Civil Disobedience—a Tea Party Sea Change?
Followers of the Tea Party Movement (TPM) are known for being law-abiding people. They believe in free markets, limited government, and fiscal responsibility. They demonstrate, but they do not “occupy”. They clean up after themselves.
Their counterparts on the Left are the statists, the collectivists, and the neo-Marxists. Exactly the opposite of the TPM, these folks believe in state-controlled markets, unlimited government, and unlimited social spending. They demonstrate by “occupying”, and they are (in)famous for not cleaning up after themselves.
So far, the politeness and good behavior of the TPM has had to be something of its own reward. The media don’t mention it much, and the Left seems to take it as a sign of weakness.
But things may be changing.
The Extreme Left has now fully taken over Washington. They own the Democrat party, lock, stock and barrel. There is no dissent. And only a few Republicans are offering more than token resistance. The rest, led by people like John McCain, are gradually capitulating in the name of “compromise.”
In response, TPM followers, other political conservatives, and Americans of both political parties are beginning to use civil disobedience as a way of pushing back against an increasingly overbearing Big Government. The Americans in this burgeoning Resistance know that if they don’t push back, Big Government will become more and more domineering over time, seemingly without limit.
On the weekend of Oct 12, the Resistance added rule-book slowdowns on DC highways and roads as well as removal of ”barrycades” blocking the WW II memorial. And it will surely escalate if Big Government politicians do not begin to show more respect for those who pay their upkeep in state houses and Washington.
A current driving force is the Obama regime’s absurd, inept, and brazenly callous handling of the “shutdown.” The regime is angering millions and serving a clear warning to the American people of how the regime will use the much greater leverage of Big-Government health care to control everyone’s behavior.
At this point, it’s hard to say what form future civil disobedience may take, but ultimately the entire country, except for Washington and a few blue-state Capitols, could simply Go Galt.
In the nearer term, it looks like the Tea Party Movement may be trading in its lawn chairs and placards for something a little more action-oriented!