Op-Ed Columnist - The Tea Party Teens - NYTimes.com: "The tea party movement is a large, fractious confederation of Americans who are defined by what they are against. They are against the concentrated power of the educated class. They believe big government, big business, big media and the affluent professionals are merging to form self-serving oligarchy — with bloated government, unsustainable deficits, high taxes and intrusive regulation."
According to an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll 41% of people had a positive view of The Tea Party movement. Only 35% and 28% had a positive view of of Democrats and Republicans, respectively, in the same poll. Brooks himself is not a fan of this conservative type movement. I went through the 40 comments on the column and Brooks got a lot of bile for being against the movement. Brooks think that America is very sensitive now for anything that can be held against the elite which might color the next decade in this light.
This debate reminds me of the "verklighetens folk", or 'down-to-earth people', debate in Sweden. I never understood the complaints on the elite in Sweden. After all we don't have a giant deficit to blame the elite for. Some people are irritated on the left-intellectual faction in Sweden. We have had a social democratic power grip for many years and a lot of intelligent people have accumulated on its side. Also, as Reinfeldt did point out, there is an invisible hand that among other things act through media with a left tilt. Perhaps Brooks is talking about the same thing concerning the elite?
I note with some interest that the debate between left and right resembles the debate between secular humanists and religious people where the religious people gets hammered all the time with "scientific" arguments that I encountered in the beginning of my blog. They simple don't bother to defend themselves. The winning left arguments are moral in character, the recent problem with employment insurance as a prime example. Mutating into a populist down-to-earth scenario is then a cowardly escape.