The LA Times discovers the tea party movement is not all about Obama. What’s coming up for future ‘tea party’ protests?
Last month’s “tea party” protests have come and gone but are not forgotten. New protests are already brewing, some maybe this holiday weekend, others probably for July 4, with txt msgs and tweets flying back and forth.
The phenomenon in many ways is familiar in American political history — a kind of eruption, an incoherent lashing out by people angry over taxes and spending and big government and bigger spending. And the uncertainty of their current lives.
The uncertainty that the taxes and spending and big government and bigger spending guarantees in their current and future lives. There, connected the dots for him.
Contrary to some cable news channels, we found “tea party” protesters often to be just as angry at Republicans in general and George W. Bush in particular as at the awe-inspiring size of the Obama Democratic administration’s spending plans.
“Awe” is not what Obama’s money and power grab inspires, but this is the LA Times, after all.
He thinks we need a Messiah of our own:
What emerges in thought later is the lack of a unifying figure around whom the “tea party” folks can rally.
It will be interesting to see if someone emerges as organizers roll out plans for the next round of protests. If it is to be effective in the long term, it seems the movement will need a decider: not just a public figurehead, but someone who can focus and modulate the multifarious blob of themes and emotions that seem to drive this fascinating middle-class revolt.
Someone, in short, who can tap both the thoughtfulness and anger behind the movement, the patriotism and Americans’ natural skepticism of government power … plus the anti-Obamaism, the call for a fair tax, the fear of new controls on carbon emissions. All that and more.
Not very capable of thinking outside the box, is he? We need a “decider,” someone to fill the gap the mainstream media used to occupy, to tell us what to think? Gotta have an idol, do we? Projection and groupthink, much?
The left would love to have a single target to destroy, Sarah Palin coming to mind. They’re going to be waiting for some time, I think. The author doesn’t get that this is about ideas, not personalities, and that its these ideas that will empower change, not some smooth-talking snake-oil salesman. Current and future politicians will be attracted to the movement; they won’t shape it (unless we let them–but then, it will fall apart and all this will have been for nothing, something we must not let happen). The spokesmen for the movement will be, as they are now, the voters. They spoke up loudly in California last week.
What is so cool about what’s happening is that a lot is going on at the local level, below legacy media radar. That is where the politicians representing the Tea Party spirit will ultimately come from. They will be people driven by ideas, representing people with similar ideas, and there will be a lot of them. Way too many targets for the left to be able to take out at one stroke, no matter George Soros’ billions.
So, keep waiting for Goliath, lefties. There’s a politically-active Army of Davids heading for your flank.
Thanks to Lucianne