Mindlessness in less than 75 words

People say it’s a challenge to get a message through via Twitter. As people know, Twitter affords people 140 characters to make a point. Despite the limits of Twitter, people still get their message across. Apparently, Joan Vincent won’t master Twitter anytime soon:

What should Minnesota voters do next in the wake of the deal to end the federal shutdown and raise the debt ceiling? Minnesota voters should not elect a tea party member to Congress.


We’ve had experience with one, and it hasn’t been good.

Joan Vincent

It’s predictable that a DFL activist like Vincent couldn’t resist taking another shot at Michele Bachmann before she retires from Congress. Still, I’m betting Ms. Vincent doesn’t know a thing about the TEA Party. I’m betting she only knows what Democrats and the media (pardon the repetition) tell her the TEA Party is about.

First, the TEA Party insists on not spending money foolishly and in such gigantic amounts. Originally, that meant the TEA Party opposed the UAW bailouts. The bailouts saved union pensions at a time when legacy costs (pension payments) exceeded GM’s and Plymouth’s monthly payroll. In other words, the companies overpromised, the taxpayers funded the bailout and the UAW enjoyed the benefits.

Other than UAW members, who thinks that’s a great idea?

Later, foolish spending was defined as guaranteeing loans to dying companies like Solyndra. Other than the people on Solyndra’s board of directors, who thought that was smart?

TEA Party activists believe that the Founding Fathers got it right when they wrote the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Likewise, they’re certain that the Constitution isn’t a living, breathing document. As KrisAnne Hall points out in her presentation on the geneology of the Constitution, the Constitution started as a compact between the states. They were the sovereign governments that birthed the federal government. That means the states dictated the terms under which the federal government was authoriized to operate because the sovereign states were essentially the federal government’s employer.

Ms. Hall rightly notes that a compact is just a contract between states. When was the last time that a judge ruled that the terms of a contract were living, breathing suggestions subject to change?

Had the Supreme Court been faithful to the Constitution, we wouldn’t be dealing with the Affordable Care Act.

In other words, TEA Party activists think that the Founding Fathers were especially wise in setting up a government that limited the federal government’s authority, influence and scope. The Founding Fathers were wise in establishing that type of government because they didn’t want the federal government to become the oppressive leviathan it currently is.

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