About AJ DiCintio
A.J. DiCintio is a Featured Writer for The New Media Journal. He first exercised his polemical skills arguing with friends on
the street corners of the working class neighborhood where he grew up.
Retired from teaching, he now applies those skills, somewhat honed and
polished by experience, to social/political affairs.
Liberals Expose Themselves (And It's a Good Thing)
Epidemic of Foot-in-Mouth
Borders, Polls & Statistics Schmatistics
Blowing Up a Pornographic Boycott
Looking Like Europe
Bombs & The English Language
Slouching Toward Columbia & Belgium
Washing Out Dirty Mouths
Dangerous, Unbeautiful Nanny
Damned Lies & Statistics
Is Method in Obama's Healthcare Madness
Perverse Financial Elites
Flying Under the Radar
Obama: No JFK
Massachusetts: Vote! For God's Sake, Vote!
Cowardice, Expediency, Language & Liberals
Tax & Principles
Christmas Times Four
Snake in the Grass
Narrative & Afghanistan
Prostitution & The Healthcare Bill
That Killed at Fort Hood
Who Are the Know-Nothings?
All the Tomatoes!
It's Not a
War Against FOX News
Hope) We’re Not Gonna Take It Anymore
Hyperpartisanship, Propaganda & Hypocrisy
& Sherman's Legacy
Epistemology, Materialists & Morality
the Stench of the Stable
Shameful Education Affair
Reform: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
(Audaciously Arrogant) Mob
The Boiled Frog
the Last Cow Has Come Home
and The Big Hate
Jefferson: Don’t Question a Supreme Court Nominee Without Him
Language: A Canary in the Coal Mine
Language: A Canary in the Coal Mine
Colin Powell Comes Up Small
Headlines, Torture & American Values
Something Very Deep and Dark
Miss California’s Unforgivable Mistake
The President in the Garden
Liberals & The Triumph of Reason
Messiah, Lincoln or Less?
Obama, Big Bangs & Selling Make Believe
Hostile Alien Case Exposes Danger of Activist...
Age of Arrogance
Lenin Lite, Perhaps?
Where’s the Guilt?
In the Matter of Public v. Stimulus Bill
Bigger Than the Bacon Explosion
Where Bill O’Reilly’s Going Wrong
Liberals, Israel & Wolves
Israel & The Neurotic Mind
Liberals Expose Themselves (And It's a Good
June 18, 2010
Americans who consider themselves Tea Party "members" or who find themselves in
agreement with the Tea Party message have involved themselves in public affairs
because they are genuinely concerned about the country's direction, especially
(but not exclusively) with respect to the economic madness exhibited by the
However, in addition to its basic purpose, the Tea Party has provided the nation
a great, if indirect, service because in reacting to the movement, liberals have
exposed themselves in all their ugly pretentiousness.
For proof, there is no better place to turn than "The Very Angry Tea Party"
(NYT), a piece in which J.M. Bernstein, University Distinguished Professor of
Philosophy at the New School for Social Research, offers not a single, sensible,
honest thought but does manage to expose himself as the quintessential liberal.
In truth, the professor's title says it all regarding the essay's supercilious,
anti-intellectual quality because the entire piece simply repeats ad nauseam the
decrepit liberal meme that mocks and denounces middle class citizens as
contemptible hypocrites, half of whom are angry buffoons, the other half angry
The following words and phrases ought to give readers more than a feel for
Bernstein's perverse vision of tens of millions of decent, hard-working
Americans who live by the rules.
Seething anger, enraged, libertarian mob, hysterical incriminations, fantasy
of destruction, atmospheric violences [sic], nihilistic rage...
Now, certain insufferable radio commercials all too well employ the propaganda
technique of repetition; but Bernstein's essay makes repetition pikers of them
as it obnoxiously, pretentiously, and relentlessly attempts to make the case
that Tea Party Americans are devoid of even a smidgen of rational thought or
justifiable emotion and therefore deserve to be regarded as a dangerous,
delusional, disconnected, diabolically mad "mob."
