Message Discipline

Echoing a problem familiar to any liberal who ever tried to go to a rally to protest the occupation of Iraq only to find a bunch of guys with Free Mumia signs or Trotskyite sandwich boards extolling the virtues of the DPRK, an awful lot of today’s tea parties seemed to want to talk about obscure fringe causes that have nothing to do with health care or 9/11 or anything:


These guys, for example, are crank opponents of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Thanks to their tireless labor the US and—wait for it—Somalia are the only countries that haven’t ratified the convention. And Somalia has no functioning government.