To Democrats who demonize the Tea Parties and dismiss the sincerity of our concerns, I ask that you look to the campaign rhetoric of the 2008 Democratic nominee for president of the United States. Barack Obama rode to victory that fall in part by echoing ideas that Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan once championed as they helped turn the once-fledging conservative movement into a national phenomenon.
Obama said he favored “a net spending cut” (which he contended he had proposed “throughout this campaign“). He pledged to pay for spending increases with even bigger cuts. Not just that, he said he was going to “put an end to the run-away spending and the record deficits“.
If Obama, with this rhetoric in his campaign, was appealing to the legitimate concerns of the American people, then why wouldn’t Tea Parties, echoing that very rhetoric, also reflect the sincere concerns of American citizens taking the time to take to the streets this Tax Day?