I don't know why I am wasting my time even writing a retort to another lefty's claim that the Tea Party is over, but here we go....
In the August 7th Chicago Tribune, Clarence Page asks the question "Is the tea party over?'. Towards the end of his article, he quotes Edmond Burke - father of conservatism - to help try to prove his argument. I have to laugh at the left these days quoting Reagan and Burke. The left thinks quoting Reagan and Burke to conservatives is like using a crucifix to ward off vampires. If that's how the left wants to play it, we'll examine a few quotes of Burke to repudiate Mr. Page's arguments.
Page argues that the Tea Party and Obama share the same 40% disapproval rating. Then why is it that the Tea Party is over, but yet the left believes Obama will be re-elected? Same disapproval rating, but different results? Huh?
"Obama's, whose approvals slid to a new low of 40 percent in another recent poll, knows how it feels to disappoint the people who sent you to Washington. Now the tea party does too."
What would Burke say about Mr. Page's claims?
"Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises, for never intending to go beyond promise, it costs nothing."
The tea party movement grew out of conservatives' frustration with a Washington they saw as taxing and spending too much — by both parties. Republican leadership, still shaken from 2006 election losses, welcomed the new energy that led to a comeback in the 2010 midterm elections. But fissures in the uneasy alliance between the teas and the party establishment showed themselves.
As House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio pushed to strike a deal to increase the nation's borrowing authority, some of the tea party faction argued whether the debt ceiling should be raised at all. The Founding Fathers would have quaked.
These issues undoubtedly will be put to the voters in next year's presidential races, reviving divisions between the Grand Old Party's conservative purists and the pragmatists who want a candidate who appeals to independent swing voters. Tea party freshmen faced a more conservative electorate in the 2010 midterms than the larger turnout that's expected in a presidential year. Yet they continue to push further right. Let the voters decide.
Page is somewhat right here. There is a divisiveness in the Republican party because of the Tea Party. The party establishment did love the rejuvenated base that sent a majority Republican House back to Washington in 2010. However, it was that same party establishment who thought that once they got their guys and gals elected could just go along their merry way without any regard to the reasons they were put there in the first place - fiscal responsibility, limited government, and free-market principles.
Instead, the party establishment began their same political games. Instead of the party establishment standing by Cut, Cap, and Balance and forcing the Democrats to come up with something resembling a plan, the party establishment played budget tricks to show "cuts" where none existed or those "cuts" were pushed off to the distant future for some other Congress and President to worry about.
Besides, Mr. Page argues against himself here. If the Tea Party is over, then what was Speaker Boehner and other Republicans so scared of? Why did Harry Reid, John Kerry, the MSM, et al. slamming the Tea Party as terrorists, etc.? How can a movement be so influential as to effect policy in Washington last weekend but yet "be over" the next weekend? Which is it liberals? Is the Tea Party a force to be reckoned with in politics or have they "peaked" as Mr. Page suggests? But then again, when was the last time liberals cared about double standards or contradictions?
What would Burke say about Mr. Page's argument?
"Tyrants seldom want pretexts."
Even fellow conservatives are beginning to speak out against the frightening radical ax tea party folks want to swing at government spending. "Don't call them conservatives," fumed conservative Hal Gordon, who wrote speeches for the Ronald Reagan White House and for Colin Powell, in a blog post. "Call them Banana Republicans if you like — or Republicans-Gone-Bananas."
We can play the "one conservative says" game all day long. Why is it so wrong to Mr. Page and Hal Gordon that we control spending? The debt deal did two things. First, it guaranteed our bond rating would get downgraded. Second and most importantly, the debt deal forced Republicans to concede that economic growth can only be achieved through government spending. Keynesians of the world celebrated. As a result, Congress raised the debt ceiling by the largest amount ever in US history.
The debt deal was dynamically opposed to the beliefs of the Tea Party - fiscal responsibility, limited government, and free-market principles. The absolute horror of it all! That government should live within its means! Oh the humanity!
In reality and much to the chagrin of the left, the disappointment comes from the Democrats refusing for nearly 3 years running to pass a budget, and the fact that we have no hope and no change in our pockets. The divisiveness comes from the Democrats refusal to admit their $787 million stimulus package and $6.3 trillion QE1 and QE2 were miserable failures resulting in a 9.1% jobless rate and a downgrade of our bond rating. The dangerous disregard comes from the Democrats' reckless spending via Obamacare, addition of another war, and an absolute commitment to higher taxes to fund their runaway spending and government programs. Meanwhile, we are bankrupting our children, and putting not only our economy in jeopardy, but also the entire world economy at jeopardy. Did we not learn our lessons from 1925 until WWII?
I just find it humorous how last weekend the Tea Party was so powerful and was the reason there was gridlock over a debt deal, but this weekend, the Tea Party has peaked and over. Amazing how the liberal mind works.
What would Burke say about Mr. Page and the Left's assertions?
Circumstances give in reality to every political principle its distinguishing color and discriminating effect. The circumstances are what render every civil and political scheme beneficial or noxious to mankind.
We simply cannot afford to continue down the noxious path we have all been led down. We all were guilty of fiddling while Rome burned, but now that some of us have awaken from our stupor and are manning the water buckets, we are told that the Tea Party is the problem not the solution.
The Tea Party is not over; it has not peaked - the left (and some Republicans) only wishes it had as we head into another election cycle.
Crossposted from Downstate Illinois Advocate