derangedYes.  In my armchair therapist opinion many who oppose the Tea Parties are deranged.

The Tea Party has essentially one message and it is resonating with so many across our nation.  The local Bellingham group describes their mission as reversing “deficit spending and the concentration of power in central government, in order to preserve states’ rights and individual liberty for future generations.”

Whether its reducing taxes, reducing government growth, opposing new intrusive laws, the main focus of the Tea Party has been put forth in a loud, clear and peaceful manner since it’s beginning.   And while the news media has been able to drum up a couple of crackpots here and there, the movement I’ve witnessed has by enlarge stuck to it’s principles in a peaceful manner.  Especially here in Bellingham where I’ve seen nothing but peaceful enthusiasm.

But even here in our town a mental disorder, a derangement, is spreading.   The minds of otherwise normal people are failing them as they are being consumed by what is now known to be Tea Party Derangement Syndrome (TPDS).

Local evidence is easy to find.  Here just a few days ago a commenter at the Herald displayed symptoms of TPDS.

As I’ve said many times in this forum, not all Tea Party members are blatant racists,but the “movement” certainly is. And the organizers, from Dick Armey to local “leaders” most certainly are.

I inquired twice about which leaders and what incident led them to believe that local Tea Party leadership were blatant racists.   Rather than evidence, the commenter instead suggested that I might be a Tea Party leader.  Clearly their mind had diverged from reality.

And there is poor Joe Teehan who in his KGMI Blog claimed that there are Tea Partiers who “can’t accept that Barack Obama was elected to the presidency” yet never said who he was talking about.  I’ve yet to meet a Tea Partier around here who doesn’t accept Barack Obama as legitimately elected.   Joe also claimed, again without evidence, that Tea Partiers say they are “governed not by the government but rather by the Constitution.” Has anyone met a Tea Partier yet who doesn’t recognize that we are under the authority of our elected government?  If anything Party goers lament the overbearing amount of government we currently have.   I see a clear divergence between reality and what those suffering from TPDS are experiencing.

Remembering that the Tea Party’s mission centers on reducing government spending and control, it is clear when reading the following news snippets that Tea Party Derangement Syndrome is affecting people all across our nation.

It may be that the Pakistan-based Taliban, the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP), has quietly established a Connecticut franchise while we weren’t looking. That’s possible. But it seems far more likely to me that the perpetrator of the bungled Times Square bomb plot was either a lone nut job or a member of some squirrely branch of the Tea Party, anti-government far right.

Really???  In this post 9/11 nation someone can actually believe this?

A website ( was recently set up. The creator, though he tried to hide his identity, has been outed; his name is Jason Levin, and he’s a middle school teacher in Beaverton, Oregon. He’s on record saying that you might see some of his team in Nazi uniforms at your local tea party pretending to be racists and other offensive characters.

And making your own supporting evidence?  Outstandingly deranged.

…it has emerged via whistleblowers that the U.S. Military in Kentucky is training to confront Tea Party protesters…

I wonder if our Commander in Chief has anticipated how my 7 year old, who was at a recent Tea Party, might react to a military confrontation?

Kevin, if I can, perhaps not at today’s event, but as you’ve noted in the past, a lot’s been made of some of what they refer to as the fringe elements who show up for these rallies. Some in the past have had offensive signs and rhetoric.

We’re looking at some pictures. And obviously, these are the fringe elements to which we refer. But there’s Obama being painted a mustache on to look like Hitler there.  MSNBC/

MSNBC trying to paint Tea Partiers as fringe just as the LaRouche fringe, not Tea Partiers painted Obama as Hitler.

And there’s NBC again, this time themselves on the fringe as they attempt to create racism out of thin air.

“There aren’t a lot of African-American men at these events,” NBC News reporter Kelly O’Donnell, a white woman, told Darryl Postell, a black man at a Tea Party rally held Thursday in Washington, DC, pressing him, in an exchange she chose to include in her NBC Nightly News story, to address her prejudiced assumptions: “Have you ever felt uncomfortable?”

Not surprisily, the answer was not as the seemed to want, but how reality is.  Darryl Postell responded “No, no, these are my people, Americans.” A reality very similar to what Rev. Perryman said in his YouTube regarding racism in the Tea Party.

Tea Party Derangement Syndrome may not have a clinical diagnosis yet, but it is real.

  • Those suffering from TPDS believe Tea Partiers are terrorist, but they aren’t.
  • They believe them to be a fringe element, but thousands of them standing on the guide and in other cities show they aren’t.
  • Syndrome sufferers try to manipulate reality to fit their derangement, but reality is real, they won’t win that game.
  • TPDS sufferers believe Tea Partiers are racist despite the reality that race hasn’t a darn thing to do with the message or mission of the Tea Party.
  • TPDS sufferers fluidly dip in and out of reality, often in the same sentence.

I wondered what those suffering from Bush Derangement Syndrome would do once President Bush was no longer making the news.  I see that some sort of transference to  Tea Party Derangement Syndrome has occurred.  It seems that there is always an element of our society that can’t deal with many aspects of conservative reality and in the case of TPDS they can’t deal with the reality of the Tea Party explosion.