“Brooks is, of course, horrified at Trump and his supporters, whom he finds childish, thuggish and contemptuous of the things that David Brooks likes about today’s America. It’s clear that he’d like a social/political revolution that was more refined, better-mannered, more focused on the Constitution and, well, more bourgeois as opposed to in-your-face and working class.
“The thing is, we had that movement. It was the Tea Party movement.… When politeness and orderliness are met with contempt and betrayal, do not be surprised if the response is something less polite, and less orderly.” — Glenn “Instapundit” Reynolds
Today is the anniversary of the Boston Tea Party. This rebellion’s roots are perhaps in the French and Indian Wars, which cost the Crown a lot of money. To recoup the cost the Parliament imposed the Stamp Act and the Townsend Acts. The colonists refused to pay the latter, arguing that they had no obligation […]
Today, ABC News investigative reporter Brian Ross announced that he and his long time producer, Rhonda Schwartz, were leaving the network. The 69-year-old Ross had been with ABC for 24 years. Prior to that, he had worked at NBC News for the better part of two decades. His decision to leave ABC comes six months […]
The omnibus spending bill is a clear rejection of President Trump and of the Deplorable, populist, “hobbit” sort of voters. It was jammed through the House and Senate, and signed by President Trump in the name of national defense. Speaker Ryan and Senate Majority Leader McConnell crafted a bill that shows maximum contempt for immigration enforcement, for repeal of Obamacare, and for almost every issue driving Republican primary voters and “Reagan Democrats.”
Hillary’s latest outburst was downright respectful next to the congressional majority leadership’s big, fat “forget you” to the forgotten Americans. The same establishment leadership opposed, mocked and subverted the Tea Party movement. So, we are left with the question: what is to be done?More
Just a few days before Christmas, National Review’s Rich Lowry — easily one of my favorite writers — penned a sober analysis titled, “The Right’s Post-Constitutional Moment,” in which he laments that, “Trump has captivated a share of the Tea Party with a style of politics utterly alien to the Constitution.” This is especially vexing, Lowry continues, in light of a movement which in 2010 produced “… a class of constitutional obsessives, such as Senators Rand Paul and Mike Lee, who were focused not just on what government shouldn’t do, but on what it couldn’t do, and why.”
Interesting turn of phrase there, using the designation, “constitutional obsessives,” to describe people who took a solemn oath of constitutional fidelity. I suppose I could be described as “matrimonially obsessive,” since I took a solemn and sacred vow of fidelity to my wife, but the term seems a bit quirky somehow, underscoring the Republican view of these upstarts and the voters who sent them, as borderline fanatics. In any event, Lowry goes on to describe Donald Trump in terms that strike this observer as disconcertingly accurate:More
It has been obvious to anyone who has paid attention that the Obama administration made use of the Internal Revenue Service to confine and paralyze the Tea Party movement by denying many of the organizations that grew up after 2009 the tax-exempt 501(c)(4) status they sought or by delaying until after the 2010, the 2012, and, in some cases, the 2014 elections a decision on their applications. Back in May 2013, the Inspector General for the Department of the Treasury issued a report, revealing that, starting in 2010, the IRS had singled out groups with words such as “patriot” and “Tea Party” in their titles for intensive scrutiny and that at that time they “began using inappropriate criteria to identify organizations applying for tax-exempt status (e.g., lists of past and future donors).”
With Eric Holder, Loretta Lynch, and their minions in control of the Department of Justice, there was never any chance that there would be a full-scale investigation of these shenanigans and the lodging of criminal charges, and John Koskinen, who took over the agency at the end of 2013, has dragged his feet at every turn, vociferously denying that anything partisan in nature was done.More
In a new ruling, a federal judge slammed the IRS for continuing to hold up 501(c)(3) applications of TEA Party groups. Here it is from PJMedia: After the IRS admitted it was maltreating the groups in 2013, the agency began to process most of the applications — but some of the groups sued, and the […]
As a prominent contributor and editor to RedState, Ben Howe has been Tea Party from the start. The conservatarian movement’s dedication to restoring a constitutional limited government that lived within its means was exactly what Howe was looking for. He took on ever-greater roles as an activist, communicator, and filmmaker to help achieve that lofty goal.
