It's the Constitution, Stupid: What the Tea-Partiers Really Want

The Democrats and their activist old media are running in circles and working themselves into pretzels trying to define the “Tea Party” movement. It can be quite entertaining to watch. They really have no idea what is happening right in front of their eyes. The media would have an easier time reading Mandarin Chinese than they would deciphering the signs at a Tea Party rally.

You could argue that they don’t want to understand what they are seeing because that means they would have to admit that Democrats have lost the beloved grass roots that they claim to have had forever, and I would not disagree. But, for the moment, let’s just say that they are really trying hard to figure this out and it’s just not sinking in to their brilliant Ivy League minds.

Let’s give them a little hint:


Sunday on Meet the Press, Dee Dee Myers, the former Clinton press secretary, took a stab at defining the Tea Party movement. “I’m not sure exactly where this is going….is it a third party, is it part of the Republican Party?”

On ABC’s This Week, Al Hunt of Bloomberg News said, “I’m not sure exactly what the Tea Party movement is, I’m not sure the people who respond to the polls know what it is, and it remains to be seen whether it is an asset to the Republican Party.”

Kenneth Gladney and Ron Futrell

Saturday on CNN, Don Lemon had political consultant David Gergen on and they wrestled over whether the movement was racist because they only saw one black person in the crowd at the Sarah Palin speech before the Tea Party Convention. They should’ve invited Kenneth Gladney on the show and asked him. Gladney was the man who was smacked around by SEIU thugs at a Tea Party rally in St. Louis. The activist old media doesn’t know Gladney’s story because he’s a conservative minority Tea Party participant and they don’t want that story. I met Gladney at a Tea Party rally in Las Vegas and found him to be a fine man with a fascinating story. I bought a couple flags from him that I proudly hang in my office. The activist old media might want to ask him what this movement is about — warning — be prepared, he will give you the right answer, but it will not be the answer you want to hear. I know, I asked him.

With that, let me tell you what the Tea Party movement wants. I will make it simple and straightforward and easy for all to understand — I will put it in all CAPS and type slowly:


There it is. I said it, one simple sentence.


The Democrats and its activist old media want to find “leaders” for the Tea Party movement. They feel that the only worthwhile political movement must have direction from a man (or woman—but mainly men). They saw the movements led by Stalin, Hitler and Mussolini and feel that there must be a dynamic personality for people to follow in order for it to be significant. That same game plan was followed in the 2008 presidential election: find a dynamic leader who fits with the values of larger, more intrusive government, and follow him.

They also want a “leader” of the Tea Party movement so that they can destroy that person. This is from the play book of Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals:

RULE 13: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.

By this I mean that in a complex, interrelated, urban society, it becomes increasingly difficult to single out who is to blame for any particular evil… Obviously, there is no point to tactics unless one has a target upon which to center the attacks.

Once they have a fallible human target they can destroy that person, and thus destroy the movement. That’s the game plan. They will not come out and say they want the destruction of the U.S. Constitution, so it’s very important for the media, Democrats and the American left to get a name and face attached to the Tea Party movement.

Sarah Palin understands this perfectly when she spoke at the Tea Party Convention over the weekend and said that “this is about the people,” and it’s “bigger than any king or queen of the Tea Party movement.” This movement needs no leader. With the Constitution as its guide, it is doing just fine, thank you.

Sarah Seated With Flag

While the media tries to marginalize the movement and make it seem insignificant, racist, divisive, angry, trivial, and mean—-the Tea Party movement rolls on. Democrats will twist and turn on a roller-coaster ride of definitions before they ever find the answer. If they really want the answer, I’ll give it to them again in case I wasn’t clear:


Don’t we all want that? Shouldn’t we all want that? Occasionally you will hear Democrats talk about their love for the Constitution, but were that the case, they would join hands with the patriots of the Tea Party movement and demand that we begin the long road back to our founding documents. For the last 100 years we have made a strong left turn from those documents, and it’s time to correct it.

Those at the Tea Party rallies may not all be Ivy League grads, or brilliant enough to be on those dazzling, luminous, Sunday talk shows, but they are smart enough to know which political party represents a return to the Constitution right now. It’s that party they will support in 2010. It’s that party they supported in elections in Massachusetts, Virginia and New Jersey. If Democrats and their complicit old-media cronies are not smart enough to figure out which party that is, then they’ll sit there at the round table on the Sunday shows this November and wonder what hit them and again, not get it right.

You’ve got to think that if they had Sunday shows in 1773, the British would’ve done the same thing.

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