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Quote Of The Day

This is usually Bruce’s department, but I thought this was too good to pass up. Here’s Jazz Shaw relating what’s he’s discovered about the Tea Party movement by actually meeting Tea Partiers:

The point is, meeting with tea party supporters has been a surprising experience. It’s not politics as usual and the old rules about Red vs. Blue and D vs. R don’t apply. Like any large gathering, you’ll find a couple of people with some more fringe outlooks, and that seems to be who the television cameras focus on. (We had one couple at a recent meeting who were obviously birthers and wanted to ask about Obama’s birth certificate, but they were quickly shushed by the rest of the crowd.) But for the most part, each group seems to carry its own distinct flavor and topics of interest. The one thing they seem to have in common is that they are unhappy with the current leadership in D.C. and they have come to play a serious game. If you think you already know the tea party movement, there’s a good chance you don’t. It’s kind of like trying to say you know the ocean. It’s big, it’s powerful, it’s rarely the same twice, and you never know exactly what it’s going to do next.

I bolded that one sentence just because it really stood out for me as crystallizing the movement as a whole. The Tea Party is all about constituents finally paying very close attention to what their representatives in Washington are doing. I’ve said before that when Americans really start to pay attention to someplace (e.g. the Middle East) or something (Federal Government), they tend to radically change it forever. That’s the “serious game” I see being played all across the country. And I think that is an unalloyed good.

BTW, read the whole thing.

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6 Responses to Quote Of The Day

  • I half wish that the media and Democrats DON’T clue in about the tea party movement, and keep promulgating the stereotypes they’ve created.
    Call ordinary Americans racist, homophobic, sexists, etc. (i.e. what they’ve been calling Republicans for the last several decades,) and maybe Tea Partiers will be telling their friends and family…
    I’M THE TEA PARTY

  • In large part, the “Tea Party” folks have asked themselves the fundamental question “will I be better if I work harder ?” and they realize that with the current Democratic leadership, the answer is “probably not” and that answer means the death of the “American Dream.”

  • Neo, I heard part of an interview with Michael Moore where he said Capitalism in the USA used to meant if you worked hard, you got ahead, but now (he claims) its only the money movers who get ahead. Interesting that even he answers that question “NO.

    • Standard red agitprop.  Did he yap any about speculationists or peace, bread and land?

  • MichaelWI’ve said before that when Americans really start to pay attention to someplace (e.g. the Middle East) or something (Federal Government), they tend to radically change it forever.

    I think the phrase you may be looking for is “alter or abolish”.

    At any rate, Shaw’s comments are a ray of sunshine.  The DC / NYC establishment (both political parties, MiniTru) has spent months denigrating the Tea Parties.  The fact that Shaw bothered to actually talk to Tea Party people (not their “leaders”) and listen to what they really are saying instead of reflexively dismissing them as racists, tools of the GOP, pawns of Big Business, astroturf, ignorant, hateful, etc, is quite refreshing.

    The one thing they seem to have in common is that they are unhappy with the current leadership in D.C…

    Is it just “the leadership”, or is it the intrusive, big government, INEFFICIENT, nanny-state that DC seems intent on pushing on all of us?  The Tea Parties are mostly a phenomenon of the right, but it seems to me that lefties have some reason to fear a Big Government, too: do lefties really want a big, intrusive, activist, all-powerful government run by a George Bush or a Sarah Palin?

    It MAY be that Americans are waking up to the ideas that the government that governs best governs least; that government in and of itself is AT BEST a necessary evil; and that government has NO DAMNED BUSINESS trying to run our lives and protect us from ourselves.

  • So TMV finally got it’s head out of it’s ass….sorta.

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