Tea Partiers: Beware politicians bearing gifts
The president, liberal Republicans, progressive Democrats, and fiscally conservative Republicans and Democrats have been trying to grab a piece of the pie.
However, Sen. John Boehner, a Republican who is by no means perfect, at least has some idea what the Tea Party is about. He said:
"The Tea Party movement has reminded us who's really in charge of this country, and that's the American people," Boehner said in a statement. "These great patriots have been at the forefront of a growing political rebellion born from the American people's opposition to greater government control over our economy and our lives."
Whether Boehner actually empathizes with the patriots is still in question, but he did a good job at encapsulating the mission of the movement; not so President Obama who averts his eyes rather than stare the rebellion in its face.
Don't be fooled; Obama must know the movement is proliferating, but he battles its causes by attempting to blur the lines between progressive and conservative.
His strategy against the patriots began in earnest in January 2010 when he spoke to Republicans in Baltimore at the House Republican Conference's annual policy retreat. Obama's appearance on the Republicans turf softened his public image, yet his continual scolding of their stubbornness towards his policies did not go over too well. What good does it do to invite your rival into your tent?
Then Obama invited both sides to his "bipartisan" Health Care Summit this past week. Keep extending that hand, Mr. President. A further blending of images, but the patriots aren't buying it.
Yesterday, Pelosi was scattered all over the air waves, and had the unmitigated nerve to ally herself with the Tea Party movement by claiming commonality with its struggle to be heard apart from the Republican party.
Also yesterday, Cokie Roberts used the term ‘republic' as a substitute for the word ‘America'; she let it slip right off her tongue. Roberts is borrowing verbiage from the Tea Party to show her willingness to understand the other side.
Partiers, just stay firm in your resolution never to surrender the glory that makes our republic the best country on earth.