We've come a long way, baby. Above, our first Boston Tea Party on the Common April 15, 2009. Join us — and Sarah Palin — for the biggest and best Boston Tea Party ever a week from today at the Parkman Bandstand on Boston Common Wednesday, April 14, from 10 am to 1 pm "as we celebrate the success story that is the United States of America. Come and honor our veterans," says Christen Varley. Click here for a memo on all things Greater Boston Tea Party, and contribute a few dollars if you're so inclined. We just did.
"Political parties exist to win votes for people. The Tea Party should exist to win votes for principles," Christen Varley of the Greater Boston Tea Party told Time Magazine's Alex Altman for his excellent article briefly surveying the past, present and future of our grassroots movement. After a year of carrying water for those among the powers-that-were and their thugs-for-hire who would smear us, the legacy media are starting to listen to the women and men from all walks of life who make up this liberty-loving grassroots movement alarmed at "the expand-government policies of the Obama administration and Democratic congressional leaders," as Michael Barone wrote last week. We caught the quotation of the day this morning from a Pat Dollard tweet:
Black CNN Tea Party Express Embed [Shannon Travis]: Holy Shit, These Tea Party People Are Real Americans, Really.
Altman's language in Time was less colorful but equally gratifying:
"You're going to see a lot of these Tea Partyers [sic] mobilizing in the fall," predicts Ned Ryun, president of American Majority, a group that trains Tea Party organizations in tactics ranging from fundraising and campaign planning to social networking and voter registration. "They're fired up. They're going to do the grunt work and be the get-out-the-vote people" …
For Varley, that means learning how to lobby, recruiting candidates and distributing questionnaires that clarify candidates' positions. "Political parties exist to win votes for people," she says. "The Tea Party should exist to win votes for principles" …
The goal of educating the public, Varley says, is not merely to help usher electable conservatives into office. "If it was to pick candidates to win, then we'd just be the RNC all over again."
Speaking of the RNC Fuddy-Duddiness Factor, Instapundit as usual says it best in the fewest words:
Fortunately, the RNC is much less relevant than it used to be. My advice to GOP donors: Ignore ‘em, and send your money directly to candidates you like. The Internet can disintermediate unsatisfactory middlemen, and that seems like the right thing here.
As we have been doing since late October of last year, when we advised our readers to "Give to strategic small-government candidates, not parties."
Update: "The GOP Loves Power, Do Tea Partiers Love Their Country More?" asks Dan Riehl with a link:
They might, they just might.
Crossposted by invitation at Melissa Clouthier's new blog/news site, Liberty Pundits.