Where to start?
All I can say is this: Gov. Perry’s high rhetoric is all fine and dandy, but it doesn’t help. We don’t live in Sam Houston’s era — globalization anyone? All this “secession” this and “secession” are just distracting. If we want smaller government, then we need to call our U.S. representatives and have a real grass-roots organization to pressure those representatives to pass concrete laws. After all, enough ordinary folks were angry enough over the AIG bonuses — and organized effectively to get their anger focused into one message, “WE WANT OUR MONEY BACK — that Congress actually did their job, hopped to it, and did what the People (as in “We, the People”) ordered them to do. (Now, whether that was Constitutional or not, I’ll leave that up to the polical science academics.)
What I found disappointing about the Tea Parties was just how disorganized their anger was, a disorganization that certain sectors of the Republican Party, looking for a way back to relevancy after Bush’s eight-year debacle, heartily took advantage of. I participated in no Tea Parties — I didn’t feel like being around angry people on my birthday, after all.
But I am curious to see whether this anger can become organized into a grass-roots, constructive system that can affect real positive change, the same organized anger (at the time, against the Bush administration and the failure of the Republican Party) that put Obama into the White House.
We need more than angry people protesting — protesting French students and striking Italian train workers, anyone? We need smarts, we need organization, we need prudence, and we need a plan. In other words, we need strong citizen-leaders who aren’t swayed by the rhetoric of political party ideologues, whether Democrat or Republican.
Gov. Perry? Go back to Austin. And let the ordinary people do their work. After all, it’s their fight. Now, they have to figure out what they’re fighting FOR. It’s easy for them to point out what they hate, not so easy for them to construct what they love.
From what I can suss out, it’s this: 1) a protectionist, isolationist America so that America’s money doesn’t get spent in un-win-able foreign wars, which lowers the budget, 2) slashing of all programs that hearkens to socialism, which means Social Security, Medicare, and Medicad, which lowers the budget, 3) the contraction of bureacracies, including regulatory agencies, which lowers the budget. With the annual budget thus lowered, then there would be no need to tax so much.
But which of the two parties, Republican or Democrat, actually promoted all of these things? ::scratches head:: Um… neither of them?
Gov. Perry, go home. And do your job: governing Texas. And we the people? Time to figure out what we want and start pressuring our members in Congress.
Without the cutesy tea parties. That’s sooo 18th century.