You ask me if I will not be glad when the last battle is fought, so far as the country is concerned I, of course, must wish for peace, and will be glad when the war is ended, but if I answer for myself alone, I must say that I shall regret to see the war end.
George Armstrong Custer
From the very beginning the media saw the threat of ordinary Americans taking to local parks and town halls expressing worries about the direction of the nation. Just as fast the media leapt on this leaderless group with a series of derogatory assessments. At any given time over the past four years the Tea Party has been racist, poor whites, wealthy, intransigent and now they are being portrayed as all of the above. Of course the media was providing cover for the White House even if it meant demeaning grandmothers that made the big mistake of getting out of their lanes.
The movement has grown and has become a power on Capitol Hill and in the process has become an even larger target of those worried about the status quo or speed bumps in longer term plans to rid America of the Constitution, God and the notion of rugged individualism. Entrenched interest in Washington hoped the organization, which is really a series of organizations which is really just a bunch of local people that care, would implode or stumble in the rough and tumble world of Washington politics. There is a giant difference between opining on poor government policy and anti-American agendas from afar than in the midst of it all.
Getting off the sidelines and into the game means understanding the game because the grass from which one protests is different than that of the playing field.
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