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Neocon Vampires Sink Their Fangs Into the Tea Parties

Like vampires, the neocons never die. They constantly revive themselves, going where the vein is richest, eager to feed upon new blood.

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Of course we know what “freedom” means for the neocons and the Tea Party: a few are free to get fabulously wealthy, while most of us see our standard of living stagnate, more and more of us raise children in abject poverty, the nation’s infrastructure crumbles, the environment is despoiled, and the government -- the agent of “we, the people” -- stands aside and just watches it all happen, funneling an ever-larger share of public money into useless military violence around the world.

It was a scary enough vision of freedom when it was promoted only by the neoconservatives or only by the Tea Party. Now that the two are climbing, however tentatively, into the same bed, their marriage of convenience bears careful watching.

 

Ira Chernus is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Read more of his writing on Israel, Palestine, and American Jews on his blog: http://chernus.wordpress.com.

 
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