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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Politics as Usual?


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I can't seem to leave some news stories alone...

And So It Goes...

As the article points out, the Tea Party both helped and hurt the Republicans. No question of that.

What the article—and the Republican leadership—misses is the WHY of it all.

The people in the Tea Party movement are fed up. Not with Democrats and not with Republicans. At least not as a group. They are fed up with politics as it has evolved. Or devolved. In other words, people have had it with big government, out-of-control spending, taxes and fees that take half of their income, and no signs of any change to the downward spiral.

And it all comes down to extremism...

I'm going to ask that most of you think back to your school days in classes like geometry, statistics, physics, and a few others. I need to do that because unless you work at a job where you use one of those areas on a regular basis, you probably haven't thought about a “bell curve” since you passed the final exam. As a reminder, a bell curve is the plot of some function that looks a little the outline of a bell. It starts low on the left side of the graph, slowly curves upward at an increasing rate, reaches some peak, and then falls back to zero in an identical, but reversed shape. You can get more detailed information HERE. REALLY more detailed.

Anyway...

In math, when you plot the values of some concept, they will frequently form a bell curve. The important thing is that while there are some values out there at the ends of the curve, most values will tend to cluster around the center, the mathematical mean, of the graph. As an example, if you pick a series of random numbers between one and ten and the plot the numbers, you will find that you will get a few ones and a few tens. You will get far more numbers between about three and eight.

Yes, there is a point to this...

In politics, just like in math, the answers are rarely at the extreme ends of the bell curve. The real answers lie someplace in the middle.

On today's political playing field, the Democrats are, generally speaking, at the far left side of the curve, out there on the edge. In a similar way, the Republicans are someplace to the right of center, maybe about halfway to the extreme right end from center. The Tea Party is at the extreme right edge, probably farther to the right than the Democrats are to the left.

See the problem here? There is no one at the center, the place where most of the people are. There is no party to support the real ideas and values of the American people.

OK, before you take off talking about the Libertarians or Green Party or who-ever, you know as well as I do that these groups are also out there on the edges. The Libertarians are a few clicks to the right of the Republicans, and the Green folks are just slightly to the right of the Democrats. There is NO party that is in the middle.

And that is exactly where we need them to be.

One thing that the Tea Party has done for us is something akin to what Erich von Daniken did for science in general and archeology in particular...

You remember von Daniken, right? He wrote Chariots of the Gods and a good number of other books that said, basically, that ancient societies were visited and influenced by aliens who came to Earth in the distant past. He had a ton of “facts” to support his ideas...things like Aztec carvings being really pictures of astronauts and spacecraft.

I know I'll catch hell for this, but...

The ideas presented by von Daniken are so far off target that they are almost laughable. The guy is just plain wrong. There is no evidence to support any of his claims. There is good evidence that he's a nut job.

But...

We owe von Daniken a huge debt. He told us that it's OK to question the status quo, and that we should not accept the things that—in this particular case—archeologists said unless they could offer reasonable proof. Prior to von Daniken, we were told that some object represented some concept, and we accepted that as fact. Mr. von Daniken taught us to question, to be skeptical, and to demand evidence. Many archeologists were shocked by the idea that we weren't blindly believing them like we used to. But they got their act together and started to explain things and support their conclusions. And the science of archeology is better for it. We now have a much better understanding of what the ancient world was really like.

Thanks, Erich.

And the Tea Party did the same thing for politics...up until November 2, 2010, no one thought that the people really had any power to change the way things are done in Washington. We all thought that we were stuck with what we had and what the Republicans or Democrats served up to us.

Now we know that is not the case at all. We U>CAN change things. We U>CAN make things better. We U>CAN take back the government.

And the parties know it, too.

Both the Republican and Democratic leadership are scared. They have seen that the people really do have the power to crush them out of existence.

The Tea Party has given all Americans—Republicans and Democrats, left and right, conservative and liberal—a great gift. Their efforts have shown us all that those old and worn words still have a meaning and a value...

We The People...

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1 comment:

  1. Hmmmm--no, the bulk of the "tea party" such as it is, isn't to the extreme right. The vast majority of it's participants want one thing, and that is fiscal responsibility.

    Fiscal discipline eroded completely once Dems took over in congress and the GOP adopted an "we'll go along so we can be liked" approach. Tea partiers were disgusted with the over spending and over taxing, the high gas prices and the erosion of home values well before Obama was even a candidate.

    He rode in on a mantra of "change" and then, within weeks of assuming office, engineered even more bailouts and spending. It was only a month or so into the administration when that guy on CNBC (forgot his name) said we needed another Boston tea party, since the new administration wasn't representing us any better than the previous one had. Indeed, we were still heading toward a cliff, only faster, maxing credit cards as we went.

    The message of the Tea party is this: "We elected you to put our house in order and to live prudently from then on. There ain't no such thing as a free lunch, so stop pretending that there is."

    So no, I do not think the Tea Party belongs on the far right--it belongs with any other group that thinks living within its means and saving for a rainy day, and not going any deeper into to debt than you can avoid going, and then getting out of it as soon as possible, are all good ideas.

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