Tea partiers rally in an effort to counter protests against Arizona’s new immigration enforcement bill. According to the Washington Post, the local Arizona Tea Party called out to members in response to anti-SB1070 protests taking place near the capitol. They urged members to hold their own rallies in support of the immigration enforcement legislation, which passed in the Arizona’s house on Monday. — Examiner.com
“I think the Tea Partiers are much more immediately dangerous to Democrats, whose policies under Obama have so vastly expanded the size and the scope of national government and done so with massive bills that no on has even read,” he said. “The Democrats are playing a very dangerous and destructive game in trying to dismiss and demonize the Tea Partiers as racist. They are resorting to a tactic that has worked for them in the past but is unlikely to work in this instance. Many mainstream Americans share Tea Party sentiments, even if they don’t join the movement, and by disparaging the latter, Democrats disparage the former. This only has the effect of heightening the mainstream’s distrust of the political class.” — Wilfred McClay, historian and political scholar who serves as the William E. Simon Distinguished Visiting Professor at Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy. Human Events
“Hate groups do exist across the political spectrum, and have for a long time. But they have nothing to do with the expressions of frustration over deficits, taxes and Obamacare that we have heard at so many Tea Party gatherings. That frustration, felt by Republicans, independents and even some Democrats, is an entirely mainstream reaction to the sharply activist course the president and congressional leadership have taken. While the level of frustration is indeed a threat, it is a political threat. Ask Democrats running in this November’s elections.
It’s important to distinguish between a political threat and a physical one. As Clinton might say, the hate accusers should watch their words.” — Byron York, Townhall
We are surely in a turbulent election year and emotions are running high. At this point it appears that public anger at the political class as typified by tea parties, will result in many incumbents losing their seats this fall and right now the Democrats seem more endangered. But this movement is not controlled by the Republican Party and its aim is not to sweep Democrats from office. Rather, it is aimed at all those politicians who are elected year after year who seem utterly clueless about the anger that the voters have over their repeated failure to solve problems or improve the lives of the American people and who see their main job, once taking the oath of office, to start raising money for their reelection. Both parties should take account of the fact that the public holds both parties and Congress in very low esteem. The only thing on the upswing with the voters is cynicism and we can expect more of it now that the Administration seems to be trying to increase its standing by focusing its litigation guns at Wall Street. Can the public have confidence in any institution? — Of Thee I Sing, BigGovernment.com
“On every question of construction carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed.”—Thomas Jefferson, letter to William Johnson, 1823