In today’s news is a story about the Tea Party Movement, TPM, is starting a political action committee to funnel money and resources to candidates with whom they agree. They plan to use the funds to back conservative candidates in primaries against the establishment candidate when it is appropriate. So it seems the movement may be gaining momentum and is starting to exert a little political muscle.
The new pac intends to work with the Republican Party getting true conservatives nominated and elected. I disagree with this approach. The Republican Party is hopelessly corrupt and completely compromised. It’s time to kick it to the curb, even if it means loosing a few elections to the statists while the new party gets established. I keep thinking about the so-called Republican Revolution of 1994. Once in power, the Republicans governed as conservatives maybe 15 minutes before capitulating to the DC establishment..
Another hopeful sign has been the flat out rejection of establishment members of the Republican Party when they have tried to move in or otherwise insert themselves into the TPB. Most Tea Party members realize the Republican Party and mainly made of Dem-lites, statists, and RINOs. There are but a few true conservatives to be found anywhere in the GOP.
It has been argued that Sarah Palin’s popular appearance at the Nashville convention indicated the GOP has a foot hold in the TPM. I’m not sure that I agree. True, Palin is a Republican, but I still don’t know enough about her to be able to know if she is a true conservative, a statist, or still a work in progress. I tend to fall on the work in progress side of the argument now, but I am open to change.
A third hopeful sign is the relic media is starting to take the TPM seriously enough to do so hit pieces on it. Today there was a story linking a racist nut-job with the leadership of the Texas TPM. The story was completely untrue and based on nothing but wishful leftist thinking. Of course, calling the TPM racists, Nazis, hate mongers, and the other usual names is not a new phenomenon. It began from day one. The fact that the relic media feels the need to continue to attack, shows their previous attacks have been unsuccessful.
A fourth hopeful sign is that so far it has not descended into the bickering and pettiness that often infects political movements. It seems to be based on a few broad principles, including a smaller more limited government, strong national defense, limiting the influence of special interests, and responsible government taxing and spending. The movement rejects the hypocritical elites who like to tell everyone how to live, while livings the exact opposite way themselves.