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Does the Tea Party Just Want to Watch the World Burn?

Has the movement given up on persuading the public?

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Walter Hudson

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October 17, 2013 - 8:00 am
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When President Barack Obama was first inaugurated and opened the throttle on statism in America, many observed an eerie similarity between his policies and the sequence of events portrayed in Atlas Shrugged. In 2009, Stephen Moore wrote for the Wall Street Journal:

Many of us who know Rand’s work have noticed that with each passing week, and with each successive bailout plan and economic-stimulus scheme out of Washington, our current politicians are committing the very acts of economic lunacy that “Atlas Shrugged” parodied in 1957, when this 1,000-page novel was first published and became an instant hit.

For the uninitiated, the moral of the story is simply this: Politicians invariably respond to crises — that in most cases they themselves created — by spawning new government programs, laws and regulations. These, in turn, generate more havoc and poverty, which inspires the politicians to create more programs… and the downward spiral repeats itself until the productive sectors of the economy collapse under the collective weight of taxes and other burdens imposed in the name of fairness, equality and do-goodism.

Given reality’s continuing similarity to Atlas Shrugged, it should come as no surprise that a division has emerged among those who subscribe to the principle of individual rights between those whose methodology resembles Dagny Taggart’s and those whose methodology resembles John Galt’s.

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The TEA Party's stated strategy all along has been to take over the Republican Party from the inside. It seems to me they collected a ton of money, and damaged their establishment Republican opponents at the same time, pretty elegant. It seems to me that the Establishment Republicans were exposed as faithless liars uncommitted to fighting for fiscal responsibility and small government, and failures at everything they touch, and this right before the start of the 2014 Primaries. And the TEA Party is planning to primary large numbers of these now badly damaged losers.
So as to the question, "does the TEA Party just want to watch the world burn?" of course not, they just want to watch the professional politicians who's greatest desire is to keep their powerful positions burn. What's more the establishment Republicans know it, as all the screaming and back stabbing and talk of civil war prove.
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Mr. Hudson is right. Elections have consequences. In 2010 the Republicans were elected to run the House of Representatives specifically with the mandate to oppose Obamacare. That is why John Boehner is the Speaker. Ted Cruz was elected to the Senate to fight Obamacare. So was Mike Lee. It is a purely rational electoral outcome that the House would vote to defund Obamacare, as that is what the majority of Americans voted for in the House elections. What is not rational is the "new" understanding that because the Democrats control the Presidency and the Senate that they "must" get 100% of what they want with zero negotiations. There is this "new" understanding, promoted by Fox News, National Review and Walter Hudson, that the House of Representatives has zero Constitutional power and is required to fully accede to the "demands" of the President. This is a new concept that I can't find in the Constitution, which states that all spending must originate and be approved by the House of Representatives. So, Mr. Hudson, I don't understand the origin of these new concepts you have. Can you explain where this rule is that the House must do whatever the President says? Such a rule seems very odious to a Constitutional Republic with clearly separated powers. By the way, can you also tell me where this "new" notion came from of spending bills, originated in the Senate, that are voted on in minutes after being written, without the Senators having read or even discussed the contents? Is that also part of the system that we simple minded Tea Party types are not knowledgeable enough to know is spelled out in the Constitution?
44 weeks ago
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"Does the Tea Party Just Want to Watch the World Burn?"

Do you just want to beat your wife?
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We have petitioned the King, lo, for two centuries now. And all you can say, is that we must again petition the King!

You would do anything to save the country, save fight.
39 weeks ago
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I think this is an excellent article. The Tea Party tactics have not been helpful in that they refused to face facts. People like Marco Rubio did what they thought best under the circumstances. We can't hit people over the head and force them to do what we want. The House and Senate leaders did their best as far as they could rationally go. We could not get what we wanted. Holding out would only have intensified the antagonism against us and we'd lose all hope of ever getting the Congress back.
43 weeks ago
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Who is this "WE" you refer too?

"Holding out would only have intensified the antagonism against us and we'd lose all hope of ever getting the Congress back."

"Holding out would only have intensified the antagonism against us and the Rino's would lose all hope of ever getting the Congress back."

Fixed that for ya.
39 weeks ago
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The TEA Party serves a valuable purpose here. It gives the Republicans plausible deniability. If the Republicans propose some whackado strategy like, say, obeying the law, and that proposal fails because of the Democrats insistence on not obeying the law, then both parties can blame the TEA Party. See how that works?

Because of the TEA Party, this country has just seen the first battle of the next civil war. Remember: you don't have to win the first battle of the war, but you do have to fight it, or nothing changes.
43 weeks ago
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Has PJ Media instituted the fairness doctrine?
43 weeks ago
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A truly coherent response to this article would be as long, or longer, than the article itself.

