TAMPA, Fla., June 21, 2013 ― There is much talk in the mainstream media about the death of the tea party movement. The obvious trappings and behavior of a political movement are currently missing from the tea party movement, but the movement is far from dead, or even dormant. The tea party has to mature before it can become the brilliant butterfly it must become to be effective in 2016.
We all remember the glorious days of the first tea party rallies. After the Rick Santelli rant that sparked the movement and caused people to take to the street, tea parties flourished. There was an excitement that was impossible to quell as many independent conservative groups organized meetings and rallies around the country. To see regular people participating in political activity for the first time was exciting.
In Tampa, speakers climbed up into the bed of a pick-up truck to speak to the assembled. So much for the Koch Brothers as sponsors as the public address system consisted of a radio shack microphone hooked to a small guitar amplifier, but nonetheless the movement was on.
For the next two years the tea party movement got the attention of mainstream media, politicos, and the heart of America. This notoriety came with full-fledged hate and venom from the liberal left. It was the sworn duty of the left to characterize the tea party and anyone that associated themselves with it as stupid, unsophisticated, bigots, and racists. The aim of mainstream media was to destroy the tea party brand and anyone attached to it.
There was something the left did not count on however. The tea party movement created a soft land place for the new Black conservative. Conservatives like Herman Cain, Alphonzo Rachel, Keven Jackson, Eddie Adams Jr., Star Parker and many others found a platform in the tea party movement. Black conservatives were simply characterized as unicorns by mainstream media as they continue to attack the movement.
After the success the tea party had as a political force in the 2010 elections there was much talk about the codification of these varied local groups into a bonafied political party. Many in the movement balked at the idea as the antithesis of what the tea party movement all about. This was then the start of the building of the tea party cocoon.
The tea party movement had to find a way to remain effective without taking autonomy from the local groups. This would prove to be a difficult balancing act. The Republican party began to co-opt the tea parties, in some cases changing the focus from liberty to helping elect Republicans. The tea party movement must now return to the scene strong and unified in purpose and method.
The current scandals and wanton corruption in Washington seem the perfect time for the rebirth of the tea party movement.
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