Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Social liberalism and the Tea Party

By Nick Sorrentino

In the 60s there was a revolution. Drugs, sex, rock and roll, it all happened. Then the 70s came when the kids of the 60s become “adults.” Then the 80s with the BMWs. Then we elected the first boomer President Bill Clinton.

Now we have another revolution percolating. But this is vitally important- it is NOT a counter revolution.

My lefty friends are scared out of their minds that the Tea Party is out to turn America into some 21st Century soft right fascist, Leave it to Beaver, pre-60s America.

To be sure there are plenty counter revolutionaries out there, but they are dieing off. The libertarian/Tea Party revolt is however about reigning in the state, not about reigning in liberties.

This is important. Even Sarah Palin has said that she thinks marijuana legalization is something best left to the states. For many in the Tea Party issues such as gay marriage for instance are also things that should be relegated to the states and not worth working up a lather about. Many in the establishment left do not understand this very important nuance within the Tea Party.

Basically the people who are doing the freshest thinking in politics today are in the Tea Party. Sorry Daily Kos, and Moveon.org, which got co-opted by the Democrats (don’t you just feel, well, you know,) the Tea Party has stayed independent without a real leader for nearly 2 years.

This is unheard of for a 3rd party (which is what the Tea Party really is, only through the 2 party system,) and it gives the Tea Party immense power because it is legitimate. Legitimacy is what changes nations, even this one.

Change is coming, make no doubt. Not the pre-packaged “change” of our current figure head, with a trade marked logo, but real change. The kind where the people who have made this country have their say. Where the state is rolled back. Where the tax payers shrug.

The young people who are inclined toward less government are completely fed up and were ready 2 years ago, but the older folks who grew up thinking social security was a right, and that Vietnam was a good idea have been slower to come around.

Finally however they have started to understand the idea of a truly smaller state, even if this means tolerating people they may not like.

Indeed social conservatism is anathema to a smaller government. One is unlikely to see anyone who identifies with the Tea Party advocating the “Defense of Marriage Act.” Though undoubtedly there are a few out there somewhere who care about the DOMA, these sorts of issues are not that important to much of the “Don’t Tread On Me” crowd.

What does spike the Tea is the need to reduce government and it’s power, and it is this belief that has engaged whole swathes of people who here-to-for did little more than vote in Presidential elections.

This is a very dangerous development for some.

It is interesting to me to observe the groups that have railed most vehemently against the Tea Party Revolt. Over the last 2 years I’ve watched it very closely.

Almost without exception it is not the social liberals freaking out, gays, anti-drug war advocates, anti-war people, and similar folks. It is instead the big government liberals, government employees and union members who benefit from the largess of the state.

So as the Tea Party movement continues to grow, people who just want to be left alone, people who have traditionally considered themselves “liberal” for social reasons, have nothing to worry about, indeed they have much to gain. Don’t worry, the social revolution of the 60s is intact.

The state and the people who benefit from it however are in for a rough ride in the years to come.

Peace.

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Nick Sorrentino is the Editor of The Liberty and Economics Review and CEO of Exelorix.com a social media management company.