Thursday, June 10, 2010

Birth of the Tea Party Movement

Just a quick break from my series to link to Michael Barone's piece today. Do you remember Rick Santelli's famous rant back in February of 2009? Barone takes another look at his arguments, both economic and moral, in the light of the intervening months of unsuccessful and detrimental Obama policy initiatives. It turns out that his fears were justified. What's unusual is that large swaths of the American people agreed with him. The template for the last 80 years has been: economic trouble requires more government intervention. Suddenly, a new template is emerging: economic trouble requires less government intervention. Barone concludes:

“We’re thinking of having a Chicago tea party in July,” Santelli said. As it turned out, thousands of previously uninvolved citizens flocked to tea parties all over America even sooner, and now they’re making their mark in primaries and special elections. New Deal historians can’t explain that. Rick Santelli’s rant does.

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