Friday, April 10, 2009


If you haven't noticed, this blog has not previously addressed the nationwide "Tea Party" movement in opposition to the pseudo-socialist policies being introduced by our new president. This is not necessarily because I am in opposition to the concept, but because I am generally skeptical of the effectiveness of mere protests - especially those that involve large numbers of people scrawling cheeky slogans on posterboard with Sharpie markers. That said, I might be willing to embrace the idea if the people involved can convince me that this is more than just a one-time chance for people to vent their anger. If this is a serious movement that will contribute to long term change - then I just might get off the fence.

Hence, I am impressed with a project being put forward by Colin Hanna of Let Freedom Ring. Mr. Hanna is trying to create a national coalition by getting all of the Tea Party organizers to have their attendees to text the words "Tea Party"to the 74362. If this succeeds, we will finally have the basis to build an organic, conservative rival to Barack Obama's massive network of supporters.

So, congratulations to Mr. Hanna for finally getting this skeptic to pay attention to the Tea-Party Movement. That said, I still need to see proof that these "Tea Parties" are actually going to do something constructive - because if I see a bunch of mad hatters singing "A Very Merry Unbirthday" on April 15th, I'm tuning out for good.


  1. And I thought I was the only one skeptical of the "tea party" movement!

    The Pink Flamingo

  2. Nice to know I'm not the only conservative who's skeptical about the effectiveness of mere protests.

    If you have the time, let me know what you think of this essay, which strives toward a more general theory of effective activism.

  3. Interesting essay, CC, but governments aren't the only entities who might prove problematic for seascape societies: note the current issues with PIRATES?

    It's a fallen world, and so far a republic is the best system found. (Btw, the USA isn't a true one-person/one-vote democracy, thanks to the electoral college, which was SUCH a brilliant idea, since it keeps the geographically-smaller but higher-in-population areas from selecting our officials.)