Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Tea Party or Tar and Feather Party?

Is the tea party a dangerous conservative monolith controlled by nefarious powers, as the liberals claim?  

Or is it a hapless, incoherent rabble, as the liberals claim?

They can’t have it both ways.  Actually they can.  Liberalism thrives on logical incoherence.  

Anyway, USA Today printed a most admirable article about the Tea Party Movement.  I think they nailed it:

The "Tea Party" is less a classic political movement than a frustrated state of mind.

"I don't really understand it, but I like what they stand for," says Terry Rushing, 63, of Greensburg, La., who was among those surveyed. "They just support everything I'm looking for — lower taxes, less government. ... All the good things, you know."
This is what worries establishment Republicans...
Even so, the movement is less a party than an anti-party, with no clear consensus about whom its national leaders are and a generally dyspeptic view of organized political power.

"It's a party opposed to the idea of parties," says Jill Lepore, a Harvard historian whose book about the movement, The Whites of Their Eyes, is scheduled to be published in October.
This is what worries liberals...
The Tea Party reminds her more of a religious revival than a political movement. She compares it to the Second Great Awakening in the 1830s, a religious resurgence that helped fuel temperance and abolitionism.
Much of what the tea party embraces is non-partisan:  Opposition to insane spending, bloated government and capricious regulation on individuals and businesses.  A general sense that government has gotten out of control and our representatives and bureaucrats no longer listen to us.

Skepticism is Healthy
What emerges from the polls and interviews is a deeply engaged, highly skeptical group of people — even toward others in their ranks.
The age of believing what our political heroes tell us is over.  For tea partiers, the age of political heroes is over as well.  We know we need government, and it takes people to run it.  We’ll vote for you, but we’ve also got our eye on you.  We made you, Mr. Politician, and we can break you.

The libs (and establishment Republicans) are scared witless of the Tea Party movement, and that’s a good thing.

When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.  -- Thomas Jefferson


Ray said...

I caught that piece as well and was equally stunned it wasn't a 'hit' piece as I think we're slowly seeing the media finally back away from Obama worship too little too late.

Subsequently they should be punished forever for it just like this 111th congress that could have stopped it in the earliest days knowing he's ineligible. ps great TJ quote.

Linda said...

Amen. And anything that scares us (politicians) witless, esp. something as successful as the tea party movement, MUST be marginalized and then destroyed.

Leticia said...

Power to the Tea Party movement.

Next we need to adopt Switzerland's mandatory basic training for all young men, however, I believe women should be included. And once that training is over they are to keep their assault weapons at home. (Found this out at Abouna's blog.)

Give the power back to the people where it belongs or we will take it by force.

Lady Cincinnatus said...

Wow. What a great post! I even like Tar and Feather Party better than TEA.

Lisa said...

Leader or none, it's the people who are being heard and it has never been more welcome than now.
When you have a president suing a state and imposing his will on the American people then it's no longer a republic.It becomes the president against the people and free people will not let that happen especially when this country was founded on the principal of freedom.

Nov 2 is vital. We have to make sure all friends and family vote against these destructive policies.

Christopher - Conservative Perspective said...

I think I heard Zo from ZoNation say it recently and quite rightly that we do not seek "leaders" in our government, we seek representatives.

This is the lesson to all on Captiol Hill and really politicians across the land.

I have said it before and will continue to do so; Carry the Tea Party theme from the local dog-catcher all the way to D.C. in every single election and that includes local school boards.

WomanHonorThyself said...

"They just support everything I'm looking for — lower taxes, less government. ... All the good things, you know." on!

Lisa said...

we do not seek "leaders" in our government, we seek representatives.

Perfect Christopher

Fredd said...

In 1994, remember that the Democratic losses were blamed on 'angry white males,' who showed up at the polls in droves to vote the Republicans into office for the first time in over 40 years. Remember that?

This time around, at the November ballot box those 'angry white guys' are going to be joined by angry black guys, angry white gals, angry black gals, angry Hispanic guys, angry Hispanic gals, angry Sikh guys and gals, angry....(fill in the blank) guys and gals. And its not anger directed at 'incumbents.' It's anger at a government run amok.

It's going to be an electoral bloodbath on Nov 2.

Endo_2011 said...

Christopher nailed it...Representatives not leaders...

Enough said

Lisa said...

what Fred said

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