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we don't need no steenking leaders

Why is it important, Comrade, that we have leaders you can identify? Is not the true test of our revolutionary consciousness the absence of leaders? Do we not all know what must be done in these times when it seems that the very existence of the Republic is in danger? This is the crucial difference between the "sheeple" you disdain and the sheepdogs you fear. The dogs form their own packs and do what must be done, while the sheep mill helplessly, bleating piteously because they see no escape from the ravenous maws they imagine to be surrounding them. R. Stacy McCain and Richard Viguerie examine the phenomenon of the Tea Party Movement from different but similar perspectives; Viguerie in particular contrasts the movement's anti-Washington attitude to the careerist mentality in charge of today's GOP, a mentality often mocked by the Other McCain as well. See, for example, his critique of Rovian triangulation strategies.

Another factor feeding the flames of the Tea Party Movement is rooted in the Scots-Irish subculture, ironically enough identified by Senator James Webb (D-Va.) in his book Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America. Webb points out that the great leaders of this culture were chosen by the people, not set over them by the powers that be, and because the people chose them, there was a closer, more passionate bond. So, yeah. When the time comes, the populists of the Tea Party Movement will choose their own leaders, their own candidates, and will accomplish far more than the cynical "professionals" who have driven countless top-down candidates and their campaigns into the ground. Look for the mainstream media to be utterly surprised by this; they don't understand or appreciate populism for what it is, and I don't see that changing any time soon.

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(Anonymous)
Dec. 21st, 2009 11:57 pm (UTC)
a third party of any stripe that could have some real power
(vs. just being a joke, says the registered libertarian here...)
would be an improvement. people worry about what it would
be like; don't worry so much, whatever it is "like" when it starts,
it will evolve into something else down the road, and THAT IS OK.

Its major purpose is not what it IS or IS NOT - but THAT it exists,
forcing the dynamic of the politic from a 2 element polarization
to a 3 element dance where the parties are forced to dance, not
just sit there at the extremes and throw turds at the other side.

The turd throwing is getting nothing done, and is losing its
entertainment value even.....

wombat_socho
Dec. 22nd, 2009 01:04 am (UTC)
You're registered as a member of the LP? Dude. *shakes head*

The value of third parties is that they eventually grow up to replace one or the other sclerotic bunch of clowns who have worn out their welcome; I don't think the GOP is at that stage quite yet, judging from the health care fight in Congress. It's quite telling that Reid had to fold, spindle, and mutilate the rules to stuff his super-seekret bill down the throats of his caucus.
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