Why More than Economics is Needed to Understand the Tea Party
Last Thursday, the Projo published an excellent op-ed by Rhode Island Tea Party President Colleen Conley, written in response a derisive editorial on the Tea Party from a week ago Sunday.
Since Ms. Conley was more than clear about where the editorial board’s perspective was lacking, the part of the op-ed I would like to call attention to is the penultimate paragraph, 1) because I like taking advantage of any opportunities to use the word “penultimate” and 2) because it challenges the conventional wisdom commonly found in both Democratic and Republican political circles…
We do not just protest; we are active, organizing and engaging in civic discourse. We are mobilizing in every city and town in Rhode Island. It is not only about economics; it is about individual liberty and the vision of the great patriots who created our country.Often forgotten by so-called moderates and political professionals who seek to build tactical political coalitions — yet who seem unable to understand why the Tea Partiers are not happy with the standard political choices being offered — is that either good or bad ends can be pursued through efficient means, and that it will always take a discussion extending beyond fiscal and economic efficiency, in order to define what the goals of government should be in a society that is worth having.