We Are All Tea Partiers Now
Written By: Doug Mainwaring | Posted: Wednesday, October 27th, 2010
New 'Great Awakening' will reverberate well past November
On Feb. 7, 2009, the cover of Newsweek magazine proclaimed, "We Are All Socialists Now." Since then, much has transpired, including the sale of Newsweek (the business entity) to the highest bidder for $1. Now, 1 ½ years later, a more poignant cover story might be "We Are All Tea Partiers Now." The Tea Party is the leading edge of a "Great Awakening" in America. In many ways, it appears to have the force and vitality of one of the religious awakenings that have occurred throughout our nation's history. It is more than a populist movement. It is more than a reactionary group expressing voter dissatisfaction and anger. It can't be boiled down to election results. It will not be co-opted neatly by the Republican Party. It is something much, much bigger.
The Tea Party movement represents a resounding declaration of the end of big, overreaching government. Our nation is in the grip of an overwhelming, seemingly inescapable malaise, not because our government hasn't done enough for us, but because it has tried to do too much. Over the decades, "government" has mutated into "big government, " and its weight is killing us. Recent massive efforts to stimulate the economy or save certain sectors of it through increased government intervention and
spending, far from helping us, have only added to the fog of uncertainty and oppression.
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