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Conservative activists open ‘our Woodstock’

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It took less than one paragraph for the Washington Post's Philip Rucker to demonstrate that he has no clue what the Tea Party Movement is all about.

Emboldened by a belief that their political fortunes are on the rise, conservative activists descended Thursday on the capital city they love to hate, seeking to stoke what they consider a grass-roots uprising against President Obama and Democrats in Congress.
You see the movement is not designed to be a one trick pony. The political malfeasance that is the well spring of energy which powers the movement is not constrained by political party. The movement therefore defies traditional labels and extols virtues that are lacking in either major political party.


Rucker goes on to impugn CPAC calling it the "venue for the right fringe":

The annual Conservative Political Action Conference was once a venue for the right fringe of the Republican Party, but in recent years it has drawn more mainstream party figures and now provides a stage for presidential aspirants to prove their conservative credentials.
I'm unclear when being conservative became  "fringe" by definition but there it is none the less.  Rucker is attempting to marginalize both conservatives and Tea Partiers in one fell swoop completely missing in the translation the fact that they are not the same thing. While it is possible to be conservative and not a Tea Party advocate it is unlikely that one could be a Tea Party member and not subscribe to conservative ideals.

Where Rucker is fundamentally mistaken is in his assumption that this is a Republican movement. While the GOP would certainly love to co-opt the movement as its own, the movement is just as likely to reject Republican candidates in favor of true conservatives (those who understand the constitution and abide by its principles).

Rucker expresses his disdain for the Conservative rebellion in the following quote:

Latest darling crowned

By 10:30 a.m., the conservative movement had already seemed to crown its latest darling: Marco Rubio, 38, a son of Cuban immigrants who is running an outsider's campaign in Florida for U.S. Senate. The audience showered Rubio with applause as he ruminated in a keynote address about American exceptionalism and his own improbable journey. 


"It's sometimes easy to forget how special America really is," Rubio said, making his debut on the national stage. "But I was raised by exiles, by people who know what it is like to lose their country, by people who have a unique perspective on why elections matter, or lack thereof, by people who clearly understand how different America is from the rest of the world. . . . What makes America great is that there are dreams that are impossible everywhere else but are possible here." 

Rubio is running in a hotly contested GOP primary campaign against Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, a race that has pitted the conservative grass roots, which have embraced Rubio, against the more moderate party establishment.

Rucker tries hard to demean those who would see this country regain its place as a respected world power by referring to them as "activists":

Rubio's assaults on Obama's economic policies and his administration's handling of national security enthralled the activists.

I think the more appropriate moniker would be "concerned citizens" or maybe "engaged patriots".  The term activists is used as an epithet not a term of endearment. Rucker demonstrates his ignorance of the true impetus behind the resurgence of the conservative movement. This is less to do with political parties and more to do with governmental abuses that span both sides of the aisle.

The GOP is wise to embrace the movement but should do so knowing that it must cleave the corruption from its own ranks or find itself on the outside looking in along with Democrats.


For the full Washington Post article click HERE.

1 comment:

  1. Right now the Tea Party is, in Poli-sci parlance, a googoo (good government) movement. Historically, these never last.

    As an aside, from this conservative's perspective, the GOP needs to go the way of the Whigs, and a new Party formed. One that is less concerned with Evolution and Abortion and more concerned with Federalism, transparency and subsidiarity (the last two no one in leadership seem to know the (political) meanings of, much less practice the principle).

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