I am very satisfied with the Tea Party movement. They wanted to send a message to Obama and the left, and they did so with resounding success.
Some of the effects of the Tea Parties:
1. The leftwing, Democrat supporting mainstream media has lost all pretense of objectivity and impartiality, further eroding their credibility with the public. CNN and MSNBC were sarcastic and insulting to the Tea Parties and the people who attended them. Attendees were browbeaten by a CNN reporter who tried to engage them in debate over the Obama administration's bail-outs. Snickering MSNBC "reporters" covering the events called them "tea bagging," referring to an oral sex practice. Fault Line USA has many of the details at this link.
2. Fox News has resumed an editorial conservative stance, openly refuting leftist comments by Janeane Garafalo and Keith Olbermann on MSNBC. Garafalo was particularly egregious, calling the Tea Party attendees "teabagging rednecks" who were racists, "hating a black man in the White House." No Sheeples Here has the video.
3. The conservative movement has been energized by the groundswell of American opposition to Obama's policies.
4. The leftist blogosphere has gone ape in their frenzy to disparage the Tea Parties, recalling the old adage that "if you are picking up flak, it means you are over the target." See Scott's take on it at Powerline.
5. Obama's Department of Homeland Security further emphasizes the flak analogy, as it released a highly politicized and false report of "right wing extremism" posing an immediate threat to the peace and security of the United States (read "Obama's agenda").
6. Texas Governor Rick Perry has raised the option of secession in the event Obama radically transforms the United States into something it was never meant to be, i.e. a socialist tyranny. Walter Williams pointed out on KSFO radio yesterday that the secession option is necessary to dissuade would-be tyrants from their goals, in the same way that divorce is an option women can use against an abusive husband. He also pointed out that the American Civil War did not settle the secession question because it was decided by brute force and not the rule of law.
It's a beautiful day here in Hollister, California. I have to do some work for my company today, but I will do it out here in the backyard via my wireless connection, with my pooch by my side, listening to birdies tweeting in the trees.
What I feel today is satisfaction. The battle is enjoined.
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