… against extremists and the paranoid, suddenly gets you labeled as fearful of losing control over a movement, and fearful of grassroots action? Â No one has ever said the tea party movement is a net negative. Â No one has said we’re very upset about all this emotional grass roots action in the town halls. Â This is all very good for our Republic, if you ask me. Â I even recently criticized a talk radio host for speaking out against it.
But I have to assume that if I’m a little uncomfortable walking under a WND/Birther/Threeper banner, that others, who like most Americans, are considerably less serious about their politics, and who don’t have terribly well developed political philosophies, are going to be uncomfortable with it too. Â You can’t govern a nation from the fringe. Â Bad things have happened historically when that’s been allowed to come to fruition. Â In a Republic, you need a majority, or at least a sizable minority, plus acquiescence of the majority, in order to govern. Â If conservatives want to enjoy the power to govern, which if you want to dismantle the New Deal State, you need to do for a while, you need a bigger tent than the fringes are going to give you.