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There are plenty of negative things to be said about the Tea Party, particularly in the wake of Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally:  that the movement’s appropriation of the words and images of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Frederick Douglass, and Abraham Lincoln represents the deployment of unreconstructed white privilege at its worst, that it is controlled by corporate and media elites with a vested interest in obstructing a Democratic agenda (note the Tea Party’s inexplicable support of the Citizen’s United decision, which seems completely out of step with their populist ethos though perhaps somewhat consistent with the libertarian ideal of unfettered markets).

Yet I’m noting, with increasing annoyance, a problematic elementary school nastiness in criticism of the Tea Partiers and their ideologues.

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