The Future(s) of the Tea Party

On Breitbart.TV, Grover Norquist, head of Americans for Tax Reform, says:

"We are about to have a Tea Party second wave that will dwarf the first wave and that is because while ‘spend too much’ brought the Tea Party into existence, we’re about to walk into ‘spend too much, regulate too much, and tax too much,’ all together. It’s going to be a perfect storm of annoying government behavior, which is devastating to the economy, and I think the small business community which is particularly hit by Obama’s tax increases are going to lead the fight bigger, stronger, tougher than the last Tea Party."

Over at PJMedia, a commenter takes a more sober view of the future:

“Tea Party, anyone?” Yes, but…..

When heaven and earth have been moved with no positive result in order to try to get a loved one to cease their destructive lifestyle then the observation is often made that “you are going to have to let him/her hit rock-bottom before he/she will possibly heed your advice”. Quite unfortunately (and that is an understatement) in the case of our nation all of us are going to have to travel to the bottom along with those who will not heed our warnings. None of us will be simply concerned observers. The issue now is not to spin your wheels shouting unheeded advice but instead to prepare yourself for the economic disaster that is, with total certainty, going to be precipitated upon all of us. Sooner than later. The most useful future for the Tea Party is to prepare to fill the void caused by the certain collapse. In other words, to be on hand to pick up the pieces and to prepare now for that task. Otherwise, the void will be filled by tyranny which I believe is “The Plan”.

December 1, 2012 – 7:34 am

The common thread is that both 0f these observers put the Tea Party movement at the center of American politics. They do not buy the wishful thinking of the political class that the Tea Parties should go home and let the crony politicians run, and loot, the country.



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Author: "Ending 'Big SIS' (The Special Interest State) and Renewing the American Republic" (2012) [] and "Property Matters--How Property Rights Are Under Assault and Why You Should Care" (1997). Some former jobs: Assistant Director of Consumer Protection in FTC; member of the Program Analysis Staff of the US Bureau of the Budget; Research Director of the Administrative Conference of the United States; Director of IPCentral at the Progress & Freedom Foundation; VP & GC of the National Legal Center for the Public Interest. Graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, former Book Review Editor of the Harvard Law Review.