Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Ok, See, When I Warned the Tea Parties Yesterday, THIS is What I Meant!

Apparently, the Tea Party activists are going after Ron Paul for not being "conservative enough." Although Paul has been supportive of the movement, he's been moving away from them recently because he feels the tone has been overly-antagonistic.

Ron Paul's 2008 Presidential bid is what was the catalyst for the Tea Party movement! I cannot stand for this, and I'm already going to endorse Ron Paul for re-election to his seat in the House of Representatives.

See, this is what happens when you don't stick to your fundamental principles because you attract the wrong kind of people. I'm so angry at this right now, I'm ready to tell the Tea Partiers to stop dumping the tea, and jump off the ship themselves.

5 comments:

zen said...

The Tea Partiers are apparently just angry and negative. They don't have any real ideas on how to achieve any of their 'goals,' other than to revolt. In this nation we have a system, just because the election didn't go their way, doesn't mean squat. Maybe they should have voted.

Phil Chroniger said...

I don't think that is necessarily true. At least, it wasn't in the beginning.

I think what you saw over the summer was a genuine display of anger over what they perceived to be a "bait and switch" by a lot of moderates and independents. I know that most centrists thought Obama was centrist, too. That he would be more "Bill Clinton" and less "FDR" or "Woodrow Wilson".

Turns out not to be the case (while he hasn't been able to pass measures he supports, it is a failure on the part of Obama and the left's ability to do anything). Consider it a populist version of "buyer's remorse".

The problem is that once the movement became popular, it attracted people who did not understand that the movement was not "anti-Obama", it was "anti-big government". While there are those who see such things as one in the same, they are not.

Now, instead of a movement spearheaded by the beliefs of someone like Ron Paul, they are spearheaded by someone like Sarah Palin. Now, on some aspects, I can agree with Palin, but she has lacked the consistent principles of a Ron Paul...and like him or not, you have to admire Paul for the consistency of his beliefs.

Anonymous said...

Stop quibbling is the best strategy, the tea partiers appeal to a much broader swath of the populous and probably agree 80 to 90 percent on most issues with traditional conservatives and principled or intellectual libertarians. The smart play is to join an effective coalition recognizing there is much more to unite than divide.

To the extent you think they are too negative the best strategy is to shrug and smile, recognizing that they, like Joe the eccentric uncle, are well meaning. You'll get a lot more mileage out of inclusion than criticism. It's all about learning how to create and be part of a majority.

And there is something to their abandonment of Congressman Paul. While he may have kept the flame alive, he isn't the type of leader who leads of symbolizes a movement to the point that it has a significant impact on American politics. Love Sarah Palin or not, she is having a much greater impact.

In the final analysis, Paul is a transitional leader. Sarah Palin probably is too. Don't douse either of their fires. They are kindling for what is yet to come.

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