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Tea Party tidal surge, not tsunami

Tea Party tidal surge, not tsunami

I am responding to Professor Jacobson’s recent post, The Tea Party tsunami at the gates.

As the Media Director of SoCal Tax Revolt Coalition (SCTRC), San Diego’s original Tea Party group, I wanted to share my analysis that it won’t be a tsunami — it will be more like a Tidal Surge (a slow, steady rise in the water levels associated with a storm that can have a huge impact on an area).

That is to say, what citizen activists do now and into the future will bear little resemblance to the heady days of rallies and town halls. Though there will be special events (e.g., the Nashville Rally against the Tennessee Obamacare Exchange) and actions to strengthen the Republican resolve against Obama’s strong-arm tactics, longer-term approaches are being implemented to go around the elite media and establishment organizations that thwarted citizen efforts this November.

Sarah B., one of the SCTRC co-founders, says the key will be to take over media and popular culture. “We can whine all we want about the bias of the elite media and Hollywood, but that is something that really won’t change. At this point, we need to really focus on getting our message out in different ways that appeal to the young ..other demographics..everyone. Using new media resources like and Conservative Search Engine to enable new voices to be heard, promote non-establishment pundits, and share progressive-commentary free messages are two tools that we now have and should use to the best, possible extent.”

Sarah B. also points out that promoting young conservative music groups such as Madison Rising and innovative television shows and movies (such as Courage, New Hampshire — a project that she was involved with) is an approach that must be adopted. “We also need to have the conservative equivalent of The Daily Show and Chelsea Lately,” she said.

How to fund the message will be changing, as well. In a PJ Lifestyles article, Tread Upon: What’s Next for the Tea Party?, Walter Hudson agrees that adopting successful progressive tactics is a good idea:

You may recall Glenn Beck’s rants against the Tides Foundation. Discover the Networks describes their remarkable role:

Through this legal loophole, nonprofit entities can also create for-profit organizations and then funnel money to them through Tides — thereby circumventing the laws that bar nonprofits from directly funding their own for-profit enterprises…. While the Foundation’s activities focus on fundraising and grant-making, the Center — in its role as fiscal sponsor — offers newly created organizations the shelter of Tides’ own charitable tax-exempt status, as well as the benefits of Tides’ health and liability insurance coverage.

We can’t beat this. Instead, we must clone it.

Finally, the message will be changing, too. California political activist Eric Eisenhammer notes that he will be spearheading efforts in the state to counter faith based “social justice” with “economic justice”.

“We are going to want to highlight the point that it is more just to let individuals voluntarily distribute their wealth to causes they view as important,” said Eisenhammer. “Churches will benefit, because it is often the churches and not the big state government programs that work within communities, and people recognize this fact and respond.”

Add to these efforts the fact that citizens have been elected into local school boards, are now participating more often in activities like zoning districts, and are making inroads into the committees of political parties. This steady surge of conservatism will turn the tide.


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legacyrepublican | December 4, 2012 at 10:05 am

It is time to stop being polite and start being political.

    Political solutions are not enough, though necessary. We must change the culture.

    Ask the arrogant, self-righteous leftist: After you eat the rich, who will feed the poor?

      AmandaFitz in reply to punfundit. | December 4, 2012 at 11:06 am

      Greg Gutfeld’s “Red Eye” at an earlier time would be a start.

      ALL of my liberal (I know, I don’t know where I went wrong!) adult children LOVE Ron Paul- there must be a way to support his message getting out there.

Yes! on all of the above. Wave after wave.

And, we will definitely need to communicate with Hispanic families. They are right now learning that government is madre and padre. The same communication is needed with Asian families.

We also need a website to counter the redistributionist website of Sojouners :


“We also need to have the conservative equivalent of The Daily Show and Chelsea Lately.”

That’s all lovely and good, but ideas are cheap and implementation is hard.

The bottom line is that the right will still go to movies, watch TV, and dream of what the Right ought to do, while no equivalent will make it onto the mainstream air.

While the Right keeps feeding the cultural beast that keeps biting its hand, this won’t stop. And the Right doesn’t have the discipline to stop feeding that beast.

The invaders are the tides (foundation), they have come by sea, they are flooding us and destroying our cities, especially on the coasts. The Red (ink) coats are taxing us and our children with unfunded liabilities, and the Unions have hi-Jacked our government through coercion and bribery.

I kinda like the idea that the Tea Party holds the high ground, of freedom from tyranny, and the wave from the left can’t sustain their high water mark. Real America doesn’t grasp Obama’s leftist subversion. We don’t need to come in like a surge, so much as they need to go out.

Anyway … just a thought that the Tea Party is U.S. We don’t come and go like a surge or tsunami, both of which fit the leftist model of destruction (Cloward Piven) … and fundamental transformation.

Of course their Marxist wave has been long term, so our children have not been trained in our constitution and its purposes. Our entitlement society has addicted many to free stuff, and “mob” rule has infiltrated offices of power.

The Tea Party is not a temporary action, but a rebuilding on the pillars that are still strong. We need to rebuild by teaching real civics lessons, and encouraging self reliance and reward success. We might care for the less able, but not make everyone equal in outcome, only in opportunity.

    Midwest Rhino in reply to Midwest Rhino. | December 4, 2012 at 11:05 am

    other analogies: Tides is like two steps forward one step back, it encroaches on an embankment

    Our liberties are being eroded by their floods

    We build it, to stand against the chaos of nature. Obama is breaking the structure of our government, Hollywood is destroying our moral structure.

    I really think we need to get away from their fluid promises, and build on bedrock.

MaggotAtBroadAndWall | December 4, 2012 at 11:12 am

I said in a comment a couple of days ago that the Tea Party represents a bigger threat to establishment Republicans than Democrats because establishment Republicans don’t really care about cutting government but only want to run the committees that spend the money they confiscate from us. As Boehner prepares for unconditional surrender in the fiscal cliff negotiations, he and Cantor are purging Tea Partiers from important committees.

I only hope the Sheldon Adelsons of the nation read this and divert their donations here, rather than the ratholes they’ve been throwing it down.

Meanwhile, in the NYT, a Republican attacks the TEA Party conservatives calling them (us)John Birchers:

Whereas, I can, with justification, call the Republicans Fabian Socialists, wolves in sheep’s clothing.

MaggotAtBroadAndWall | December 4, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Sarah Palin not happy with Boehner and Cantor kicking Tea Partiers out as committee heads:

TeaPartyPatriot4ever | December 5, 2012 at 12:24 am

I couldn’t agree more. Long term strategy, as well as short term tactics, is vital to the overall victory and success over liberal progressive socialist marxist politicians, organizations, the complicit MSMedia, Academia, etc., of which all are having devastating effects, as a result of their policies and agenda, reeking havoc all across America, in every area, section, and corner of American society today.

We have a an almost insurmountable array of enemies of American Freedom and Liberty to slay, from the RINO’s to the Media, to Obama and his sycophant Obamacrats, etc..

Thus long term strategy is an absolute must, period.