The discussion should be: Why are the tea parties completely silent right now? We're getting nothing from them when it comes to our big government asking for "your papers please." While the rest of the country is motivated and protesting, tea party protesters are suddenly absent, completely out of the picture. Not their fight?
Draw your own conclusions, but apparently "big government" works just fine if it's going after someone else, and not retired white guys on Medicare protesting their own assistance and Social Security checks.
The tea party movement exposed themselves as racist-self-interested-elitist-low information Americans. Freedom and liberty my ass.
Here's Chris Matthews and the Daily Beast's Peter Beinart's take on obvious: