Mark Steyn: Tea Party animals not boiling over

. Asked about the tea parties, President Barack Obama responded that he was not aware of them. As Marie Antoinette said, “Let them drink Lapsang Souchong.” His Imperial Majesty at Barackingham Palace having declined to acknowledge the tea parties, his courtiers at the Globe and elsewhere fell into line. Talk-show host Michael Graham spoke to one attendee at the 2009 Boston Tea Party who remarked of the press embargo: “If Obama had been the king of England, the Globe wouldn’t have covered the American Revolution.”

The American media, having run their own business into the ground, are certainly qualified to run everybody else’s into the same abyss. Which is why they’ve decided that hundreds of thousands of citizens protesting taxes and out-of-control spending and government vaporization of Americans’ wealth and their children’s future is no story. Nothing to see here. As Nancy Pelosi says, it’s AstroTurf ”“ fake grass-roots, not the real thing.

Besides, what are these whiners so uptight about? CNN’s Susan Roesgen interviewed a guy in the crowd and asked why he was here:

“Because,” said the Tea Partier, “I hear a president say that he believed in what Lincoln stood for. Lincoln’s primary thing was he believed that people had the right to liberty, and had the right ”¦”

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5 comments on “Mark Steyn: Tea Party animals not boiling over

  1. libraryjim says:

    A very good, very humorous analysis of the situation.

  2. Fr. Dale says:

    [blockquote]As Nancy Pelosi says, it’s AstroTurf – fake grass-roots, not the real thing.[/blockquote] As an advocate of pro choice, perhaps Nancy Pelosi would be practicing “Astro” Catholicism.

  3. robroy says:

    [blockquote]To the briefly famous [url= ]Susan Roesgen of CNN[/url], the parties are not safe for “family viewing.” Which is presumably why the Boston Globe forbore to cover them last week. The original Boston Tea Party was so-called because it took place at Boston Harbor, which I gather is a harbor somewhere in the general vicinity of the Greater Boston area. So there would appear to be what I believe the journalism professors call a “local angle” to Wednesday’s re-enactment. Might be useful for a publication losing a million bucks a week and threatened with closure by a parent company that, in one of the worst media acquisitions of all time, paid over $1 billion for a property that barely a decade later is all but worthless.

    But I digress.[/blockquote]

  4. Fr. Dale says:

    As a returning veteran who had to endure the draft card burning, building bombing and burning, Canada fleeing, campus demonstrating folks I find it humorous that the left is either ignoring or fearful of conservative demonstrations. I returned to my former college campus to find it radicalized. Students tore down the American flag and burned it not long after I returned. I also think it was ironic that the very professors who advocated for LBJ (“all the way”) turned on him to urge students to demonstrate against him and the war. The professors were not so happy when these same students blocked access to their classrooms as a form of protest to the war. It still bothers me that Jimmy Carter granted amnesty to military deserters who fled to Canada.

  5. chips says:

    I attended a tea party in Sugar Land Texas (along with my first Rep of Texas Flag). My dad wanted to go and asked me to join him. My wife was bummed that she wasnt going so she even met us there along with my 9 month old daughter (the secede bumper sticker fit nicely on the stroller). It was quite the social to-do – mostly establishment Sugar Land types and well behaved – I would estimate as many as three thousand at its peak – but it was come and go. The surrounding bars were also doing a brisk business. The real protest will come when the establishment types stop filing their returns en mass.