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Michael Barone Gets It

Since "it" is the Tea Party Movement, that makes him an outlier amongst the MSM.

Tea partiers embrace liberty not big government
By Michael Barone
Senior Political Analyst
The Washington Examiner

Over the past 14 months, our political debate has been transformed into an argument between the heirs of two fundamental schools of political thought, the Founders and the Progressives. The Founders stood for the expansion of liberty and the Progressives for the expansion of government.

It's an argument that has been going on for a century but was largely dormant over the quarter-century of low-inflation economic growth that followed the Reagan tax cuts. It's been raised again by the expand-government policies of the Obama administration and Democratic congressional leaders.

Those policies, thoroughly in line with the Progressive tradition, have been advanced by liberal elites in government, media, think tanks and academia. The opposition, roughly in line with the Founders tradition, has been led by the non-elites who spontaneously flocked to tea parties and town halls. Republican politicians have been scrambling to lead these protesters.

The left, where all "grass roots movements" are Axelturf, assumed the Tea Party was as well. The reality of a real grass roots populist opposition to their policies has still not fully registered, and their response is still denial.

May their blinders remain firmly in place until the election results are in come November..


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Comments (12)

The Left has a skewed view ... (Below threshold)
Speller:

The Left has a skewed view of the world and of reality because their view has been spoon fed to them and if a position on an issue hasn't been provided for them they haven't got one.
Take Adrian Browne in the VAT thread as an example.

Adrian Browne doesn't have any explanation for how the Dems are going to pay for their agenda but knows for sure that our explanation can't be the right one.
(default position: Conservatives are always wrong but why specifically? I'll get back to you when the hive masters tell me why, that's why)

Wash, rinse, repeat.
This is why the Dems need Big Government so desperately.
They can't think for themselves.

When the Dems rally to a cause they have be be herded and fed talking points.
They can't imagine it any other way because the can't think for themselves.
(it's a vicious circle)

Pure projection on their part, it's all they know.
They'll need therapy in November...if they don't die of shock or commit suicide.

I liked Dr Helen's comments... (Below threshold)
jim m:

I liked Dr Helen's comments on the left's inability to understand where conservatives come from:

http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/how-should-conservatives-deal-with-the-lefts-disrespect-and-lack-of-empathy/

They simply lack the congitive ability to wrap their heads around how anyone else thinks or feels.

Faced with real grass-roots... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Faced with real grass-roots opposition, the left is at a loss how to counter it. Vilify it, denounce it, laugh at it, marginalize it. They still haven't found anything that works. Alinsky never had to face something like this. Everything he espoused was manufactured.

You can be sure that Obama ... (Below threshold)

You can be sure that Obama and his crew don't have their blinders on; it's full speed ahead with their socialist train. If we wait for November we'll be sorry we sat on our behinds while government grew and grew. The three headed leftist monster (academia, the mainstream media and the unions) must be exposed and stopped now. We're concentrating on the media if you'd like to join us. http://www.sosssn.blogspot.com/

EVERY Tea Party event I hav... (Below threshold)
Justrand:

EVERY Tea Party event I have gone to has been peaceful and calm. In fact it is mostly middle-aged folks (like me) with their kids and grandkids, waving signs and being AMERICAN!

Contrast that with damn near EVERY Leftist event I have witnessed in nearby SF over the years. Those are angry and nearly always result in arrests, damage, and violence.

They're trying to smear us into silence, but the Tea Party grassroots are deep...and we WILL be heard from!

One thing that often gets o... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:

One thing that often gets over looked is that Alinky's "Rules" were for the "have-nots" to use against the "haves", that is the referring to "power" (e.g. used against instituation

Barone lost me from the fir... (Below threshold)
James H:

Barone lost me from the first paragraph. He starts by assuming the Founding Fathers were a single, unified bloc that favored something called "liberty." In fact, they were a quarrelsome bunch who represented diverse regional interests, but agreed that the existing weak central government did not work.

Their final work, the Constitution, resulted from months of deliberation and compromise in an effort to harmonize Enlightenment principles and wildly divergent parochial interests, including coalitions that could change from one issue to the next.

Barone's piece is nothing more than simplistic back-patting for him and political actors he sympathizes with.

Adult potheads who live in ... (Below threshold)

Adult potheads who live in mommy's basement are toooooo funny.

In fact, they w... (Below threshold)
In fact, they were a quarrelsome bunch who represented diverse regional interests
Kind of like the people who attend Tea Party rallies.
James H -While yes... (Below threshold)
jim m:

James H -

While yes there were royalists who did not want he revolution, if you look at the people who attended the Continental Congress there was a great amount of agreement. The fact that the Declaration was eventually passed with unanimity should lay the lie to your statement above.

They ALL valued liberty. They did have some disagreements as to how to pursue it. Go read The Glorious Cause which is Vol 1 of the Oxford History of the United States. It gives an excellent overview of the differences that they faced. It is nothing like what you want to infer.

Jim M -- I'm not t... (Below threshold)
James H:

Jim M --

I'm not talking about royalists at the Continental Congress and drafting the Declaration of Independence. I'm talking about drafting the Constitution, including the fact that within a generation, the very people who wrote the Constitution approached it from very different political places.

And much of the Constitution itself resulted from compromises between representatives from populous and non-populous states, and between representatives from the North and the Sourth.

bryanD describes his latest... (Below threshold)

bryanD describes his latest "contribution" to Wizbang succinctly:

Any facts are purely coincidental.



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