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A Movement Explained - What does the Tea Party mean?
The Weekly Standard Magazine ^ | April 2, 2012 issue | MATTHEW CONTINETTII

Posted on 03/30/2012 1:20:18 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

The world came unhinged in the fall of 2008.

.....Such a flurry of state activity would have been enough to spark a reaction from Americans traditionally suspicious of central government. But the interventions did not stop there. Even before Obama was inaugurated in January 2009 the collective wisdom in Washington held that the way to restore prosperity was a massive stimulus of public spending. So Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, at an eventual price tag of $840 billion, in February. The bill, which included an increased refundable tax credit for working people, showered money on state governments (and the public sector unions that staff them), on welfare and unemployment recipients, and on the Departments of Energy, Education, and Transportation. Then, on February 18, Obama proposed a $275 billion housing bailout to encourage refinancing among homeowners whose mortgages cost more than their homes were worth.

The fact that it was the mortgage plan—rather than the bank or auto bailouts or the stimulus—which provoked the first call for a new American Tea Party has been little remarked upon. But the detail is revealing. On the morning of February 19 CNBC anchor Rick Santelli delivered his famous rant against President Obama’s housing agenda, in which he called for friends of liberty to gather in Chicago in the summer to dump mortgage-backed securities into Lake Michigan. Santelli, in the space of less than five minutes, set the template for the coming populist reaction against the bipartisan, elite policies of tax, spend, bail out, and elect.

That template had two significant features. Santelli’s plea was grounded in American first principles, invoking the founding generation in its reference to the Tea Party and in appealing to the authority of “people like Benjamin Franklin and [Thomas] Jefferson—what we’re doing in this country now is making them roll over in their graves.” Second, Santelli was not arguing simply that the government was spending too much money; his critique had a moral dimension that transcended mere accounting. “The government is promoting bad behavior,” he said. Some people had made mistakes during the height of the boom. Why should the government reward those mistakes by bailing out insolvent enterprises or lavishing money on homeowners who took on more debt than they could handle?

Spending one’s way out of a recession was not only counterintuitive; it was also harmful for one’s descendants, who would foot the bill. Implicit in the critique of bailouts has always been a moral critique of the actions that result in bailouts and the behaviors that are encouraged by them. Intrusive and profligate government doesn’t just harm economies and destroy balance sheets; it erodes character. There’s a reason the term for this is “moral hazard.”

[Big BIG SNIP]

Indeed, the real achievement of the Tea Party is not that it has successfully purged social issues from the Republican agenda but that it has given Republican economic policies a moral ground on which to stand. Lower taxes, less spending, reformed entitlements, and freer trade can be tough sells on their own. But wedded to the vision of the Declaration of Independence, in which government exists to secure only those rights that we possess by virtue of being human, a market-friendly agenda makes a lot more economic, social, and political sense.

So we owe thanks to the Tea Partiers because they are responsible for recovering the Declaration’s vision. They remind us that the business of government is not to help anyone’s profit margin but to protect the natural rights of individuals from intrusive, meddlesome majorities. Harking back to the Founders gives the Tea Party an ideological consistency and political adaptability that could prove immensely powerful. The Tea Party is in a unique position to explain the economic costs of Obamacare as well as the law’s infringement of both the right to life and the right of conscience. Such a critique of liberalism on the grounds of natural justice may disappoint dyed-in-the-wool libertarians, but it has the potential to mobilize more voters than a 20 percent cut in the marginal tax rate.

The problem with most current perspectives on the Tea Party is that they look at the movement through contemporary eyes rather than the eyes of the Founders, who saw no distinction among the moral, the political, and the economic. The closest Elizabeth Price Foley comes to attempting this is when she quotes Jefferson’s 1821 letter to Charles Hammond:

"When all government, domestic and foreign, in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the center of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government or another, and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated."

What did Jefferson think would be the check against the centralizing tendencies of government? “It is the manners and spirit of a people,” he wrote in Notes on the State of Virginia, “which preserve a republic in vigor.” The Tea Party is significant because it embodies the manners and spirit of an America that seeks to preserve a vigorous constitutional republic, and because it reminds us that one cannot have a limited and good government without an active and virtuous people. Full Text


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: biggovernment; character; limitedgovernment; teaparty

Newt Gingrich of Georgia and Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald throw mock tea crates into the Chattahoochee River in Roswell, Ga., in 1994.

The Lamestream Media Didn’t Warn Us: “Barack Obama is Coming!”


1 posted on 03/30/2012 1:20:22 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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March 28, 2012: One Hour of CLEAR thinking: [C-SPAN video] Newt Gingrich Speaks with Georgetown University Students about Social Security. Our rights come from God. We're exceptional because we inherited from our Founding Fathers the understanding that power comes to each one of us personally -- we loan power to the state, government does not loan it to the people. It’s about taking power BACK from government and returning it to the people.


