Top “Tea Party” Stories of 2012
As is traditional with the season, the end of the year is a chance to look back and reflect on the events that occurred over the past 365 days.
And what a year it has been! Here are some stories, beyond the election and the fiscal cliff, that caught the eye and interest of my Tea Party compatriots around the nation for 2012.
The Costa Concordia
That 2012 began with a shipping disaster should have been taken as a clear omen. Though this tragedy, in which a drunk captain ran this cruise liner into a rock and which resulted in the death over 30 people, happened it Italy, it generated a discussion on the concept of “chivalry” and how its loss has hit American society.
Young men just don’t seem to respect women. They don’t seem to respect much of anything. I see it every day in the way men treat their women. Or any woman, or the old, the young, or the infirm. The only thing they hold in esteem seems to be what hangs between their own legs; and what they can do with it.
Happily, a group young American women are trying to bring back chivalry from the brink of extinction.
The Outsourcing of American Journalism
Beyond the election, this year’s biggest story is actually about the complete failure of the country’s press to act as responsible members of the Fourth Estate and be real “Watch Dogs”. The examples of atrocious media coverage touch nearly every major news story this year: Fast and Furious. Benghazi. Aurora. Sandy Hook. For me, when the American press failed to question the White House fantasy of a YouTube video inspiring region-wide attacks on American interests by Islamic fanatics, culminating in the death of Libyan Ambassador Chris Stevens and 3 other American service personnel, I concluded that real journalism has been officially outsourced.
“Tim Scott, the Token Black”.
Conservatives and Tea Party activists have been branded as racists, despite the fact that minority members have been passionately and enthusiastically supported since the movement’s inception in 2009 and Andrew Breitbart’s $100,000 for video evidence otherwise remains unclaimed. However, that did not stop a University of Pennsylvania professor from writing a trite and insulting piece about Tim Scott, the Republican Congressman from South Carolina who was just appointed to the seat being vacated by Jim DeMint.
Subsequently, Professor Jacobson is applying Alinsky Rule #4 (make the enemy live by its own rules) to the elite publications espousing race-based theory (the NYT, Salon, the University of Pennsylvania Political Science Department). I can assure you one of our Tea Party rallies exceeds the level of diversity that Jacobson discovered on his quest. My #1 prediction for 2013 is that citizen activists will continue applying the Alinsky Rules with eye-popping results.
The Space Shuttle Lands in Los Angeles
Ship sinkings, murder, and racism seem a sour way to end 2012! So, here is something that is very inspirational from Southern California. One of San Diego’s citizen activists took her children to see the space shuttle Endeavor land at is final destination — California Science Center in Exposition Park. Her report highlights the power of individual aspirations:
And anyone who thinks the space program doesn’t matter, that it’s a waste of money, doesn’t know jack squat. When one of the most economically challenged communities in America, a community that one would expect would want tax dollars spend on domestic, not space programs, rolls out the red carpet and shows reverence for the Space Shuttle and the astronauts in-tow, it means that people really can be inspired…even unified, by profound acts of faith and courage.
Kids with Space Shuttle toys. Homemade t-shirts to commemorate the event. Every piece of electronic recording device known to man. Gasps and applause at first sightings. Strangers making sure kids got best viewing.
I will be headed there with the family next weekend, to see both the space shuttle and “Cleopatra – The Exhibition“.
One last thought — I will be grateful to share 2013’s stories with my Legal Insurrection friends. I can’t wait to see what next year’s list will be.
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“… when the American press failed to question the White House fantasy of a YouTube video inspiring region-wide attacks on American interests by Islamic fanatics …”
If Pres**ent Obama actually called the Libyan attack an “act of terrorism,” why did nobody bother to tell UN Amb Rice. They just let her go on and on with the YouTube BS.
There was also a CNN report, that apparently never made it to air in the US, that interviewed the brother of Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman (known as the ‘Blind Sheik’), in which he states that the demonstrations in Cairo were aimed at getting his brother released from the US in time for 9/11, as part of a “peace plan.”
That last part made my day. I wish we had saved NASA, but now they are tasked with hyping Muslim achievements is science, or something…
Yes, the space shuttle program was inspiring. I well remember the moment of the first shuttle landing, which we watched on a little TV in our firm’s little office, with tears of joy on several faces, with none of us being certain that it would work but all of us with enormous pride in what was being attempted. But now the whole space shuttle experience has been clouded because of Obama’s decision to not have a shuttle on display in Texas, and the manned space program has become a reminder of how far we Americans have fallen from the pinnacle of achievement we once reached.
RE “Young men just don’t seem to respect women. They don’t seem to respect much of anything. I see it every day in the way men treat their women. Or any woman, or the old, the young, or the infirm. The only thing they hold in esteem seems to be what hangs between their own legs; and what they can do with it.”
Anyone who truly understands the pervasiveness of pornography — and just how young boys are when they are not just simply exposed to it, but inundated by it — will understand (1) why males of this generation view women the way they do, and, in fact, view anyone; and (2) why there is pervasiveness of lesbianism among young women. Viewing pornography at an early age — and especially participating in it — takes an enormous psychic toll. It is stunning just how many young girls and young women are so willingly and so eagerly not only participate it in, but actually seek a career in it.
Good article to read:
2012 is the first year since the 1970s when I thought America might be past a point of no return.
2012 is the first year after I identified as conservative/libertarian when I thought the conservative movement & GOP might not have what it takes to restore the country. I’d been hoping the rot was concentrated in the Bush family and their hangers-on.
2012 is the first year when I perceived the
governmentgovernance of the United States as illegitimate. It’s the first year when I perceived things as so screwed up that I had no plausible idea how to fix them. It is one of the first years when I felt that things had been deliberately put in this state, to the obvious detriment of the nation, for the benefit of special interests.
Despite the above, I note that America has an amazing record of self-renewal. However, our current, deepening mess is new in kind.