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Am I A Latent Tea Party Advocate?


After I had posted yesterday’s article on my musings about longing for the simpler times of my youth and how it was brought about by the instant news of the Colorado Batman shootings, my partner of 23 years stated, “Isn’t that how the Tea Party feels and wants us to ‘go back’ in time to the 50’s?”

Sounding like Frank on Everybody Loves Raymond, all I could answer was “Holy Crap!.”

Now I admit to having some, not all, feelings that the Tea Party represents but then again I have some leanings to several things that the Occupy Movement professes also.

I have never been able to understand the Tea Party slogan “Take our Country back.” Back from who or whom? Take it where?

It is my feeling that I don’t want to take us “back” to anywhere but to restore a value lost to these fast paced days.

What I remember of the 50’s, and what history tells us, is that they were very uneventful and even might be described as boring but yet facts also show that government was very involved in expanding the national road system and thereby employing millions of workers on construction projects. Taking us back to then would be a great idea but doesn’t the Tea Party want a smaller government?

Most Tea Party followers want America to have a strong military, yet it was President Eisenhower who upon leaving office after his terms, 1952-1960, warned us about the corpocray of the military establishment. He also prayed a very unlike Tea Party statement “that the scourges of poverty, disease and ignorance will be made to disappear from the earth, and that, in the goodness of time, all people will come to live together in a peace guaranteed by the binding force of mutual respect and love.”

I think my postings on “the simpler” times was a musing on where did they go and can we restore them in balance with the technology we have in the 21st century?

People don’t chat with each other in one on one conversations but texting is now preferred.

Taking a book off the shelf and reading has been replaced with kindles and such.

Sitting down in the easy chair and listening to the radio has been replaced by the ipod and smart phone while your on the go.

Movies which were once an art of fantasy have now become an art of brutality.

Simple childhood yard games have now become hiding in front of a game machine shooting the nameless enemy in some sort of detached reality.

Has the door to the wardrobe been locked and Narina lost forever?

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