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Green Shoots of Liberty

March 4, 2010

February 27th marked the one-year anniversary of the Tea Party movement.

A lot has happened in the past year.  Thousands of protests against the stimulus spending and then against an attempted health care takeover.  In the fall, victories in two gubernatorial elections and last month Republican Scott Brown was elected to the senate from Massachusetts.  Who would have thought that the political landscape could change so much in one year?

The American people are up to the challenge of taking back our country.  The movement the media is calling the Tea Party movement is broader than that: it includes the Glenn Beck-inspired 9-12 organization, libertarians, conservatives and others without specific affiliations who are simply fed up with a government out of control and moving in the wrong direction.  I call it the Liberty Movement.

As we head into spring there is every sign that this year will be even more exciting than the last one.  Consider a few recent events:

  • A national tea party convention in Nashville
  • Over 10,000 people attending CPAC
  • PJTV launched a Tea Party channel
  • Hot Tea Radio launched
  • The Constitutionalist Today launched, a grass-roots conservative newspaper
  • Daniel Hannan is organizing a British Tea Party!

Furthermore, recent polls say:

  • Rasmussen poll 2/27 gives Obama a -21% approval margin with 43% strongly disapproving
  • only 21% of the people say this government has the consent of the governed (Rasmussen 2/18)
  • the same polls says 75% are angry at the policies of the federal government
  • only 29% say the U.S. is heading in the right direction – the same as the week of January 26, 2009
  • CNN found that 56% of the American people feel that the federal government the federal government poses a threat to rights of Americans!

This last poll apparently came as a surprise to CNN.  The people at CNN are apparently not a part of the 49% of Americans who watch Fox News as compared to all the other news channels combined.

The revolution has begun.

  1. March 7, 2010 11:18 am

    Well, we can all hope it has begun. But for a pessimistic MUST READ, see the latest issue of The American Conservative:

    Conservatives must come to terms with this periodical and its sister periodical Chronicles. But you’d never know either periodical exists if your sources of conservative thought are the neocons, the movement conservatives and their official talking heads Rush, Hewitt, Hannity, Beck, et al.

    There is ample cause not to be sanguine about the Tea Party phenomenon, y’all. Read all about it.

  2. March 7, 2010 12:13 pm

    I hear you. Here in Colorado there is definitely a contest between the established Republicans and (collectively) liberty-oriented groups. Each think they’re going to overcome the other while the Democrats would like to see a split resulting in a third party or at least enough discontent to allow them to win, as in NY-23.

    I don’t think that’s going to happen. I plan to write more about that this week.

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