Saturday, December 01, 2012

Yes, Tea Party 2.0 Is Needed...But Grover Norquist Shouldn't Lead It

Who is looking out for us, the average American who goes to work, raises our family, pays our taxes and just wants the government to leave us alone?

We know Richard Milhous Obama isn't.  He's a committed leftist ideologue who has an obvious chip on his shoulder towards all the ideals America was founded upon...free enterprise, limited government, religious liberty, as well as defense of American ideals and our allies.  His party, who once produced leaders like JFK, Harry Truman, FDR, now promotes not only a sort of 1940s isolationism, but also a radical government takeover of almost every aspect of our everyday life. That includes our healthcare, how we power our homes and what cars we drive, what foods we eat.  Democrats today claim to be the champions of free speech and free choice, but are actually more socialistic, do not look upon Americans as individuals, but instead as groups of people to pit against each other (economic class, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion).

The Republican Party, since the first George Bush Presidency from 1989 to 1992, drifted away from the conservatism championed by Ronald Reagan and into more of a limited big government "can't we get along with the other side" mentality.  In other words, the traditional Rockefeller country club GOP establishment took over. In 20 years, they have only won the Presidency twice (2000 & 2004 both by the narrowest of electoral margins) and proven to not be serious about limiting the size of government in the lives of Americans.  John Boehner and Mitch McConnell have talked a good talk in this "fiscal cliff" crisis, but many of us don't have confidence in their leadership (or should I say, lack of).

A lot of people, in their understandable frustration after the results of November 6th, have decided that secession from the United States is the answer. I understand and feel their frustrations. I think the root of it is the feeling that there are a vast majority of people who feel they and our founding principles are being ignored by both parties.

This is where the Tea Party comes in.  It needs to get fired up again and be bigger and louder than they were two years ago. Liberals, the Obama Regime, and their media lapdogs have made the mistake of thinking the Tea Party is a Republican movement. It's not. The country clubbers and "good ole boys" in the establishment GOP have just as much to fear from the Tea Party as do liberal Democrats who want to turn America into a European socialist state.  Need proof?  Look at how well Sarah Palin, Allen West, Michele Bachmann and a few others are treated by the GOP. Why? They're willing to call out the Republican Party when the party is on the wrong track, when there's corruption and "crony capitalism."

William Jacobson posted a piece up at Legal Insurrection about the coming Tea Party tsunami, which is basically our only human hope for this second term of Obama. In it, he quotes Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform, who has been viciously attacked by liberals for his "no tax increases" pledge.
“We are about to have a Tea Party second wave that will dwarf the first wave and that is because while ‘spend too much’ brought the Tea Party into existence, we’re about to walk into ‘spend too much, regulate too much, and tax too much,’ all together. It’s going to be a perfect storm of annoying government behavior, which is devastating to the economy, and I think the small business community which is particularly hit by Obama’s tax increases are going to lead the fight bigger, stronger, tougher than the last Tea Party.”
Yes and I hope it will happen. It NEEDS to happen. The marches in DC and across the nation need to happen, but also people in the Tea Party movement need to move into the party apparatus and take leadership positions in their local party. It is the only way we can root out the "good ole boy" Country Club establishment.

Nationally, the Tea Party needs leaders who are committed to forwarding an agenda of smaller government and individual freedom...our founding principles. They need to be people who are about forwarding a cause, not their own personal ambitions or egos.  Most importantly, there has to be room for all types of conservatives at the table. I've always agreed with the concept that conservatism is a three-legged stool--economic conservatism, social conservatism, and national security conservatism.  A stool cannot stand without all three legs. Conservatism cannot be only about economics, or social issues, and certainly cannot emulate the isolationist worldview of the 1940s.

But while Grover Norquist can talk about a rising tea party movement, and do a great job on tax reform, he is in no position to lead such a movement, and conservatives should not be willing to anoint him as such a leader.

Donald Douglas explains at American Power.
I do think folks should be careful about elevating Norquist as some standard-bearer for a resurgent anti-tax movement. He's a very influential guy with sound ideas on small government. But don't make him a hero. He's practically treasonous with his Islamist alliances. The tea party can do fine without him. In any case, here's more on the dude's two-faced approach to conservatism, at FrontPage Magazine, "Norquist Loses His Grip"
I remember well, as Donald did, at CPAC 2011, when David Horowitz and a few others had the courage to talk about Norquist and others who had links to Islamic radicals, and I was glad to see them talk about it. Because these are connections that are troubling. I don't believe you can talk about economic security and ignore national security, including those who are aiding potential enemies of America.

One thing about we as conservatives is that we must be intellectually honest. We cannot accuse Democrats and liberals of shady alliances and links to radicalism and then turn a blind eye when it happens on our side.  Just as we must have the courage to fight for America's future, we must have the courage to repudiate those with links to radicalism and not overlook it because they are fighting for one leg of the stool.

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