Another great article about today's Tea Party in Philadelphia.
I spoke for a moment with a plainclothes, black Philadelphia Police Detective and asked him about the crowd; his response: “Nah, we don’t worry about these people.”
“That’s fantastic to hear,” I said. “Could you spread the word? It seems as though these folks are accused of being racist, hateful and violent wherever they go.”
“Well, as they work their way across the country, people will see that they’re not,” he told me, noting that he had not heard a single racist or hateful remark from the crowd, this year or last year. “We saw worse in this town that year we hosted the Republican National Convention.”
See, the left is not frightened of us because we’re violent. The left is frightened of us because we’re not sitting on the sidelines anymore. Thomas Jefferson once wrote that he knew “of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves,” arguing that “if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion by education.” This, he wrote, “is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.”
The crowd I saw today could tell me what was in the legislation passed and signed into law by this administration. I saw signs decrying the proposed use of “deem and pass,” by all accounts a fairly complex parliamentary procedure, discussion of which long has been the territory of those accustomed to so-called “inside baseball.” I personally spoke with people about pending Supreme Court decisions, about legislation currently working its way through committee, about the effect of the proposed financial reform law on the derivatives market.
This was a group of people whose discretion had already been informed by education. And this was in the center of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — the land of growth-stifling wage taxes, useless trans fat mandates and endless labor union influence. Hardly an epicenter for conservative thought. Hardly a meeting place for people who understand the fundamental merits of a limited federal government.
Oh, but it used to be. In 1776 and 1787, Love Park and everything to the west of 8th Street was described by John Adams as “open country.” But on the other side of 8th Street, in those days Philadelphia was the center of this fledgling nation. Philadelphia embodied promise and potential. Limitless growth. Boundless freedom.