The left is aghast at today's Tea Party movement. How could Americans of any stripe be so appalled at the exercise of the constitutional right to speak out against big, intrusive - yet unresponsive - government? Our Founders would no doubt be amused at the irony. It was after all, those same issues that provoked them in the first place. Of course, today's liberals would have hated that Tea Party, too.
Lumped together, the left's real criticism of the Tea Party movement is that it is "politically incorrect." That is hardly surprising, considering the source. To liberals, the height of incorrect politics is someone who doesn't share theirs.
It has never been the left's goal to advance accuracy in politics, but uniformity - their uniformity. They keenly know that defining the terms of debate means largely determining its outcome. The greater the threat of the right's substance, the further they seek to retreat from it. So, while it maybe impossible to dismiss the Tea Party movement politically- as Rand Paul's landslide victory Tuesday in the Kentucky Senate primary demonstrates - liberals are trying to dismiss it as politically incorrect. However, if they think this one is politically incorrect, they should have seen the first one.
The first Tea Party, which took place in Boston on Dec. 16, 1773, was an eruption within a larger tax protest. The Colonial protesters refused to buy tea taxed by the English government.