I’ve been wandering around the web today, reading articles about the GOP taking its lead from the grassroots, hoping to find some satisfaction after all the hard work that I and others have done to get the attention of our party and the nation. What I am finding instead is frustration and aggravation at the conclusion that the journalists and, apparently, my party is taking from the lesson of this summer.
In unprecedented fashion, the non-liberal, non-progressive grassroots united this summer and stood for a common cause. We came together to oppose the rapid transformation of our country from nominal democratic Republic to socialist state. We stood in defense of the Constitution as the foundation of law and government of this nation and redirected the nation’s attention to its timeless principles.
We have no spokesperson and we have no umbrella organization. We come together from different parties, philosophies, and ideologies and are united by a particular obsession with freedom that is uniquely American. We are the Tea Party movement.
The GOP and large Conservative organizations have, at varying times, attempted to jump in front of our parade to carry our banner, as though they are granted automatic admission into leadership of this movement. Each time such a disingenuous attempt was made, the movement pushed the partisans aside, thereby revealing their deceit. Our movement requires as much reform from Republicans and “conservative” politicians as it does from Democrats and others. We demand a return to Constitutional standards and accountability. Most, if not all, of our current representatives have fallen short. No one can claim the high ground simply by virtue of having an (R) after his or her name.
By now, the Republican party has received the message that this is not a movement of, by, and for Republicans. Some have learned to respect us and have earned our return respect by demonstrating more concern for the people than their party. Others (and I would argue, the majority) have continued to scorn us as unimportant outsiders, detrimental to the Party. These people are still missing the point.
Sadly, the articles I read today indicate that the partisans are not learning what we are trying to teach them. They do not yet understand the Constitutional limitations on government that we demand. They do not yet understand that we want a party that represents us and adheres to its own principles. What have they learned from the activities of this summer? The Tea Party movement might hurt the Party.
Yes, it is us that is a danger to the Party. We might drive away those who are more moderate and could bring the Party more votes. We might cause the Democrats to sneer at the GOP for being populated by unsophisticated, common folk.
Their scorn has been directed at those who have spoken in our defense as well. Glenn Beck, the person responsible for exposing radical White House advisor Van Jones and the corruption at ACORN, has been a particular target. Moderate conservatives are loathe to associate themselves with Beck because they don’t want to be disparaged as “populist,” or “libertarian,” or worse yet “unintellectual.”
Beck, [David Horowitz] says in one of his blogs, has done good things and must be given credit for this and not be read out of the conservative movement. Yet he agrees that Beck must be “reined in” and corrected when he goes too far. If those in the conservative ranks who support Beck do just that, Beck’s excesses can be tempered, and those who do not like him will listen to him more carefully when he is right. Now that Beck has become so important, it is imperative that those who do think he should be supported and who disagree with Frum and Wehner, carefully watch what he says and call him on it when he goes too far. If they do not, only the conservative movement will suffer.
“Our best leaders and best ideas come from the grass roots,” added Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.). “It’s individuals taking leadership in their government.”
But it scares some GOP strategists, who privately admit that the party could hurt itself in the long run.
These Republicans are desperate to avoid having their party associated with those … who have called the president a racist or socialist.
“It’s not surprising that the Republican Party is being lead around by [Glenn] Beck, [Rush] Limbaugh and the rest of the right-wing noise machine,” said Hari Sevugan, the Democratic National Committee’s press secretary. “That’s what happens when you don’t have any new ideas or leadership of your own.”
The Tea Party movement and Glenn Beck have done more to advance the cause of American liberty in the past 9 months than the Republican Party or these Conservative talking heads have done in the last 70 years. The Republican Party and the Conservative movement have together been unable or unwilling to stem the tide of Progressivism in any measurable way since the Great Depression. We are at the end of a long, slow descent into socialism, unimpeded by any push-back by those who have claimed to represent us over the decades.
Those in the GOP and the Conservative “movement” (shouldn’t that word imply they are going somewhere?) who would look down upon us because we might be a detriment to their organization should be forewarned. None of us is in this for the advancement of their party or their non-movement. We are here because we believe in liberty and we will fight for it if necessary. We are not going away. They must accept that WE ARE THE PEOPLE, or go the way of the irrelevant.
On the fence? Here’s a litmus test for you. If you are concerned that associating with this movement will make you look like less of an intellectual, then you belong to the other side. Let go of the mistaken idea that being an intellectual makes you smart. There is no room for intellectuals in our movement.
Leonard Peikoff on “intellectuals” –
The hope of the United States lies in the philosophical breach between the American people and the intellectuals.
The people admire material wealth, practical success, technological innovation. The intellectuals dismiss such values as “middle class,” and say that machines are destroying the globe. The people admire self-reliance, productiveness, and the other virtues of the so-called “work ethic.” The intellectuals say that these virtues are impossible, unnecessary, antisocial, and/or “Puritan compulsiveness.”
The people approve of personal ambition, are eager to pursue their own happiness, think that a man should not live on handouts but should earn what he gets, and reject the insistent demands for self-immolation. The intellectuals denounce this – every element of it – as selfish and therefore vicious.
Party on, Patriots. Apparently our students need more lessons.