Ents, Not Hobbits
August 4, 2011 Leave a comment
Back in the last week of July, during the debates in the Senate concerning the debt limit dealings, Sen. John McCain (R-Az.) caused something of a shit storm by reading from an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal that referred to activists as “tea party hobbits”. As someone who identifies with the “Tea Party” ideals of less government spending, less taxes and a smaller government and as a fan of Tolkien, I found this analogy intriguing.
According to a later op-ed piece in the WSJ, the original point was that, like hobbits, a balanced budget amendment is fantasy. That may be true. Sad, for the country, if it is.
Like a lot of political debates and arguments, there was a lot of chatter on Twitter about how courageous the little Hobbits of Lord of the Rings are, which got me wondering:
What Tolkien analogy would be best for the Tea Party and its situation?
The Ents and their assault on Saruman’s stronghold of Isengard.
Certain Politicians, (Merry & Pippin), escaping from the current political climate in DC, (Isengard), appeal to The People (Ents) for help in fixing the government, (Saruman).
The appeals go unheeded, (after an Entmoot, the Ents decide not to join The War), The People figuring that what is happening isn’t great, but everything will work out in the end, especially after the election of this new politician who promises so much. The new President then immediately starts expanding government’s role and expenditures. The Certain Politicians bring this to the attention of The People.
On seeing the destruction of the core of American Exceptionalism, (Pippin has Treebeard take a detour on the way to The Shire, showing him the felled parts of the ancient forest at Isengard), The People raise a call to action, (Tea Party rallies, 9/12 movement, etc.), (Treebeard calls on the Ents).
As is their prerogative, (as per The Declaration of Independence), The People tear down the machinations of government, (the walls, dams and machinery of Isengard). The incumbent politicians, (Saruman), retreat to The Capitol, (Orthanc), and are then removed, through what they would see as betrayal, by some of the old guard who become enlightened, (Grima, fed up of humiliation by Saruman), who themselves are removed, (shot by Hobbits).
So. There we have it. My take on the Tolkienization of the Tea Party.