Why the Tea Party won’t save the nation:
I watched the Tea Party bloom from a group of Ron Paul Republicans, to get picked up by the GOP, and handed over to the Neo-Conservatives. As an independent, grassroots, libertarian (little ‘L’) force, the Tea Party was strong. Growing so fast, that the statists on the right could not ignore it for very long.
The statists on the Right tried to swallow it, turning it into an “every man’s GOP,” while the statists on the Left see many of their own tactics, therefor they demonize it. People like Palin and Bachmann get held up as “Tea Party Leaders” when they pretty far from either part of that label.
But, that time of principles has passed, and now, the average Tea Partier believes in foreign adventurism, touts bad foreign policy with blind faith, and trips over itself to say it supports the police at every step of the game. And this, is precisely why it will not, can not, save the nation.
When Americans who have been convicted of no crime are murdered in their own homes, by men acting under color of law… When the Indiana Supreme Court says you may not reasonably and lawfully resist an illegal home invasion if those invaders have badges… When the US Supreme Court says that the police do not need warrants to enter your home if they hear a toilet flush… When men are executed in their own homes for stating the 4th Amendment requirements…
Then the Tea Party’s blind support of the police puts them on the wrong, the immoral, the tyrannical side of this discussion. I have been known to fly a Gadsden Flag, I have been known to attend a Tea Party event or two, but I cannot claim to be a Tea Partier today…
If the Tea Party really supported the Bill of Rights, they’d hold up Restore the Constitution Rallies as a shinning example, but what they mostly support is GOP-status-quo, and since Democrats are in office, that means a new-found respect for the Constitution.
As long as the Tea Party constrains itself to being the populist wing of the GOP, it will do nothing of importance. It might get a candidate or two elected, but not enough to make a difference, just enough to promulgate the lie of “consent of the governed.”
Fly your Gadsden Flags, but remember Jose Guerena.
Long live the Republic,
– Cato, the American.