So. The Wall Street Journal is now calling those of us opposed to the so-called “Boehner plan” – you know, the one which will get fewer votes in the Senate than Cut, Cap, and Balance, and therefore has already been pronounced DOA in advance of its arrival, and which, after all this, won’t preserve the U.S. credit rating – “tea party Hobbits.” And why am I not surprised? John McCain, being the bastion of conservative steadfastness that he is, decided to sneeringly quote the article on the floor of the Senate.
Um, is that supposed to be, like, insulting or belittling or something? The WSJ and John McCain may want to check their sourcing.
You see, Tolkien’s hobbits are simple folk. They mind their own business. They work hard. They understand the value of home, of family, of friendship and loyalty. Oh, and freedom. They want to be left alone to live their lives as they see fit. But they aren’t to be underestimated:
“Hobbits really are amazing creatures. You can learn all there is to know about their ways in a month, and yet after a hundred years they can still surprise you.” [Gandalf, in The Lord of the Rings, Part I, The Fellowship of the Ring]
“There is a lot more in him than you guess, and a deal more than he has any idea of himself. You may (possibly) all live to thank me yet.” [Gandalf, referring to Bilbo Baggins, in The Hobbit]
Tolkien’s The Hobbit has been analyzed in several ways, at least a couple of which have applicability here: First of all, The Hobbit is a parable about the evils of greed and selfishness, and the virtues of both resisting and overcoming the same. It has also been viewed as an Bildungsroman (“education novel”), a genre in which an initially unsophisticated, insular, and even somewhat superficial individual matures, through experience and adversity, into one who is versatile, brave, self-sufficient, and relied-upon by others when they are in need of assistance.
Sounds a lot like a bunch of new GOP precinct committeemen and party chairmen to me.
Of course, it is the movie version of hobbits, from Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy which has become most familiar to us in popular culture today. Do kids even read the books anymore? Either way, for my part, I’m not too upset about being associated with hobbits.
It’s time to melt the phones, the fax machines, and the email servers in Washington. This Boehner plan is not what we, the grassroots, had in mind when we delivered a GOP majority and made Congressman Boehner Speaker of the House. Yes, we are exhausted, discouraged, bloody, and bruised. But someone has to take the Ring to Mordor.
And there are some things worth fighting for.
(So true, Kimberly, so true.)