Re-visiting The Tea Party Movement
Hopefully we'll be seeing even more Tea Party posts this week as we near July 4th. After seeing this relevant item from Instapundit today, I went to Google Blog Search and found over a million references, with new posts rolling in by the hour. There are over 250 references picked up just within the last twenty-four.
I noted yesterday how any real change in politics must come from the ground up; the Tea Party movement is exactly that type of effort. And America hasn't seen one that wasn't primarily candidate driven in decades.
The dissatisfaction with the direction of our government goes well beyond the mostly partisan variety we see everyday across Right-leaning blogs.
It's important to note, while these demonstrations are significant in and of themselves, they all but definitely represent a deeper dissatisfaction than we are seeing in the streets. It's a tip of the iceberg phenomenon if you will.
While the protests do involve average citizens, it's still comprised of those most willing and able to become directly involved and take to the streets. There are a large number of Americans to still be motivated and engaged. You might call it the Honking Horn effect. As with any street-based protests, you'll always find an even larger number of people who drive, or pass by and demonstrate their support. A continuing effort will eventually bring more and more of them both into the street and eventually to the voting both when that time comes.
Americans are notoriously politically disengaged both between elections and even during elections to a great extent. It depends on how positive, or especially, negative they might feel about a current political trend.
So, as large as the on going Tea Party protests have been and remain, rest assured they are indicative of a much broader trend. Moving through political seasons and on to 2010 and 2012, the Tea Party movement represents We The People's best chance of taking back control of the nation's political direction and processes we have. Americans haven't seen anything quite like it since the Vietnam War.
Topped off by the right candidates in the next one or two election cycles, this is a significant movement with the potential to surprise everyone if we all get involved and play any part we can.