[I originally posted this April 10, 2011, but it holds just as true today as it did then.]
I’ve been thinking a great deal about the Tea Party movement lately, little wonder as April 15th just passed, marking its one year anniversary. I’m so proud of my fellow countrymen and women that sometimes when I see you all gathered on the national mall, in Boston Common, or holding a flag or sign on any sidewalk across the nation I become quite choked up. We, the people, are the spirit and soul of this nation, its foundation, and we have been called, yet again, to be its salvation. Thank God we are up to the task.
I listen to even Fox News and their stunned surprise at the recent NYT/CBS News poll that found that Tea Party patriots tend to be “wealthier and better educated” than “the general public,” and I wonder why they are surprised. They being Fox News, we know very well why the NYT and the rest of the fringe media are surprised–they’ve bought their own fantasies about us being a bunch of hillbillies clinging to guns and religion, but why Fox? My guess is that they, too, had somehow fallen for the Tea Partiers are rube RACCCISSSST buffoons who probably didn’t gradj-E-8 from high school. Oops. Nothing against Fox, though, they’re all we’ve got in terms of a traditional(ish) news organization, after all, and given that they’ve been relatively honest in their assessment of the Tea Party movement, we can forgive their lapse.
It is rather odd, though, that the news of our better than average education level surprises the left, particularly citizen lefties. Reading the conservative blogs, listening to conservative pundits, and watching conservative politicians (think Paul Ryan), how can anyone imagine in their wildest dreams that conservatives are not intelligent, not educated? And yet, they do think that; hell, many of our own number think that. Is it the media seeping into our consciousness? Maybe a little. After all, we see again and again the mis-spelled signs all over the place. These, it must be said, are apparently rare, as the same couple of signs are used every time. Heh.
So we’re generally better educated and more likely to be above the poverty level. Anyone other than Fox and the fringe media surprised? I’m not. And I would add that we, as a whole and on the whole, are also more charitable (in terms of actually donating to our churches and/or charities), that we are better thinkers (the left really doesn’t think; it just repeats talking points and becomes rather confused (and verbally abusive) when forced off script), and that we are, at rock bottom, kinder, nicer people. And humble. Let’s not forget humble.
The left is fond of pointing out that President Bush did [fill in the blank] and where were we then? Well, we were blogging about it, weren’t we? I was. I railed against amnesty for months (and lost a good number of readers because of it–my blog at the time was more likely to be about cute shoes and chocolate Easter eggs than politics), and I was occasionally motivated to babble about the war in Iraq, Hussein’s fall (and subsequent hanging), the Patriot Act, and a couple other not in Bush’s corner news items. So we didn’t approve of everything Bush did, or very very few did (I’ve never actually met anyone or read anyone’s comments who approved of every move he made–he was far too big-spending liberal on too many things. We all knew it, and we all disliked it.). So why does the left insist that we loved what Bush did but when BO does it, we resist? Why indeed.
The left is fond of pointing out that the Tea Party is RAAAAACIST, stooopid, and on the verge of violence. Violence, they mean, in the form of a violent overthrow of our government, but that is exactly what we do not believe, nor want. We believe in our country, in our Constitution, and if the radical prog crazies were capable of understanding this, they’d understand why (much to their Alinsky-inspired chagrin) there is no violence from the Tea Party. Why would we go outside the bounds of our Constitution to uphold said document? D’oh. We wouldn’t. It’s pretty clear to anyone with a brain, sight, and/or hearing. But they insist. Why?
The left is fond of pointing to imagined “rifts” on the right, trumpeting the (imaginary) “divide” that the Tea Party is causing. Why?
The left is fond of musing about the demise of the Tea Party–the momentum can’t be kept, they’ll get bored and go back to their Bibles and gun cleaning; that we’ll just sort of die out as a movement . . . before November, hopefully. Why?
It’s rather funny (funny ha ha . . . well, ok, funny peculiar, too) that the left is constantly missing it. Completely. They are so busy imposing their own faults and petty, wrong-headed “thinking” on us that they’ve totally missed the point, missed what is happening, and missed why it is happening. Everything for us is not about President Bush. Nor even about sniveling, mean-spirited BO. Or about 2010. Nor even about 2012.
The Tea Party is about America. Period. Who we are, how we were founded and on what principles, and how we can take our country back. Because they cannot conceive of anything that is big picture, that is rooted in honorable principle, they cannot see what we can see, feel, and understand: We, the people, are motivated by love of country. Period. Not hate of this person or that, not the desire to see anyone suffer or fail, nothing negative at all. We are a movement of positives, of hope (not to be confused with hopeandchange or hopeychangey unicorn crap). We are looking not to destroy but to reclaim and rebuild. We are seeing clearly not with spite, rancor, or hatred but with civility, honor, and love.
And because of that, we will not be defeated, we will not fail. And we will not disappear in a puff of smoke on November 7, 2012. Indeed, that day will be a day of great celebration, but it will be only the beginning. This mid-term is about regaining control of Congress in an effort to provide the traitor in the WH with much-needed checks and balances and to unseat the other two who make up his triumvirate of tyranny. The next presidential election will be about undoing the massive damage that BO has already inflicted on this great nation. And the 2014 midterms will provide another opportunity to weed out more progs (from BOTH parties), the ones not up this time around. And so on.
We’re not finished in 2012. Not by a long shot. We’ve got a country to rebuild, and that means that it’s not over when BO slithers out of the WH in January 2013. Indeed, it will never be over. We are awakened, we are going to reclaim our schools, our courts, our nation, and we are not going to stop being vigilant and informed. No. We will be watchful for the resurgence of those we’ll cull from positions of power. Because we know, we know that they’ll not be gone, just regrouping, preparing another hundred-year siege on our nation, our rights, and our liberty. We will never let that happen, not now, and not in the future–ironically, BO has, in effect, created that oft-cited civilian national security force: We, the people.
We are Americans, people of strength, will, conviction, integrity, and honor. A group of mealy-mouthed, America-hating progs are nothing to us, no barrier. We will prevail because our goal is honorable and noble, our will strong, our determination steel. Unlike the progs’s deceitful, despicable, and traitorous rise to power, we will prevail in the light of day, at the ballot box, and by the means enumerated in the Constitution that we pledge to uphold and defend. And then we will stand guard for all time, on watch, protecting our nation, passing on our hard-learned lessons to future generations of Americans who will be proud of us, of our country, and of accepting the light of liberty that we pass to them, that they might stand firm, watchful and ready to protect and serve as we are now.