The Tea Party was a turning point in American politics. After Establishment Republicans and Democrats came together to rob the American taxpayers blind with big corporate bailouts, and the Obama administration passed Obamacare, millions of Americans rose up, demanding limited government and a return to accountable democracy. They got it.
Now angry liberals are trying to hold their own Tea Party, and they’re off to a horrific start. How bad is it? Well, I’ll let Guy Benson explain:
Americans have a right to show up, and speak up, in public meetings with their elected representatives. That civic principle applies to the anti-Trump “resistance” just as much as it applied to the Tea Party. Americans also have a right to judge their fellow citizens’ comportment and approach to influencing the political process. The Left is organizing to swarm forums held by Republican members of Congress, several of whom have demonstrated constructive methods of dealing with unruly and hostile crowds. The resulting confrontations are churning out made-for-television moments for which the media has a bottomless appetite — especially since these aggrieved citizens are on the “good” side of things, unlike the unseemly hoards in 2009 and 2010. But here’s what the sanitized and curated evening news soundbytes aren’t likely to show: In Louisiana on Wednesday, Sen. Bill Cassidy hosted a town hall meeting to discuss various policies, including Obamacare. The organized Left showed up in full throat, behaving boorishly before the Senator even took to the podium. They shouted and heckled throughout a pastor’s opening prayer, then many refused to stand or even maintain any semblance of decorum during the pledge of allegiance, which was led by a local veteran. Deplorable:
These people are out of their minds. As Benson notes, they’re also ignorant:
The rude, furious screeching of “separation of church and state!” betrays an embarrassing ignorance of American history. Our founding document guards against the intertwining of religion and governance by prohibiting the establishment of a national religion, but the notion that a public prayer prior to a gathering like this somehow violates the constitution is ludicrous. In fact, the legislative body in which Sen. Cassidy serves opens each daily session with a prayer from its appointed in-house chaplain. But the angriest shouters weren’t interested in facts or perspective, as their frenzied tantrums then carried on through the pledge of allegiance. One of their grievance themes is that Cassidy is a mean-spirited demon who wants to rip healthcare away from innocent children.
The Tea Party didn’t succeed because it was well organized and well funded. It succeeded because it stood up for the interests of ordinary Americans. Unless liberals are willing to accept the diverse religious beliefs and interests of people on main street, they’ll never make any headway.
The long and short of it is this: Liberals dug a big hole the last eight years, and instead of trying to climb out, they’re calling in the earth movers.