I guess the more charitable view of the Tea Party would be the dying white working middle class whining its way into oblivion, supporting policies that will only aid in its demise and which in its bitterness and fear will cause as much collateral damage to the social structure as possible on its way out the door of political relevance. There are important social and economic problems here. Rural America has been marginalized economically, and the middle class is rapidly eroding. The Tea Party's response is to support a political ideology that will accelerate that marginalization and erosion, complete the job started by the Reagan revolution as quickly as possible. In ten years the U.S. will be closer to the point at which our society is more cleanly divided into those driving Volvo SUVs, second class citizens living on food stamps and working at Walmart, and the unemployable/untouchables/incarcerated ethnic and racial minorities filling in the bottom. We're really almost there. Just a little bit more effort from the Tea Party is all its gonna take.