What's really pathetic is that most of the people going to "tea bagging"
rallies, reading Ayn Ranty screeds, buying into total laissez faire
capitalism, are not the real beneficiaries of the policies they espouse,
other than the psychic benefits they must get from associating themselves
with the rich and obnoxious.
I heard John Grisham (on Bill Moyers' Journal, I think it was) relate
something his father said to him about politics in the South, to the effect
that there were a lot of people who eat poor but vote rich. You have to
admire, in a perverse sort of way, the ability of the wealthy elites and
their religious and pseudo-populist allies/employees, to get people to
betray their own interests. With the boogeymen of "socialism" and "the
devil" and the dirty pleasures of racism, nativism and militarism, they
sure have folks running scared witless.