"The tea party is dead – long live the Establishment!"
I am afraid that this may well become the media epitaph for the movement that sought to bring back the concept of limited government: a concept for which the nation's founders fought and bled. But, unless somehow Michele Bachmann, the last true tea-party candidate standing, can pull a rabbit out of her conservative hat and unite the disjointed movement for one more 2012 "Yorktown" victory, it is hard to imagine this army marching down Constitution Avenue again after next November. I fear instead that 2012 may be the tea party's "Alamo," with no reinforcements coming to the aid of its last animated holdouts. Many of our former revolutionaries seem all too content to melt away, or stand outside the picket lines, or even join the enemy. The RINOs appear to have the fort surrounded, and we are told that we must surrender to the inevitable or perish; while the media canon blaze away from both the right and left. The tea-party flag: Don't Tread On Me, still waves defiantly from the ramparts; but for how long? If it falls, who will pick it up?
With the pulling of the handle to the trap door on Dec. 3 and the final shaking of the black conservative's limbs, the high-tech lynching by the national media circus was complete, and the character assassination a fait accompli. Herman Cain, the outsider, who dared challenge the establishment Goliath, was left swinging before "We the People," a victim of the libelous, unsubstantiated tabloid rumor-mongering that passes for reporting in this corrupt age. All that was needed, following the buckets of hot tar and feathers he'd been coated with for the last six weeks, was a place to hide the corpse, once the pundits' feeding frenzy was satiated. And yes, the circus included all the talking heads and pundits, even those that proudly proclaim the moniker: fair and balanced.
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Somehow truth and facts are no longer requisite for journalists; just keep the story going, grab the ratings, and repeat it enough times from every licentious mouth, and then just maybe they can convince themselves, and the nation as well, that the story may have some merit, especially considering the "seriousness of the allegations," and because all the media are running with it. Blah, blah, blah! How does one destroy a man's dignity with libel and sleep at night is my question. Pragmatists without consciences, all! False witnesses, as Jesus called them. But let's not get God and the Bible into this. No! That's what got Cain's head in the noose to begin with; he had the gall to sing "Amazing Grace" at the National Press Club before the atheist media, proclaiming his faith in Christ without any shame. What candidate has ever dared to enter the domain of the national scribes and attempt such insult? Have to put this uppity black man back in his place! Yeah, sexually harrassing a white woman, that will do it; but don't mention his stage-4 cancer at the time. Just reinforce the stereotype! He'll go down!
The real focus of the media blitzkrieg, that which animates the ego of a man like storm trooper Rove to write daily poll numbers for his professorial prognostications, had nothing to do with truth, but the real fear that an unwashed outsider like Mr. Cain might actually succeed. Cain was a man who disputed the establishment's claim to total control and acted without permission from the reigning media elite. If Cain could survive Karl, and all the other omniscient media guru prophets, it might prove to the common man that the talking heads might not be all that omniscient after all. Cain must therefore be destroyed! And all the while, "Romney, Romney, Romney," we were constantly told, was looking "inevitable." He had "money and organization!" And a candidate like Cain dared contradict them, and declare, "Message is more important than money!" And he also actually had the temerity to present a plan to the national serfs on how to throw off the monstrous tax code that maintains the sycophantic two-party big-government nobility and their media mouthpiece in its control election after election. For the media and big-government, you see, it is all about maintaining control! They want no cuts in government, and Cain was a threat – and they knew he was serious about cutting the D.C. Leviathan. He wasn't just talking.
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If this show-trial had been about integrity, principles, character, or morality it would not have been Mr. Cain that would have been pilloried in the press; it would have been Newt, or Romney, or even "kooky" Dr. Ron with his head in the noose. And ironically, it may still be, once the media decide who they want running the establishment for another four years. Obama may be too tarnished for them right now – harder to get that thrill up the leg for him like four years ago – but regardless, an inside-the-beltway candidate must prevail. And regardless of which party's establishment candidate succeeds, don't look for the debt clock to start going the other way. It won't!
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So where does the tea party go from here? Good question! It's getting harder and harder to yell, "Up the Revolution," and find a crowd with signs and excitement pouring into the streets. Some are saying that the cause is lost, or maybe we can still have influence at the state, congressional, or local level. Some self-seeking tea-party umbrella groups have utterly abandoned the cause altogether, falling prostrate on their knees before the processing demi-god, "Newtonius," crying out, "And certainly Newt is an honorable man!" And while not one primary vote has yet been cast, Newt has crowned himself the Republican Caesar. I would remind him, "God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble."
The only national candidate left in the race that the tea party can truly support, without hypocrisy, is Michele Bachmann – while still remaining true to the principles we've marched for these last three years. She is, after all, the head of the House Tea Party Caucus. Newt Gingrich, on the other hand, is really a Republican Clinton in all regards, not much of an example for the youth of our country, who desperately need a leader to look up to. Mitt Romney, hair always quaffed perfectly, is the quintessential cardboard RINO; Ron Paul, scary; and Perry and Santorum, while real conservatives, remain career politicians that we have seen forever on the political stage.
After the numbness wore off, and after working my way through 900 emails of disenfranchised despondent Cain supporters recently, I have decided that the only real course for me is to continue to trust God, stand with the woman who faithfully supported our revolution from the beginning, encourage all the faithful to rally around her, continue waving the Gadsden flag, and never give up. Certainly nothing is certain. "God governs in the affairs of men," as Benjamin Franklin made clear to the Constitutional Convention. Ben's wisdom, however, I fear is lost on our modern electorate! He also said, "We have given you a republic, if you can keep it."
William Temple is with the Golden Isles Tea Party, Brunswick, Ga.