Monday, February 8, 2010

The "Real" Tea Party

Who's got the real tea party?

Who cares?  That was my answer to a commenter in a thread over at Feed Your ADHD who asked me which tea party faction I belonged to.  I don't even know what the factions are.  Then Snarky and the other posters dogpiled her for asking such a stupid question.

Controversy Sells
David Paul Kuhn writes about current tea party controversies, including the convention and all those factions and claimants to the tea party name.  Every movement has its pretenders to power, camp followers, hangers-on and crafty opportunists trying to cash in. 

Every successful movement will also be fought over and franchised by the power-hungry.  This makes good theater for the lefty nutball, Marxists Spouting Nothing But Crap crowd, but ordinary people just shrug it off.  I'm not going to refuse to vote because the tea party convention charged $500 for people to get in.  I also wouldn't care if they paid Palin a million dollars to speak.  It's not my money.

The tea party movement could explode into a thousand little bits of tea leaves and it still wouldn't matter.  Conservatives will vote for the more conservative candidate, and we don't need community organizers plying us with booze and cigarettes and free bus rides to do it.   

Astroturf Schmastroturf
Sure, Dick Armey, God bless him, gets the event permits and foots the bill, but people show up of their own volition, some crossing the country to do it.  You call it astroturf because those hundreds of thousands didn't just all show up spontaneously with no prior coordination?  Hah!  When has that ever happened?   

In the end, you gotta pick a team, and "tea partiers" sure won't be pulling the lever for Democrats.

We Are Conservative, We don't need leaders to tell us what to think

Liz Sidoti sums up the zeitgeist well:
This is pure people-driven politics facilitated by the Internet. This is an ideological mix of libertarianism and conservatism with the common denominator being lower spending and smaller government. This is a loose collection of citizen groups with no leader but many voices.


Fredd said...

'Astroturf, Schmastroturf.' Yes, we didn't have to hire David Axelrod's firm to gin up any support from ordinary folks who are truly frightened to death of the Marxist-in-Chief's policies and what he is doing to our country.

And like I mentioned in a comment a few of your posts ago, every 'faction' of these alleged waring tea party goers enters that voting booth alone, and we know which lever they are going to pull.

No free bus rides, free smokes and free Jack Daniels needed.

Anonymous said...

Who is a tea party patriot?

WomanHonorThyself said...

the tea parties will save us from tyranny!!

Snarky Basterd said...

Dude ... that wasn't me who asked that question about the Tea Party sides. I wouldn't EVER ask that question. And "she?" Surely my man junk has been called better.

BTW ... you need to update your links. Check the last post at your link to Feed Your ADHD.

Silverfiddle said...

Snarky: It was a woman in the thread that asked me that. You were the one who started the dogpile.

I guess I left that open for interpretation the way I wrote it...

Damned amateurs!

There. I fixed it.

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