What many Americans will not acknowledge, and many readers here will refuse to accept, is that the world is going to 'burn' no matter what we do, right, wrong or indifferent. We cannot continue on our current course w/o catastrophe, yet, if everything were changed today and we returned to the Founder's original intent -and their limitations on government- everything we know would collapse, anyway. Everyone and everything is geared up for current conditions. An abrupt reversal of present trends would collapse the system. The system, as it is, is unsustainable and will collapse, anyway. You can vote for whomever you wish, right, left or center, and the system will collapse. You can choose to not vote at all and the system will collapse. You can be productive and the system will collapse. You can 'go Galt', and the system will collapse.

The only peaceful option remaining to you is to 'go Galt,' and even that course of action -or of inaction- will not protect you from the predations of your government or from those who think you're doing the wrong thing. Both government and individuals will set out to destroy you, personally, professionally and economically.

iow, there are no peaceful or 'safe' options remaining to anyone in America. We're all fighting according to the other guy's rules. We're dancing to someone else's tune. We cannot change the system from within and we cannot change the system from the outside. Each one of us is damned if we do and damned if we don't.

There is only one remaining option, and we are still too frightened of the present system to honestly and truly examine that option.
43 weeks ago
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I'm not... truth be told. I'd love to go John Galt but it looks more and more like I'm going to have to go full on Ragnar Danneskjold just to survive.
43 weeks ago
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Right, prepare for collapse, prepare to survive and have a plan for rebuilding.
43 weeks ago
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You may well be right. It is certainly prudent to be prepared for a government collapse (although that is much easier said than done), but it would also be wise to try to prevent or moderate such a collapse as best we can. That is why supporting the tea party is a worthwhile thing to do.
43 weeks ago
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Aye that. Best not to hasten the day of destruction while God gives us time to prepare for it...
43 weeks ago
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I do not see the conflict between 'Going Galt' and a 'serious strategic fight to reclaim the government'. I must find ways to protect myself and my family, make a living and keep my sanity so that I may, in whatever way, contribute to the political fight. And I recognize the existence of legitimate differences on our side as to tactics but what better object lesson about the failings of the current composition of the Senate could we have other than the insults of Harry Reid and the surrender of the Rinos to the 'CR'? I do not claim to have the answer. I do know that this process reinforced my commitment to helping conservative Republicans expand their presence in the House and, hopefully, take back the Senate.
44 weeks ago
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Almost 2/3 of the Republicans in the House voted AGAINST the funding bill. That is not nothing. That is not going Galt. That is a result of primaries removing RINOs. Next round next year we need to primary the 1/3 that voted for funding. If we win a bunch of those we can get to 3/4 of the House Republicans being either TEA party or conservative.

We need to do the same to the Senate, but there we need to dislodge the Democrat majority.

We also need to defeat the next Democrat presidential candidate. Should be much easier because (a) he or she won't be "the 1st African-American president" and (b) the Democrats don't have anyone interesting to run. Do you think Hillary will engage the Black and Latino vote? I don't.

So in fact we have a very good shot at getting a Republican president in 2016, and we have 2 chances (2014 and 2016) at getting Republican Senate.

Overall I think our chances are quite good. And with the fact that Obamacare is going to totally crash 1/6 our our economy (healthcare) and everyone is going to feel the pain -- I think the Democrats are going to be in a world of pain the next couple of elections.

We win.
44 weeks ago
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Yes, maybe not first black President, but maybe first woman President. There are a lot more women voters than black voters in this country. The self-identified Conservatives are going to need friends to win a national election, and said Conservatives will have to learn to stop calling people names and play well with others. Or it will be 2012 all over again.
43 weeks ago
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"Overall I think our chances are quite good"
I would like to think so BUT I fear the election system has been corrupted, I'm hoping 2014 allays that fear
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"he or she won't be "the 1st African-American president" "

No, but she can be the first woman president, then the first Hispanic, then the first homosexual, then the first...

The GOP has to quit being afraid when the Democrats put forward "the first X' and call us racists/bigots/etc for opposing them.

That or if they can't just endorse them and not waste the time and energy running against someone who "can be elected" (John McCain) or "a decent man just out of his depth" (Romney). Really, if the GOP had just given ever registered Republican an equal share of what they spent on those two campaigns that were designed to fail everyone could have paid off their mortgage and the country would have been better off.
44 weeks ago
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Ann Ryan, God Bless her

Saw an America of White Christians, governed by white males, Amazing that system actually worked for the founders of the US.

Smart Jewish woman from Russia.
44 weeks ago
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We need a whole lot less government, everywhere, National to local,

Eliminate the tax system and let people pay for those services they value, and let the rest decay and die out.
44 weeks ago
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I want to get rid of property taxes. Why can't we just OWN our land anymore?

I don't mind paying city taxes for the fire department and police force (and roads). But I'm getting tired of the massive waste.
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