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The Tea Party Explained

Posted in Government and Politics by TeeJaw on Thursday, September 23, 2010, 11: 21 AM

J.R. Dunn at The American Thinker:

The organization of the Tea Parties, and the effects produced by that organization, are emergent properties, rising out of nowhere with no planning, forethought, or external input, coming into being solely as a result of the exploitation of the available technological substrate by individuals and small groups. And yet this movement has shaken American society and has gone a long way toward overthrowing the reigning political superstructure. This is an astonishing chain of events, one that deserves a lot more analysis than it has yet received.

This video is not expressly about the Tea Party but tells what the Tea Party is about in one-minute:

We hear the T.E.A. (Taxed Enough Already) Party activists described as people who are “angry.” Some who make that claim are using the word “angry” to mean “seething with rage.” But seething is not a word that comes to mind for anyone without an axe to grind and who has attended a Tea Party rally or paid even a modicum of attention. The Tea Partiers are ordinary Americans showing the world how a civilized people conduct a revolution without mobs, bombs or violence. The Tea Party represents a wonderful example of “We The People” peacefully petitioning our government for a redress of grievances, a sacred right protected and guaranteed by the First Amendment. Tea Party protesters are angry only in the sense of being annoyed and fed up with the way politicians talk a good game on the campaign trail but act solely in their own self interest once elected.

The Tea Party may be the most fed up with the liberal anti-American attitudes so prominent in the Democrat party but they are probably almost as fed up with the Republican establishment that has failed to offer a distinctly different approach to the Democrats and has been content when in power to govern as the “liberal-light” party. At least at the National level the Republican party has a long history of being led by politicians who don’t mind being in the minority so long as they get invited to the right cocktail parties and get to play golf with big wig Democrats who run everything. The 1994 revolt first promised to change all that but quickly retreated and can now be seen as a mere glimpse of what might have been. A flash in the pan that failed, mostly because its leaders (Newt Gingrich) didn’t prove capable of a proper follow through after a few brilliant maneuvers.

The 1994 revolution that failed was the politicians leading the people. The Tea Party is different. This time it is the people leading the politicians, some of them kicking and screaming, into the future. It is a historic moment. We do indeed live in interesting times.

An essential fact about the Tea Party is that it will not become a third political party. If that were the case politicians would not be so frightened by it. Rather, the Tea Party dissidents understand that we are a two-party system and that they must, in order to win, take over and change the existing structure of the Republican party. This scares the daylights out of Republicans who have already seen many of their old guard lose primaries to Tea Party backed candidates (Lisa Murkowski, Mike Castle, Bob Bennett, etc.) In times past people who were disenchanted formed third parties not to win elections but to force one of the existing parties to support their objectives. The Tea Party seems, rather organically without any definite leadership, to understand the limitations of that approach and is trying not just to get reluctant chieftains to support an agenda they naturally oppose. This is rather a movement to replace RINOs with true conservatives who are genuinely dedicated to smaller government and lower taxes.

This extremely well-done video by The Knoxville News Sentinel of Knoxville, Tennessee is well worth watching by anyone wanting a better understanding of the Tea Party Movement:

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