Enemy ships going down in flames
Last night in the Indiana Republican primary for the US Senate, conservative state treasurer Richard Mourdock massacred 36-year incumbent squish Richard Lugar by a 61-39 margin. This is an R+7 state, and the national mood is deeply against the incumbent president and his spend-hate-divide party. Mourdock will easily win the general election, and so just like in Utah in 2010 (and perhaps in 2012) we upgraded a safe seat.
Oh MAN is life sometimes sweet! It is a bit early to fully assess the particulars of what happened, but what is absolutely certain is that it was huge, that it has meaning outside of Indiana, and that it bodes well for the growing conservative grassroots movement that operates (extremely) loosely under the banner of the Boston Tea Party. There is plenty to say about all of that down the road.
Today I just want to touch on one point, and that’s an observation about the Tea Party grassroots movement, and the Occupy radicals. One of those movements is going to alter history and save the Republic; the other one will be a footnote in the history books.
Tea Parties vs Occupy
The Occupy “movement” is well funded (pretty certain Soros has his grubby little Commie fingers on this). At the top level they are well organized, but owing to the sort of riff-raff they cultivate, the intellectual wattage drops off steeply from there. They are dedicated, they have the slogans down pat. They are good on a tactical level at what they attempt to do – obstruct, inflame, intimidate, disrupt. Their message is focused – they want to invoke class warfare against the achievers and payers of society in order to impose more left-wing government on unwilling Americans. They have the uncritical, full-throated support of the national media, the Democrat machine, and the whole rainbow of left-wing factions in America and abroad.
The Tea Parties are decentralized by design, loosely associated, notoriously fractious, essentially unfunded, and unloved by the Republican Party. They are alternately ignored, mocked, and mischaracterized by the media. They ostensibly stand for one particular issue (cut government spending) but in practice they seem to have embraced standard full-service conservatism. I think. The great majority of people who embody the movement belong to no local or national group and may not even self-identify as tea party. Most attempts to organize, co-opt, or channel the power of the movement have fizzled. The initial splash of the townhalls is long behind them, and in spite of huge electoral victories in 2010, the tide of the Obamanistas seems to have barely slowed, if at all. The national scene has blown them off as a fad that has already passed.
Who really owns the streets?
So the Occupy thing has every possible advantage. They’ve gotten great coverage, and seem to have intimidated the cops in many cities into a ridiculous level of indulgence that is comically undeserved. They have successfully disrupted all manner of legitimate and civilized businesses, and their silly 99% vs 1% mantra is now a household term. And yet…..nobody loves them, and nobody identifies with them. They are the very essence of astroturf. The polls (who largely have a Democrat agenda) show no love for those unkempt, uncouth Eurotrash-wannabe clowns. In fact, these polls show the Democrat brand and Obama sinking like a stone, and no actual national support for class warfare or any other Democrat agenda.
The disorganized, unfunded, know-nothing Tea Party? They’re back, and they’re big. They could not steer the presidential nomination to a conservative, but they’ve flexed their muscles in the other primaries. All the voter enthusiasm indicators are calling for another massive, massive wipe-out of the Democrats in November.
The grassroots support for traditional marriage, gun rights, voter ID laws, law and order, and free markets, these are all tea party themes. Support is swelling on every front because people see the Obamanistas actively at work trying to take away these things. All kinds of people from all walks of life. They have a sense of what this Republic is about, and they will not willingly surrender it.
The nation doesn’t belong to the rapists, thugs, mobsters, gangsters, and unbathed idiots who block sidewalks, assault innocent people, and defecate on police cars. It belongs to the hard working, taxpaying family people who love America and want to keep it from the clutches of those who would trade our liberties for the tender mercies of Mother Government.
Wherefore these things?
Why is this so? Why are we seeing the people win this battle of hearts and minds, that is translating into a huge 2-cycle electoral swing? I don’t think I have all the answers, but I do know what I do know.
It goes back to the Founding Fathers. Americans are, by breeding and long history, unherdable, freedom-loving cats. The same independence which resists being organized by national tea parties is the same spirit which rebels against being shunted into a nationalized medical one-size-fits-all system. The traditional respect for legitimate authority causes the blowback against a lawless administration, a lawless party, meddlesome, activist judges, and electoral fraud. The love of God and country causes a visceral reaction against bowing to enemies and surrendering the war against extremist Islamism.
My prediction? Pain.
You see, it doesn’t require organization and structure, not yet (it will). People get it now. They know what to do in November. They are slowly, haltingly learning the ground game. When they do….. watch out. Conservatives are the smart ones, and when they decide it’s time to take on academia, the local school boards, the little fiefdoms and the unions and the political machines, they will crush them too.
It is not going to be complete after this November, but the Statists in both parties are going to be driven from power with a vengeance. They poked the bear with a pointy stick too many times, and the reckoning is now unavoidable. The Left agenda is going to be systematically dismantled. The real pain will be as the pillars of media news, academia, and judicial appointees slowly die out and get replaced by America-loving, Constitution-loving patriots.
I’m not sure, but it looks like the Founding Fathers may have reached forward through time and rescued us again – just as they did in 1773, and in 1861. God bless them all. Patrick Henry, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, so many men of greatness and vision.