No End in Sight

The Tea Party I attended on Thursday was not disrupted by anyone. It was a concern, though; apparently, all the publicity surrounding the possibility deterred those who might have desired to cause trouble. Of course, there’s always one segment of society that will remain a problem.

I mentioned in my last post that I don’t believe the Tea Party movement is going to die out. One major reason for that is the Democratic leaders from Obama on down are not moderating their positions or their goals. News today is that Harry Reid is already planning to go around Senate rules—as he did for the healthcare bill—to force through massive cap-and-trade legislation. Passage of a bill such as that will be almost as devastating as the healthcare program.

On top of all that, we are now awaiting Obama’s next pick for the Supreme Court. Everyone on the “short list” that is circulating is a radical when it comes to interpreting the Constitution. Not one person on that list has any desire to contain the authority of the federal government even though the Constitution dictates a limited role for the government. The appointment of radical judges was one of the direst warnings conservatives offered during the presidential election campaign.

The only trace of good news here is that Obama will be merely replacing one radical with another—the makeup of the Court will not be altered . . . for now.

Vigilance must continue. Now is not the time to relax. We must keep educating American citizens. Perseverance is the key.

The Lakeland Tea Party

The nature of my post will be a little different today. I just want to provide some local flavor from the Lakeland, Florida, Tea Party. I arrived about 6:00 p.m. and took the following picture of the gathering crowd downtown.

Hundreds were present listening to the speakers. The lakeside setting was perfect.

Republican candidate for Congress Dennis Ross was the final speaker. I’ve gotten to know Dennis a little; I’m impressed with his devotion to the Constitution and knowledge of the basic principles of government.

Signs, of course, were omnipresent, all obviously homemade and none with swastikas or racial overtones. Everyone was polite and well-mannered. Here are some samples.

That last one gives the lie to the racist accusations. I saw another one that simply said, “I’m not white. I love tea parties.”

As faculty sponsor for Southeastern’s College Republicans, I was pleased to see so many of them present. They love their specialized T-shirts.

Others dressed with an eye for the historical angle.

So the reality of the Tea Parties is far different from the media’s perception.

Everyone was focused on the November elections. I don’t think this movement is going to wither, and I pledge to do all I can to encourage it.

True & False Tea Partiers

This evening I will be attending our local Tea Party. Will the event be reported accurately? There’s some doubt about that nationwide. A movement is underway to sabotage Tea Party rallies by infiltrating them with opponents posing as supporters. These fakers will attempt to act in such an outrageous manner, or carry signs with hateful messages, that the media will present them as the rank-and-file Tea Partier.

Michelle Malkin penned an article yesterday that pinpoints the disrupters’ strategy. For the entire article, go here. She begins this way:

One of the popular signs spotted at Tea Party protests across the country over the past year goes like this: “It doesn’t matter what this sign says. You’ll call it racism, anyway!”

That has been the cry from the Democratic Party and their friends in the media from the inception of this movement.

President Obama’s community organizing allies whispered “racist,” “fascist” and “fringe” in the earliest days of the stimulus demonstrations in January and February 2009, when hundreds of first-time protesters turned out on the streets in Washington State, Colorado, Arizona and Kansas. The whispers turned to hysterical screams as hundreds became thousands and thousands became millions of peaceful marchers who gathered for the first nationwide Tax Day Tea Party. Some fringe, huh?

Malkin then shares what happened to her:

I speak from direct experience about the underhandedness of Tea Party smear merchants. On Feb. 17, 2009, at one of the country’s first tax revolt rallies in Denver, a man approached me amid a throng of bona fide anti-stimulus protesters and thrust a camera in my face. I obliged cheerfully, as I usually do after such speaking events. I later learned from the character assassins at Progress Now, a left-wing outfit that just happened to be there and just happened to snap a close-up photo of the interaction, that the man pulled out a sign at the last minute (which I didn’t see until later) sporting Obama’s name with a swastika on it. He held the sign away from me, but in direct view of the Progress Now cameraperson.

That cameraperson just happened to be a former CNN producer, whose blog post on the photo just happened to be immediately disseminated by the local press and to the hit men at the radical-left Media Matters website. The narrative was set: A conservative supporter of the nascent Tea Party movement posed for a photo with a man holding up a swastika at a protest against out-of-control spending! Ergo, the anti-stimulus protesters and the entire Tea Party membership are all racist, fascist menaces to society!

So if you hear about those “awful Tea Party people” in the coming days, please keep in mind what’s happening behind the scenes. The most amusing part of this for me is that those who are used to being the protesters are befuddled when confronted with legitimate opposition to their policies.

Yes, the current protesters aren’t the typical fare: they work, raise children, and believe that God will only bless a nation that honors Him.

Random Thoughts

Some days I don’t have a unified thesis for what I want to share. How about if I just offer a few random thoughts—with a little help from my friends, the political cartoonists?

A couple days ago, I commented on the attitude toward the Tea Partiers, and how some politicians and media outlets do their best to smear them as racists. Personally, I think some of this is due to their utter lack of knowledge of American history.

It’s interesting what qualifies as hate speech nowadays.

Yesterday I focused on Obama’s new nuclear policy, such as it is. Here’s a pretty good representation of it.

