Sharron Angle is notorious for misquoting stats and making a general fool of herself in the public eye, but this time she made a comment that's left fans of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings wincing. Recently John McCain upset the Tea Party crone by calling the Tea Party a bunch of "hobbits" who were basically hijacking the debt cieling negotiations and refusing to vote on Boehner's plan. His reference to the Lord of the Rings was quite cute, actually, and really sounded nonchalant, as if he'd watched the movie happily many times before.
So what did Sharron Angle come back with? She said in response:
One man in Washington, who chose Sarah Palin to be his VP running-mate and came to Nevada to campaign for me last year in the Senate race against Harry Reid, is now promoting attacks against Tea Party activists, ordinary American citizens, and fiscally conservative members of Congress -- all of whom are adamantly opposed to continuing the deficit-spending strategies proposed by some congressional members and the president.
Ironically, this man campaigned for Tea Party support in his last re-election, but now throws Christine O'Donnell and I into the harbor with Sarah Palin. As in the fable, it is the hobbits who are the heroes and save the land. This Lord of the TARP actually ought to read to the end of the story and join forces with the Tea Party, not criticize it.
So what is this, battle of the nerdy movie references? Hey, at least McCain sounded like he knew what the hell he was talking about when he called the Tea Party a bunch of hobbits. All Sharron Angle could do was obviously read from notes, with half effort. Her confused way of speach showed she was just being lazy in how she retorted to the "insult" delivered by John McCain.
But one thing that stands out from what Angle said, coming from someone who is a true fan of Tolkien's work, is that LOTR is a fable. Well, Mrs. Angle, it certainly is not a fable, and whomever gave you the quick rundown of the story was either wrong, or messing with you. Sure, this may seem like it's not a big deal, but this is something Sharron A. is notorious for doing -- simply misspeaking every time she opens her mouth.
It's also a little disturbing to see the woman misspeak so often, because of the fact that she used to be a school teacher -- who fought to homeschool her children. Hmm. Fought for homeschooling her own while publicly "teaching" other peoples' children?
Certainly J.R.R. Tolkien didn't write his epic Lord of the Rings Trilogy to "teach life-enriching lessons to people in the form of story," which is what a fable is. No, it was only a magnificent work of fiction literature -- a fantasy story like many others including Harry Potter, the Golden Compass, etc etc etc.
Nevermind the fact that John McCain is absolutely right. What the house freshmen have done is bizarre and deplorable on many levels. They've hijacked the American people basically, allowing them to hang in the balances while they play their hobbit games with Boehner and Reid. Certainly, history will show future Americans that the Tea Party and its supporters are detrimental to American society. They are detrimental to the general IQ of the nation and to the financial welfare of its people.
And anyway, Sharron Angle is more like a Gollum, creeping in the dark, dank shadows. She and other Tea Party supporters were once hobbits, but she now stands for the darker, more twisted side of politics. She is after her "precious," and that's the constitution. She, and her ilk, want to amend it, while talking out the sides of their necks about protecting it. They stand for fascism, not liberty.
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