Re: Meet a Tea Partier (Robert Wright & Rob Neppell)
Quoting Ocean: The problem is that once you take the crazy out, there isn't much substance left.
I don't agree with calling protest movements "crazy." It's like calling a bumper sticker message simplistic. The medium of bumper stickers demands simplicity as the medium of protests demands outrageousness.
We tend to excuse the outrageousness of a protest movements to the extent that we agree with its goals. Conservatives thought that Cindy Sheehan camping out at Bush's ranch was crazy or "moon-batty", but how else was she going to get her message on the evening news?
The outrageousness becomes counter-productive at some point, but that's just the gamble of the game. As I've argued here before, political impotence inspires protest movements. Generally, protests are ineffective. Most fizzle quickly away. But if you have no other options and you're angry, it's not crazy to try to think of some catchy slogan on write on a sign and make some noise.