Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Tea Party Revolution Started in 1980

Most "conservative" politicians didn't get it - the reason Regan was elected wasn't because of his patriotism or belief in God, but because of quotes like these:

Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.

Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.

Man is not free unless government is limited.

One way to make sure crime doesn't pay would be to let the government run it.

The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much.
I always wondered why the Republicans quickly moved their message from this to "God and Country". It was easier, and less threatening to the incumbents, I guess.

The more I watch, the more I come to realize that there's no fundamental difference between our two parties - they both want to stay in power, and they won't willingly give up an ounce of it.

Now, politicians are beginning to talk the talk again (see Brown, Scott), but I have to wonder - will they walk the walk?

Will we hold them accountable if they don't?



Nathaniel said...

No and no. :(

Kate said...

Nope. Gonna have to find folks who really don't want the job. sigh...