"We have the permit! Meet us at Senate Park on Constitution between New Jersey and Delaware!" exalt the planners of a Freedom Vigil Saturday night in DC: "Silently raise a glow stick and show them what our words haven’t accomplished. We want liberty and we want the right to make decisions about our daily lives." The flame rekindles in the windows of The Shining City Upon a Hill. (Statue by Night Tour photo)
“I really don’t know what other people are saying, so it’s not for me to comment on,” Scott Brown deadpaned when WaPo blogger Greg Sargent asked our junior Senator whether "some of the rhetoric about reform coming from prominent GOP officials had helped create a climate fostering the intimidation, as Dems have been insisting." "The" intimidation? As far as we've been able to tell from our social-networking bunker out here in Scott Brown Country, any such intimidation is heresay or willful misrepresentation on the part of Obama Nation's smear machine. But Brown wasn't having any of it. He disarmed the enemy with a few well-chosen words:
Sorry, Mr. Sargent, it's not within the power of "Republican officials" to "quell the violence," such as it is. In case you haven't noticed, we bitter gun clingers out here in the virtual hinterland are mad as hell, and sending Mr. Brown to Washington was just our opening salvo. As we wrote in the afterglow of Brown's historic recapture of The Kennedy Seat The People's Seat midwinter, "Scott Brown had tapped into a long-repressed, almost religious yearning to breathe free." We aren't taking marching orders from inside the Beltway anymore — if we ever did. They're working for us, not the other way around, and if they still don't get it, we're going to make sure they do come November. That's the real story, but the Pauline-Kael bubblers, including Northeast Corridor "Conservatives" like David Frum, lately of AEI, are stuck in the amber of their echo chamber of addiction to power and contempt for ordinary extraordinary Americans. You know the "progressives" are in trouble when Dan Riehl is having this much fun [See also Instapundit, outlier vs leading indicator]:
In the Capitol moments ago, I happened to buttonhole Senator Scott Brown, darling of the national Tea Party movement, and he strongly condemned the threats and intimidation that health reform foes are directing at Dems who supported it.
Brown sidestepped, however, when asked whether some of the rhetoric about reform coming from prominent GOP officials had helped create a climate fostering the intimidation, as Dems have been insisting. He also demurred when I asked whether Republican officials had done enough to quell the violence.
All the usual suspects are lining up at their keyboards, desperate to shift the narrative. But they no longer have the power they once had. Too bad. We see through you, those of us who watch to monitor. And most are even luckier, they simply choose to ignore you.
We're not afraid of your zeitgeists any more. Boo!
And now a word from that notorious "Live Free or Die" extremist, New Hampshire Tea Partier extraordinaire Amy Kane, a shining light in our heart and mind ever since we met at our very first Tea Party in Newburyport, MA a year ago. A few excerpts from her comprehensive, link-rich [We're included. Thanks, Amy!] "Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking up Signs" (the title is a play on "The Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking up Arms," issued July 6, 1775):
For some of us, pens (reputed to be mightier than swords) are our "arms" …
Unlike our forefathers, but thanks to our forefathers, we have the right to peaceably assemble to petition for a governmental redress of grievances. Which is exactly what a tea party in the modern sense of the word is.
Because tea partiers by definition like and respect the Constitution, the current inflammatory whining from the Olbermann wing of the once-proud Democratic Party about the dangers of Americans begging to differ with the legality and constitutionality of the health care bill and the Obama administration in general is ridiculous …
I proudly own up to "ordinary American." I'm married, I have kids, it took me almost 20 years to get through college. I volunteer, I keep house, I keep four pets alive and pretty happy. I take pictures of flowers and birds, and I blog just to think, share, delight in the world around me and, lately, get mad at the government. The keyboard is my pitchfork.
Dr. Helen, who headlines her latest, pitchfork-perfect post "Tea Party protesters are extraordinary, not ordinary" catches the true zeitgeist. She's just finished reading Michael Graham's new book — the one that includes one of Amy Kane's Tea Party pictures from last year — and her own observations resonate:
In the book, Graham defends millions of typical Americans like his mom — "ordinary people who worry that Obama's socialist policies are jeopardizing America's future." Count me as one of them, though I don't like the use of Graham's description of tea party protesters as "ordinary." They are anything but ordinary.