It's The Constitution, Stupid
Read all of this essay from Breitbart's Big Journalism on the unifying idea that has more Americans in the streets and meeting halls than perhaps ever in our history:
...The Democrats and its activist old media want to find “leaders” for the Tea Party movement. They feel that the only worthwhile political movement must have direction from a man (or woman—but mainly men). They saw the movements led by Stalin, Hitler and Mussolini and feel that there must be a dynamic personality for people to follow in order for it to be significant. That same game plan was followed in the 2008 presidential election: find a dynamic leader who fits with the values of larger, more intrusive government, and follow him.
They also want a “leader” of the Tea Party movement so that they can destroy that person. This is from the play book of Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals:
RULE 13: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.
By this I mean that in a complex, interrelated, urban society, it becomes increasingly difficult to single out who is to blame for any particular evil…Obviously, there is no point to tactics unless one has a target upon which to center the attacks.
Once they have a fallible human target they can destroy that person, and thus destroy the movement. That’s the game plan. They will not come out and say they want the destruction of the U.S. Constitution, so it’s very important for the media, Democrats and the American left to get a name and face attached to the Tea Party movement.
Sarah Palin understands this perfectly when she spoke at the Tea Party Convention over the weekend and said that “this is about the people,” and it’s “bigger than any king or queen of the Tea Party movement.” This movement needs no leader. With the Constitution as its guide, it is doing just fine, thank you.
While the media tries to marginalize the movement and make it seem insignificant, racist, divisive, angry, trivial, and mean—-the Tea Party movement rolls on. Democrats will twist and turn on a roller-coaster ride of definitions before they ever find the answer. If they really want the answer, I’ll give it to them again in case I wasn’t clear:
THE TEA PARTY MOVEMENT WANTS AMERICA TO RETURN TO CONSTITUTIONAL PRINCIPLES.
Don’t we all want that? Shouldn’t we all want that? Occasionally you will hear Democrats talk about their love for the Constitution, but were that the case, they would join hands with the patriots of the Tea Party movement and demand that we begin the long road back to our founding documents.
For the last 100 years we have made a strong left turn from those documents, and it’s time to correct it...
Read it all.
The only correction I'd suggest is that the Dead Elephant Party/Stupid Party wants virtually the same thing as the Democrats/Evil Party.
Neither group of entrenched statist apparatchiks wants a true grassroots Awakening of American liberty.
Stand by to sweep them all into early and richly-deserved retirement.
UPDATE 2315 EST 10 FEB 10: See also John Robb's thoughts on the Tea Party phenomenon.