A FEW WORDS ABOUT TEA PARTIES:
- It’s not about race.
- It’s not about political party.
- It’s not transitory.
We could add that they’re also not about ideology, but that would be a lie. ¬†The ideology is Americanism: ¬†an abiding belief in the founding principles and that the current ‘regime’ has violated them. ¬†Many pundits have already pointed out the disgrace of our government denouncing its dissenting citizens as “racists, homophobes and morons.” ¬†With the cooperation of the usual suspects in the media, they’ve desperately tried to paint us (yes, I have attended) as violence-prone crazies, not unlike the fringe-ier militias. ¬†More recently, as similar to the bombers of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma in ’95, or the guy who recently attacked an IRS office building with his private plane.
This is an old Saul Alinsky tactic, based on an old Marxist tactic: ¬†tell a lie often enough and it becomes recognized as the truth. ¬†Well, not only is the public catching on to this nonsense faster than these (unimaginative morons) would like, but their ‘movement,’ the one we foolishly elected, is now looking at our ‘movement.’ Ours started in 1776; theirs in 1917. ¬†They want to use their revolution to defeat ours; ¬†they are counter-revolutionaries. ¬† They have history on their side when they assume that we can be dismissed; that we’ll get tired or distracted and go away. ¬†Wrong. ¬†Not this time. ¬†The election of their movement and its attempt to collectivize our society in contravention of our society’s basis in the protection of the individual has gotten our attention. ¬†We are focused and angry.
And how could our focus on Washington not reveal the open fester that is the bazaar our precious system has gradually become? ¬†How could we not notice when our more candid elected officials tell us that it is no longer possible for them to change this disaster from within. ¬†The very ‘Cui Bono’ politicians who are most profiting from the status quo are the one’s asked to change it. ¬†And who can blame them. ¬†They’ve each overcome great difficulties to learn and take advantage of a corrupt system; to be its beneficiaries. ¬†Is it reasonable to ask them to give it up – to abandon their just reward?
And we’ve come to recognize it’s not just money. ¬†Greed comes in many forms, and many of those who rail against our capitalist system for being greedy would do most anything to preserve their incumbency and the privileges it bestows. ¬†The most effective one’s are happy to be passing laws that either directly benefit their campaign contributors or harass others into sending lobbyists to plead for relief (which ultimately produces more campaign contributors). ¬†And shame on us for allowing these same incumbents to sit down in private sessions and draw lines on the map around those most likely to vote for them. ¬†We used to pick our representatives; now they pick us (and our pockets). ¬†Now that’s greed!
But there’s another kind of government greed, and that’s a total disregard for the cost to the taxpayer, or to the society as a whole, or to the individuals and institutions caught in a tax system perverted to maximize collections and social control from Washington. ¬†When did we acquiesce to the notion that our tax system should be used to determine our social behavior? ¬†When did we accept the notion that half of society, or more – there is no official limit – will have no responsibility for financing our many government programs? ¬†Or the idea – by voters obsessed with the idea of ‘fairness’ – that an income tax (bad idea in itself) that goes up in rate at the same time as in volume is somehow ‘fair.’ ¬†(If you’re on the receiving end, it looks fair enough.)
We need a safety net for our most vulnerable citizens. ¬†But Democrats are proudly declaring that 99% of Americans got tax refunds this year! ¬†As in President Obama’s campaign, few wanted to point out that most of those tax ‘refunds’ were to people who were never required to pay income tax to begin with. ¬†IOW, they got a check from the government, what the economists call a transfer payment. ¬†I don’t recall voting on that, following the non-debate in Congress – do you?
So, the tea party will go on as long as we can maintain the Republic we have so carelessly allowed to fall into disrepair. ¬†There’s a lot of work to do, and we may not prevail. ¬†Our fabulous success as a free-market Republic dedicated to protecting the individual from government may disappear in a collectivist cloud – to be erased from memory in subsequent generations because our replacements could never afford to tell the truth about the magnificent thing we once were.
And, if you happen to still have a little more ‘Tea Party’ energy, here’s a fine article on the topic, less rant (me) and more fact and acute observation (her) from the fabulous Michelle Malkin, writing an Op-ed for Investor’s Business Daily, here.
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