tea party updates

Both of the first two articles discuss the Tea Party movement, but frustratingly neither of them can answer the question, what next? The third article offers guidance, but not much else. Anyway, interesting articles on an interesting movement.

Mark Tapscott, Tea parties as flash crowds:

I offer one further observation here about the Tea Party Protests. Their size and rapid spread across the country are a measure of the intense convictions behind them. Most important, though, is that they are fruit of the digital age, with email, Twitter, cell phones and social networking sites on the Internet enabling their dramatic appearance.

These protests are in part “flash crowds” – the Internet phenomenon of demonstrations assembled virally as a result of events in the news. But they may also be something more permanent – a solution to what political philosopher Willmoore Kendall called “the Intensity Problem” of democracy.

Simply put, that’s the reality that a minority is often more passionate, better organized and more highly motivated about their causes than are the majority, who by definition are more diffused, less passionate and represent broader interests.

David Vickers, What’s brewing next for the tea party movement?

If ever we needed the American tea party movement to brew up greater weight, it is now. Will the movement ever transcend bullhorns and chants? Will a unifying platform of articulated ideas and values emerge? Does one need to emerge?

What must happen for the American tea party movement to harness all its force, aggression, and overall good intentions for America’s future, and be taken seriously by the power brokers in Washington, D.C., by the mainstream media, and by Main Street?

And how will the movement grow its numbers and influence?

Paul Hsieh, Ayn Rand and the Tea Party Protests:

But unless today’s Tea Party protesters rediscover and reaffirm this principle of individual rights, their movement will fizzle, just as similar protests fizzled after an initial burst of outrage following the 2005 Supreme Court Kelo decision allowing the government to take away a person’s home via “eminent domain.”

America’s future is at stake. Do we want to enlarge an already-bloated welfare state that tramples on our rights and strangles the economy? Or do we want a limited government that protects our rights and allows individuals to prosper and thrive?

Read ’em all — Go on!

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