I see more in the Tea Party than economics. Much more, in fact. They are concerned about the sustainability of a country without effective leadership. Leadership, that has been polluted and corrupted by vanity, selfishness, and bribery.
The Tea Party has a broad range of interests. Yes, they are interested in economics at the personal level. But, their thrust has been generational. The Tea Party in concerned about their children. They are concerned about fairness and the “American Dream”. They are concerned about the decline of America by so many measures that determine the health of a nation. In philosophy they are traditional and temperament they are aggressive and determined. They possess cultural values that are familiar and long-standing.
It is obvious enough the Tea Party has a lot of rough edges. Any emerging political force will be used and abused. But, that can all be sorted out. The American public may soon learn maturity and refinement is less of an obstacle to overcome than dealing with an entrenched establishment of advantage and wealth.
If it were not the Tea Party it would be some other organization, albeit loose organization, that would reflect the ire of the public. Far from going away, as Sen. Reid says, I see the Tea Parties on the ascendancy. They have become the legitimate voice of the people, and that has happened quickly.
Combined, the Democrats and Republicans make up less than half the people. These numbers have been consistently going down. The more natural formation would be the merger of the Democrats and Republicans. This would bolster their survivability. Both Democrats and Republicans feed from the same trough and have for many a year now. There are distinctions, but little true differences. In the campaigns you can hear rhetorical differences, but usually accompanied with a wink. You see, being at odds rhetorically benefits all, and usually keeps about 90% of all officeholders in place. Observation has taught us party establishment could sell-out a position or cause in a New York minute for the guarantee of a vote or a dollar. Their proffers seem comfortable with that ethic.
That is why nothing changes fast enough in the country. It is the one-party system and the inertia that sustains one-party domniance. The Democrats and Republicans need to come out of the closet and a have a marriage and make their long love affair legal. Then, the insider vs. outsider would be less confused for many. The political equation could be purified.
Dream on Sen. Reid. The times they are a changing.