Then came 2016. Already frustrated by so-called “Tea Party” groups using the movement as a cash-grab, he was shocked to see “constitutional conservatives” throw their weight behind a candidate who made a mockery of their principles. Howe signed on early to the #NeverTrump effort, and wondered why so many of his former allies fell in love with one of Hillary Clinton’s most famous donors.More
In an effort to video document Tea Party activity on April 15, 2009, PJTV recruited people like me to interview rally attendees. On the eve of the worst election cycle I can remember, it’s almost quaint to revisit this little movie, where I asked, “Why are you here today?” I’m still amazed at the answers – […]
This upcoming Thursday is the purported fifty-fifth birthday of President Obama, his eighth and presumably last in office. I use words like “purported” and “presumably” not because I subscribe to any particular conspiracy theory, but because I have learned that absolutely nothing about the Obamas, the Clintons, and indeed mostly any movement Democrat, is to […]
The Tea Party has been neutered, if not strangled, by the two greatest demagogues of the nascent 21st Century: Barack Obama and Donald Trump. Both a Leftist autocrat and a Populist autocrat have no use for any group that would restrict the power of an imperious federal government to “fundamentally transform the US” or to […]
The 2008 Economic Crisis spawned two, very different reactions in our ideologically-bifurcated nation. The first was the birth of the Tea Party following Rick Santelli’s impassioned speech from the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Santelli’s disgust at those who irresponsibly took out loans they couldn’t repay — and the banks and government that underwrote such moral hazards — sparked a wildfire that drove the Democrats from control of the House in 2010 and proved decisive in wresting control of the Senate from Harry Reid in 2014.
The other reaction was the later birth of the Occupy Wall Street Movement which was organized along the opposite lines. The primary thrust of OWS was a complaint about the unequal distribution of income and wealth and, to some extent, an inchoate grouse about the immorality of being expected to repay loans that were irresponsibly taken out.More
OK, it was a one way conversation. I was on a bicycle ride today from Brenham, Texas to the Jones family cemetery near Field Store, and looking for a more interesting place to cross the Brazos River than US Highway 290. More
Before we all dig in and defend our chosen non-Trump candidate, I wanted to take a moment and express my extreme gratitude to the grassroots activists that propelled Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz to the U.S. Senate. The fact that this race will likely be a two-horse race between Cruz and Rubio, who each could easily not […]
Hey, GOP, what’s happening? I assume you’re wondering what we’re doing at your place. I understand you’ve been fearful that this Trump fellow will end up running a third-party campaign. But let’s talk turkey: Given that you’ve lost the popular vote in five of the last six national elections, it’s safe to say that Trump’s running a third-party campaign right now. So let me just cut to the chase: we’re worried about you and are staging an intervention.More
Over the past week, two controversial analogies were used, equally riling up those on each side of the political debate. On Sunday’s Meet the Press, Dr. Ben Carson used slavery in an analogy about abortion, concerning the right one person has to control another. More
…I posted this, uh, elsewhere. Some is outdated, some is not. I’ll simply redact some of the spice and fill in a minimum of [edits]. I am re-posting this as part of a conversation on Claire’s thread. More
Reading the latest about Hillary and her email server just puts a smile on my face. Can’t help it. But I was disturbed, for lack of a better word, reading Sid Blumenthal’s message to Hillary, dated Aug 31, 2010: There is a straight line between extremists then and extremists now. One of those lines is […]
Well, I reckon this should get Ricochet all atwitter. Donald Trump’s march to the nomination continues apace as he receives positive press from a key Tea Party leader: former Alaska governor Sarah Palin: More
That’s what Scott McKay is asking today in an article from The American Spectator:
Here’s a theory to ponder: after the first round of dropouts, in which Rick Perry’s impending demise is joined by several others — Christie, George Pataki, Lindsey Graham, Jim Gilmore, perhaps Bobby Jindal — the likely beneficiary will be the candidate best suited to pull their voters. And for many, that could be Cruz. Cruz has regional strength in Texas and Louisiana, which could translate into his picking up Perry and Jindal supporters. Despite his clashes with Graham in the Senate, Cruz’ calls for a muscular foreign policy could appeal to the several dozen supporters the South Carolinian has amassed. Those of Christie’s supporters who came to him for his combative style might look to Cruz rather than Trump.