I’ve been both amused and concerned about the recent spate of protests over health care reform during the Congressional recess (you know–the protests featuring armed people carrying signs and shouting down anyone attempting to deal rationally with a complex issue.)
The protesters are so ill-informed that they are easily parodied, as (paraphrasing Gail Collins of the NYT) smug white guys overly concerned about the money supply–aka solid Ron Paul voters.
The classic Clarence Darrow comment on legal defense has also sprung to mind:
When arguing a case:
If the facts are against you, pound on the law.
If the law is against you, pound on the facts.
If BOTH the law and the facts are against you, pound on the table.
Of course, the concern is the fact that while a lot of the wing nuts and tea-baggers are genuinely angry, they’ve turned their anger on the forces of change because their biggest fear is change itself. The part that pisses me off is the shadowy forces behind the real people, the corporations that exploit this fear in order to maintain the status quo. They fear change because true change would hurt their bottom line.