As the Democratic party flounders, there’s a new fragrance in the air. Nubile flesh is growing on the once withered corpse of the GOP. The smell of rot diminishes. However, the Republicans, somewhat bolstered by the Tea Party, must beware.
Though I am intrigued by much of what the Tea Party supposedly represents, I’m apprehensive. I fear the movement may turn into something akin to the Green Bay Packer’s Cheesehead fanatics. That is, a caricature of a potent force.
Even the name–Tea Party–seems vulnerable to being painted as clownish, dumb and trivial. Ryming slogans, bumper stickers and coffee mugs will only add to a liberal weapons’ cache, already packing the firepower of Sarah Palin. To fall prey to sloganism will only empower the John Stewarts of the world.
I would encourage people who are sympathetic to the Tea Party cause to remain pragmatic and research facts before making sweeping statements. Avoid hyperbole, as the value of less government spending and greater fiscal responsibility seems to have enough value prima facie.
While the Tea Party is critical too of Republicans, it does attract those who would call themselves Reagan Republicans. Most of the Tea Partyers , I think, would state that they are merely resorting to a classic conservatism. The GOP should listen, lest they fall prey to exactly what is happening with the Democrats, who squandered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity by failing to have a workable plan in place when the country revolted against the perceived failings of the previous administration. The Republicans need to take this seriously. They need a real leader, a real plan, and a real vision of where America is ready and willing to go.