Fire Ant tries to be charitable in assessing the Tea Party. Confused, fearful people in a confusing, frightening age, they're mere pawns in the games of the rich and powerful. But when organized stupidity denies medical care to people in need, stupidity must be called to account.
Take the Palm Beach County Tea Party (please). "Critical Action on Medicaid Needed!" was the subject of a recent email from their president, Mike "Yours in Liberty" Riordan. Brimming with ideological posturing and typographical errors, it explained that two proposals were all that remained of the Legislature's debates on how to respond to the federal Affordable Health Care Act, AKA. Obamacare. "The dust has settled," Riordan wrote, and now it's either a plan offered by State Sen. Joe Negron or "[Florida House Speaker] Will Weatherford's plan."More »