Requiem for the Tea Party

The thinking of the Tea Party was co-opted the moment it started being called a Tea Party. But the original ideas hatched and awakened simultaneously in 37 states after NH state rep Dan Itse proposed a Jeffersonian states-rights defense against federal overreach. Might have been better had he never done that Glenn Beck interview. A maturing framework for this will, as Texas Governor Rick Perry said, take Governors, not Congressmen. And it will take longer. Philosophically it is simple. You have to be a Texan before you can be an America. You have to be a New Englander before you can be an American. But we lose our earthly bearings and proportions when we detach from our place, and live exclusively in the abstraction. We hover over ourselves as if in a UFO. Now China begins with the UFO delusions. But Israel begins to finds itself again on its piece of earth. Germany as well.

Change will be driven by economics, not speeches, particularly the dawning realization that the well off agrarian states in the center of the country are now being asked to support the welfare states on the edge.

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