By James Poniewozik
The national parks—and The National Parks—are based on ideas that are classically, if not radically, communitarian: That the free market doesn't always act in the public interest. That it's good that every American shares ownership of and responsibility for the most exclusive properties in the country. And that it is right for people—through government—to protect them from business interests and even from the people themselves (like the early visitors who shot game and scratched their names on ancient rocks). A series on a public-TV network that calls a government program America's best idea? Has no one alerted Rush Limbaugh?
By Patrick Goldstein
In other words, the entire origin of the national park system, whose most passionate backer was a Republican, Teddy Roosevelt, is based on a firm belief in--Glenn Beck, cover your ears, please--government intervention to regulate an out-of-control free-enterprise system. In fact, one of the more dramatic moments in Burns' documentary involves the battle to create a park in the Great Smoky Mountains, while logging companies bankrolled anti-park ads and were "frantically cutting the old-growth forests to extract everything they could before the land was closed to them."
As we've seen, the teabaggers don't care about "socialism" in our highways, our libraries, or our police forces. They don't care about "socialism," period. All they care about is getting the scary black man out of the White House.
For more on the subject, see Buchanan Sums Up Teabaggers.