By the Left Coast Rebel
But is the movement dead as a door nail?
I believe (and know instinctively in my heart of hearts) that the tea party isn't dead; rather the electoral vehicle of of the movement -- the Republican Party -- is in its final death throes.
This truism stands as it should because the GOP typifies absolutely nothing beyond the status quo. The aim of the Republican party in general is shockingly pitiful acquiescence to ever-expansion of the Federal government though slight millimeters on the government scale, ever so slightly to the right of Democrats. And in our age of marching socialism that is something we cannot afford...
But how can a movement that is actually a simple idea be "dead"?
The tea party is me; the tea party is you and anyone around us yearning to be free from the shackles of tyrannical, overbearing, intrusive, patriarchal government.
But after being swallowed up by one of the two major statist American political parties, how do we rebrand the tea party and reinvigorate the limited government movement?
Here's my take taken from the SoCal Tax Revolt Coalition e-mail list today:
The public's unfavorable view of the Tea Party (though very likely exaggerated by the predominantly leftist American press) is perception: The Tea Party is seen as an apparatus of the corrupt Republican Party now, versus a fledgling, spontaneous grassroots movement as it was perceived (and truly was) in 2008 up to 2010.
Many low- or medium-information voters and citizens likely also succumbed to the incessant drumbeat "tea party is racist" Democrat/media/leftist (one and the same) smear; but nevertheless if the public at large has bought into the meme that John Boehner (and the Republican party in general) is the face of the Tea Party, it's no wonder that perception is in the basement.
The challenge of re-branding and remaing viable and effective going forward is going to be completely disassociating from the Republican party and reconnecting with Americans as a movement of liberty, free-enterprise, small government and individual freedom.
I'd like to know your thoughts...