WHAT IS THE TEA PARTY MOVEMENT GOOD FOR?

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Deo Vindice has an interesting post on the Tea Party movement (here).  James Atticus Bowden wonders if the Tea Party movement will accomplish anything. 

Ideas are inexorably grounded in social conditions and circumstances.

Individuals are key actors based on the power of networks and the new institutions that they create.

Cultures ultimately shape and direct the lives of individuals.  (My pet phrase – Culture Commands).

These 3 findings hold meaning for the political storms brewing.  I’ve had a sense of the currents of frustration for some time.  Since 2005.  I’ve looked for tipping points – like election fever or post-election renewals.  The Tea Parties are the first sign of something real finally happening - in my judgment.  But, unless the emotion produces candidates for Federal office in 2010 – then its merely a big wind that blows itself out.

Several factors make the current Liberal hegemony difficult to assail.  The first is our elites.  Small government does not figure well into the plans of too many of our leaders.  When one craves power, then one loves big, and socialism makes for big bureaucracies.  That includes big corporations, big unions, and especially big government.  Yet none of these things necessarily functions well when big.  Big bureaucracies create complex management problems.  If there is little economy of scale to be realized, then large size easily creates more problems than it can possibly solve.

The second factor is the corporate mass media.  So long as too many invest a blind trust in the corporate mass media, mass media elites will smear the reputations of any who oppose their all to obvious Liberal bent.  Worse, the mass media elites will also continue to persuade people to take the most inane ideas seriously.  Why, for example, do so many take same-sex marriage seriously?  The answer is that mass media elites have manufactured an interest in what they consider a juicy issue.

The third factor is our government-run education system.  Liberals dominate this system.  Given the high degree Liberal dominance in our education system, it is remarkable our nation still has the will to resist socialism.  How do we?  I suspect that has much to do with the sheer ineptitude any such socialist system.  Nonetheless, large sectors of our population no longer understand civics or value our Christian heritage.   Unfortunately, socialist educators can do a particularly good job of keeping children from learning anything useful.

So what can the Tea Party movement do?  The primary lack in our population is a good civics education.   Too many of us know too little about either our history or how our government works.  Because of that, it has become nearly impossible to start a third party movement.  Thus, when neither the Republican nor the Democratic Party responds our concerns, even a solid majority finds itself stymied.

The last time our nation confronted such a problem occurred just before the Civil War.  The Whigs, now almost forgotten, refused to take a stand on slavery.   So the Democrats, using the Supreme Court, slyly threatened to spread slavery both into the territories and into the Northern states.   The public responded by dumping the Whigs and creating the Republican Party.  However, this process took years.

There is no easy fix.  Government is a constant problem.  For the sake of our children, we must commit ourselves to a long and difficult battle (Slavery lasted how long?).

We have an election in Virginia this year.  We can begin working on our local and state office holders.   Our congressional representatives, senators, and presidents often get their start in local and state government.  To encourage good people to run, we must start replacing those local and state officials who advocate Utopian, socialist policies.  We can promote candidates who think their neighbors should be allowed to  run their own affairs.

Several factors make Liberal hegemony difficult to assail. The first is our elites. Small government does not figure well into the plans of too many of our leaders. When one craves power, then one loves big. That includes big corporations, big unions, and big government. Yet none of these things necessarily functions well when big. Big institutions create complex management problem. If there is little economy of scale to be realized, then large size can easily create more problems than it can possibly solve.

The second factor is the corporate mass media. So long as too many people put a blind trust in the corporate mass media, these people will be able to smear the reputations of any who oppose their all to obvious Liberal bent. Worse, the corporate mass media will also continue to persuade people to take the most inane ideas seriously. Why, for example, do so many take same-sex marriage seriously? The answer corporate mass media has manufactured interest in what they consider a juicy issue.

The third factor is our government-run education system. Liberals dominate this system. Given the high degree Liberal dominance in our education system, it is remarkable our nation still has the will to resist socialism. Why do we? I suspect that has much to do with the sheer ineptitude any such socialistic system. Nonetheless, because government-run education, large sectors of our population no longer understand or value our Christian roots.

So what can the Tea Party movement do? The primary lack in our population is a good civics education. Too many of us know too little about either our history or how our government works. Because of that, it has become nearly impossible to start a third party movement. Thus, when neither the Republican nor the Democratic Party responds to public concerns, we find ourselves stymied.

The last time our nation confronted such a problem occurred just before the Civil War. The Whigs refused to take a stand on slavery. So the Democrats, using the Supreme Court, slyly threatened to spread slavery both into the territories and into the Northern states. The public responded by dumping the Whigs and creating the Republican Party. However, it well to remember that this process took years.

There is no easy fix. Government is a constant problem. Members of Tea Party movement must commit themselves to a battle that could easily stretch into decades (Slavery lasted how long?).

We have an election in Virginia this year. We can begin working on our local and state office holders. We can remember that our congressional representatives, senators, and presidents often get their start in local and state government. We must start replacing those local and state officials with Utopian socialist dreams. We can promote those candidates willing to let us run our own affairs.

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2 Responses to WHAT IS THE TEA PARTY MOVEMENT GOOD FOR?

  1. Thanks for the chat. Restore the Founder’s Vision takes on the mission of civic education. We should help them.

    FYI, the election in 09 is over. The candidates are chosen. Virginians can’t reset the table. They must eat the broccoli or the brussels sprouts depending on where they live.

    If Tea Parties and the ‘hands off my healthcare’ uprisings are to mean anything – they must produce new, different candidates in 2010.

    Enter the Code of Virginia and the U.S. Code – with byzantine rules and bizarre districts – all intended to protect incumbents (Ds and Rs).

    Unless we, a majority of Virginians, can find Constitutional Republicans (I gave up on Dems decades ago) to run in every race at every level, then, like the Whigs, its time to find a new party. Establishment Republicans may be Conservative, kind to puppies and hygienic, but unless they are firebrand Constitutionalists – they are just Statists who differ from the Socialists only by degrees.

  2. Old Fashion Liberal says:

    JAB – The 09 election is not over. The candidates have been selected, but the election is not over.

    With respect to the 2009 election, we have the opportunity to do three things:

    1. Get the best of the candidates elected.
    2. Highlight our preference for limited government. We can volunteer the bulk of our time and money to the candidates who most enthusiastically promote and fight for limited government.
    3 Become familiar with the political process and instructing our children and neighbors.

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