Filed under: Online Video, Protest | Tags: andrew langer, institute for liberty, tea parties
Here are some scenes from the National Tax Day Tea Party in Washington, DC, courtesy of our friends at the Institute for Liberty:
As you can see, the rally was huge – at least several thousand people in a steady, driving, cold rain. Just a little more impressive than the dozen or so Code Pinkers and liberal bloggers who showed up for last Saturday’s Liberal Tea Party in similar weather conditions.
Glenn Reynolds has a great op-ed in this morning’s WSJ that should lay rest to the Tea-Party-as-organ-of-Fox-News-or-Republican-National-Committee-or-corporate-lobbyists meme, at least with rational people.
In the piece, he points out that many, if not all of the tea parties so far, have been organized by people with very little, if any, prior experience in political organizing. Although of particular note is Reynolds’ closing paragraph:
This influx of new energy and new talent is likely to inject new life into small-government politics around the nation. The mainstream Republican Party still seems limp and disorganized. This grassroots effort may revitalize it. Or the tea-party movement may lead to a new third party that may replace the GOP, just as the GOP replaced the fractured and hapless Whigs
What happens to the Tea Party movement after today? Despite attempts by the lefty bloggers to cartoonishly paint this movement as something engineered by some sinister Dr. Evil-type mastermind in a hollowed-out volcano lair, the fact is nobody knows what happens next. But it will certainly be interesting to watch.
Filed under: Government Spending, Protest, Staging, Taxes | Tags: jane hamsher, tea parties, tea party
The folks who are organizing Wednesday’s Tea Party in Houston have come up with a good idea: refer as “Tea Party Truthers” to the paranoid conspiracy theorists who claim that the Taxpayer Tea Parties are funded by sinister corporate interests or the Fox News Channel.
Truth is, many of them probably are the same folks who think that 9/11 was an inside job, so it seems like a fitting label.
As I pointed out right after the Feb. 27 Tea Parties, I’ve been working in politics professionally for 15 years, and I can attest that this is undoubtedly an organic grassroots movement unlike anything else I’ve ever seen on the Right. Yes, national grassroots organizations and some media outlets are now jumping on the bandwagon and heavily promoting their activities in conjunction with these events, but that’s a far cry from them “financing” them.
For some reason, too many on the Left don’t understand (or care) that when they spout this garbage that’s so obviously not true, they completely undermine any credibility they might have when they actually have valid points to make.
UPDATE 4:55 p.m. EDT: Glenn Reynolds has an excellent op-ed about the true grassroots nature of the Taxpayer Tea Parties in today’s NY Post.