In fact, the professor is so deeply dedicated to the proposition that Tea Party
adherents are suffocated by an "incubus of rage" which destroys intellectuality
that he claims he can't figure out "where [the mob's] politics ends and
What does Bernstein believe has caused these idea-bereft Americans to roll
themselves into nothing more than a fiery, frightening ball of rage?
He argues that recent economic events have "undermined the deeply held fiction
of individual autonomy and self-sufficiency that are intrinsic parts of
Americans’ collective self-understanding."
And the destruction of that myth, he says, has caused Tea Party Americans to
come face to face with the truth of "the absolute dependence [emphasis his] of
us all on government action," a reality so distressing that they have reacted to
it with a raging, totally meaningless anger.
What perfectly stupid liberal nonsense!
The professor first creates a straw man that depicts Tea Party Americans as so
extremely libertarian they can be called anarchists.
Then, he "reasons" that having had their libertarian myth shattered, they behave
like "jilted lovers [who are] furious that ...'government' has ...made clear
that they are dependent and limited beings."
That is why the professor gives Tea Party Americans not a bit of intellectual
credit for their protestations over bailouts given to casinos that call
themselves banks, rapacious Wall Street firms, bungling corporations, greedy
unions, and foolish people who took out mortgages far beyond their financial
That is why he denies that intellectuality has anything to do with their
warnings about an immoral, "generational theft" spending and borrowing intended
to make America "look like" Greece, Spain, or worse.
Now, given the fact that Tea Party Americans aren't anarchists and that the
problems they are bringing to light are real, I suspect it is the Professor as
Representative of All Liberals whose reason is choked off by anger.
Moreover, I suspect that in true liberal fashion, his extremist anger is
directed at "We the [Ordinary] People," whose Middle Class Values and adherence
to the principles of Jeffersonian Democracy preclude obsessing and gushing over
the Marxist/Hegelian notion of humanity's "absolute dependence ...on government.
("absolute dependence" — How deliriously orgasmic it is when liberals imagine
liberal politicians, liberal judges, and liberal bureaucrats telling "us all"
how to live our lives, even down to how many milligrams of protein,
carbohydrate, and fat we may ingest and milliliters of carbon dioxide we may
exhale each day!)
Finally, I ditch the "suspect" to say "I know" anger, pride, and the love of
power have obliterated reason when I consider that the professor fails to place
the Tea Party protestors in the tradition of Henry David Thoreau, the great
proponent of individualism whose love of raw nature as well as bricklaying,
carpentry, and gardening always kept his feet planted firmly in the ground of
No Pollyanna about the realities of human nature, the Concord resident who
strove daily to live in harmony with the true spirit of his town had this to say
about humanity's eternal duty regarding government:
But, to speak practically and as a citizen, unlike those who call themselves
no-government men, I ask for, not at once no government, but at once a better
government. Let every man make known what kind of government would command his
respect, and that will be one step toward obtaining it.
Of course, the "distinguished" professor refuses to see anything of Thoreau in
Tea Party protestors, preferring, instead, to demean them as "not just
disturbing, but frightening, in [their] anger."
In that anti-intellectual refusal, he places himself squarely in the company of
leftists who regard the Constitution's "We the People" as an angry, ignorant,
slobbish mob — the centralized-power loving ideologues represented in America by
the nation's three most important liberal politicians:
Barack Obama — The president of the United States superciliously and hurtfully
singled out "small town" folks who "get bitter [and therefore] cling to guns or
religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them."
Nancy Pelosi — The speaker of the House viciously condemned Tea Party Americans
as "AstroTurf" frauds who carry "swastikas" to meetings.
Harry Reid — The majority leader of the Senate maliciously slimed Tea Party
Americans as "evil-mongers" who spread "lies, innuendo, and rumor."
However, as mentioned at the outset, this vile invective is, ironically, a very
good thing; for in spewing it, liberals enrich the nation by exposing themselves
in all their naked, obnoxious, elitist, ugly, power loving arrogance.