumb enough to use a nationwide campaign of “teabag parties” as a form of mass protest, in the middle of a real economic crisis.
Marc Cooper, director of Annenberg Digital News at the Annenberg School for Communication at USC, also professes his ignorance regarding the point of the tea party protests.
The White House confessed that Pres. Obama remains unaware of the tea parties.
Of course, all of the above have the resources to easily discover the point of the tea parties. Contrary to the elitist bloviations of people like Cooper, these protests are not simply about Obama’s proposals to tax upper-income earners (with the dampening of economic dynamism that would ensue). they are also about the ginormous tax bill Obama proposes to slap on all taxpayers — or the debt being piled on our children — even as Obama abandons most of his proposed tax cuts (most of which were transfer payments in reality). They are protests against the “too much, too soon agenda” Obama is pursuing at the expense of the real economic crisis.
What Obama, Taibbi and Cooper are really saying is that that they do not want to dignify the voice of the peasantry. Accordingly, it is worth noting that a “peasant” is “a coarse, unsophisticated, boorish, uneducated person of little financial means.” The Left used to at least pretend it spoke for the poor and unsophisticated. Now, from Pres. Obama on down, they cannot even bother to pretend.
Update: Jake Tapper tweets: “The White House never said POTUS was unaware of tea parties.” Funny, that’s what ran on Tapper’s network. Of course, the semantics are secondary to the fact that the White House ultimately does not care about these protests or their agenda.