The rugged, individual American spirit has invaded Europe; and the genteel uppercrust is simply aghast.
It seems that European ruling class are recoiling in horror at over the fact that American tea partiers are finding a receptive Continental audience. In fact, the Nowegian Labour Party Secretary recently took to Huffington Post to sound the alarm about “Tea Party Fear in Europe.” Michael Moynihan of Reason, who has spent years living in Europe, notes the hypocrisy is rich:
“Tea Parties? Not in Europe. Never. The pitchfork-toting crowd is a peculiar byproduct of the misinformed, disturbed politics of the United States, where Lindberghs, Limbaughs, and Levins have always proliferated. Protest movements on the continent, like the May 1st protests in Kungsträdgården, under a sea of Cuban flags and photos of Marx and Mao, are a more civilized celebration of dictatorship and egalitarianism.”
Or how about the protests in Greece, where Tea Parti…errr…left-wing protesters took to the streets again today to demand that, as the government and economy collapses, that no austerity measures be taken. The result? Three people dead in the firebombing of a bank in Athens. CNN has the chilling details:
“Three people died after a fire bomb hit a bank in central Athens, the Greek fire brigade told CNN. The victims, two women and a man, were bank employees, they said.
Protesters were throwing bottles at police guarding the burned-out bank, shouting “torturers” and “liars” because they don’t believe people were killed inside. Riot police were moving in to push the crowd away, CNN’s Diana Magnay reported from the scene.”
Thank god there is no Tea Party movement in Greece, right?
The British-based Freedom Organization has principles similar to their American counterparts:
It was standing room only at the Brighton Tea Party organised by the Freedom Association early this evening at which Dan Hannan was guest speaker. He said that it was time to “bring sanity and order back to the public finances” an that had to be done by reducing expenditure rather than increasing taxes.
Good thing those “bitter, gun clinging, racist, redneck, evil mongering, violent, teabaggers” never set foot in Europe. If they ever did, there might be riots and dead people.