Don’t overlook the notice in the center. It’s the essence of the policy.

Education is another of my favorite topics.

A win-win for whom?

The other day Sarah Palin critiqued the Obama nuclear policy. His response was to ridicule her as someone who has no experience in foreign policy—you know, like a certain community organizer who was raised to a position above his pay grade. I’m reminded of his sharpness from time to time, like the occasion when he told his audience how many states he had visited.

I guess that’s what a Columbia political science degree and a Harvard law degree get you—daunting intellectualism.

Demonizing Dissent

Remember the scene a couple of weeks ago as the Democratic House leadership left one of the House office buildings to walk outside to the Capitol? Speaker Pelosi was carrying a rather huge gavel.

They were in an exultant mood—healthcare was about to pass. This march was obviously intended to go straight through the crowd of protestors who were begging Congress not to pass the bill.

It was during this march that an alleged incident occurred. Accusations later were lodged against the protestors for using racial slurs against African American congressmen. The accusations received eager coverage in the media. Suddenly the “Tea Partiers” were racist degenerates, not concerned citizens trying to stop their nation’s slide into financial ruin.

Fighting back, one conservative leader, Andrew Breitbart, has offered to pay the United Negro College Fund $100,000 for any video proving the allegations of racist language being used that day. Video cameras were everywhere. Breitbart is still waiting for the smoking gun video that proves the accusations are true.

A game is being played here.

With a little help from their media  friends, the Democrats hope to smear honest protest with the dreaded label of racism. They don’t have to look far to find those helpful media people. They’re already well trained and prepared to stereotype.

Honest reporting is a rarity.

And what of that “march”? Why did it even occur? Representatives never do that. They always use the underground tunnels that take them directly from their offices to the Capitol. They knew the grounds were filled with protestors. Could this have been a deliberate attempt to create controversy? It has become obvious they don’t really know what to do with those who are involved with the Tea Party movement. They’re not sure how to counteract their appeal. So why not brand them racists?

It’s an underhanded and deceptive strategy. But they’re practically beside themselves trying to figure out what to do.

On April 15—tax day—tea parties will be held all across America. I plan to attend one—my first.

And I am not a racist.

Party of Which People?

I’ve always found it somewhat comical that the Democratic party refers to itself as the party of the people. Historically, it has been the Democrats who have pushed the idea that the government, not individuals, knows best.

It started with Woodrow Wilson. He was devoted to the idea that the Constitution was a “living” document that politicians and judges could alter at will. During WWI, Wilson took almost complete control of the American economy, even to the point of nationalizing the railroads. He had little patience with anyone who disagreed with him, surrounding himself with “yes men” who would always do what he said. 

FDR, in the 1930s, had the golden opportunity to put progressive policies into action during the Great Depression. On the surface, they were carried out for the “common man,” but in reality, they stifled economic recovery, thereby hurting everyone, including all the “little people.”

LBJ, after the assassination of JFK, had a Congress that would do almost anything he asked. Again, in the name of the people, he embarked upon what he termed the “Great Society.” Its greatest accomplishment was the creation of a permanent dependent class. Of course, for some, that is the goal: if people depend on the government for their subsistence, they will continue to vote the party in power that promises to keep the goodies flowing.

FDR and JFK were independently wealthy. They never worked a day in their lives. Wilson was part of the intellectual elite, having served as president of Princeton. LBJ practically ran the state of Texas. All politics was subservient to him. These are hardly men who are part of any proletarian revolution. They were the privileged.

Nothing has changed. Democratic senators like Jay Rockefeller and Herb Kohl are the wealthiest of the wealthy. The media always connects the Republicans with Wall Street, but in fact, Wall Streeters donate more to the Democrats than Republicans.

Party of the people?

The Tea Party movement gains strength, and the so-called party of the people doesn’t know what to do with the people. As they sit in their seats of power, looking down on the rabble, what do they think?

In the space of a little more than 200 years, perceptions have changed tremendously.

If they are the party of the people, someone should ask just which people they mean.

Oh, Really?

There have been some interesting statements made by politicians in the past week. First was President Obama’s declaration that he is a believer in the free market. Either I’ve misunderstood him and all his actions throughout his entire life . . . or he was not exactly telling the truth.

I think I’ll opt for the latter explanation.

I was also amazed to hear Nancy Pelosi comment that she had common ground with the Tea Party movement. In fact, here are her exact words:

But you know we share some of the views of the Tea Partiers in terms of the role of special interests in Washington, D.C.. It has to stop. And many Tea Partiers — not that I speak for them — share the view, whether it’s — and Democrats, Republicans and independents share the view that the recent Supreme Court decision, which greatly empowers the special interest, is something that they oppose.

Someone needs to notify the Tea Party leaders—they have a new recruit.

And of course there was Charlie Rangel, chair of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, the committee that writes all the tax bills, claiming that he has done nothing wrong by accepting gifts from indivduals and companies that want favors from his committee. That investigation is ongoing because there’s a lot still to be uncovered [although his deception regarding his personal income and taxes he didn’t pay is pretty well established already]. The latest is that he has reluctantly, and quite belatedly, stepped down from his leadership position.

One cartoonist caught the spirit of these declarations rather well: