Sounding like a 1920s German fascist or communist impatient with bourgeois parliamentary democracy in the Weimar Republic, Salon.com reports that a tea bag protester expressed his wish that, on 9/11, our nation’s Congressional building had simply been obliterated. This is really illiberal creepy political expression for an American:
Another seemingly sedate protester, Brian Smith, a marketer from Greenville, S.C., who was in Washington on business and came by the rally, wandered equally off message. “I love my country and I don’t like what’s going on,” Smith said. “Government — to be honest with you, and this will probably be misquoted, but on 9/11, I think they hit the wrong building. They should have gone into the Capitol building, hit out, knocked out both sides of the aisle, we’d start from scratch, we’d be better off today.” I pointed out that “they” did try to hit the Capitol. “Yeah, I know, they missed,” he said. “The wrong sequence. If someone had to go, it should have been the Capitol building. On that day I felt differently, but today that’s the way I feel.”
What an outrage for an American to talk this way about our country’s very symbol of representative democracy: the U.S. Capitol building. This man is a proverbial canary in the right wing coal mine. Such expression is a sign that the far right in this country may be harboring fantasies that populist-backed authoritarianism is better than the slow and messy process of partisan democratic politics accompanied by compromise. And where, oh where, are the sane voices among establishment Republicans, condemning and disassociating themselves from the conspiratorial and fringe rhetoric that these tea bag parties have generated?