Tea Party Post

10 May

Today on Hardwick, we launched into a discussion about the tea party “movement”, and it was noted more than once that there are no fewer than four current tea party organizing groups, all with somewhat similar agendas. I quipped that they ought to retain regionalism & consolidation advocate Kevin Gaughan to merge them all into a unified front, and I also mentioned that getting together and shouting into a megaphone is fun and cathartic, but ultimately useless.

Yesterday, Rus Thompson held a “tea party” featuring wealthy gadfly Carl Paladino. They started a group and website to promote and raise money for reform-minded candidates. That is action. Joining a party committee is action. Running for office is action. Becoming personally involved & volunteering is action.

All is not lost, however. The Jim Ostrowski Brand™ of tea party is going to boycott all the evil entities that help to prop up the “political class”.

Either way, I think the tea party monicker is dumb. It cheapens what they’re trying to accomplish, and is historically inaccurate. The original tea parties were about taxes on imported tea from our colonial overlords who never permitted Americans to have representatives in the House of Commons.

On the other hand, put down that $20,000 retainer check to the two biggest law firms in town!

6 Responses to “Tea Party Post”

  1. Jon Splett May 10, 2009 at 8:28 pm #

    Ostrowski wants to boycott the Sabres?

    That has about as much of a chance of working as a boycott of chicken wings and Labatt Blue.

  2. Foxylady May 11, 2009 at 6:04 pm #

    Tea Party ………what a joke. This is all about personal agendas. Russ Thompson wants to run for Erie County Executive. Gee, are we at all surprised?

  3. Mike In WNY May 12, 2009 at 11:19 am #

    @Jon Splett, whether or not a boycott of the Sabres is successful is beside the point. The point is the type of action that needs to be taken to change the abhorrent status quo.

    @Foxylady, I don’t seem to recall seeing you at any of the Tea Party planning sessions where we all sat around discussing how to make Rus the County Executive.

  4. Jon Splett May 12, 2009 at 11:57 am #

    Please inform me how an unsuccessful boycott changes the status quo.

  5. Mike In WNY May 12, 2009 at 5:51 pm #

    Success is the result of not giving up.

  6. Jon Splett May 12, 2009 at 6:05 pm #

    Well, if you’re a kitten hanging from a branch in a motivational poster that may be true but here in the real world, it’s just a cliche.

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