Stupid is as stupid does

There have been many articles on the Internet about just how stupid some of the tea party people are. There are sites like this one, that show signs at rallies with misspellings and obvious inaccuracies with regard to policy. There are those who proclaim, “I don’t want government run healthcare!” — — all the while wanting to protect their own Medicare. They don’t want government in their lives, but they attend rallies on public lands ( like the recent rally in Washington on tax day held at Washington Monument), while traveling on publicly funded roads and the public funded Washington Metro.
 
But I think I run into some of the more narrow-minded tea party people right here in my own Hunterdon County. Last night last night I was performing a comedy show for a fire company in Milford, and after the show “RH”–a guy with whom I had chatted politics before, approached me.
 
RH proudly proclaimed that he was a member of the tea party. That he loved Mark Levin, Sean Hannity, and of course, — — Rush Limbaugh. He’s one of those guys who gets his right-wing politics from sound bites on talk radio. I asked him if he ever read George Will, William Safire, William Buckley, Ben Stein — — or if he was familiar with any speeches by Sen. Barry Goldwater. His answer: “I’ve heard of William Buckley.” — — and was not too sure who the others were. So much for his “conservatism” credentials.
 
The bulk of our conversation centered on the issue of what role government plays in people’s lives. He declared that he wants “the smallest government possible” and that the “free market can take care of everything”. I said that I thought government only gets involved in people’s lives when the free market fails to do its job with regard to when people’s lives, health, and property was threatened. The example I gave was the New Jersey health care mandate that required insurance companies to pay for mammograms for women. A simple test that can save women’s lives. RH opposed this.
 
He said that it was “an encroachment on our freedom.” I asked how could you oppose requiring insurance companies to pay for a test that could save the life of your mother, or daughter, your wife? It’s a reasonable standard that health insurance companies should have to follow, I said. His answer, “it’s wrong for the government to force women to take that breast exam. Your side is always about the ‘freedom of choice’. Women should have the right to choose whether they want to take that test or not. The government shouldn’t force them to have healthcare or force them to take a test if they don’t want to. What part of constitutional freedom do Libs not understand?”
 
Quite frankly, I walked away not knowing what to say that. I’m sure that when RH shows up at his next tea party rally in Washington, his sign will declare his “conservatism” quite well. Although it might have misspellings.

Stupid is as stupid does