One of the standard responses to (and certainly the most legitimate criticism of) the “Tea Party” movement is to question why we didn’t so protest the spending increases of the Bush Administration.
To be sure, while we and many other right-of-center blogs took Republicans to task for his profligacy, we never took to the streets to do so. Perhaps, as I suggested in a recent post we might have gotten more attention from our elected officials if we had.
In quite possibly the best rant addressing both the legitimacy of the current protest and conservative frustration with out-of-touch Republicans, Patterico wonders about the road ahead:
But it needs to be channeled into action, or it won’t do us any good at all.
The problem is, what action? Bigger donations to the same clowns who let the deficit balloon during the Bush administration? Who were too gutless to fight lawless filibusters of qualified judicial nominees? Who allowed Barack Obama to cruise to victory by hanging the mortgage crisis around the neck of George Bush — without a fight? A crisis that was a product of neglect by both parties, quite notably corrupticrats like Barney Frank and Chris Dodd?
No. We’re not falling back in line with these morons.
But we have to do something.
Exactly. We have to do something.
Our next task is not to convince the left-wing naysayers of our sincerity. In their reflexive resentment of any political movement at odds with their ideology, they’ll criticize us no matter how many people show up today to protest. (And the initial indications are large crowds across the nation.) Our task is to get elected officials on board, committed to cutting excessive government spending and holding the line on taxes.
Success today is only the first step.