Why the Tea Party movement is a game changer

The hostility and jaded news coverage that the Tea Party movement evokes suggests that it must be on to something really big. It would be a mistake to frame or limit understanding this new political phenomenon to just anti-incumbent attitudes or to the issue menus of either Democrats or Republicans. The Tea Party transcends contemporary politics and is animated by powerful enduring ideas that were central to the nation’s founding as expressed in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution: freedom, the natural law of inalienable rights, and the sovereignty of the people that requires limited government.

Remarkably, the Tea Party movement has gained national prominence with unpaid volunteers in just a year and a half. Its people come from every walk of life from all over the country. What has brought them together is an acute awareness that Washington has been tone deaf to the voices of the people. They are tired and bored with the posturing of both Democrats and Republicans. Through the Tea Party, the silent majority now has a giant megaphone.

Candor, authenticity

The Tea Party movement provides a fresh and unvarnished combination of candor, authenticity and idealism. In the age of YouTube, politicians are having difficulty in managing their image or their audience through a largely supplicant news media. Something more fascinating and real is taking place in town hall meetings rather than in staged press conferences. In fact, it would appear that average citizens have more courage to play hardball with politicians than do too many in the Washington-centric media.

Conventional news reporting has become increasingly passé in the digital age where pervasive recording devices and Internet distribution have empowered average people to cut through political doubletalk and denial. Lawmakers can no longer hide in smoke-filled rooms or deflect with mere press releases. Spontaneous responses with common-sense zingers from people like Joe the Plumber are a lot more lively and revealing. The Tea Party folks don’t stand in the line to genuflect before an adoring media. Perhaps that’s where the conflict begins. Even so, in spite of Democratic strategists who seek to discredit or belittle the Tea Party as a mere speed bump rather than a road block, there’s no denying that this movement is a game changer. (Source: USA Today)

Go to the source and read the whole thing.  Will it be a game changer in Wisconsin elections like it has been in other states?  A fair question considering that at least in the 8th Congressional race no candidate appears to have caught fire with the movement.

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Seven Item Tea Party Agenda for a GOP House

One of the lines we’ve heard again and again from the Left and even from mediocre Republicans like Bob Bennett and Lindsey Graham is that the Tea Party has no agenda. The idea is supposed to be that the Tea Party is just a bunch of slack-jawed, backwoods hillbillies who are rallying against progress and a black President. Of course, this is not true. The reason the Tea Party exists is because patriotic Americans all across this country are deeply concerned about our nation’s future.

Now, there is no “Tea Party leader” or any one person who can speak for the Tea Party. Still, I’ve attended Tea Parties, I’ve spoken at Tea Parties (here and here) and I think I have a pretty good grip on what people at the Tea Parties want. It goes without saying that they want to get the deficit under control, they want Congress to start paying attention to the Constitution, and they’re going to ferociously oppose any big new government programs like Cap and Trade.

That being said, Tea Partiers tend to be considerably more informed than the average person about politics; so most of them are well aware of the legislative limitations we’ll face if the GOP takes back the House, but doesn’t control the Senate or the presidency. Additionally, it’s no secret that the American people and the Republican base have very little confidence in the GOP. So, let’s be honest here: if the GOP takes the House back, it will be because of the American people’s deep dissatisfaction with the Democratic Party, not their love for the Republican Party.

With that in mind, it makes sense to have a humble, limited agenda that helps rebuild the American people’s confidence in the GOP’s ability to govern. Here are seven doable agenda items that can help make that happen. (Source: TownHall)

1. Kill earmarks

2. Read the bills

3. Kill the funding for Obamacare

4. Security first border proposal

5. Investigate, investigate, investigate

6. Get the government out of private industry

7. Pay for all new spending

Go to the source to read the details.

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The “Tea Party” book

Liberals and socialist have “Rules for Radical” by Saul Alinsky as their guide.  Tea Party groups have a guide as well.

The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations,” has a thesis with understandable attraction for tea partiers — that poorly funded groups and companies loosely organized around basic shared ideas can change society, often by outmaneuvering governments or mega-corporations.

The title is based on the contrasting biology of spiders, which die when their heads are chopped off, and starfish, which can multiply when any given part is severed — a trait the book’s authors posit is shared by decentralized entities ranging from Alcoholics Anonymous to Al Qaeda to Wikipedia.

The book was first published in 2006 — three years before the tea party movement burst onto the scene with mass protests against what it regarded as President Barack Obama’s unchecked expansion of government. But the idea that scrappy starfish groups can beat imposing spider institutions resonates deeply with tea partiers, who have vigilantly enforced their occasionally chaotic structure against would-be leaders, an eager GOP, and conventional Washington wisdom questioning whether an infrastructureless group can succeed in Big Money electoral politics.

“This book is about what happens when there’s no one in charge,” write the book’s authors, Ori Brafman and Rod A. Beckstrom. “It’s about what happens when there’s no hierarchy. You’d think there would be disorder, even chaos. But in many arenas, a lack of traditional leadership is giving rise to powerful groups that are turning industry and society upside down.”

The book has become something of a secret password for tea party activists seeking to weed out ‘wannabe’ tea party leaders or establishment types seeking to install a top-down structure on the movement, according to Jenny Beth Martin, a tea party patriots founder.

the book also seems to encapsulate some of the central dilemmas facing tea party activists as they struggle to transition from a protest movement to one that flexes its muscles through lobbying and electing representatives who share their small-government principles.

A faithful application of the starfish theory would seem to hold that, in order to perpetuate the tea party’s grass-roots momentum, tea partiers should reject the compromises often necessary to unite behind candidates and resist the temptation to raise the money and build the centralized infrastructure traditionally used to elect them.

“The tea party is encountering a very spidery political system where it is about power and it is about money and it is about getting someone into office,” Brafman told POLITICO. “It can be easier to unite around shared values if you’re not trying to elect people into office.”

“If the tea party starts bringing money and power into the equation, that makes some people more equal than others, and they will start losing the advantages of being adaptable and starfish-like,” Brafman said. “That’s the biggest challenge the tea party movement is facing.”

And while the book celebrates the splintering of starfish-like groups, those splits can translate into the kind of bitter internal disputes that have sometimes beset tea party groups. (Source: Politico)

Interesting to say the least.  But part of the reason for the Tea Party success is the fact their isn’t one leader, but many.

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Racist ideology in Tea Party?

What is it going to take to convince those on the left that the Tea Party and it’s ideology is NOT racist?

The idea of limited government is not the equivalent of Jim Crow laws!!!  And neither is the idea of states’ rights.  Read the Tenth Amendment!

Sorry libs but the race card being pulled at every turn is getting OLD!

(H/T – Freedom Eden)

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