Happiness is a choice; anger is a tactic.This is not surprising to me. It speaks once again to the divide between the tea party base, who are genuinely angry about the state of the country (though in my opinion many of their stated reasons for being angry are wrong), and the tea party leadership which is willing to cynically use anger and the threat of violence to enrich themselves and push their political agenda.
So just to put Hennessy's quote in perspective, let's reconsider some of his previous antics:
And what about saying that the purpose of the tea party is to "destroy the left?" Well now, that actually isn't a tactic. Rather, that's the goal to which all of the tactics are directed. Bill Hennessy imagines that "destroying the left" will make him happy. And, ultimately, isn't that what "Zen Conservatism" is all about?