the New York Times articles on the Tea Party in today's paper were utterly laughable. It may be a shopworn cliche, but most reporters "just don't get it", and have almost zero interest in trying to understand why they don't.First, for all the nutballs who might be signing on to the cause, Tea Partiers are united behind a couple of exceptionally sound goals: curtailing the cost of government, and refusing to live high on the hog today at the expense of future generations. These are goals (my goals) that have had few true champions since the Reagan/Thatcher days, and I’m delighted to see this as a seemingly people-led movement, rather than just another Republican ideological plank that will be abandoned the moment the newly elected arrive in Washington. I also like watching this movement internally police itself, so that that the core issue – cutting government and living within our means – is the main one on the table, and not abortion, gays or guns. I’ve noticed some anti-immigration blather sneaking into some of the recent articles I’ve read about Tea Party rallies, but that’s something I can put up with for the time being, since their spine on the main economic challenges that face the country appears to be so strong. This is really flummoxing the mainstream media -
Yes, it would be fantastic if people who share my personal brand of "socially tolerant, economically mighty" libertarianism were running the show, and sending old-school Sacramento and Washington down the toilet in dramatic fashion. Until then, I’ll raise a glass for the semi-lunatics in the Tea Party, and heartily cheer on America’s potential return to first principles.