Thursday, February 25, 2010

Where Were Tea Parties During the G.W. Bush Administration?

The most common "proof" offered by "progressives" that tea parties are racist is the observation that the tea parties were nowhere to be found during the eight years when G.W. Bush was busy "shredding" the Constitution. In fact, however, the tea parties were triggered by the bailouts in the last year of the Bush administration.

Why not earlier? Well, the simple answer is, the tea parties hadn't been invented yet! The tea parties crystallized out of a super-saturated solution of concerned citizens nationwide -- once called the "silent majority". These people felt islolated and disenfranchized by the "progressive" mainstream media and the chattering classes in both major political parties, going back at least 20 or 30 years, I suspect. When the tea parties started to emerge, the once-silent majority gravitated to them because, finally, here were people not afraid to speak out against government spending, entitlements, waste, fraud, corruption, and oppressive livelihood-crushing regulation and mandates at every turn.

The fact that the tea parties burgeoned during the first part of Barack Obama's administration is largely coincidence. Correlation does not imply causation, especially when the tea parties came first. But now that they're here, the Democrat super majority and the Obama administration are certainly heaping on plenty of material for tea party constitutionalists to object to. Don't feel singled out for criticism. It isn't about Obama, Democrats or Republicans. It's about "progressivism". If the shoe fits... the tea parties are going to ensure that you wear it conspicuously.

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