Dear Readers: I haven’t had the chance to comment on current events, which has been a blessing in a way. I was on my way to Las Vegas with my family this weekend, just the NAACP was planning to publish its condemnation of the Tea Party movement on trumped of charges of racism. Frankly, I am a little saddened that my compatriots feel the need to undergo the Kabuki Theater of Ritual Denial each time a victi-crat group derides our citizen activism. At this point, I would have think that Tea Party peeps would have picked up three main points:
1. We cannot rely on traditional media venues, especially in the Washington D.C.-New York corridor, to fairly report on us — ever.
2. We will always called derogatory names by the elites, as this has been an effective way to silence us in the past.
3. We cannot be allowed to be distracted from our goals.
While on the mini vacay, my beloved Horemheb made me watch Face the Nation [asserting that I “needed to get both sides of the story” — I hate it when he does that balanced and reasonable thing on me! 🙂 ] I was stuck by just how snobbish the host was when referencing the Tea Party Movement and how obviously condescending he was toward David Webb (Co-Founder, Tea Party 365), who was appearing jointly with NAACP President Benjamin Jealous in an effort to counter the trumped up charges of “racism” against the Tea Parties. (MUT Note, for more, please see the Tea Party Patriot STATEMENT TO THE NAACP, which includes a list of leftist’s physical attacks on conservative activists).
Just then,I had an epiphany: We Tea Party citizens will never be able to sway “our betters” about the validity and integrity of our cause. We stand condemned, because we do not believe that big government bureaucrats, media intelligentsia, and policy-adoring politicos can solve all America’s woes and make us beloved by the world.
The very next day, in act act of divine serendipity, Rush Limbaugh discusses this point during his entire show: America’s Ruling Class — And the Perils of Revolution. I can’t stress how important it is for every Tea Party activist to read it the linked article, as it lays out the true scope-of-work we citizens have in front of us. As important as that article is, Instapundit’s Response List is just as vital — as it is NOW up to us to take responsibility, in full, for the way we want to be governed.
First: Mockery. They are very mockable, and they are very thin-skinned. That leads them to erupt in embarrassing ways. Use their sense of entitlement against them.
Second (and related): Transparency. One-party government makes you stupid, and although composed of both Democrats and Republicans the political class is basically its own party, and these people are pretty stupid. Point it out, repeatedly. Use FOIA, ubiquitous videocameras, and other tools to make the stupidity show.
Third: Money. Codevilla writes: “Our ruling class’s agenda is power for itself. While it stakes its claim through intellectual-moral pretense, it holds power by one of the oldest and most prosaic of means: patronage and promises thereof.” The coming budget crisis — already here, really, but still largely denied by the rulers — is an opportunity to defund a lot of this patronage stuff. They’ll try, of course, to cut the muscle and preserve the fat, but that won’t work very well if they’re closely watched (see above). Cut them off in other ways, too. Don’t support the media, nonprofits, and politicians who support them with your money. Also, make sure that money flows TO things you like: Businesses, alt-media, politicians who aren’t part of the problem, etc. Build up countervailing institutions that don’t depend on the government to survive.
Fourth: Organize and infiltrate. Take over party apparats from the ground up. Create your own organizations that can focus sustained attention — the “ruling class” relies on others having short attention spans while it stays focused on amassing and protecting power.
It is that last point I want to stress — this is a long-term project. Our country been damaged by a combination of the “entitlement attitude” and an unwillingness for many citizens to get informed and involved in basic civics. We must be prepared to spend some time to make the needed changes. Personally, I think it will take at least 4 election-cycles before there is any appreciable attitude-shift in any of our country or state power centers.
Like my friend, W.C. Varones, I view the NAACP coverage, as well as the follow-up on Shirley Sharrod, to be needless distractions (though I would like to note that my favorite pundit, The Anchoress, was the first one I read wondering about full video context, and that my friends Beers with Demo and Left Coast Rebel also expressed thoughtful concerns). Here is what WE, as Americans, Californians and San Diegans NEED to be paying attention to:
* Our Governor’s Race (Hat-tip to The Liberator Today).
* Our Senate Race
* YES ON PROPOSITION 23 – Yes to Jobs, No to snake-oil Global Warming Science
* Related to the need to pass Proposition 23 – Small-business bankruptcies on the rise in San Diego
* Fake Financial Reform and the imminent approval of a horrendously activist nominee to one of the post powerful positions in this country.
* Disclosure of media collusion to suppress stories that Americans needed and deserved to hear.
* Panther-gate, and the likelihood our President illegally thugged his way into the Oval Office, with the help of ACORN and race-baiting minions. (Question — when was the last you heard of the evidence of primary/caucus tampering in 2008 since the NAACP resolution story first broke?)
I had the opportunity to listen to real scientists discuss global warming data AND Climate-gate in detail today. I hope to get that story to you in the next few days. We have much to do before the election in November. We need to do it well.
Piss off the elites by ignoring them. I want to point out that today’s title quote comes from Barbara Ehrenreich, a feminist activist and a prominent figure in the Democratic Socialists of America. Obviously, distraction has been a handy tool for members of the “Ruling Class”, used to keep us in check. We need to take this tool away from them, if we are to achieve our goals of liberty and free market prosperity.