Sunday, January 24, 2010

Los Partidos del Te

Boy, once you get in the old Rolodex...

Article in El Mercurio, Santiago, Chile. Excerpt:

...el republicano terminó por quedarse con el estado que perteneció a Kennedy por 47 años, y el Tea Party se anotaba su primera victoria política.

"Para nosotros no se trata tanto del apoyo a Scott Brown, sino sobre la idea de que si colaboramos en masa podemos ganar cualquier asiento (parlamentario) en el país", dijo Eric Odom, del America Liberty Alliance, otra institución bajo el paraguas del Tea Party.

Y es que así funciona el movimiento: es descentralizado, se organiza espontáneamente, y carece de un manifiesto claro. Hasta el momento no se consideran parte del Partido Republicano.

"Sería un error pensar que son una fuerza capaz de dar un apoyo continuo. No son un partido, son una masa acéfala que puede ser peligrosa incluso para quienes la abrazan", dijo a "El Mercurio" Michael Munger, director del departamento de Ciencias Políticas de la Universidad de Duke.

¿Qué unió entonces a Brown y al Tea Party? El mismo descontento que ha hecho a este último impulsar a miles de ciudadanos a protestar en los últimos meses contra la administración Obama. Decirle que "no" a Washington y a los demócratas, y representar el enojo contra el sistema político contra el plan de salud, los paquetes de estímulo y el desempleo.


ATSRTWT

(I'd translate, but my Spanish is terrible. And, hopefully, Mr. Autodidakto will do the honors...again)

7 comments:

LowCountryJoe said...

Google lanuage tools => http://www.google.com/language_tools?hl=en

b said...

Translation of the excerpt:
[i]the Republican tended up with the state that belonged to Kennedy for 47 year, and the Tea Party scored its first political victory.

"For us it isn't so much about supporting Scott Brown, but about the idea that if we collaborate en masse we can win any (legislative) seat in the country," said Eric Odom, of the American Liberty Alliance, another institution under the umbrella of the Tea Party.

And it is in this way that the movement works: it's decentralized, organizes spontaneously, and lacks a clear manifesto. As of now they are not considered part of the Republican party.

"It would be a mistake that they are a force capable of providing continued support. They are not a party, they are an anencephalic mass that can be dangerous even to those that embrace it," Michael Munger, director of the Political Science department of Duke University, told [/i]El Mercurio.

[i]What then united Brown and the Tea Party? The same discontent that has made the latter propel thousands of citizens to protest in recent months against the Obama administration. Saying "no" to Washington and the democrats, and representing ire against the political system against the health plan, the stimulus packages and unemployment.[/i]

autodidakto said...

I get the credit and b does the work. I can handle that.

Michael said...

"an anencephalic mass"

sounds like science fiction

b said...

Okay, I was having a little bit of fun with "anencephalic." Word geekery overpowered my duty as a translator.

autodidakto said...

Acefala is a medical term that means without a head. "Acephalic" would be the direct medical equivalent (though much more pretentious and obscure than the spanish word when used figuratively). "Anencephalic" means without a brain, no?

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