I’ve taken time off from work on April 15 to be at my local tea party. As the tea parties occur, the media will offer their spin on why people are there.
Large events like this are remarkable. In some ways, they’re comparable to baseball games, where you’ll find some people with an agenda aside from the game. If the media applied the same coverage to baseball games that it applies to tea parties, it would assume that, if someone gets through security and streaks across the field nude, most of the crowd are closet nudists.
Of course, most just want to see the game and have no interest in the streaker. Similarly, the streaker has no interest in the baseball game. He simply wants to streak nude in front of a large audience.
Like our baseball streaker, some at the tea parties will have their own agendas that have little or nothing to do with the cause for which most people are going to attend. Most would rather not be defined by the proverbial streaker, and I’m no exception. I’m not going to the tea party to make the case that President Obama is a Muslim born in Indonesia, to advocate secession from the union, or to explain how America’s problems are the direct results of actions by members of the Council on Foreign Relations. I’m not going as a Republican; I’m going as an American.
My party has let the country down with its massive overspending, corrupt career politicians, and willingness to play business as usual when it’s not called for. As much as I’m not a fan of the Obama administration, if he’s replaced in 2012 by a feckless Republican president with a feckless Republican Congress that believes only its own re-election, our country will be no better for it.
Many House Republicans and Senate Republicans are part of the problem. Republican Congressman, House appropriator, and noted earmarxist Mike Simpson (R-ID), sensing the mood of our times, wrote a stirring editorial defending and praising his numerous contributions to our national debt. We have a GOP full to the brim with senators and congressmen like Simpson who believe their job is to bring home federal money for projects that states and communities ought to pay for themselves. These politicians are the antithesis of what the tea parties are about and are the reason why the Republican Party has lost support and enthusiasm. Whether Republicans will put forth the type of people worthy of the effort of tea party attenders will determine whether they’re able to benefit from the tea parties. If not, they’ll wander in the wilderness while the Mike Simpsons of the world help spend the country into oblivion.
Likewise my participation is not an act of opposition to the Obama administration. I go out to the tea party to represent the things that I’m for. I’m for capitalism and the free market, not merely against government paternalism that dictates price controls while determining winners and losers. While not a universal sentiment among tea party attendees, I’m for the fair tax. With the economic mess we’re in, we need to grow this economy and free the engine of free enterprise in a way that no other tax reform can do.