Posted on | February 7, 2010 | 38 Comments
A Sarah Palin quote, and Dan’s reaction:
This weekend, it’s Nashville, but in March, I’ll head to Searchlight, Nev., for the kickoff rally at the Tea Party Express III. In April, I’ll be in Boston for a Tea Party gathering there. Across the country, tea-partiers will be sharing our vision for America’s future, a vision that promotes common sense solutions to out-of-control spending and an out-of-touch political establishment.At the very least, it strikes me as a bit coy for Palin to suggest the movement doesn’t need a leader, while looking as though she’s planning to become it at the same time.
Oh, come on, Dan, do the math. She’s already seen the Left go nuclear on her for having the temerity to accept a VP nomination. She’s hanging back from an explicit grab at the ring for the same reason you may, and I do: holding the current position is preferred.
I see her as a less toad-like Fred Thompson (for whom I voted in the VA primary, dig the guy): she can lurk on the fringe, helping the overall situation, while avoid getting thrown in the grinder without sufficient demand. Last night’s speech was very much a paint-by-numbers play to the audience. She did NOT say something like:
The sad truth, Americans, is that Progressivism has drunk your milkshake. The free states delegating powers to a central government to handle foreign policy and inter-state issues has turned into an imperial nightmare. We’re broke. Our children are broke. Our grandchildren, not so financially good.
The Tea Party movement has to coalesce on fixing the system. That means gettin’ on a 10th Amendment bulldozer and leveling a few executive departments. That means our broke States taking care of their citizens, not the Federal government. That means breaking all of the Federal Reserve banks, and selling souvenirs to make up for the devastation carried out on the dollar by placing vast power in the hands of the few. That means restoring the rightful three-tier government upon which this country was founded.
There is no need for recrimination. The whole country, actively or passively, played along with the Progressive experiment the last century. If it had worked, fine. But. It. Has. Been. Disaster. So we can continue to elect Pollyanna-ticians and pile up the ruin, or we can set about a gradual, orderly, reconstitution of what made the country great.
This is not the easy road. The elderly and so on will have to be protected by the improvements. They’ve been swindled. But what we’re going to do is force political leaders to make responsible decisions. To disabuse themselves of the notion that they are better than their constituents. To forge transparent programs at the appropriate level of government so that there is actual accountability. To ensure that generations cannot simply steal from the next generation.
We’re simply not at the point where a Sarah Palin could speak in that manner, if indeed she has the interest. It’s too early. The opposition too unethical to do anything but nuke the messenger. And the electorate, sadly, too brainwashed and cowed to do more than play along.
No, she has to build to that sort of speech for some time, if ever. So for now, boy, you get the coy. Enjoy.
Update: Moe Lane ‘lanch!