Tea Party Betrayal
Is this what the Tea Party was all about?
Writes Tyler Smith:
"I’m currently at a tea party rally, at the encouragement of a family member. I thought a bit off play-by-play might be fun.
The way it has unfolded so far: a prayer, mostly lauding the war dead, then a moment of silence, for another, recent victim of the Iraq atrocity. When I didn’t stand or remove my cap for the national declaration of adoration, I got a few dirty looks. Twenty minutes into it, every local two-bit politician has made their patriotic fervor known on the stage. Then a woman with a beautiful voice stands and sings “To God Be the Glory” followed by the most deranged version of “Change Our Heart Oh God”, mutated with the pledge of allegiance inserted in the middle, then the hymn transitioned into “God Bless America”. Again, everyone was told to stand. More dirty looks my way. When did this gathering, advertised as a rally for economic sanity, turn into a state church?
The secretary of state spoke briefly about his current initiative to require all voters to have a valid, presumably federal, ID to vote.
They now have a 12-year-old boy reading about the importance of caring for the war ruined with tax money. Also about the importance of using our tax dollars to pay for the retired generation! He wrapped up by advertising for Americans for Youth Patriotism. Yes! Indoctrinate a new generation of hosts for the parasitic state!
I’m sad to say that this rally has nothing to do with liberty or decreasing the tax burden on the American populace."
A while back, Lew Rockwell wrote an important article about the upcoming betrayal of the Tea Party.
Basically, Lew's point was that the Tea Party was pulled in directions that had nothing to do with liberty, and that this was a natural occurrence in any democratic uprising:
You might as well know right now, however, that the Tea Party, no matter how successful it is at the polls in November, will certainly betray the party of liberty. There are several reasons for this, but the fundamental one is intellectual. The Tea Party does not have a coherent view of liberty.
The sad fact is that the Tea Party is already a monstrous affront to Liberty, whether you are a rational anarchist or a Constitutional conservative.
A few months ago, a poll showed an intellectual divide among those who identify with the Tea Party. In an almost 50/50 split were the supporters of the popular version of libertarianism espoused by Ron Paul. The remaining half were the supporters of foreign adventure and government intervention in social affairs, the neoconservative positions of Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, and Rush Limbaugh.
It should have been obvious that the Tea Party would eventually be dominated by the Palin-ites. It's quite simple actually. Libertarians actually listen to what politicians say. With a slew of Tea Party candidates showing little interest in liberty, libertarians have abandoned ship in droves. We need more life boats on the Titanic because this ship is going down.
In the end, will the Tea Party actually do more damage to America? Absolutely. I'm glad that I have finally relented, abandoned hope of saving this train wreck, and have decided to move on. Don't worry fella's, I'll be sure to let the door hit me on the way out. I need a good spanking for believing that America was ready to understand a consistent ideological position advocating liberty.
America isn't ready yet. A few more dead soldiers. A few thousand more dead Iraqi and Afghani civilians. A few more puppet democratic socialist governments to buttress Iran. A few more trillion in debt. A few more scapegoats (immigrants, homosexuals, brown people from someplace near the Middle East since you can't tell the difference.) A few more bailouts. A few more Contracts With America.
The Tea Party betrayal will lead to an even worse reversal down the road. You think Pelosi and Reid were bad? Just wait until you see what's in store after the Tea Party Express devilers nothing that you are expecting. The next round of left-wing fascists will make Pelosi and Reid look like Lord Acton.
I'm just not sure why I ever expected anything else.
David in Qatar