Category Archives: Political Performance

Capitalists v. Capitolists

In civilized life, law floats in a sea of ethics. Each is indispensable to civilization. Without law, we should be at the mercy of the least scrupulous; without ethics, law could not exist.

Earl Warren

I remember first hearing this quote from my American History and Government teacher in high school and it has always stuck with me.  I found it tumbling around inside my head recently after viewing all the pictures from the One Nation rally.

There is no doubt that it was a much smaller affair than the Glenn Beck event.As we can tell from these comparison photos:

But I think we can be lulled into a false sense of security based on these pictures. As I alluded to yesterday in my post “The End of the Beginning” I fully expect the Left to become much more enthusiastic over the next year as the legislative battle becomes fully joined.

What I think are much more revealing actually are the photos of litter all over the Mall.

(Click on the Picture to See More Photos.)

I chose this image rather than the pictures of the Socialist Party banners because what I want to talk about today is the ETHICS of the two different sides of the political debate.

The first side of this debate is dominated by the Capitalists.  The founders believed that Capitalism was the only truly moral form of economic and political order as it values the individual over the state. While I found Beck’s rally at times heavy-handed, he is right in one crucial respect. We must become a more ethical country.  We must value virtue in individuals rather than celebrity or wealth.  And when we become a more ethical country we will find the question of whom to vote for a simple task.

This is already happening as we see the laws the current congress is passing not able to be borne up by the ethical values of the nation.  As the tea party movement continues to educate Americans on the true foundational ethic of liberty and the individual responsibility which goes along with it, increasingly more and more bad laws both past and present will begin to sink beneath the waves and founder on rocky shoals of electoral enlightenment.

Those that oppose us however as we can see from the detritus of their rally are the Capitolists. They do not value the individual, but support the idea that all power and economic decisions should be made in the Capitol.  Which is why they have little investment in the values which are enshrined in our monuments.  Their ethic is precisely the opposite of the what those monuments stand for and their litter is actually a perfect metaphor for their political position:  “It’s not my responsibility to clean up our country, it’s the federal government’s.”

Law is always based on an ethic.  Do we want our laws to be based on a Capitalist ethic or a Capitolist ethic?  That is our choice.

Find the ethical voice inside yourself, and vote accordingly.

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The End of The Beginning.

We are now less than one month (29 days) prior to election day 2010.  This is a day that many of us in the tea party movement have been eagerly anticipating.  In the last 18 months we have come a long way from protests, rallies and marches, to voter education and GOTV efforts in advance of next months historic election.

Assume for the moment that we are successful, and “take control”as much as a tea party movement can, of one or both houses of congress. By which I mean that members who are believe as we do in fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government and free markets are now able to attempt to push back against the avalanche of progressive programs which are threatening our future as a nation.

There is no longer, going to be a need for us to scream at the houses of Congress: “Can You Hear Us Now!”

Instead we should look forward to a Congress that wants to actively listen and act on the concerns of the tea party movement.

As we strive to advance a legislative agenda which is in line with our views however, we will come up against a renewed Left.  Just as the passage of the Obamacare bill was offensive to us, so will its repeal be offensive to the Left.

Just as spending is offensive to us, real cuts in spending will be offensive to the Left.  We will see them turn out in large numbers to attempt to derail our legislative agenda, just as we did theirs.

And the battle will once more be joined.

But it is a battle of which must be fought.  And won.

The tea party movement is not over. Far from it.  This is a movement that will be working its way through the American political scene for years to come.

November 2 is not the end.

It is not even the beginning of the end.

But it may be the end of the beginning.

Tea Party Patriots (OH) issue statement on ODP Chairman Chris Redfern

Sunday, September 26, 2010

From the Tea Party Patriots (OH)

For Immediate Release

September 25, 2010

This is in response to Ohio Democrat Party Chairman Chris Redfern’s uncomplimentary description of the Tea Party movement in Ohio (Click for Video) and Governor Strickland’s recent Howard Dean-like anti-Tea Party tirade (Click for Video).

First, we would like to thank them both for acknowledging the hard work of the Tea Party movement in educating Ohio voters on the failed policies of the Strickland Administration, and of Redfern’s reign as Chairman of the Ohio Democrat Party. In describing the Tea Party movement in Ohio as, “F***ers,” the ODP Chairman has publicly stated what many state party chairmen, Democrat & Republican alike, have been whispering under their breath about the Tea Party movement for over a year now.

While we do not agree with ODP Chairman Redfern’s locker room behavior and potty-mouthed insults, we understand his frustration with the Tea Party as he tries in a fairy tale-like manner to spin “straw,” i.e., four years of failed policies, into “gold.” He has nothing to spin but wet straw from a state budget deficit of $8 billion, one of the least business-friendly states in the U.S., an unemployment rate of 10.1% , and job losses reaching over 380,000. Furthermore, over 75% of Ohioans think that Strickland’s top priority, fixing school funding, has likewise been a failure.

Chairman Redfern’s frustration ultimately comes from a more informed electorate, thanks to the Tea Party Patriots movement in Ohio. He reinforced that fact when he responded to calls for apologies from around the state. Rather than apologize for his outburst, he did what those with nothing but a record of failures do – he became even more juvenile in his response by issuing a fund raising letter with the following:

(click to enlarge)

Unlike some calling for discussions or requesting an apology from ODP Chairman Redfern for his remarks, the Tea Party Patriot groups in Ohio feel there is nothing to discuss and we will speak loudly with our actions on November 2nd.  As for requesting an apology – we figure he owes that to the residents of Ohio.

Thank You,

Scott Boston / Bowling Green TPP
Marianne Gasiecki / Mansfield TPP
Amy Brighton / Medina TPP
Ralph King / Cleveland TPP

Tea Party Patriots (OH)
State Coordinator Team

Pledges Fly Up

In reviewing the Pledge to America submitted by the House GOP Leadership, my mind kept returning to a scene from Hamlet.  Unfortunately for the Republicans it was the end of Act 3 Scene 3 and they were cast in the part of Claudius.

The casting fits them well, over time the GOP has murdered the King Hamlets in its party who would stand up for tradition and good government under the Constitution.  Like the young Prince Hamlet,  upon inspection of our surroundings tea partiers have found many of our seeming-virtuous representatives sating themselves on a celestial bed and preying on garbage, for their own power and advancement at the expense of their duty and moral obligation to our traditions and Constitution.

The third act of Hamlet consists of the actions surrounding the  play within the play, sometimes referred to as “the mousetrap” in which Hamlet attempts to catch “the conscience of the King.” Like the actions of the players which frighten the usurper Claudius,  the actions of the Tea Party appear to have caught the conscience of the GOP leadership.

Their “Pledge to America” reminds me of Claudius’s act of contrition in which Hamlet finds him just after his exposure before the court.  Knowlingly caught in his crimes Claudius is praying for absolution when Hamlet comes upon him.  Luckily for Claudius, his prayerful posturing leads Hamlet to defer dealing with him until a later time.  Hamlet needn’t have worried however, after he stops watching Claudius, the king reveals the prayer was all just a show by his comment “My words fly up, my thoughts remain below: / Words without thoughts never to Heaven go.”

This is a good lesson for the House GOP as they too need to ask the forgiveness of those that rule above them (in this case the American people) for their legislative sins.

The tea party has multitudes of Hamlets that will keep a constant vigil on their actions and would offer them a timely corollary:

If your Pledges fly up, but your actions remain below:
Pledges without actions never to tea partiers go.

Should the Republicans be brought to power in the House in 2010, the tea party will be watching and waiting for real action.  Anything less will find them, like Claudius, imperiled electorally by their own devices.