The time was December of 1773. The City: Boston Massachusetts. A formerly SILENT majority was done with being quiet. Pump up the volume, Pump up the volume, Pump up the volume: DANCE DANCE! The name of the dance, of course, was “The Tea Party”. And the rest would be History.
How righteous is a Revolution based on taxation without representation? Seriously? Who can argue against that? Talk about being on “God’s Side” of an Issue! So, in 2009, when a political activist group formed by the same name, with the same “revolutionary undertones”, it definitely rang our Liberty Bells.
The menu: THE PEOPLE taking control of their own runaway government.THE PEOPLE fed up with taxes. THE PEOPLE sick and tired of a near-bankrupt Nation continuing to hemorrhage public money at unprecedented levels. Sounds tasty, huh? What can now be only described as an historical political phenomenon, The Tea Party was off and running. And it’s still galloping at a pretty fast clip.
But has it turned out that CRAZYHORSE was the Philly let out of the gate back in 2009?
No New Taxes, Less Government, Drastic Cuts in Spending, Individual Freedoms & Strict Constitutional Construction are all noble and enticing causes held by The Tea Party, but just how, exactly, do we provide the core services of Government to its people if the funds are just. not. there.? Assuming, arguendo, that a stampede of wasteful government ponies desperately needs to be corralled, real taxpaying people still provide services, and real taxpaying people must be paid for their work. Does America still bear the responsibility to its Citizens to provide a climate for each of them to pursue happiness and to protect them from collapsing bridges, faltering schools, and dwindling social security coffers?
To say that our dark, demonic domestic woes are all “fixable” by Christine O’Donnell casting a spending cut “spell” or Barney Frank sprinkling debt-reducing fairy dust over them would be a non-sequitur of the highest order.
Alas, let’s lasso this conversation back to The Tea Party. Objectively speaking, the Freshmen Tea Party victors changed the composition of the U.S Congress, elected a Governor in South Carolina, and are still – at least SUBjectively—kicking ass and taking names. And South Cackalacky still proves to serve as her bailiwick.
U.S. Senator Jim DeMint is the undisputed show horse of the Tea Party. To wit: He even threatened to withdraw from the Republicans and form a third party if the GOP didn’t buck up and pull up its socks! And then there was Lindsay. Positioned as South Carolina’s next “Strom Thurmond”, Senator Graham was everywhere: You’d be hard-pressed to flip on a Sunday Morning News Program and not see S.C.’s Lindsay Graham, saddled and harnessed, usually plowing a moderate, middle ground.
Nowadays, especially over the past year, Lindsay Graham has been chomping at the bit trying to patch things up with the Tea Party, who has made no secret of the contempt they hold for him. What are Graham’s re-election chances at this juncture? Pony-up and place your bets, but the Tea party is far from forgiving at Senator Graham the moment. In fact, if he breaks his leg before 2014 and sees Michelle Bachmann with a shotgun, Brother Graham better hop his ass outta the way. And quick!
There’s no doubt that our Nation is going through a rough patch not seen in over a generation. In 2008, we wanted to switch gears and we did. In 2010, change had not come soon enough and America witnessed another shift at the Polls. It doesn’t take rocket science to discern that our country is at a critical and volatile crossroad. Why, just this past weekend, Rep. Maxine Waters had a “Joe Wilson Moment”, further illustrating our Nation’s stressful problems. [Editor's note: I sure hope that "Tourette's Syndrome" is covered under their health insurance!]
Does the Tea Party offer the solutions we need to move onward and upward? What do you think?J.L. Mann Cromer, Jr. is a General Practice Attorney in Columbia, South Carolina, concentrating in Probate & Estate Planning, Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Law.