The Best Thing About the TEA Party

By: Brooks A. Mick

A recent Gallup poll:

“PRINCETON, NJ — In 2010, 31% of Americans identified as Democrats, down five percentage points from just two years ago and tied for the lowest annual average Gallup has measured in the last 22 years. While Democrats still outnumber Republicans by two points, the percentage identifying as independents increased to 38%, on the high end of what Gallup has measured in the last two decades.”

This poll carries great news for those who wish America well. The number of people who mistrust both Democrat and Republican politicians is growing. And given the example of what a Republican majority did in the previous decade and what a Democratic majority has done in the past 2-4 years, it is clearly healthy to view all politicians with a decidedly jaundiced eye.

Republican voters thought, in 1994, that they had elected a Republican conservative majority and that they could be counted on to do what’s right–but then the voters went back to their preoccupation with their ordinary lives and forgot to keep watch over the Republicans, who rather predictably drifted every further away from conservatism and became ensnared in the inside-the-Beltway Washington cocktail party mentality of back-scratching and deal-making and good-ol’-boy politics. Then the voters had a little tantrum and threw the Republicans out of office. But as with frying-pan-to-fire, they didn’t stop to consider what they would get with a Democratic majority.

The Republicans had been spending like drunken sailors, to be sure, but the Demo majority began spending like drunken Democratic sailors. The national deficit as a percentage of GDP began climbing. Then, having had enough of Republican presidents and having only the rather dismal choice of RINO John McCain versus an Obama who talked about bipartisanship and fiscal responsibility and sensible economics on the campaign trail, they voted in a Democratic president to go along with their control of the House and Senate and as the saying goes, “all hell broke loose.”

I’m sure all that is old hat to you, but some background seemed reasonable for the main point: A rational citizen-voter has to watch all politicians, even Republican ones, like a hawk and never–never ever–go to sleep at the switch again.

For example, one notes the tendency of some Republicans to default to earmark mode in spending bills. You voters out there need to remind them constantly that earmarks encourage and enable unwise and unnecessary spending and we remain steadfastly opposed to earmarks.

For another example, one hears rumors today that a Republican, Congressman Peter King of New York, is proposing legislation making it illegal to carry a firearm within 1000 feet of any politician.

This bill is as crazy as the deranged shooter who shot Congresswoman Giffords. First, how can it be enforced? What about the licensed, legal concealed carry citizen who goes to Safeway to buy groceries and inadvertently, with no knowledge that a politician has decided to hold a rally in the parking lot, enters the 1000 foot zone? What about the legal carrier who is sitting in a movie theater and a politician happens to enter to watch the same movie?

And what makes Representative King think that a deranged shooter is going to obey his law? Isn’t it already illegal to shoot politicians? Did this prevent the shooting of Gifford and the judge and the other bystanders? Will a criminal or a crazy who decides to shoot a politician suddenly be deterred by a law preventing his bringing his weapon to the scene? “Uh, gee, I’d really LIKE to shoot that politician, but I can’t bring my Glock, so I guess I’ll have to cancel my plans…”

So please, anybody inclined, just in case this rumor is true, write Congressman King and tell him to shelve this idiotic bill. It is stupid on its face, and it only plays into the hands of the gun-grabbers who will tout it as recognition that even Republicans are in favor of more gun control.

It’s been said that legislation passed precipitously to deal with a perceived crisis always produces bad law. We saw this with the rush to pass the stimulus bill, and we can see it in the sudden rush to pass gun control legislation in the face of a crazy man’s shooting spree. It could be that a heavy dose of Stelazine may have prevented the shooting spree, but I see no reason to think that more gun laws would have accomplished the same goal.

And so, fellow voters, I submit that the best thing about the TEA Party is that we don’t trust ANY politicians and I propose that we resolve to remain vigilant and never let even Republicans act stupidly again. Keep those letters, phone calls, telegrams, and e-mails flowing.

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