2 posted on 03/30/2012 1:41:11 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Awesome picture of Sister Sarah!

The tea party has been criticised by some as a sailing ship without a captain. They don't understand: the Tea Party is not the ship, it is the wind.
3 posted on 03/30/2012 1:43:07 AM PDT by 867V309
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To: 867V309
A telling 3 minute exchange from the Q&A after the Georgetown lecture linked in Post #2, as Newt zero's in on the utility and dignity of work:

Video clip: Former Child Janitor to Gingrich: Your Jobs Plan Offended Me

4 posted on 03/30/2012 1:48:21 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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Newt Gingrich is going after unpledged delegates - "soft" delegates that haven't committed in primaries already completed, including all the PA (72) and MT (26) and (IL (69) delegates, since these delegates remain unpledged regardless of primary vote.

AND though there are going to be some “winner take all” primaries, the following contests are also on the schedule:

RI (16) proportional
NY (92) proportional
WVA (28) proportional -- elect delegates (who list their presidential pick on ballot)
NC (52) proportional
OR (25) proportional
AK (33) proportional
KY (42) proportional
TX (155) proportional
CA (169) proportional (by district)
NM (20) proportional
SD (25) proportional

The Green Papers

5 posted on 03/30/2012 2:05:51 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Thanks for that. Work, for me, is validating-not to mention satisfying. I’m afraid many young people would rather just stare at their iCrap, if you’ll pardon the expression.


6 posted on 03/30/2012 2:09:05 AM PDT by 867V309
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To: 867V309

Big Education has replaced personal responsibility, invigorating challenge and the thrill of success with the false, cuddly pap of self esteem (that once challenged, drives those hit between the eyes by real life, into the arms of “OWS” and progressive politics, looking for sympathy and support).


7 posted on 03/30/2012 2:18:06 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

What does the Tea Party mean?

 

"TO SECURE THESE RIGHTS,
governments are instituted among men,
deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed"


 

8 posted on 03/30/2012 2:42:54 AM PDT by LomanBill (Animals! The DemocRats blew up the windmill with an Acorn!)
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To: LomanBill

.....“The greatest frustration I’ve had since leaving the speakership is the denseness of Washington in accepting new ideas,” Gingrich told the Georgetown crowd. “We are surrounded by a news media that is cynical, and by consultants who are cynical, and by lobbyists who are cynical.” They think big ideas are “silly,” he complained.

“I haven’t done a very good job as a candidate because it is so difficult to communicate big solutions in this country,” he said wistfully near the end of his talk. “The entrenched structure of the system is so hostile to it.” The students nodded; some clapped. Gingrich didn’t pause. He didn’t smile. He wasn’t looking for a cheer. For what it’s worth, he was trying to make a point.”

http://www.nationalreview.com/blogs/print/294868


9 posted on 03/30/2012 2:44:27 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"The entrenched structure of the system is so hostile to it."

That is its nature.

Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Ba'al.

10 posted on 03/30/2012 2:47:52 AM PDT by LomanBill (Animals! The DemocRats blew up the windmill with an Acorn!)
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To: LomanBill

Once they’re entrenched those in power don’t want anyone overrunning their territory. Time to take back our territory.


11 posted on 03/30/2012 2:51:29 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
[“We are surrounded by a news media that is cynical special, and by consultants who are cynical special, and by lobbyists who are cynical special.” They think [the proletariat's] big ideas are “silly,” he complained.]

 

"It's important to note that the vanguard elite are, for Lenin, not just a thoretical category to explain the development of political strategies, but a specific grouping of special individuals who must be identified and trained distinctly form the broad mass of the population"
--New perpsectives on anarchism
http://books.google.com/books?id=p5t0R0ckDMAC&pg=PA106&lpg=PA106&dq=The+vanguard+elite+lenin&source=bl&ots=Bi7Th4KdQS&sig=Wxt6aznFBXZ4zd9QJCb4ZR_Eh6w&hl=en

 

 

12 posted on 03/30/2012 2:55:33 AM PDT by LomanBill (Animals! The DemocRats blew up the windmill with an Acorn!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

>>Time to take back our territory.

Achieving that goal requires a population of citizens who are educated sufficiently that they will accept no government that is not constrained to it’s specified American purpose “TO SECURE THESE RIGHTS”.

Part of that process is to empower them with an understanding of their own appetites -- and with the ability to manage and meet those appetites for themselves...

“Urban Organic Episode 1 - OAK: Aquaponic gardening with Bryant Terry, Keba Konte and Eric Maundu”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jnflDWICMA&feature=share

...so that their own physiology can not be used to enslave them via the usual Bread and Circus act wherein "COMMERCE BETWEEN MASTER AND SLAVE IS DESPOTISM".

