Archive for category Tea Party
Tom Robertson at the American Thinker has some suggestions for how the Tea Party might apply its efforts to accomplish its goals:
Now that the midterm elections are over, Tea Party energy is at risk of dissipating due to the lack of a pressing goal to work towards. If the Tea Partiers are going to become a long-term, serious force, they must be willing to tackle serious problems without an immediate payoff like an election, else they risk going home and becoming a flash in the pan. This is exactly what the establishment hopes will happen. Read the rest of this entry »
I haven’t been on top of the blog for a bit, and hence have not gotten around to commenting about the 2010 elections yet. So, here goes.
The election results have been out for a while, so I’ll give them little attention. The Republicans won fairly big, and by a decent margin. The GOP now controls the House and has a good standing of the Senate. The big win was over 600 state legislature seats around the country, meaning that conservatives have had major successes in local campaigns and offices. Since this is where most of the governance should be coming from, this is a good thing.
But what I am interested in is not the office numbers or even conservative/ Tea Party reactions to the elections, but the reactions from the left. I am interested in them because they confirm the hubristic attitude that has been the primary complaint of the Tea Party, and show that the aristocratic elites on the left have opted to continue their pathologically narcissistic politics and ignore just why the people have rejected them. Read the rest of this entry »
So a bunch of Leftist elitists academics held a “conference” in order to analyze the Tea Party movement in order to confirm their accusations of racism better understand the movement as a social phenomenon. Dave Weigel at Slate presented the happenings at this elitist echo chamber conference, and John Hawkings at Right Wing News promptly fisked it to death.
Of course, the “experts” deduced that the Tea Party is popular because it appeals to right-wing anger and racism. Read the rest of this entry »
Outdoing himself yet again, Zombie has this excellent article comparing the underlying philosophy of the Tea Party to that of the early Hippie Movement, before it was co-opted by communists and other collectivists:
If you, as a hippie, think the thesis of this essay couldn’t possibly be true, you’ve been paying too much attention to the mainstream media. The Tea Party has been intentionally misrepresented, villainized and smeared by the powers-that-be. But this too is a feature that the Tea Party shares with hippies — the hippie movement was itself misrepresented and smeared by a different mainstream media over 40 years ago.
This essay will elucidate in a fresh way how Tea Partiers are the true heirs to the hippie ethos. When you’ve finished reading, you’ll see the Tea Party in a new light and (hopefully) understand that you may have been on the wrong side of the fence until now.
In short, the Tea Party and the hippie movement share four fundamental core values:
• A craving for independence;
• a celebration of individualism;
• joy in the freedom offered by self-sufficiency;
• and an acceptance of the natural order of things.
And excellent article, including an elaboration on political theory that introduces an axis of constructed versus innate human nature to the political spectrum:
The horizontal axis measures “government control,” ranging from a desire for less governmental power at one end of the scale, over to a desire for more governmental control at the other end of the scale. Most of you will understand this axis intuitively. But the vertical axis is a little more subtle, but also more eye-opening: it delineates people’s beliefs about human nature. At one end is the assumption that human nature is innate — that our personalities and other essential human attributes are built-in, unchangeable, and naturally occurring. At the other end is the belief that everything about humans is “constructed” — that we only are the way we are because of the particular cultural environment surrounding us, and that as a result people can be changed, through indoctrination, education, and/or alteration of the culture itself.
A great addition to the political spectrum, and I’d love to see it added as a third axis to the grid system that the Libertarians use with personal liberty on one axis and economic liberty on another.
Democrats in New Jersey finally admited to setting up a fake Tea Party in order to run a candidate that they hoped would take votes from the Republican candidate:
Democratic operatives in New Jersey are turning on Congressman John Adler (D-NJ-3). Due to “ethical qualms” they have revealed the Adler campaign is behind the bogus “NJ Tea Party” candidacy of Peter DeStefano.
Color me not surprised.
David Gutmann at the American Spectator takes a look at the rhetoric coming from the right and compares it to the rhetoric that has come from the left, and concludes that the nastiest venom has consistently come from the left. Read the rest of this entry »
W. James Antle, III, at the American Spectator, has a look at the left’s tactic of decrying conservative speech as “hateful” in order to suppress political distension and debate.
Protest against a Republican-run federal government, no matter how intemperate, is patriotic. Protest against Democratic-controlled government leads inexorably Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City bombing. No matter how anfractuous the logic, the fact that such protest is now widespread is what has Clinton seriously disturbed.
Such splendid demagoguery worked wonders for Clinton back in 1995, when he shamelessly exploited McVeigh’s atrocities to turn back rising conservative and populist opposition to his agenda. But this latest rendition also serves to remind those who cannot tell the difference between a Tea Party protest and a Klan rally that things weren’t much different the last time a liberal president tried to govern, even though that president was Southern and white.
The Tea Party is Kansas City obviously wasn’t the only one on Tax Day. Since I could only be in one city at a time, I’ve found some other folks who covered some of the happenings across the country.
Robert Stacy McCain has a nice article at the American Spectator on the Tea Party and its gaining momentum:
Perhaps the biggest sign of Tea Party success is a new wave of attacks on the movement from the Left and a surge of attention from the liberal media. Most bizarre of the attacks was the announcement earlier this week of “Crash the Tea Party,” an effort by liberal activists to infiltrate rallies in an effort to discredit the movement. That project was organized by Jason Levin, who told the Associated Press that he believes most Tea Party attendees are “homophobes, racists or morons” — although perhaps not so moronic as a saboteur who gives advance notice of his plans for sabotage. He was put on paid leave by the Oregon public school that employs him, under suspicion that he may have done his activism during work hours. How did his infiltrators fare Thursday? “They came, they saw, they failed,” as Michelle Malkin summarized it.
John Hawkins at Right Wing News covers the Tea Party at Myrtle Beach, where he gave a speech:
Kathleen McKinley, also at Right Wing News, has pictures from the Tea Party in Houston.
Robert Stacy McCain’s co-blogger, Smitty, has some coverage of the Washington DC Tea Party, and has video from Andrew Breitbart’s speech.
Smitty has a roundup of other Tea Party coverage as well.
The Reaganite Republican also has some roundup coverage of Tea Parties across the country.
Neal Boortz was in DC giving a little speech, and had a video of the Tea Party there up.
Van Helsing at Moobattery has some fantastic pictures from Tea Parties across the nation.
IUSB Vision has proof of the violence at the Tea Parties: some Tea Partiers brought vicious attack dogs to intimidate people!
Common Cents has more from DC:
Thoughts and Impressions
The Tea Party was a big hit. There were a lot of interesting people that I talked to and met, including several political candidates. I also got a bunch of photos, despite having more issues with my cell phone camera.
I made up some business cards and passed them out, so hopefully some of the people I met will visit this site. (I apologize for the crudity of the cards — the slicer at Kinko’s wasn’t working right.) Read the rest of this entry »
Tomorrow, April 15th, will see a large number of Tea Parties across the nation. I will be trying to make it to at least one of the Kansas City Tea Parties, and if I do, I’ll post whatever pictures I can get.
But the big news surrounding the April 15th Tea Parties has been the buzz about leftist plans to infiltrate and crash them. Because when you claim to support free speech and denounce your opponents as fascists and Nazis, the it apparently makes more sense to engage in Brownshirt tactics instead of actual substantive political debate. Read the rest of this entry »