More On Tea Parties

OK. Beck seems to have a handle on the tea party movement. He understands it. If you use Willie Nelson’s definition of a leader (someone who sees a whole bunch of people moving in one direction so he jumps in the front of the line), he leads it. But the fact of the matter is there is no leader. It is not a gang, not a party, not an organization, not a group, not a congregation, not an institution. So what can it possibly be? It’s a social movement.

Now Beck, with his correct understanding of the movement, has a piece called “The Eight Stages Of Social Movement” on his site. See that here. He believes that the tea party movement is on stage five. I don’t really care what stage we are on, I just want to see the job through. We came together for a reason and I’m in it for the long haul. If the majority of the Silent Majority don’t follow through with this then it will be lost. But, like me, most of the Silent Majority are hard-working people who have just had enough of the vocal minority.

So there it is for your edification. I know why I’m there. I know why the people I meet at the events are there. I know why the politicians are there. But I hate to tell them that when they get up in front of us and spew rhetoric it’s only going to hurt them bad at the polls. Until next time, screw environmentalists.

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