It is a sad time to be a U.S. citizen. I am profoundly ashamed of what this country has become; a plutocratic, utterly corrupt, not to mention utterly incompetent oligarchic dictatorship.
I observe that the current "Tea party" movement is really a campaign based on stupidity & ignorance, which is evolving into vitriolic harangues by most of its candidates. Capitalism has returned to it's roots; exploitation of the masses by the VERY rich capitalists with unlimited pools of money--employed to retain & expand their power.
Their proper name is "GANGSTERS".
Now the ugliest part of this "movement" has emerged. Acts of violence (stomping & then demanding an apology from the "stompee") are strongly reminiscent of the behavior of Ernest Rohm's Brownshirts, the infamous 'SA'**--Adolf Hitler's private army of thugs. Blame the victim--whether it be the protestor, the unemployed, the poor (in Germany, mainly the Jew & the Communist). Threats by several "Tea Party" candidates of armed rebellion have been heard should the midterm elections not go their way.
As this writer has mentioned previously, former White House Counsel to President Nixon, John Dean, has described the United States of Amerika as a "proto-fascist" state.
As for stupidity, ignorance, & scapegoating, Amerikans are easy marks. Our citizens generally are now too poorly educated (math & science skills 21st & 25th in the world respectively) & thus too unsophisticated to employ the critical thinking skills necessary to maintain a vibrant republic, which vanished (if it ever in fact existed) perhaps 200 years ago. The super-rich, gigantic corporate entities, a corrupt capital-raising system (Wall Street), & the ever expanding Military get whatever they want & tell whatever lies are necessary to achieve their aims. And our "rulers"--likes pigs at a trough, are thoroughly unmotivated to interfere! (Think George Orwell's 'Animal Farm')
The gulf between the very rich & very poor is now the widest in recorded history in our fine 'republic'; WIDER now than the previous record year, 1929 (source:WSJ).
As Joseph Goebbels, Nazi Germany's infamous Minister of "Propaganda & Enlightenment" noted: