Friday, September 24, 2010
I was taking a look at a Tea Party website here, and I noticed that the banner at the top of the page including a John Trumbull painting (left) that depicts the Founding Fathers in some grandiose, revolutionary scene.
It struck me as a little odd and more than a little pretentious. I then came across a New York Times article here that perfectly and infuriatingly encapsulates every idea I had regarding the use of this painting by the Tea Party.
Despite our cultural, ethnic or religious backgrounds, there is one common mythology that we, as Americans, all share. The Founding Fathers represent the ideals upon which our very way of living is based. It is by no means perfect, but the imperfection, the clash of ideas and ideals that occurred at that time, has sustained the myth and aided in it's timelessness.
I find it somewhat sacrilegious for any political group to attempt to connect itself to this American myth as a way to further the group's agenda. It's reminiscent of the religious extremist that invokes "God" to justify imposing fundamentalist views on others.
It is the height of presumptuousness to claim a unique connection to a myth or a God, or anything that should be kept above the mortal din. Here's an extreme example from Rick Barber, a conservative Republican running for Congress in Alabama's 2nd Congressional District...
If it wasn't so silly and melodramatic, it would be scary. Almost as scary as it would be if he's elected.