Give a Man A fish, and He Eats For a Day; Give a Man A Fishing Pole and He Beats You to Death With It and Claims It Was Self Defense

In case you had any lingering doubts that the Tea Baggers are hypocritical idiots, the New York Times clears that right up for you:

Mr. Grimes, who receives Social Security, has filled the back seat of his Mercury Grand Marquis with the literature of the movement, including Glenn Beck’s “Arguing With Idiots” and Frederic Bastiat’s “The Law,” which denounces public benefits as “false philanthropy.”

“If you quit giving people that stuff, they would figure out how to do it on their own,” Mr. Grimes said.

Just so we’re all on the same page: Mr. Grimes is on Social Security, Medicare and drawing unemployment benefits. So naturally, he spends his free time actively protesting against the government programs that comfortably ensure him from depredation.

The article does make one thing clear: that the primary motivation behind the Teabagger protests, as incoherent as it is, relates almost exclusively to their frustration with the economy. These are people forced into early retirement or laid off because the economy went south. They can’t flip their houses and move into smaller places to save money because the housing bubble burst, leaving them in overvalued homes now worth less than the mortgages they took out on them. So yes, they’re frustrated. That’s the part that makes sense.

The part that flips your lid is how they choose to exercise that frustration. Years of listening to Right Wing lunatics like Beck and Limbaugh have atrophied their brains to the point where they no longer can engage in civic life in any meaningful way. They see a malfunctioning system in need of repair but instead of directing their new-found free time towards fixing the situation by volunteering in their communities or pressuring their elected officials to change things, they gather with other idiots to demand that their leaders do less for them. As if things were only slightly worse for the Teabaggers, then they’d be motivated to pull on their own bootstraps. But until they have to eat cat food and sleep in their station wagons, they’ll demand the government quit wasting money on lowlife bottom feeders like them and… well, that’s not very clear. In my previous post, I suggested that the Teabaggers were vehemently in favor of the status quo. But that’s not quite right. They do want change, just of an amorphous undefined sort. What they do know is they don’t like the flavor of change Obama is offering. There’s just something… dark about his kind of hope. Those ideas of his are down right… socialist? That’s not quite the word they were searching for but it’ll do, especially since it’s impolite to say the N word in public, like it used to be in the good old days of their youth.

Oh, if Only those fiscally responsible Republicans were in charge again…

The Republican National Committee spent tens of thousands of dollars last month on luxury jets, posh hotels and other high-flying expenses, according to new Federal Election Commission filings, including nearly $2,000 for “meals” at Voyeur West Hollywood, a lesbian-themed nightclub that features topless dancers in bondage outfits.

First link via TomTomorrow, second via tnielsenhayden.