The Tea Parties have rocked the establishment and the elected class and nattering nabobs that infest Washington, D.C., are at a loss to understand it.
Republican strategist and Fox News talking head Karl Rove expressed the dismay of the establishment intellectualism when — after Christine O’Donnell’s surprising win over “chosen” Republican-In-Name-Only Mike Castle — he proceeded to spew invective O’Donnell’s way and sound notes of gloom and doom for the Republican Party’s hopes of taking the United States Senate in November.
Establishment intellectualists don’t understand that, for Tea Party members, party doesn’t matter. Sure, the effects of Tea Party efforts so far have been mostly to oust liberal Republicans and purge RINOs from the Republican ranks — though this is not to discount Tea Party victories over “sure-thing” Democrat wins in Massachusetts and New Jersey. For Tea Partiers, it’s all about returning to our nation’s Constitutional roots, reducing the size of government and getting government out of their lives.
Their successes so far bode well for the future of our nation. But Tea Partiers remain outnumbered and the Big Government propaganda machine, also known as the mainstream media, is working overtime to portray supporters of rational ideas like smaller government, less spending, lower taxes, less government regulation and a return to Constitutional government as a bunch of fruitcakes. This kind of portrayal will undoubtedly hurt support to some degree.
So regardless of the outcome this November, Tea Partiers need to remember that if they want to truly transform Washington they must prepare for a long slog. We didn’t get where we are overnight and it’s not going to turn around overnight.
You may or may not be a majority now. But, as Samuel Adams said, a majority is not necessary to succeed.
"It does not take a majority to prevail … but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men," Adams said.
So, Tea Partiers, keep setting those brushfires.