Friday, November 20, 2009

Deja Vu All Over Again

History never fails to fascinate me, even in little ways. Take revolutions, for example.

History clearly shows a long trend of political revolutions rising up in force only to suddenly eat themselves a la 18th century France. Of course, there are exceptions to this rule - the American Revolution being one, and Iran hopefully being another in the future. Yet among the self-destructors, we can probably now add the teabagger movement which swelled up this past summer, and was heavily sold by Fox News (despite their weak-ass claims to the contrary).

The reason why the teabag movement may suddenly on wobbly footing is an old one, again rooted in the past: the movement’s creators have begun to in-fight with others who feel it should be moving in another direction, probably further right. As a result, the original teabagging corps—which was never a firm bunch to begin with--is starting to fracture into splinter groups, each with its own complaints on what’s deeply wrong with the U.S. (e.g. Obama got elected) and how to address it.

And if this fragmentation continues, a group which very recently prided itself as returning to America’s revolutionary roots, may dissolve entirely amidst the din of its own scatterbrained yelling.

But we’ll see…


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