Apropos of the fast-tracking of GOPer Roy Blunt into a Senate leadership positon, I asked earlier if his election would mean that the Tea Party noise of the past year had been just that – noise. He was elected over a Tea Party contender, and, upon reflection, I think this event, all by itself, reveals Tea Party phenomena as nothing more than a manufactured frenzy, useful as a weapon against our Democratic President to be sure, but most of all a mechanism that allowed the GOP to put some distance between itself and the abject failures and corruption of the Bush years.
Adam over at the St. Louis Activist Hub postulates that Blunt might not have been elected to the Senate were it not for the intervention of Dana Loesch, then the doyenne of the influential St. Louis Tea Party. Blunt, a relative unprincipled insider and money man, wasn’t exactly a model Tea Partier although much of his senatorial campaign seemed to consist of a perpetual, low-grade Tea Party pander. But Loesch, who seems to be a skilled opportunist, seems to have always known that her bread would ultimately be buttered by the GOP establishment rather than the pitchfork carriers and she adriotly switched horses, almost certainly assisting Blunt’s victorious sweep.
So, I guess it’s good-bye to the poorly-digested Constituional meanderings of the Tea Party and hello business as usual – and I do mean business. Just ask Roy Blunt.
Such silliness, though, does cue us about what else to expect of Mr. Curtman and he doesn’t disappoint, jumping from unconstitutional alternative currencies to what Alexander Zaitchik of the Southern Poverty Law Center characterizes as one of the top 10 right wing conspiracy theories. To go along with his gold standard paranoia, Curtman is proposing a nonbinding resolution demanding an audit of the Federal Reserve. As Zaitchik writes right wing distrust of the Fed has a long pedigree:
It wasn’t long after its creation under Woodrow Wilson that the Federal Reserve System became a central fixture in the world of right-wing conspiracy. It was seen, rightly, as introducing European-style central banking into the United States. It was also seen, this time wrongly, as the latest form of spreading Jewish and banker control over every aspect of American life. No one did more to promote anti-Fed hysteria in the early years than automobile magnate Henry Ford, who in the 1920s penned a multi-volume, anti-Semitic conspiracy opus called The International Jew, in which the Fed plays a starring role.
Ford’s modern-day ideological descendants in the Patriot movement continue to view the Fed — without question, an opaque institution to most — through a lens colored by deep suspicion, paranoia, and hatred. For many, it remains the ultimate symbol of New Word Order power, in both Jewish and non-Jewish variants. Nor is anti-Fed paranoia limited to the Patriot fringe. Both the Idaho-based neo-Nazi group Aryan Nations and the black separatist Nation of Islam have claimed significance for the fact that the Federal Reserve System and the Anti-Defamation League both were founded in 1913.
Curtman doesn’t disappoint. Nonbinding resolutions aimed to satisfy the black-helicopter crowd.