Observe that the arrangement of Maslow's hierarchy of needs  is the same now as when Moses was leading his folks out of Egypt...

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs Chart

...and observe that the Appetite of Tyranny is never far removed from the Tyranny of the Appetite.


13 posted on 03/30/2012 3:20:18 AM PDT by LomanBill (Animals! The DemocRats blew up the windmill with an Acorn!)
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To: LomanBill
"The Nation's" Top 50 Progressives… and Socialists and Communists "The Nation's" list of leading American "progressives" is an illuminating insight into the American left and the very essence of "progressive" thought -- whatever that might be. Take a look at it, study it, think about it. This is truly a teachable moment.
14 posted on 03/30/2012 3:42:16 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: LomanBill
Watermelons:

"Lysenko himself spent much time denouncing academic scientists and geneticists, claiming that their isolated laboratory work was not helping the Soviet people. By 1929 Lysenko's skeptics were politically censured, accused of offering only criticisms, and for failing to prescribe any new solutions themselves. In December 1929, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin gave a famous speech praising "practice" above "theory", elevating the political bosses above the scientists and technical specialists. Though for a period the Soviet government under Stalin continued its support of agricultural scientists, after 1935 the balance of power abruptly swung towards Lysenko and his followers. Lysenko was put in charge of the Academy of Agricultural Sciences of the Soviet Union and made responsible for ending the propagation of "harmful" ideas among Soviet scientists. Lysenko served this purpose by causing the expulsion, imprisonment, and death of hundreds of scientists and eliminating all study and research involving Mendelian genetics throughout the Soviet Union. This period is known as Lysenkoism. He bears particular responsibility for the persecution of his predecessor and rival, prominent Soviet biologist Nikolai Vavilov, which ended in 1943 with the imprisoned Vavilov's death by starvation. In 1941 Lysenko was awarded the Stalin Prize."

Trofim Lysenko

Lysenkosim

Agronomy

15 posted on 03/30/2012 3:47:49 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Americans are free Individuals for whom government secures inalienable rights.

Communists/progressives [except for the vanguard elite who are eating milk and apples in the Farm House, of course] are slaves to the collective; the governance of which builds walls in order to contain its subjugated human property.


16 posted on 03/30/2012 3:54:20 AM PDT by LomanBill (Animals! The DemocRats blew up the windmill with an Acorn!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
I'll mever forgive the GOP-E for THIS:

Next for GOP leaders: Stopping Sarah Palin

17 posted on 03/30/2012 3:56:18 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

[eliminating all study and research involving Mendelian genetics throughout the Soviet Union.]

Fast forward a couple of decades to the Soviet Cesium-powered "Gamma Grain" Tractor:

"Soviet era "Gamma Grain" tractors fitted with Cs-137 sources, abandoned

Early in 2002 the IAEA learned of an experimental Soviet-era agricultural project called Gamma Kolos. (Kolos, a Russian word, refers to grain.) In the program, which started in the 1970s but was abandoned, tractors fitted with containers of cesium 137 (and lead shielding to protect the driver) irradiated wheat seeds before sowing them, in an attempt to induce beneficial mutations in the crops. The radiation was also applied to grain after harvest, to prevent it from germinating. A total of ten of the containers have been recovered in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine; no one knows how many more are unaccounted for. "

Ooopski!


18 posted on 03/30/2012 4:10:31 AM PDT by LomanBill (Animals! The DemocRats blew up the windmill with an Acorn!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Tea Party? What Tea Party? There used to be a tea Party. We used to be out there. Seems like a long time ago.

We have a million reasons to be out there, on the streets. Where are we?


19 posted on 03/30/2012 4:17:42 AM PDT by ryan71
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To: LomanBill

“Ooopski!”

Bump!


20 posted on 03/30/2012 4:26:54 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: ryan71
....We have a million reasons to be out there, on the streets. Where are we?

Many are looking for work, looking for a leader, looking at this administration in growing alarm and fear, waiting for the Tampa convention, waiting for Nov 6th and 2013....

21 posted on 03/30/2012 4:31:53 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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Obama's Team: Afterburner with Bill Whittle: Merchants of Despair
22 posted on 03/30/2012 4:35:10 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Not that I'm enamored by the Republican party, but in fairness the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was voted by only DEMOCRATS in the House of Representatives—EVERY Republican voted against it—and only two Republicans voted for it in the Senate (the Maine Twins; Collins and Snowe).

This was when Obama said “I won” and Pelosi said shove it to any counter offer the Republicans had.

I think it's important that now when we're in another election season to remind voters that the entire economic package that's brought bankrupting our country to an all time high was strictly a democratic initiative.

