The tea parties were a success. As long as we define success as lots of people showing up at an event to express their displeasure over a particular issue. In this case, too many taxes. It is beyond me how any right-thinking person can look at the current tax structure and believe otherwise.
But, as a society we have grown apathetic and comfortable. Sure, we make signs and attend rallies and then when election time comes, the time we can make a real difference, we elect the same career politicians to do the same things they’ve always done. What those things are I can’t say. Because I don’t know.
What I do know is this: With all the promises made by those we send to Washington to represent our interests, and with those we send to Montgomery for the same reason on a local level, nothing ever changes. Sometimes we fall victim to slick commercials and slogans. Sometimes we are lied to. Sometimes we elect good men who may try to do the right thing but fall prey to the old “when in Rome” mentality, maybe without even realizing it.
There are good men striving to do the right thing in our various governing bodies. Either there aren’t enough of them or they aren’t trying hard enough because things aren’t getting better. Change and reform is always promised but rarely realized. This is where we need to take the tea party concept further. We need a revolution.
Not a revolution with guns and violence and war. But, revolution that involves a thorough house cleaning. My contention is that things will never improve, taxes will never go down, wasteful spending will never stop, pork won’t stop being passed until everyone, EVERYONE, gets a one way ticket home from Washington/Montgomery.
There will be collateral damage. Good men who might be doing a good job will go home, too. That is an unfortunate consequence of what is necessary to get things straightened out. Things have to change. That won’t happen without the people saying we’ve had enough and we’re going to start all over from scratch. Thanks for your service, enjoy your life here in the real world with the rest of us.
Of course, as usual, I could be wrong.