The truth is precisely opposite these charges. The Tea Party stands for individual rights, those of all individuals, “regardless of race, creed, or national origin.” The movement is at odds with “the common good.” That is because the common good is necessarily at odds with the individual. The common good is collectivism, the same which informs communism, theocracy, and yes – fascism.
Today, as since time immemorial, the common good calls for the sacrifice of innocents to ward off floods, bring rain, and feed the masses. The common good, by its very nature, seeks to destroy. Those who evoke it, as we who hear it, inherently understand what it means. Someone is going to be hurt at the pleasure of another.
The Tea Party, by contract, seeks to harm no one. The Tea Party upholds the rights of each individual to pursue their own happiness guided by their own judgment. The Tea Party seeks a society free of force and fraud, where voluntary trade of products and services fosters personal and economic growth without arbitrarily imposed limits.
That fundamental purpose is why these arguments from intimidation are so impotent. The Tea Party can never be racist, because it respects each person as an individual and not a generic member of a group. The Tea Party can never “take hostages,” because it stands opposed to the initiation of force. Refusing consent to further debt and taxation is not “economic terrorism.” If any movement is filled with economic terrorists, it is the redistributionist Left led by President Obama. They take our money by force!
The nature of the Tea Party, and the fallacy of its critics, is embodied in minorities like GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain. Shamefully dismissed by the Left as a “minstrel,” Cain’s personal story is illustrative of real hope and change.
Hope is a response to liberty, a spark of creativity excited by vision and sustained by ability. Change is a product of the rational mind, the will of man shaping a world in which he can survive and thrive. Hope is not dispensed through government ration. Change cannot burn while boxed in.
Evermore people of varied stripe embrace this revolution in thought, the same revolution began by our Founders and stubbornly propelled against history’s tide. The rhetoric of freedom does not always sprint as well as that of provision. But the former pulls ahead in the long-run, because it has the virtue of being true. Cain is one who recognizes that dynamic: ”So, name-calling is something that’s going to continue in this, because they don’t know how to stop this movement.”