Buchanan on Tea Party enthusiasm: It’s the making of a great movement

I hate it when I have to post two bites from one show, but heh, it is what it is. Matthews and Pat Buchanan talk about the Tea Party fire in the belly and the … Buchanan’s words … making of a great party. Well, as Glenn Reynolds might say, only if they listen.Talk about passion. “If that’s what comes at the Democrats in November, that juice, that ‘I’m getting rid of these bums”, the Democrats are screwed.” Responds Buchanan, “All they care about [Republican establishment] is power … that’s not how a great movement is created.”


I’m not seeing this analysis on Fox News, or maybe I am but I’ve become desensitized to it.  Maybe it takes looking at the movement through the eyes of the opposition sometime. Or is it the opposition has gotten it even before the Republican establishment has. Help?

10 replies
  1. NH-Jim
    NH-Jim says:

    Jim, I believe the latter is true.  I see our TEA Party for what it is.  Plain, ordinary, hard-working Americans who have sat back for too long, taking too many punches.  The fire kindled in '08 and erupted in '09.  "We are mad as hell and we're not going to take it anymore."  Our numbers are growing by leaps and bounds because straight talk brings us here.  The Republican Party is being set on its heels and will be returned to the principles it was founded on (dragged, kicking and screaming if it must); if not, hello, third party!

  2. Odonna
    Odonna says:

    The Republican establishment has been a big part of the problem.  All Americans have had for some time has been two sides of the same corrupt coin.  Slightly less corrupt, a few more principled reps, a few principles thrown out, like bones to a dog, but overall too corrupt, IMO.  Too quick to engage in crony capitalism instead of the free market, too quick to compromise our sovereignty and constitution.  I've been concerned about the national debt since I was in High School!  (I'm over half a century now)I've been waiting for enough Americans to start pushing back through their votes.  This is an exciting time.

  3. Odonna
    Odonna says:

    I meant to add, those who have benefited from the corruption of the system as it currently is will not go or change easily (whether Republican or Democrat).  They don't want to "get it", because they will be hoping to co-opt, or benefit power-and-money-wise from the movement (as with Obama) without effectively reforming anything.   The movement must continue beyond one election, beyond one generation, because once the excitement dies down, the "drones" (as Socrates calls them), will come buzzing around again. 

  4. PatRiot
    PatRiot says:

    It is becoming apparent that common sense change is in the air. 

    As they wake up, alot of these politicos will "retire"(read- get out of the way of the train wreck I caused) like Dodd did. 

    We Americans should recover some of our losses by holding these folks accountable. 

  5. PatRiot
    PatRiot says:

    And another thing….

    We know these folks thrive on buying votes.  Perhaps we should press them to make amends, prior to this election, in exchange for votes.

    Let's See: 

    Throw some Wall Street folks in jail & take their assets to cover our losses.

    Charge the worst Constitution breaking offenders with treason.

    Repeal the Patriot Act.

    Rescind, repeal most of the legislation back to 1 year prior to the last Presidential election.

    Agree not to pass ANY more legislation than those listed above for 1 full year, starting now.

    Then, in November, we vote them out anyway !!!

    That will put the fear of God and the American public into the newbies.

  6. ctrefugee
    ctrefugee says:

    So they want to know where the enthusiasm comes from. We have seen our party submit to too many proposals that have weakened it. I.E. Opening Primaries up to people who don't care about our beliefs/stands on issues etc. Hence we got McCain. A democrat loving Rhino. He didn't get the name maverick for nothing. The powers that be in the RNC better wake up or move aside. We're tired of their games and require a tighter reining in on the purse strings among other things. Remember "It is are money". It will not be "Business as usual" this time around. Now and forever more. They will be held accountable.

  7. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    Maybe it is time for a third party, or a real second party to counter the Demmican/Repubicrat party which seems to have merged into the Elitocrat Party.? Remember how Scozzafava threw her support to her Democrat opponent in NY23?? Now we see both Biden and ?bama making phone calls to Mike Castle (according to a report by Malkin) and hasn’t had the class to call her and congratulate her?
    All this says is that the two parties are politicians first and party members second.? Representatives of the people comes in at a distant third.
    And they wonder why the Tea party is growing by the minute.? Those “waving tea bags” are waving “good bye” to incumbents of the ruling class.

  8. Lynn
    Lynn says:

    I am enthused by the Tea Party and maybe it is time for a Third Party. But what I most fear, is that the passion will go and no one will care again. The Power brokers will never give in and never give up. This has got to be a sustained effort.

    Personally, I would like to see an end to political conventions of the Two Mighty Parties. I'd like a Primary open to any parties that can receive a certain amount of signatures by districts to enter. Thus making 2-3 candidates per office. Then an election in a 1 year election cycle. It will level the playing field and possibly eliminate the 2 parties for offices. Then the Big Money will not be there. I can hear Michael Steele and whoever the Democrat counterpoint is yelling and screaming now!

  9. PatRiot
    PatRiot says:

    I left a bit out of my "And another thing…" rant.

    When the Politicos say "Hey, you said if we did this, you would vote for us." We can use their own line on them.  "We feel you pain, but we had to vote for what is best for all of America, not just a few folks."

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