My producer often chides me for overusing the word “Wow!”, reminding me that I could be more effectively using my extensive vocabulary. But all I can manage right now is a breathless “Wow!”
The New York Times is running a lengthy piece about the Tea Party Movement that actually paints an accurate picture of the phenomenon taking over political influence in our nation; changing the political landscape, and returning the balance of power between centralized government back to We the People.
The Tea Party movement has become a platform for conservative populist discontent, a force in Republican politics for revival, as it was in the Massachusetts Senate election, or for division. But it is also about the profound private transformation of people like Mrs. Stout, people who not long ago were not especially interested in politics, yet now say they are bracing for tyranny.
These people are part of a significant undercurrent within the Tea Party movement that has less in common with the Republican Party than with the Patriot movement, a brand of politics historically associated with libertarians, militia groups, anti-immigration advocates and those who argue for the abolition of the Federal Reserve.
Urged on by conservative commentators, waves of newly minted activists are turning to once-obscure books and Web sites and discovering a set of ideas long dismissed as the preserve of conspiracy theorists, interviews conducted across the country over several months show. In this view, Mr. Obama and many of his predecessors (including George W. Bush) have deliberately undermined the Constitution and free enterprise for the benefit of a shadowy international network of wealthy elites.
You really must read the entire piece. It will energize you.
And as if that’s not enough, RNC Chairman Michael Steele is meeting with a group of up to 50 Tea Party activists from across the country this afternoon. The meeting will take place at RNC Headquarters at 4pm.
Fox News reporting:
“ The Chairman believes it extremely important to listen to this significant grassroots movement and work to find common ground in order to elect officials that will protect these principals.” Said Katie Wright, RNC Spokeswoman.
This is part of a broader effort by national Republicans to communicate directly with Tea Party activists rather than risk having their handpicked candidates get run over by the movement.
One Tea party activist who has traveled hundreds of miles to attend today’s meeting tells Fox News, “Steele wants to try to co opt us, but we’re coming to tell him he doesn’t get it. We want to return the Republican party to its roots. We’re expecting some fireworks.”
Tea Party activists have targeted multiple Republicans they don’t feel are conservative enough, such as Florida Governor Charlie Crist and Senator Bob Bennett of Utah.
RNC officials tell us the meeting is “private” but it looks like we’ll hear all about it this afternoon, as Tea Party activists are planning to speak to reporters as soon as they walk out the door.
Tonight we’re talking all about the impact of the Tea Party movement. Joining us is Lisa Feroli, the gal who organized the 2009 Orlando Tea Party, one of the first in the nation.
Be there — we’re excited and encouraged by the conservative move to retake our country from the Marxists, elitists, and “insiders” who have hijacked it over the past decades.