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A tale of two political movements

After Attacking Tea Party ‘Mobs,’ American Press Try to Understand London’s Rioters
August 15, 2011 by Aubrey Vaughan

Throughout July and early August, during the weeks of an impending budget crisis, Tea Partiers were repeatedly called vile names, from terrorists to delusional children to people strapped with dynamite in the middle of Times Square. The British rioters, who did inflict terror on London, who were typically delusional youth, and who burned down a number of buildings, were instead “disenchanted.”

It seems as though the media mixed their labels on the two activist groups, sympathizing with the rioters while viciously attacking a mainstream and completely non-destructive conservative group. The same sympathy the media felt for the British youth was never applied to the Tea Party, which has always peacefully worked to enact political change.

As Reason’s A. Barton Hinkle explained, the same rhetoric that was used against the Tea Party’s “angry mobs” was suddenly forgotten against the true angry mobs in London.

“Angry mobs” were trying to “destroy president Obama,” fumed Democratic Party leaders back then. “This is something new and ugly,” seethed Paul Krugman of The New York Times, which described the town hall events as “brutal.” No one seemed interested in the root causes of the sign-wavers’ agitation then. You didn’t hear much about the “disillusionment” and “disenchantment” of Tea Party protesters who marched on Washington in September 2009, and again the following March.

This “disillusionment” and “disenchantment” is exactly what the attitudes of the violent British rioters have been excused as, though. Hinkle sarcastically continued,

When conservatives wave signs, it’s not “unrest” caused by a “sense of disenchantment.” It’s because they’re bigots. Society as a whole is not to blame; they are, individually. They need an attitude adjustment. When violent mobs of young people burn down a city, though, they are not individually responsible—society as a whole is (or at least that part of society that ostensibly ticked them off). They don’t need an attitude adjustment: conservatives do.

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