Is it too soon to say "I told you so"?

Because I told you so.

Why any libertarian thinks a neo-fusionist alliance with the teabaggers is a good idea is beyond me, given the past few decades worth of conservative-libertarian fusionism.

It's all supposed to be about economic issues, while putting social issues to the side for the sake of maintaining the alliance, right? So is immigration an economic or a social issue?

Useful idiots, indeed.

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I went to a Tea Party rally in Tempe

I was disappointed with what I saw. Too much focus on social issues, too much love of Republicans.

If there was indeed only a focus on economic issues, an avoidance of social issues, and an independence from political parties, which had been the story I'd been reading for the past few months, I'd still support the Tea Party. As it stands, I'm no longer invested in the TP movement.

Having said that, there's nobody else actually even talking about limited govt. The influence of the TP movement is the only way this country can avoid massive financial ruin. So, basically, the conclusion is, we're all doomed.

Having said that, there's

Having said that, there's nobody else actually even talking about limited govt. The influence of the TP movement is the only way this country can avoid massive financial ruin.

"Sure, my husband gets drunk and beats me and the kids nightly, but where else are we gonna go? We'd be homeless without his paycheck."

(I'm not saying you believe this anymore, but I see this kind of mentality as the reason many libertarians became and continue to be attracted to the Tea Party and the right wing in general.)

So, basically, the conclusion is, we're all doomed.

This is not news. One of the things that ticks me off most about the Tea Party movement is: Where were all these people when George W. Bush was President and the Republican Party was ascendant? As James Bovard notes,

Many of the [Tea Party rally] attendees seemed to hate liberals far more than they loved liberty. A CBS/New York Times poll conducted in April showed that two-thirds of tea party members have a favorable opinion of Sarah Palin, and 57 percent have a favorable opinion of George W. Bush. Denouncing big government while approving of President Bush is like denouncing immodesty while sunning oneself on a nude beach. After all, it was Bush who championed the prescription drug benefit for seniors that adds $7 trillion to Washington’s unfunded liabilities.

"Sure, my husband gets drunk

"Sure, my husband gets drunk and beats me and the kids nightly, but where else are we gonna go? We'd be homeless without his paycheck."

(I'm not saying you believe this anymore, but I see this kind of mentality as the reason many libertarians became and continue to be attracted to the Tea Party and the right wing in general.)

My intention, from the start, was not to "go" anywhere, or form an alliance, or any of that. I was simply a cheerleader on the sidelines. When I heard of a grassroots movement aimed at economic freedom, avoiding social issues, and being independent of political parties, I cheered. After attending the Tempe TP, I no longer cheer.

If a grassroots movement sprung anew from the left that espoused limited govt, I'd cheer. I don't have any interest in alliances or having a place to call home or fitting in with a cause. I cheer for the impulse of liberty wherever I see it.

This is not news. One of the things that ticks me off most about the Tea Party movement is: Where were all these people when George W. Bush was President and the Republican Party was ascendant?

The TP movement is basically split into two: the Palinites and the Paulians. The Palinites are hypocrites. They didn't care about what GWB was doing because he's a Republican. However, I give the Paulians the benefit of the doubt. I was politically unmotivated by anything that happened until the bailouts started at the end of Bush's term. That sparked outrage even in this jaded soul. It takes time to build a movement, and Obama's continuation of Bush's policies and expansion of govt spending at exponential levels really elicited the anger.

I was politically unmotivated

I was politically unmotivated by anything that happened until the bailouts started at the end of Bush's term. That sparked outrage even in this jaded soul.

For me the timing was the same. I believe I even submitted a sky-is-falling entry to this blog when the bush bailout passed.

Speaking of blog entries

You recently expressed concern over this blog disintegrating and expressed thanks to Jacob for fixing it. Why not start blogging here again? Surely you can't still hold it against me for defending a friend and contributor when you call him a "troll".

As I recall, you agreed with

As I recall, you agreed with the essence of what I wrote but said that it was not my place to police comments, that was your job. Reminding me of what my role was, and how it differed from yours, was not the way to play that unless you wanted me to seriously re-assess my role in your blog. I have done so and am satisfied with my new, less-invested position. I had been behaving like a mere renter who had, on his own dime, been improving the property.

Every subject has economic implications

If the government takes 30% of your life's energy against your will then you are a 30% slave. Money is the universal measure of most things.