Here’s a quick summary of a fascinating Spiegel editorial about the American Tea Party movement and the current US debt crisis. Or the German intellectual take on it, I should say.
Tea Party want bankruptcy. America work for 235 years, then Tea Party come.
Now Tea Party want friction. Tea Party not want results. Tea Party now enemy. Tea Party outsiders.
Tea Party all take, no give. Tea Party not want to raise taxes. Tea Party bad not to want to raise taxes.
Tea Party people make fear, lead America to economic Armageddon.
America now at standstill. Tea Party people want annihilate Washington (see Captain America). They want stripped down state. Not like state. Very bad.
President Obama want improve schools. Tea Party not want this.
President Obama want clean energy. Tea Party not want this.
President Obama want cuts (and taxes). Tea Party not want this (only cuts). This bad.
Tea Party focus on principles. Very bad.
Tea Party practice raw and aggressive democracy.
Tea Party even make fun of Republicans. This good, sort of, but still bad.
Democracy depends on compromise and the American government depends on all branches working together. The Tea Party movement shuns both, preferring instead to drive the state into bankruptcy. On principle.