In his excellent piece on the appeal of the Tea Parties and the hysteria they generate on the left, Matt Kibbe writes:
Judging from the left’s hysterical reaction, something really big must have happened. But the only way to really understand the left’s misinformed and paranoid attacks is to realize that the protests represent tangible proof that basic libertarian values continue to resonate with the American electorate. That, apparently, is a difficult thing for some to accept.
Emphasis added. (H/t: Glenn). How fitting that I read that in the same week that I paid homage to the most successful President in the past sixty years, a man who said “the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism.”
What Kibbe say in Atlanta was similar to what I saw in Santa Monica: a diverse array of protesters:
This was not a typical conservative Republican rally, with local GOP activists, Ron Paul enthusiasts, and single-issue obsessives. . . . The difference was the new people: Young hipsters, families, angry moms, and retirees alike left their normal routines and work obligations to show up in protest of government policies that they passionately believe will ruin what is unique about America.
But, the “left-of-center reporters” didn’t pay them much heed, instead “most simply regurgitated the talking points supplied by partisans in the blogosphere.”Â Kibbe find evidence of their success in the reaction they drew: “One reasonable measure of progress may be the sheer volume of vitriol produced by their critics.”
The Tea Parties have given the left something to demonize since they don’t have W to kick around any more–though they still try.
Trying so hard to discredit these rallies for freedom, however, they end up making mockeries of themselves:
One frustration for the left that lingers from the Tax Day tea parties is that when the liberal sock-puppet media did show up, they were only fishing for wackos to discredit the tea party movement and instead ended up providing everyone with laughable examples of their own bias.
Wonder why they have such a bias against freedom. Wonder if that antagonism is linked to their hatred of W.
It certainly resembles their resentment of Reagan. As I visited his library on Tuesday, I was reminded of the hostility they left then felt for that great and good man. And a lot of people invoked his image and his ideas at the Tea Parties earlier this month.
And will again as we continue to rally for freedom.