Tuesday, June 15, 2010

That’s Entertainment

Maybe you’ve seen this campaign spot being run by Tim Barber, a Tea Party-er running in a Congressional run-off in Alabama. If not, enjoy.

It makes you wonder where the Tea Party stands on something like education reform because clearly Mr. Barber was not paying attention in history class when they got to the part on the American Revolution. Dave Weigel at the Washington Post does the honors:

I’m not sure Barber’s argument here makes sense. His pitch to the founders is a jeremiad against the IRS and “what they call a progressive income tax” (although what else you could call a tax on income that hits high-wage earners harder than low-wage earners is a mystery). He appeals to Washington as the owner of a distillery who “knows how tough it is to run a small business without a tyrannical government on your back.” But President Washington presided over, and approved, the first tax levied by the federal government — the 1791 whiskey tax. When the tax met resistance, he approved the assembling of militias to enforce the law and mobilization of agents to collect the revenue. So the Barber daydream of Washington angrily ordering a “gathering of armies” to oppose a tax is… well, entertaining, I guess.

If Mr. Barber can’t hire a history teacher, at the least he’s probably going to need a lawyer… or an acting coach.

Footnote: Digby has a sober reminder about how far all the “treason” talk can go.