When people go to the polls, I want them to remember this from the article you posted:

Spending one’s way out of a recession was not only counterintuitive; it was also harmful for one’s descendants, who would foot the bill. Implicit in the critique of bailouts has always been a moral critique of the actions that result in bailouts and the behaviors that are encouraged by them. Intrusive and profligate government doesn’t just harm economies and destroy balance sheets; it erodes character. There’s a reason the term for this is “moral hazard.”

I argued with many a liberal back then that "Too big to fail" was a ridiculous statement and economically, failing was the ONLY real cure. They argued it would harm all those workers of those too big companies and we HAD to do SOMETHING. My point was perpetuating a losing business with free money would only make it a bigger loser. In the end, the failure of such a company would be even more catastrophic than letting it fail now, or the government would just have to own it, and that would be nationalization and THAT had failed--witness the demise of the Soviet Union.

Guess I was right!

23 posted on 03/30/2012 4:38:48 AM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: Alas Babylon!

Well said.


24 posted on 03/30/2012 4:52:53 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

If the Supreme Court dumps Obama”care,” then the Republicans must be ready to dump Obama”care” also.

To Replace or modify Obama”care” would result in The Republican Party ceasing to represent the 66 % of Americans that for years have opposed Obama”care.”

The overwhelming endorsements by the RNC-E of Romney, the Godfather of Obama”care,” is a very convincing indication that the RNC will betray the voters and Replace Obama”care.”

Replace Obama”care” and the voters will replace the Republican Party.

The era of the “Big Tent” will be over.


25 posted on 03/30/2012 5:15:25 AM PDT by Graewoulf ((Dictator Baby-Doc Barack's obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND U.S. Constitution.))
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To: 867V309; PhilDragoo; JoeProBono; Registered
the Tea Party is not the ship, it is the wind

THAT is awesome !

May folks borrow it ?

Gentlemen > bumper sticker/poster material !

26 posted on 03/30/2012 5:15:25 AM PDT by tomkat ( FU baraq !)
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To: 867V309

Wow! Nice! Sweet! Never looked at it that way. It bears repeating. Thanks!!!

The tea party has been criticised by some as a sailing ship without a captain. They don’t understand: the Tea Party is not the ship, it is the wind.


27 posted on 03/30/2012 7:41:40 AM PDT by gnickgnack2 (QUESTION obama's AUTHORITY)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Taxed
Enough
Already


28 posted on 03/30/2012 9:25:00 AM PDT by Owl558 ("Those who remember George Satayana are doomed to repeat him")
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To: tomkat
the Tea Party is not the ship, it is the wind

I agree with you, it bears repeating..

I wish I could claim authorship of that metaphor, but I can't, and I don't remember where I read it.
29 posted on 03/30/2012 1:03:32 PM PDT by 867V309
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To: gnickgnack2

Thanks for the props, wish I could accept but I wasn’t the author.

As you say, it certainly does bear repeating!


30 posted on 03/30/2012 1:07:56 PM PDT by 867V309
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To: 867V309; tomkat; Cincinatus' Wife; potlatch; ntnychik; dixiechick2000; onyx
Visualizing the phrase of 867V309 as USS Bonhomme Richard commanded by John Paul Jones who spurned the Serapis demand of surrender to win the battle.


31 posted on 03/30/2012 1:38:47 PM PDT by PhilDragoo (Hussein: Islamo-Commie from Kenya)
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To: 867V309
The tea party has been criticised by some as a sailing ship without a captain. They don't understand: the Tea Party is not the ship, it is the wind.

I've said it much less ably that it is not the responsibility of the Tea Party to act but to influence. I love your metaphor; it's perfect, and I will use it going forward.

32 posted on 03/30/2012 4:03:51 PM PDT by jimfree (In Nov 2012 my 11 y/o granddaughter will have more relevant executive experience than Barack Obama)
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To: jimfree; 867V309

Yes, I just read your other disclaimers. It is not your metaphor - but you found it for me. Thanks!


33 posted on 03/30/2012 4:05:58 PM PDT by jimfree (In Nov 2012 my 11 y/o granddaughter will have more relevant executive experience than Barack Obama)
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To: PhilDragoo; Cincinatus' Wife; All
REBELLION AGAINST OPPRESSION


34 posted on 03/30/2012 4:23:39 PM PDT by potlatch
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To: PhilDragoo

Awesome graphic, as always!


35 posted on 03/30/2012 8:06:38 PM PDT by 867V309
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To: jimfree

You are most welcome, FRiend.


36 posted on 03/30/2012 8:29:45 PM PDT by 867V309
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To: potlatch; PhilDragoo

FReepers rock!

Great work.

B-U-M-P!


37 posted on 03/31/2012 1:15:35 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Thanks CW, and nice to “see” you!!


38 posted on 04/01/2012 5:49:06 PM PDT by potlatch
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