For the gazillionth time, the olâ€™ double standard rears its head.
Why is it perfectly acceptable for politicians, pundits and others to toss around the derogatory term â€œteabaggersâ€ to describe American citizens who ascribe to the philosophy of small government, fiscal responsibility, a strong defense and adherence to the principles set forth in the Declaration of Independence and the rule of law as enunciated in the U.S. Constitution?
Make a joke at someoneâ€™s private birthday party? Youâ€™re fired. Use a name that some historian can link to racism? Lose an election. Speak out against a group that calls itself â€œThe Raceâ€? Youâ€™re a damned racist. Yet, refer to Americans who believe in the Constitution as â€œteabaggersâ€, and you can count yourself among major media personalities as well as prominent lawmakers.
Look, Iâ€™m a big fan of the First Amendment and, as such, I believe that the folks who want to call patriotic Americans â€œteabaggersâ€ can go ahead and do so, but their hypocrisy is fair game.
Apparently, even the sometimes funny, more often detestable, Jon Stewart, is beginning to see the light.