Friday, February 28, 2014
Yesterday marked the fifth birthday of the Tea Party movement, and Hope n' Change thinks it's a cause for genuine celebration - not least of all because it makes the Lefties so freaking miserable that we've lasted this long and aren't going away.
The Tea Party is, and always has been, a pretty simple movement based on easy to understand principles: government limited by the Constitution, and the long-overdue establishment of fiscal restraint and responsibility.
But that's not how we've been depicted. The Left and the mainstream media (or is that redundant?) have painted the Tea Party as terrorists, serial killers, racists, misogynists, hostage-takers, and xenophobes...all without a scintilla of truth.
The Left has done everything they can think of to discredit us. Remember when Nancy Pelosi accused Tea Party members of being paid shills who she referred to as "astro-turf" rather than a true grassroots movement?
And how about the Left's attempts to create counter movements: the "Coffee Party" was supposed to be the liberal answer to the Tea Party but it quickly fizzled because it didn't actually exist outside of a few bogus news stories. After that, "Occupy Wall Street" was vigorously promoted as a true "people's movement" to shove the Tea Party aside.
Unfortunately, despite massive praise from high-ranking Democrats and alleged newspersons, Occupy Wall Street lost its luster when it turned out that the membership mostly consisted of unwashed drug-using hippie types who enjoyed destroying property, beating on drums, committing casual rapes, and defecating on police cars.
Of course, the Tea Party hasn't exactly been embraced by the barnacle-encrusted GOP, either - owing to the fact that the old guard GOP isn't really keen on the whole "fiscal restraint" and "limited government" thing. Nor does the old guard GOP show anything but resentment about the fact that it was the Tea Party- and ONLY the Tea Party - which won back the House in 2010.
Moreover, the Tea Party might have had a huge impact in the 2012 elections if it weren't for the inconvenient fact that IRS harassment made it nearly impossible for Tea Party action groups to organize. Currently, the government's investigation into the IRS abuse is deliberately going nowhere... and new government rules are going into place to further inhibit conservative political speech.
And yet, after five years, the Tea Party is still here.
Still fighting for what's right, still working for the best interests of this country and, importantly, still giving genuine hope that there are better days ahead.
Happy Birthday, Tea Party Patriots!
BONUS: Here's Mark Levin's keynote address at the Tea Party Patriots 5th Anniversary.
And while we're on the subject...