Moe and the Tea Party redux

Well this is interesting. St Louis’s Riverfront Times has tracked down Moe Tucker to ask her about her appearance in the Tea Party video that ruffled so many feathers. Unsurprisingly, she takes the don’t-tell-me-what-to-do line in relation to various government interventions, although the list gets pretty incoherent as it progresses from car industry bailouts to the dangers of low-energy lightbulbs and rattles off the kind of random talking points you find on conservative blogs. Woah there with the exclamation marks!

But anyway, she sticks to her guns and she makes a fair point about the initial reaction online: “I’m stunned that so many people who call themselves liberal yet are completely intolerant.… You disagree and you’re immediately called a fool, a Nazi, a racist.” I think it took a few days for liberal VU fans (myself included) to work through why they were so disappointed and whether it really matters (see my earlier post) and in the post-now-think-later blog cycle some overreacted. I wonder, too, about her claim that there’s a silent minority of conserative rock musicians who just haven’t spoken out yet. Laura Snapes’ Quietus interview with Micah P. Hinson shows that sometimes you only have to ask the right questions. I would be frankly stunned if Brandon Flowers voted for Obama.

Going back to Friday’s post, it’s interesting that Moe explains her long-term position as “all politicians are liars, bums and cheats” and lists only what she doesn’t like, because this is the strand of Tea Party thinking which makes me wonder what they actually want. Throw the bums out? OK, but then what? Let the country govern itself and hope for the best? She describes her politics in suitably punk-rock terms (interesting 1983 Johnny Ramone quote I found after my last post: “If anything, punks should have no politics or be right-wing. Otherwise they’re just hippies dressed as punks. Punks should stand on the corner and do nothing, like Marlon Brando in the Wild One”) but there’s a reason why you don’t elect punk-rock stars to public office. People who overstate the racism of the Obama-haters are missing the real danger – that mad-as-hell “independents” like Tucker seem quicker to tear government down then to offer a constructive alternative. It’s turning the Republicans into the party of fuck-you.

2 Comments

  1. Are you sure that “I’m stunned that so many people who call themselves liberal yet are completely intolerant.… You disagree and you’re immediately called a fool, a Nazi, a racist.” is a fair point, and not actually the most hackneyed old canard ever?

  2. Ha. Well, a bit of both. I think there is a kneejerk liberal dismissal of the Tea Partiers – especially the idea that they’re all racists – and I can see why she would take umbrage at some of the online comments about her. BUT you’re right that in the full quote (which I edited down) she pushes the old conservative fallacy that somehow liberals aren’t allowed to be angry. It’s another right-wing talking point (she must watch a lot of Fox) – conservatives can play as dirty as they like but liberals must occupy a shining moral high ground otherwise they’re hypocrites.


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