There is a perception developing that the Tea Party movement is more significant than it currently appears. In fact some see the Tea Parties as the most transforming movement since civil rights of the 1950s.
Are the Tea Parties over time going to have a larger impact than the anti-Vietnam War movement?
They will. In fact in less than one year of existence, they already are having an impact far beyond their membership numbers, as seen in the recent election in Massachusetts which was heavily influenced by Tea Party members from inside and outside the state.
Yet the Tea Party movement is the opposite of the anti-war movement in many respects:
*The Tea Parties are fueled by a fundamental frustration and anger with our government’s essential intervention in our lives, primarily taxation and reckless spending, as warned about by our Founding Fathers and the documents that they left us – the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution.
The anti-war movement, on the other hand, was aimed at one specific policy of the government in a time when the nation was prospering economically and Washington was much less involved in our lives. It was a visceral reaction to a war entered into and escalated by two Democrat presidents, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson. Richard Nixon said that if he had been elected in 1960 that the US never would have entered that war.
*The Tea Party movement is a genuine, nationwide grass-roots movement that does not have a fixed leader, but has bubbled up from the people. This is unique. It is an authentically democratic force based on Constitutional principles that wants a peaceful transformation for America. It was not dreamed up in Washington. It is populated not by activists or college students who have few other responsibilities, but by hard-working people who need to take time out from their busy lives in order to express themselves.
The anti-war movement, on the other hand, was led by politicians, entertainers, university professors, leftist theorists, writers, musicians and professional agitators, many of them well funded and scripted, and all way over on the political left.
*Tea Party activists are well-informed, well-behaved, clean cut, middle-class tax-paying people from every state who are trying to prevent the nation from slipping further into the type of decay and debt that the Founding Fathers warned against.
Anti-war rallies, on the other hand, were often drug-fueled protests attended by radical, propagandized college kids and ‘hippies’ that sometimes descended into chaos. Many were simply social occasions for young people who really knew very little. Meanwhile the media built up the anti-war movement to be a national one, when in fact was largely a California/East Coast phenomenon.
*The Tea Party movement is not nearly so far to the political right as the anti-war movement was to the left, which gives it much more credibility to a wider audience, which is why it is growing in influence faster than in actual numbers. And while there are some outspoken and controversial adherents in the Tea Parties, they are not nearly as extreme as the anti-war movement, although the media are making them out to be.
The anti-war movement was marked by a lot of bad behavior – violence, anti-Americanism, drug use, bad language, promiscuous sex, demonic rock music and dissolute, radical leaders spewing extremist rhetoric.
The Tea Parties are simply citizens acting within the law and voicing their displeasure and concern. In fact leftist agitators even visited some of the original Tea Party protests on April 15, 2009 and sought to instigate violence by confronting Tea Partiers with provocative actions and taunts. It did not work, and will fade as a tactic as the left watches the Tea Party ideology grow in legitimacy.
*From files since released by the Soviet Union‘s KGB secret police, we know that the anti-Vietnam War movement was funded by large amounts of communist money, moral support and propaganda.
The Tea Party movement, on the other hand, is being funded by people’s own hard-earned money from within the United States, and by citizens and ideas that are totally American. These participants know that when the people have a grievance with their government that they have the right to change that government as stated in the Declaration of Independence:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. –That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
When did you ever see the anti-war movement referring to our founding documents?
‘Safety and Happiness’? … ‘deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed’? These are powerful and uplifting sentiments of freedom, far from the destructive, negative and angry tone of the anti-Vietnam protesters. And that is why the Tea Parties are going to have a more longer-lasting life and impact on America than the anti-war movement did.
*The Tea Parties are being disrespected and even maligned by the Ancient Media (New York Times, CBS, NBC, Follywood etc.). Yet these same media supported and showcased the truly extremist and demagogic anti-war movement. Those media magnified the anti-war movement and made it seem much larger than it really was while they are now seeking to make the Tea Parties appear smaller and less significant than they really are.
The media portrayed the ‘hippies’ as the enlightened wave of a better future. Even in 2008, the media did everything they could to cover up for Obama’s association with William Ayers, the anti-war radical who detonated three bombs in the 1970s (one at the Pentagon, one at New York police headquarters, one at a military recruiting station) but who was never convicted in those bombings.
Those same media then ruthlessly and relentlessly attack a Tea Party favorite like Sarah Palin when she has been a law-abiding, hard-working, family-oriented, honest, Christian person who believes in the basic goodness of America. She did positive things in her political career like fighting corruption in Alaska, and even pushing through a natural gas pipeline project that had been stalled for 30 years.
Now, after less than one year in existence, one arm of the Tea Party movement has held a convention in Nashville, Tennessee. This is striking. It will not be composed of stoned-out ‘hippies’ camping in a park or meeting in a campus classroom. It was as well organized as a Rotary Club meeting in a hotel ballroom. This terrifies the left because they see a sustainable, orderly movement that is growing. So the media have done everything they can to portray that convention in a negative light, describing it as a division in the Tea Party ranks, that the movement is fracturing, that it will spawn third-party candidates that will destroy the Republicans etc., etc.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Convention speakers noted quite directly and openly from the start that they intend to work alongside whomever agrees with their goals – not even necessarily Republicans – and will not create a third political party. This is another bad sign for the libs because the movement is much closer to Republican thinking.
The convention also started to address grass-roots electoral issues which long have escaped conservatives, like identifying and engaging like-minded voters, cultivating candidates and getting out the vote.
The Ancient Media and their leftist allies are just angry, jealous and bewildered that the Tea Parties have grown so quickly and already are having such a significant impact on America, playing a big role in stripping Obama of much of his power in just the first year of his presidency. At the same time the libs are wondering what happened to a similar movement in the Democrat party that brought Obama to power, which has now collapsed.
Indeed the Tea Party movement is going to change America. It is just getting started. It is not a temporary surge of political passion, as the Ancient Media have been saying. It is not shallow “Astro Turf” as Nancy Pelosi suggested but a deeply-rooted, grass-roots movement, a confluence of longstanding frustrations with government that is going to grow and flourish. Because it is based in the positive and hearty nature of American freedom as described by our wonderful Founders and their awesome revolution 230 years ago. And ultimately that is all that you need to know about it.
Please visit my website at www.nikitas3.com for more. You can print out for free my book, Right Is Right, which explains why only conservatism can maintain our freedom and prosperity.