The theme lately is social issues. As the Democrats are scrambling for votes, the talking points suddenly focus around social issues. If they truly cared about social issues as much as they suddenly do at the end of election season, they should have focused the same amount of time on them throughout the cycle. But the memo to talk about social issues has evidently gone out to those who dislike the tea party too…
Within the tea party movement, some but not all have conservative social views. Beyond issues of decency (e.g. no tolerance for racism or the like), tea party groups generally do not dictate to their members how they should feel on specific issues. Of course the left, in its overall dislike for the tea party movement, wants to put a magnifying glass on the social issues of a portion within the movement.
The left now tells us it’s okay to take a position against government waste as long as we don’t adopt social positions they do not like. But before the left got on the social position kick, they really didn’t like the opposition to wasteful government spending, since many of this spending is for programs they support. There hasn’t been much vocal condemnation from the left about the VLT scandal in New York State. There hasn’t been a hue and cry from the left to, for example, dig deep within every government unit and find efficiencies. Instead, they resort to kneejerk reactions when discussing cuts like “Who is going to pay for the firefighters?” Nobody is asking for broad cuts for essential services. But there is plenty of fat within the government that can be cut without touching the essentials. We have to roll up our sleeves and dig deep. The left has not demonstrated any serious interest in doing so. They even tell us they see no problem with the six figure kingly salaries and double dipping state retirements that politicians give themselves. But they balk at people in the private sector making six figures and feel their wealth should be redistributed (which includes redistributing it to politicians and government bureaucrats who make six figures rather than exclusively to the poor).
So, first they did not like the tea party’s fiscal focus. Now they dislike the social issue positions that some within the movement support, but suddenly they’re now okay with the fiscal ideas they previously rejected? Hmm. I wonder what issue the tea party could talk about for the left to say they’re okay with the fiscal AND social ideals they dislike, but just not (whatever the new issue is). Of course, the left is never going to support the social ideals, and in reality, they never were going to support the fiscal ideals either. If EVERYONE in the movement dropped the social ideals, the left would immediately begin to criticize the fiscal ideals. There is simply no pleasing the left unless we agree with 100% of their views.
What the left must realize is that we are speaking our voices. It’s not about what they like and don’t like. (They can worry about that in their own movement and tell everyone what to think on their side.) They really need to get over themselves. The left has been loud about their views for decades while many who think differently have kept their mouths shut for fear of being ostracized by the left. Now that we see the debt and dysfunction that ever expanding government as pushed by the left has brought us (and with both parties), we are speaking out. Get used to it. We’re not going to shut up because the left disapproves.
Personally (and I think many others in the movement feel the same way), I am happy to find common ground with people anywhere on the spectrum when it comes to certain issues where we can agree. I think there are many cases where this can happen and I am always glad to explore the possibilities. But I am not going to surrender my principles just to appease people on the left.
If the left does not like our views, then create a competing movement. Let the “market” decide. Just ask the uber rich George Soros and the big unions with their six figure salary executives (remember, six figures are okay for government and union executives….just not private sector executives) to ramp things up and create more groups like Moveon.org. Bolster the Coffee Party. Praise the “virtues” of the status quo and keep demanding bigger and bigger government with more and more debt heaped on future generations.
But really, the continued whining and complaining by the left because it disapproves of tea party views is a waste of their time. It’s not going to get us to change because it’s not about what the left wants. The left likes big unions. So, the left should organize. Can’t the people of the left think for themselves and create something? Do they need to wait to be told what to do by one of their self proclaimed “leaders”?
In any event, rather than the left giving us unsolicited advice about how to run our movement, they really should be investing energy in their own. The fact that ours has any traction at all shows that their ideas are losing popularity.