TEA-BAGGING IN BROOKLYN

A fledgling band of the Tea Party, that chaotic brew of real, imagined and/ or contrived outrage, has finally appeared in Brooklyn. Formed by John Press, a Manhattan activist who is ostensibly fed up with President Obama after being fed up with former President Bush via being fed up with government (“big government,” that is) in general, the group is inevitably small but apparently ambitious in the face of this predominately Democratic (or “blue”) corner of the world.

Though Press is something of an outsider in Brooklyn—he had trouble remembering the names of some of the borough’s conservative neighborhoods—his group has gained some momentum. They have their first meeting in a week, a Facebook page with over 350 members and a blog. The motto on the Facebook page reads: “Enough is enough. No more wasteful spending, no more government expansion, no more corporate bailouts. Enough with Democrats, enough with Republicans-in-Name-Only.”

Press, who holds a doctorate in history from New York University, initially tried to enlist the aid of friends and colleagues in starting his Tea Party group…they declined, telling him they were too busy. “’I said, ‘OK, that means me. I’m on it,’” he said in an interview at the Bobst Library at NYU last week.”

Nevertheless, I predict that many of Press’ Tea Party recruits (including Press himself) will also come to realize that they’re “too busy” for such refreshment in the not too distant future. Not too long ago, most Americans were diverted by fervent patriotism in the wake of 9/11 when it came as a natural if contrived(?) refuge. Those who questioned the most questionable actions of big government in those days were seen as traitors or deviants…until that fad grew stale and left many in desperate need of newfangled fads to serve as a refuge.

Read more: “Tea Party Brewing in Brooklyn” (VIDEO)

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