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Today’s Quote: Well-Paid National Tea Party Organizers “Use and Abuse” Local Tea Party Volunteers

What a shock – greedy Republicans at the top scamming the gullible lower on the ladder for money! Somebody tell Fox News!

“[The national] Tea Party Patriots don’t really do anything for the local groups … There are a lot of frustrated people. There are a lot of other people in the country who’ve done events and have gotten screwed over. We are all volunteers. We do not get paid like [Jenny Beth Martin, national TPP director] does. They don’t say, ‘Thank you.’ They use you and abuse you.”
— Joy McGraw, Georgia state Tea Party Patriots coordinator, as quoted by Stephanie Mencimer at Mother Jones.com. McGraw was stuck with a $5,000 bill for catering that was supposed to be paid by the national TPP organization.

Today’s Quote: Deere Depositors

I thought of LTSaloon columnist Ana Grarian when I read this quote on the extent small family farmers have been squeezed out of their livelihoods by Big Agra:

“The only difference between a pigeon and the American farmer today is that a pigeon can still make a deposit on a John Deere.”
— Jim Hightower

Today Quote: America’s Crumby Future?

With all of the Republicans and some of the Democrats currently running the country apparently addicted to dragging us back to the age of indigent serfs and moneyed aristocrats, abetted by a president who still seems to think you can negotiate with the Inner Circle of Hell and not get burned, how long before this little playlet becomes a reality?

Peasant: “Sir, your tables are groaning under the weight of the banquet upon them. My children are starving and all I can give them are your crumbs. Won’t you help us, please?”

Overlord: “Give me back my crumbs.”
— Posted by ctrl-z November 22nd, 2010, to “There Will Be Blood,” by Paul Krugman, Common Dreams, Nov. 22, 2010.

Today’s Quotes: Despite Their Cries for Liberty, the Teabaggers Are Right-Wing Authoritarian Followers

Dr. Bob Altemeyer, author of the massive 50-year study on the Authoritarian Follower personality, offers his opinion on the Tea Partiers.

“Suppose slavery still existed in the United States, but the federal government was trying to end it. However Rush Limbaugh, Fox News, and so on told their audiences that slavery was a good thing, recognized by the Founding Fathers, endorsed in the Old Testament, the natural order of things, an issue for individual states to decide, protected by an individual’s inalienable right to do what he wanted with his property, and so on. I doubt Abraham Lincoln would find these arguments compelling. But how much trouble do you think the Patriotic Association of Slave Owners would have getting today’s Tea Partiers out to campaign for slavery in America?”
— Dr. Bob Altemeyer, author of “The Authoritarians,” from “Comment on the Tea Party Movement [.pdf file].

“According to research by Altemeyer, right-wing authoritarians tend to exhibit cognitive errors and symptoms of faulty reasoning. Specifically, they are more likely to make incorrect inferences from evidence and to hold contradictory ideas that result from compartmentalized thinking. They are also more likely to uncritically accept insufficient evidence that supports their beliefs, and they are less likely to acknowledge their own limitations.”
— Wikipedia entry on “Right-Wing Authoritarianism.”

“The list of parallels between the research on authoritarian followers and the behavior of Tea Partiers probably extends well beyond twelve. For example, such followers in general have very poor self-insight; they realize almost nothing about how unfavorably they stack up compared to most people. As well, authoritarian followers run away from bad news about themselves; they are highly defensive. Authoritarian followers also have a strong tendency to be zealots, and Tea Partiers seem quite zealous. And authoritarian followers know surprisingly little about the things they say they believe in. It would be interesting to see how much the Tea Partiers actually know about the Founding Fathers, the Constitution, and American history. For example Tea Partiers commonly refer to the sanctity of ‘the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.’ Do they not know about all the amendments since 1791, or just don’t consider them part of the Constitution?”
— Dr. Bob Altemeyer, author of “The Authoritarians,” from “Comment on the Tea Party Movement [.pdf file].

[Ed. Note: You can download Dr. Altemeyer’s book “The Authoritarians” (.pdf file) free from this website.]

Today’s Quote: Who Does This Sound Like?

“[He] was vulgar, almost illiterate, a public liar easily detected, and in his ‘ideas’ almost idiotic, while his celebrated piety was that of a traveling salesman for church furniture, and his yet more celebrated humor the sly cynicism of a country store.”

“He was an actor of genius. There was no more overwhelming actor on the stage, in the motion pictures, nor even in the pulpit. He would whirl arms, bang tables, glare from mad eyes, vomit Biblical wrath from a gaping mouth; but he would also coo like a nursing mother, beseech like an aching lover, and in between tricks would coldly and almost contemptuously jab his crowds with figures and facts — figures and facts that were inescapable even when, as often happened, they were entirely incorrect.”

“Aside from his dramatic glory, [He] was a Professional Common Man.

“Oh, he was common enough. He had every prejudice and aspiration of every American Common Man. He believed in the desirability and therefore the sanctity  [and] superiority of anyone who possessed a million dollars.”

“But he was the Common Man twenty-times-magnified by his oratory, so that while the other Commoners could understand his every purpose, which was exactly the same as their own, they saw him towering among them, and they raised hands to him in worship.”
— Sinclair Lewis, describing Buzz Windrip, the first fascist president of the US, in Chapter 9 of his 1935 novel, “It Can’t Happen Here.”

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